LSU Recruiting 2012: Who Could Start, and Who Will Get Lost in the Mix

Sean MerrimanCorrespondent IFebruary 3, 2012

LSU Recruiting 2012: Who Could Start, and Who Will Get Lost in the Mix

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    LSU's class looks to be close to complete for the 2012 college football season.

    The Tigers received 23 signed commitments on Wednesday's National Signing Day, including five recruits in ESPNU's Top 150.

    As it stands right now, LSU has the No. 15 recruiting class in the nation according to ESPN.com, and it will likely stay that way.

    So with a new class coming to Baton Rouge, we have to ask, which players are going to see the field early for the Tigers?

    Let's break down this 2012 recruiting class and point out three players who could start next season and three others who could get lost in the mix.

    Bleacher Report Style!

Start: Vadal Alexander

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    Vadal Alexander is a top-notch, four-star offensive lineman who is one of the gems of LSU's 2012 recruiting class.

    Standing at 6'5", 320 pounds, Alexander is an offensive lineman expected to play guard in college.

    It just so happens that the Tigers will lose two senior guards to graduation this season. Will Blackwell was one of the top guards in the nation this season and T-Bob Hebert was a part-time starter who was a solid run blocker.

    The loss of those two players leaves the door open for Vadal Alexander to compete for one of those starting spots, potentially opposite of La'el Collins, another top-notch recruit in 2011.

Lost in the Mix: Jalen Mills

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    Jalen Mills is a talented cornerback from DeSoto, TX, but he is extremely raw and needs to add strength to his body in order to be a starter in the SEC.

    In addition to his raw skills, Mills also plays a position that the Tigers' are extremely deep at. That became evident this season as LSU flashed the top defensive backfield in all of football, led by the "Honey Badger" Tyrann Mathieu, who will return next season.

    LSU also has another good, young corner by the name of Tharold Simon and brought in a talented cornerback in this class in Dwayne Thomas.

    Mills is going to have to wait his turn in a line of talented defensive backs. 

Start: Jeremy Liggins

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    Jeremy Liggins might not be a starter next season per se, but it is likely that he could work his way into the lineup simply because he has the skill set to play a number of different positions. 

    Liggins is a four-star quarterback prospect and while he isn't prepared to be a starter next year, we all know that Les Miles' loves his dual-threat quarterbacks, so we could see Liggins come in at QB in certain situations while Zach Mettenberger takes the majority of the snaps under center.

    Liggins can also play wide receiver or tight end with great size at 6'3", 270 pounds. 

    Then again, with that size, he could also be a defensive end or linebacker.

Lost in the Mix: Trey Granier

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    If there is one position that Les Miles really focused on loading up at in this year's recruiting class, it is at linebacker.

    The Tigers signed a total of six linebackers this season, and unfortunately for Trey Granier, he is the most raw and lowest-rated linebacker of the group.

    Granier is a three-star prospect from Thibodaux, LA, who could get a spot on special teams, but not likely in the starting lineup.

Start: Kwon Alexander (Pending Health)

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    If Kwon Alexander is healthy next season, he should be the gem of this 2012 recruiting class.

    However, that is a big "if."

    Alexander is the No. 3 outside linebacker in the country and could potentially be an impact player right off the bat for the Tigers, but he is currently recovering from an ACL injury that he suffered his senior year in high school.

    Alexander choosing LSU boosted the Tigers' recruiting class into the top-15, now let's see if this stud can get on the field in his freshman season in Baton Rouge.

    Go get em', Kwon.

Lost in the Mix: Kavahra Holmes

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    The Tigers may have lost their top wide receiver, Rueben Randle, to the NFL Draft. But other then Randle, LSU returns every receiver of relevance to the lineup next season.

    Russell Shepard and Odell Beckham should be the starters in 2012, but Jarvis Landry and James Wright should play as well.

    That leaves a guy like Kavahra Holmes out of the loop.

    Holmes has solid size at 6'1", 170 pounds, but he needs to add some more muscle to his body if he is going to get on the field for this LSU team.

    Once Holmes gets stronger and more experience in the college game, he has the potential for be a star for this LSU team.