National Signing Day 2012: Les Miles' LSU Football Class Good, but Not Elite

Brett StephenAnalyst IIFebruary 1, 2012

BATON ROUGE, LA - NOVEMBER 25:  Head coach Les Miles stands with his team before taking on the Arkansas Razorbacks at Tiger Stadium on November 25, 2011 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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There are many schools out there that would be absolutely ecstatic with the recruiting class that LSU and head coach Les Miles has secured in 2012, but Tiger fans have come to expect more. 

The 2012 class is filled with good players, mostly 3- and 4-star players in positions of need for the Tigers.  While good, it’s not elite.

Hopefully the Mad Hatter will have the last laugh if this class will not only live up to its potential but exceeds expectations. 

Defensive coordinator John Chavis will certainly get the best out of the crop of defensive backs and linebackers in this year’s class, but we’ll have to wait and see if any of the wide receivers step up and shine like Odel Beckham did in 2011.

LSU has tons of returning talent and really isn’t depending on the recruiting class of 2012 to contribute immediately, so it’s not time to panic.  But when you have arguably the best team in school history and play in a BCS title game, you have got to bring in better than a No. 16 recruiting class.

There is very little doubt that the offensive debacle in the BCS title game has cost LSU severely.  Aside from the national championship and a perfect season, it has done some damage to the Tigers' recruiting class.

Can you blame an offensive player for choosing another school over LSU when there was blatant mismanagement of talent at the time when it matters the most?

A bright spot in this recruiting class is Vadal Alexander, a 6’6”, 310-pound monster offensive lineman who will restore some depth to the Tigers line.

The Tigers also finally got a long-awaited signature from Avery Johnson, the younger brother of former Tiger great Patrick Peterson.  If Johnson can produce half as much as his brother, the 2012 recruiting class will be considered a success.

Les Miles, despite his mishaps during games, has always been a solid recruiter, but this year he severely missed the mark.  It’s hard to call the 2012 a disappointment because the school did get a few players that could pan out to be fantastic, but for a program like LSU to not get a single 5-star recruit is a bit disappointing.