LSU Football: Five Recruits Les Miles Would Love to Add to Tigers' 2013 Class
Take note college football fans.
Les Miles and the LSU Tigers have quite an impressive recruiting class in the works for the class of 2013. Make no mistake about it, they aren't finished yet.
The Tigers have already received 19 verbal commitments for their 2013 class, 13 of which are 4-star prospects, according to rivals.com. Of those 19 recruits, 11 of them are in-state prospects, which is very nice to see for Miles and his coaching staff.
LSU will likely add several more players to this already impressive class, but who are the top prospects that are on Miles' wish list?
Let's take a look at five recruits that LSU would love to add to this 2013 class.
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Tim Williams would likely be be the prize recruit of this already impressive LSU 2013 class—if he were to commit to the Tigers.
Williams is a 6'4", 230-pound defensive end prospect who actually plays his high school ball right down the street from Tiger Stadium at University Laboratory High School in Baton Rouge, LA. That right there makes him even more attractive to Les Miles and his staff.
Williams is a 4-star recruit and the No. 1 player in the state of Louisiana, according to rivals.com. He is also ranked as the No. 2 weakside defensive end and No. 31 overall player in the nation for the 2013 national recruiting class.
Sam Montgomery and Barkevious Mingo currently hold down the defensive end spots for the Tigers and, with both of them projected as first-round draft picks next season, Williams is a guy who could come in and make an immediate impact right away for this dominant LSU defense.
If Miles can find a way to add Williams to this already impressive class, then this group will have a legitimate shot at being one of, if not the, top class in the nation when it is all said and done.
There may not be a more explosive athlete in this 2013 class than Ricky Seals-Jones, who is believed to have narrowed his list down to Texas and LSU.
Seals-Jones, who plays quarterback in high school but is being recruited my most college programs as a wide receiver, originally committed to Texas but reopened his recruitment earlier this year. Many believe that he did that because he is seriously considering LSU at this point.
The 6'5", 220-pound athlete is ranked as the No. 1 wide receiver prospect in the country, according to rivals.com. He is currently listed as a four-star prospect and the No. 18 overall player in the nation, but that ranking could go up as he has continued to be impressive throughout the summer circuit.
The thought of landing Seals-Jones and pairing him up with 2013 quarterbacks Hayden Rettig and Anthony Jennings would be a dream come true for Les Miles.
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Priest Willis is a name that has been shooting up recruiting boards as of late, and one that Miles and his LSU staff would love to see on the back of an LSU uniform in 2013.
Willis, who plays his high school ball at Marcos De Niza High in Tempe, Ariz., is a 4-star prospect and the No. 6 ranked cornerback in the 2013 class, according to rivals.com.
He is another top-100 player who has a huge list of schools still at this point, but LSU is certainly in the mix.
Willis is fast (4.2 40-yard dash), strong (285 bench max) and has great size for a defensive back, standing at 6'2" and 185 pounds. He could be the next great cornerback to play for LSU, after the Tigers have produced three of the top cornerbacks in the nation over the past two years in Patrick Peterson, Morris Claiborne and Tyrann Mathieu.
Look for Willis to trim his list down soon and for LSU to make the cut as one of the finalists. A verbal commitment to the Tigers would make Les Miles one happy camper.
Kendell Beckwith is a guy who the Tigers have been high on for a while now and, fortunately for Les Miles and his LSU staff, the feeling appears to be mutual.
Despite having offers from the likes of Alabama, Arkansas, Clemson, Florida State and Notre Dame, among others, LSU still remains one of the favorites at this point with Beckwith.
The 6'3", 228-pound prospect is one of the top athletes in the country. He currently plays quarterback for his high school team, East Feliciana High in Jackson, LA, but he has the skills and size to play defensive line or linebacker on defense—as well as running back, wide receiver or even tight end on offense.
Beckwith is a 4-star prospect and the No. 3 ranked athlete prospect in the country, according to rivals.com. He is also listed as the No. 3 player in the state of Louisiana, trailing only DeSean Smith, who has already committed to LSU, and Tim Williams, who appeared earlier on this list as one of LSU's top current targets.
Landing Beckwith would certainly bring a huge smile to Les Miles' face.
Landing all five of these prospects could mean we see Miles doing flips up and down Tiger Stadium.
LSU remains on top when it comes to Greg Gilmore's recruiting, according to Paul Letlow at TigerBait.com.
Miles would love to add the 6'4", 275-pound defensive lineman who can play multiple spots on the line. He is ranked as a 4-star prospect and the No. 12 strongside defensive end in the nation, according to rivals.com.
Gilmore is also ranked as the No. 136 overall player in the nation and the fourth best 2013 prospect in the state of North Carolina. In addition to LSU, he also has offers from Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Georgia, Ohio State, Oklahoma and USC, among others.
Miles has to love the idea of landing a defensive lineman who can play both end and tackle. Gilmore has said that he plans to make several more visits before making his final decision which, for LSU's sake, will hopefully be to sign with the Tigers.