Welcome back LSU fans. I know I’m glad to be back after a long week of work. This is part 5 of a 10 part series on LSU recruiting. Today I will discuss the offensive line. This is the last of the offensive positions. LSU has always been known for its great offensive linemen. Former Tigers like Alan Faneca, Kevin Mawae, Nate Livings, Rudy Niswanger, Stephen Peterman, Andrew Whitworth, Ben Wilkerson, Herman Johnson, Brett Helms, etc. are just a few great LSU OL. In order for LSU to continue with the great tradition of OL, Miles and staff must continue to bring in top talent.
Offensive Line (4-5) – LSU has had its fair share of OL attrition (players that do not complete eligibility at LSU due to grades, injury, NFL, etc.). LSU has 12 scholarship OL for the fall. That is not even a full three deep. The good news is that LSU only has one senior on the OL. Of course there is always the chance that the OL will experience some attrition over the next year. For this reason and the lack of depth, I expect the staff to take 4 OL in the 2011 class. This number could easily rise to five if the staff finds the right five. That would give LSU a total of 15 or 16 OL in the fall of 2011, which would be a full three deep. The state of Louisiana is loaded with offensive line talent for 2011. The staff has already locked down three of them, and will look to grab a fourth. I don’t expect the LSU staff to have to leave the state of Louisiana to find its four offensive linemen. If there is a 5th guy, then it will be an out of state kid. Let’s take a look at the commits, and then we will look at who the staff would like to add to the class.
1. La’el Collins – 6-5/305/ Baton Rouge, LA Redemptorist HS – This kid is arguably the #1 prospect in the state of Louisiana and the country. Both Rivals and Scout have rated him a 5 star prospect. Rivals.com has named him the top offensive tackle in the country and the 4th overall ranked prospect regardless of position. He has the size, strength, footwork, and the mean streak to be great. I can see this kid being a top 5 NFL pick in 4-5 years. He is the high school teammate of LSU running back commit, Jeremy Hill. We will all get to see him in action on September 10, 2010. ESPN will televise the Patterson vs. Redemptorist game.
2. Corey White – 6-5/285/ Baton Rouge, LA Capitol HS – White is a 4 star prospect that the LSU staff recruited to play guard. This kid used to weigh over 300 lbs., but this off season he worked really hard to transform his body. He was able to add muscle while getting rid of some bad weight. Although he is more of a mauler, he is good at both pass and run blocking. He showed better explosion and lateral movement this spring at the Baton Rouge Nike Camp. He is definitely a blue-collar worker that has a high ceiling.
3. Trai Turner – 6-4/330 New Orleans, LA St. Augustine – Turner is another 4 star prospect. He plays tackle for his high school, but LSU recruited him as a guard. He is a huge specimen that shows great footwork and explosion off the line. The athleticism that he shows for his size is amazing. To view his highlights click here: Trai Turner Highlights
1. Greg Robinson – 6-4/300/4.9 Thibodaux, LA – Robinson is a consensus top 100 player in the country. Rivals and scout have him rated as the 4th and 11th best offensive tackle in the country. He has long arms and tremendous athletic ability. He is the last of the 2011 Louisiana offensive linemen that Les Miles wants. With potentially Greg Robinson and La’el Collins as book ends on the offensive line, the QB of the future will have plenty of time in the pocket. In fact, if LSU can get him to sign, then this would definitely be the top OL class in the country. That’s a BIG ‘If’ because Auburn, Trooper Taylor, and Trovon Reed (former teammate of Robinson’s that signed with Auburn in 2010) are really making things difficult for the LSU staff. Greg Robinson has visited Auburn multiple times over the spring and summer. He has said that Auburn and LSU are his top two. Early in the process he was pretty set on attending LSU. Over time he has become an Auburn lean. In fact, if signing day was on next Wednesday, he would sign with Auburn. The staff has until Feb. to sway him back.
*Others to keep an eye on: Jonah Austin (teammate of Trai Turner) and Monte Golden (a center prospect that could end up in this class)
My Take: The LSU offensive line had more than enough problems in 2009. It was a tough all around season for the offense. The offensive line is the most important unit on offense. A good offensive line can solve a lot of problems in a hurry. I feel that a Division one football team should strive to always have a full 3 deep offensive line on scholarship. That’s a total of 15 players. That’s why I am all for the staff signing 4-5 offensive linemen in this class. The full court press should stay on Greg Robinson and his mom until NSD (National Signing Day). Make no mistake about it, Greg Robinson (along with Odell Beckham) is the top guy left on the offensive board. If the staff could land Robinson and possibly Monte Golden, then they would close shop on the OL for 2011 and move on to 2012. Here are a few 2012 offensive linemen that the staff may target for next year.
- Michael Flint 6-4/303 Oxford, AL
- Vadal Alexander (Born in Louisiana) 6-5/329 Buford, GA
- Jonathan Levens 6-7/280 River Ridge, LA John Curtis
- Mike Matthews 6-3/260 Fort Bend, TX Elkins
- Derek Edinburgh 6-7/315 New Orleans, LA Edna Karr
- Caleb Gulledge 6-4/270 Prattville, AL
- Alex Jauregui 6-8/300 Suwanee, GA Peachtree Ridge
- Skyler McVey 6-3/330 Sumrall, MS
- Curtis Riser (LSU fan) 6-4/270 Desoto, TX
- Chris Thomas 6-4/310 Lancaster, TX
- John Theus 6-6/285 Jacksonville, FL Bolles
- Russell Wallace 6-9/320 Valley, AL
- Matthew Gray 6-7/294 Prattville, AL
- D.J. Humphries 6-5/265 Charlotte, NC Mallard Creek
- Caleb Peterson 6-4/295 Auburn, AL
- John Theus 6-6/280 Jacksonville, FL Bolles
- Blake Press 6-3-260 New Orleans (LA) Holy Cross
- Zach Banner 6-9/310 Lakewood, WA
- Josh Garnett 6-5/280 Puyallop, WA
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*Check back soon for part 6 of the 10 part series that will cover the Defensive line.