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LSU Football: Gunner Kiel and the Top 5 LSU Recruits in the Past 5 Years

Sean MerrimanCorrespondent IDecember 30, 2011

LSU Football: Gunner Kiel and the Top 5 LSU Recruits in the Past 5 Years

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    LSU has always been known for having a rich football tradition.

    With rich tradition comes plenty of great recruits, especially as of late for Les Miles' LSU Football program.

    Gunner Kiel, who is the top-rated quarterback in the 2012 prep football recruiting class, recently gave his word to Miles and the LSU program. But as good as Kiel is projected to be, have any other recruits been this highly touted?

    Let's break down the top five recruits that LSU has landed over the past five seasons.

    Bleacher Report style! 

5. La'El Collins

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    This homegrown LSU product was the No. 2-rated offensive lineman in the country for the 2011 recruiting class.

    La'El Collins was the No. 6 overall player in the nation according to rivals.com coming out of Redemptorist High School. He has ideal size for an offensive tackle, standing at 6'5'', 285 pounds out of high school.

    Collins should be in line for a starting job next year with the chance to pave the way for what should be the top rushing attack in the SEC in 2012.

4. Gunner Kiel

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    As of right now, rivals.com ranks Kiel as the No. 2 quarterback in the nation in the 2012 national recruiting class and the No. 18 player overall. However, as National Recruiting Day inches closer, you should see that number improve and his stock continue to rise.

    LSU is a program that seems like they have been "a great quarterback" away from being the hands-down most dominant program in all of college football over the past four years. They are dominant this year with a mediocre starting QB.

    Add Kiel to the mix and LSU should be playing for national championships for many years to come!

3. Spencer Ware

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    Spencer Ware was a huge recruit that LSU landed in the 2010 class.

    According to rivals.com, Ware was the No. 4-ranked running back and No. 19 recruit overall in the country.

    Ware played his high school ball in Ohio and many people expected him to sign with Ohio State or Michigan. But when he flipped his choice to LSU, it proved to be the right move.

    Ware started in LSU's backfield this season and ranked second in yardage and first in rushing touchdowns in 2011. He will be looked at to play a huge role again in 2012 and continue to show the college football world exactly why he was a top-20 national recruit. 

2. Patrick Peterson

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    Patrick Peterson has made a case for himself as being the best player to ever wear an LSU football jersey, regardless of position.

    Coming out of high school, Peterson was a huge recruit for LSU.

    Rivals.com ranked him as the top defensive back in the 2008 class, and the No. 5 overall recruit that year.

    Florida, Florida State and Georgia were all hot on this Pompano Beach product, but he committed to LSU and the rest has been all positive for Peterson.

1. Rueben Randle

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    When Les Miles got word that Rueben Randle was coming to Baton Rouge, he had to be ecstatic. LSU had not landed a recruit rated this highly since Miles took over the Tigers' head coaching job.

    Rivals.com listed Randle as the top receiver in the nation and the No. 2 overall recruit in the 2009 top 150 class.

    Randle played quarterback in high school and passed for over 2,400 yards and 20 touchdowns, but it was obvious from day one that this talented kid was coming to Baton Rouge to play receiver.

    He had a tremendous year this season, which truly makes it all that much more obvious as to why Randle was such a highly touted prospect out of high school!

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