Introducing The Class of 2013: Offense

LSU hosted their second Junior Day last weekend, and the Class of 2013 is already starting to take shape.   Since the weekend, LSU has secured four commitments, bringing their total for the Class of 2013 to five.   Last week, we took a look at how the numbers might play out for this class.  

But here is the quick and dirty:

LSU has 11 seniors.  They have as many as six to eight players that could leave early after the 2012 season.   Since LSU signed just 22 in the Class of 2012, three can be counted back.   So that puts us at about 20-22.  When you account for some natural attrition, LSU will be signing very close to a full class in 2013.   

It’s early, but I thought we’d take a look at how LSU’s board appears to be shaping up.  We’ll do offense this time and defense tomorrow:

No quarterbacks have really emerged at this point, but I certainly expect LSU to sign at least one in this class…probably two.  Louisiana has a few options such as Rummel’s Damian Williams and DeQuincy’s Jaleel Bridges.  Of the two, Williams seems to have the most upside, but he is only 6’0″ tall, and that will scare some coaches away.  Catholic New Iberia’s Joe Lissard is a possibility as well.  

Out of state, Houston, TX prospect Connor Feist has some early interest in LSU and he looks like a good one.  Texas A&M already has a commitment from Kohl Stewart which may encourage a guy like Feist to look out of state.  I do not believe Feist attended LSU’s Junior Day.  
Devante Kincade, a dual threat prospect from Dallas, TX, attended LSU’s junior day and is showing some interest.  Neither Feist nor Kincade have offers from LSU at this point. 

LSU is being very selective at the running back position this year.  With a wealth of talent and no seniors on the 2012 roster, they can afford to do so.   They also have their eye on 2014 stud Leonard Fournette.  

But I do think the Tigers will take a back in this class.  The top back in Louisiana looks like Denham Springs prospect Kaleb Blanchard.  Blanchard has a build similar to Richard Murphy or Devante Bourque at 6’1″ 185.   John Curtis has a pair of prospects as well in Sherman Badie and Tevin Horton.  

LSU may look for a change of pace guy to compliment the every down backs already on the roster.  If they choose to go that route, then Amite prospect James Oden is a possibility.  Oden only goes about 5’10” 185, but has some serious speed.   Another similar prospect is Carver’s Eugene Brazeley who is also in the 5’10” range with a ton of speed.   Or, LSU may look to their own commit list.   Loranger’s Jeryl Brazil will probably play defensive back in college, but he certainly has the speed to make a dangerous all purpose back if that’s what LSU wants him to do.  

No out of state options have emerged just yet. 

LSU picked up one commitment at Junior Day from Salmen’s Chuck Baker.  Baker is about 6’1″ 200 and is a physical, sure handed receiver.  He is not a blazer but seems like a solid prospect.  He reminds me a little of current Tiger James Wright.  

The best of the bunch may be Neville’s John Diarse.  Diarse is a lock to be a Top-5 player in state and many will have him as Louisiana’s best.  Diarse is around 6’0″ 205 pounds and does not have great speed.  He has been timed as slow as 4.7 in the 40 at camps last summer, but he sure plays much faster than that.  When you watch Diarse on film, you instantly realize why college coaches want him.  He has the “it” factor and makes tons of big plays.  He played quarterback for Neville last year and guided them to a state championship.  This one is a LSU / Alabama battle and Bama seems to have the early lead, unfortunately.  

Destrehan’s Ricky Jefferson, Jordan’s little brother, is an incredible athlete that could excel on either side of the ball.  He’ll remind many of Odell Bekcham Jr.   He is also a Top-5 player in Louisiana.   At this point, LSU seems to have the inside track for him; although, some rumors say the family would like a fresh start away from LSU.   We shall see.  Jefferson may end up at cornerback once he gets to college. 

West Jefferson’s Ronald Lewis and Carver’s Raheem Falkins will also get long looks though neither has a LSU offer yet.  Falkins has good size at 6’3″ and is an early commit to Alabama.   

Bastrop’s Jetavious Wilson is a smaller guy at just 5’8″ and would project as a slot receiver.  He has tons of speed.  Many think he will receive an offer from LSU soon.  

Terrebone’s Justin Williams is also an option; although, he is a big-time baseball prospect.  Football seems to be his clear second sport. 

Sealy, TX prospect Ricky Seals-Jones visited LSU for Junior Day and has shown some genuine interest in the Tigers.  Jones is an incredible athlete who goes 6’5″ 220.  He is an early candidate to be a five star prospect and National Top 100 type of guy.  He will be at the Texas Junior Day this weekend, and if he gets out of there without committing to the Horns, then LSU has a shot.  It’s not a lock that Seals-Jones plays receiver at the next level.  He plays safety in high school, but some think he could grow into a tight-end or defensive end.   He is also a standout in basketball and will look to play both in college.  

I see LSU taking three receivers in this class, and they are being very selective thus far.  I would have guessed that both Lewis and Falkins had offers by now.  

LSU landed a commitment on Tuesday night from Westgate guard Josh Boutte.  Boutte is 6’4″ 305 and looks to be a very good interior lineman prospect.  I suspect he’ll be a four star prospect once the services start ranking players.  

McDonough 35 guard Kenneth Santa Marina holds offers from LSU and Alabama and is a good one.  LSU is believed to lead.  

Brother Martin’s Ryan Hoefield looks like one of the top players in the state and projects as a center, which LSU needs in this class.  Hoefield attended both LSU junior days and will return for camp to try and earn an offer.  I suspect he’ll do just that and will be a part of this class.  

Evangel’s Josh Thomas will also attract attention from big schools.  Thomas has a huge frame at 6’6″ 295.  

Cedar Creek (Ruston) prospect Karl Malone Jr. (yes that Karl Malone) is another good looking prospect from Louisiana and could very well be offered by LSU.  Malone claims an Alabama offer.  He is listed at 6’4″ 290 and is a guy that could play anywhere along the offensive line.  

Zachary guard Chris Taylor is another option in state.  He has received interest from SEC schools.

Out of state, Dallas, TX prospect Ishmael Wilson is on LSU’s radar.  Wilson is originally from Louisiana and has high interest in LSU.  He attended LSU’s Junior Day but was not offered  It’s way too early but 247 Sports ranks Wilson as the nation’s #81 overall player.  He is expected to attend Junior Day at Texas this weekend, and most Texas people feel that the Horns will offer.   If he does not commit to Texas, then he could earn an offer at LSU’s camp this summer.  LSU seems to be his favorite. 

Kentucky tackle Hunter Bivin holds an offer from LSU, but I have no idea if he has any interest.  

I think LSU will take at least four offensive linemen in this class.   

Tight-end is probably the most talented position in the state, and LSU looks to take at least two.  
The prize is Barbe prospect Desean Smith, who is also a Top-5 player in the state.  Smith is an excellent receiver with great size at 6’4″ 220.  He could be a real weapon in the passing game.  LSU looks to be his leader right now.  

Karr’s Standish Dobard (pictured above) is also an excellent prospect.   He’s a bit bigger than Smith at 6’5″ 230.  Dobard is probably a bit more ready to be an all around prospect while Smith is the better receiver.   Dobard is no slouch receiving though.  He was a standout at the US Army Junior Combine in January.  

Both are excellent and both have LSU offers.  

Episcopal’s Brad Bridgewater is an intriguing guy.  He is one of the state’s top basketball prospects and only recently started playing football.   But at 6’6″ 230, the sky is the limit for him in football.  Bridgewater may even be able to play some receiver or possibly defensive end.  LSU reportedly offered him at Junior Day for football.  His recruitment will be interesting since he’ll be choosing sports, as well as schools.  

Patterson’s Deondre Skinner and Lafayette Northside’s Jaquell Carter will both get lots of attention too.   Both are on the smaller side.  Skinner reports an offer from Arkansas.  

Would LSU take all three tight-ends they have offered?  I think they would, taking Bridgewater as more of an athlete.   The goal is for LSU to ink both Smith and Dobard.  Together, those two would add a ton of versatility to LSU’s offense for years to come.  

Tomorrow, we’ll take a look at the defensive players.  

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