LSU Football: 5 Under-the-Radar Recruits That Could Be Headed to LSU
Now, let's flip the script and take this in a different direction.
Of course, being a college football powerhouse, LSU has the ability to draw in top-rated recruits from around the nation. But looking back at previous classes, guys like Morris Claiborne, Tyrann Mathieu and Alex Hurst were not highly touted prospects coming out of high school, but all three have enjoyed outstanding careers during their time in Baton Rouge.
So, is it possible that there could be several players that fit this bill in this year's recruiting class?
Let's go ahead and break down five under-the-radar recruits who could be making a commitment to LSU soon.
Bleacher Report Style!
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Name: Will Likely
Height/Weight: 5'7", 172 pounds
40-Yard Dash Time: 4.5 seconds
Rivals.com Ranking: 4 stars, No. 183 Overall
The Scoop: Likely is a talented cornerback prospect with great speed. The reason he isn't as highly touted as some of the other top cornerback prospects is because of his size, or lack there of. Standing at just 5'7", many coaches believe he could be exposed by bigger wide receivers.
Despite his lack of size, LSU has been big on this under-the-radar prospect for a while, and the feeling seems to be mutual. According to Rivals.com, LSU is the only school that Likely has "high" interest in.
At this point, LSU only has one true cornerback committed to their 2013 class, so despite his average ranking, adding Likely would be a huge score for the Tigers.
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Name: Rod Crayton
Position: Defensive Tackle
Height/Weight: 6'1", 290 pounds
Rivals.com Ranking: 4 stars (No National Ranking)
The scoop: Crayton is a big boy who could be a force in the trenches at the college level. He doesn't have exceptional height, but his pure size and strength allow him to muscle past interior offensive linemen.
Rivals.com lists Crayton as the No. 19 defensive tackle prospect in the country and the No. 9 player in the state of Alabama. Therefore, he isn't too highly touted, but is certainly someone that Les Miles and his LSU staff would love to be a part of their already impressive 2013 recruiting class.
Arkansas, Michigan, Ole Miss, Tennessee, Vanderbilt and Mississippi State are believed to be the other favorites for Crayton's services, along with LSU.
This would be a very nice pickup for this LSU football team.
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Name: Jaylen Miller
Position: Strong-side Defensive End
Height/Weight: 6'3", 265 pounds
40-Yard Dash Time: 4.98 seconds
Rivals.com Ranking: 3 stars (No Overall Ranking)
The Scoop: Miller is the first 3-star prospect to appear on this list, which goes to show that he isn't as highly touted as many other defensive end prospects in the 2013 class.
Miller is a guy who has good size and just simply has the look of a football player. He is strong (24 bench reps) and athletic (23 inch vertical), which are two of the most important aspects of evaluating a defensive end prospect.
LSU has their eyes on several top-notch DE's, including in-state prospect Tim Williams. However, if Miller decides to side with LSU over the likes of North Carolina, NC State, Florida or Georgia Tech, this would be a nice pickup for Miles and add more firepower to this impressive 2013 class.
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Name: Rashard Robinson
Height/Weight: 6'2", 163 pounds
40-Yard Dash Time: 4.4 seconds
Rivals.com Ranking: 4 stars (No Overall Rating)
The Scoop: Robinson is an under-the-radar kid who is starting to see his national recruiting attention rise after several impressive camp performances.
This is a kid who wows coaches on the football field with his speed. He has great height, standing at 6'2", but he is extremely thin, only weighing in at 163 pounds.
Rivals.com lists Robinson as the No. 24 cornerback prospect in the country and the No. 51 player in the state of Florida. He plays for the same high school as 2012 4-star signee Avery Johnson, which is part of the reason why LSU is listed among his finalists along with Florida State, Miami (FL), Oklahoma and West Virgina.
The Gators have not made an offer to this kid yet, so if LSU is able to swoop in and take him away from in-state Florida State and Miami, that would be huge.
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Name: Brian Bridgewater
Position: Tight End
Height/Weight: 6'6", 220 pounds
Rivals.com Ranking: 4 stars (Basketball)
The Scoop: Bridgewater is a star in both basketball and football, and it's possible he could end up playing both sports at the collegiate level.
Right now, it looks like Bridgewater favors basketball, which is why he remains an under-the-radar prospect on the gridiron. However, LSU has extended him an offer in football, and he has shown interest. He is a big-play tight end who would be a great addition to this team after the loss of Deangelo Peterson to graduation this past year.
Despite playing right in LSU's backyard at Episcopal High School in Baton Rouge, Bridgewater lists Arizona as his favorite right now, according to 247Sports.com.
If he decides to play football in college as well, don't be surprised to see LSU jump to the top of his list.
This would be a giant score for LSU.