After losing out on several top-notch recruits from the state of Louisiana this past year, Les Miles and his LSU coaching staff made it a point to not let history repeat itself in 2013.
With that said, the Tigers are already off to a great start with their 2013 class, hauling in nine early verbal commitments, all of which are in-state prospects.
Of course, it is too early to tell how this class will fill out, but right now, they would have to be considered as one of the top classes in the country up to this point.
So, now we ask, who are these top recruits that we will be seeing wearing the LSU purple and gold in the future?
Let's take a look at those who will be joining Miles and his LSU staff in this exciting 2013 recruiting class.
Bleacher Report Style!
Name: Chuck Baker
Position: Wide Receiver
School/Hometown: Salmen High School, Slidell, LA
Height/Weight: 6'2", 185 pounds
Date of Verbal Commitment: 2/4/2012
The lowdown: Baker is a big-play wide receiver prospect who will join an already loaded wide receiving core in 2013. He caught 37 passes for 503 yards and two touchdowns in his junior season while leading Salmen High to the Class 4A playoffs last year. He was the second player to commit to the Tigers on Feb, 4, joining future LSU teammate Tre'Davious White.
Name: Josh Boutte
Position: Offensive Line
School/Hometown: Westgate High School/ New Iberia, LA
Height/Weight: 6'5", 305 pounds
Date of Verbal Commitment: 2/7/2012
The lowdown: Boutte was the fifth player to commit to LSU's 2013 class, but the first offensive lineman. He has very good size and is an exceptional run blocker, which is why many believe that he is suited to play offensive guard at the collegiate level. He also had interest from the likes of Arizona State, Nebraska and Mississippi State. He received a three-star grade from rivals.com.
Name: Jeryl Brazil
School/Hometown: Loranger High School, Loranger, LA
Height/Weight: 5'10", 180 pounds
Date of Verbal Commitment: 1/29/2012
The lowdown: There may not be a faster high school player in America than Jeryl Brazil. The Tigers' 2013 verbal commitment set a state record in the 55-meter dash at the Louisiana High School Athletic Association’s Indoor Track Championships, being timed at an eye-popping 6.25 seconds. He has also been timed in the 40-yard dash at 4.35 seconds, which is equally as impressive. Brazil looks like the could be the Tigers' next version of Trindon Holliday.
Name: Jeremy Cutrer
Position: Defensive Back
School/Hometown: Jewel Sumner High School, Kentwood, LA
Height/Weight: 6'2", 180 pounds
Date of Verbal Commitment: 2/6/2012
The lowdown: Cutrer is an elite prospect who given his height and weight will probably play safety at the college level. Over his past two high school seasons, Cutrer recorded 17 interceptions, 94 tackles and accounted for seven touchdowns. He was named All-State during his sophomore and junior seasons. Cutrer committed to the Tigers despite also having interest from a number of other top programs, including Nebraska and Ole Miss. He is ranked as a four-star prospect according to rivals.com. This kid should be a real gem for Miles when he arrives on campus for LSU.
Name: Josh Diarse
School/Hometown: Neville High School, Monroe, LA
Height/Weight: 6'0", 200 pounds
Date of Verbal Commitment: 3/17/2012
The lowdown: Diarse was a huge commitment for the Tigers and probably their biggest yet to date. He has been a standout in high school on both sides of the ball, playing quarterback on offense and safety on defense. However, many believe that his skill set could lead to him being a wide receiver at the collegiate level. Diarse chose the Tigers over early offers from the likes of Alabama, Arkansas and Mississippi State. He is ranked as a four-star athlete, according to rivals.com.
Name: Tevin Lawson
School/Hometown: Denham Springs High School, Denham Springs, LA
Height/Weight: 6'4", 275 pounds
Date of Verbal Commitment: 3/30/12
The lowdown: Lawson is one of the most recent of the Tigers' 2013 commitments, and a good one at that. Lawson primarily played offensive tackle before making the switch to defense this past season, a move that he has thrived at. The beauty of Lawson is that he is still growing, and the fact that he already has superior athleticism for his size means that he could play at numerous spots on the defensive line at the collegiate level. Lawson accepted the offer from LSU over other offers from Auburn and Ole Miss.
Name: K.J. Malone
Position: Offensive Line
School/Hometown: Cedar Creek High School/ Ruston, LA
Height/Weight: 6'4", 300 pounds
Date of Verbal Commitment: 3/31/12
The lowdown: The Mailman's son is heading to Baton Rouge. Malone was the latest prospect to give his verbal commitment to Les Miles and the LSU coaching staff, choosing the Tigers while also receiving interest from major powerhouse programs such as Oregon and Alabama. Malone has great agility for his size and has been a two-way varsity player in high school. He has the ability to play both guard or tackle at the collegiate level. Rivals.com ranks Malone as a three-star prospect for now.
Name: Michael Patterson
Position: Defensive End
School/Hometown: Winnfield High School/ Winnfield, LA
Height/Weight: 6'3", 235 pounds
Date of Verbal Commitment: 3/28/2012
The lowdown: Michael Patterson is another recent commitment and the lone defensive end to commit to the Tigers up to this point. At 6'4", 235 pounds, coaches would like to see him add some more muscle to his frame, but that will come in time once he hits a college weight room. Take a look at this video and you can see that Patterson is an athletic freak who is just as talented on offense as he is on defense. This kid should be a major addition to what is already a very explosive LSU defensive line.
Name: Tre'Davious White
School/Hometown: Green Oaks High School, Shreveport, LA
Height/Weight: 5'11'', 160 pounds
Date of Verbal Commitment: 2/4/2012
The lowdown: The Tigers didn't waste any time swooping up the top athlete recruits in the state of Louisiana. White, who plays all over the field in high school, is another superior athlete to pledge his skills to LSU. At 5'11'', 160 pounds, White needs to add muscle if he is going to play on defense, but with his athleticism, he should find the field in one way or another. White choose LSU over another offer from Ole Miss and plenty of interest from other top-notch FBS schools. Rivals.com ranks him as a four-star prospect.