LSU Football: 5 Recruits Les Miles Must Land to Have SEC's Best Class

Sean MerrimanCorrespondent IDecember 19, 2012

LSU Football: 5 Recruits Les Miles Must Land to Have SEC's Best Class

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    LSU always manages to reel in solid recruiting classes, year-in and year-out.

    However, this 2013 class has the potential to truly be special.

    As it stands right now, the Tigers currently have 22 verbal commitments in their 2013 class, 16 of which are ranked as 4-star prospects by

    However, what Les Miles' team is missing is that dominant 5-star prospect.

    There are still several recruits out there who are very high on LSU, but will Les Miles be able to reel them in to Baton Rouge?

    Let's go ahead and take a look at five recruits Miles must land in order to secure the top recruiting class in the SEC.

Kendell Beckwith

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    Kendell Beckwith is one of those freakishly athletic prospects who can play a number of positions, on both sides of the ball.

    Standing at 6'3" 228 pounds with 4.7 speed in the 40-yard dash, Beckwith has it all.

    He looks to be best suited on the defensive side of the football, most likely as a rush end who can wreck havoc on an opposing quarterback.

    As it stands, Beckwith currently has offers from just about every elite program in the country, but many believe that this will come down to LSU and Alabama.

    Don't be surprised to see Beckwith decide to stay in his home state of Louisiana and commit to the Tigers.

    That would be a nice Christmas gift for Miles and the staff.

Tim Williams

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    Playing right in LSU's backyard at Baton Rouge University Laboratory School, Tim Williams seemed like a slam dunk to LSU when his initial recruitment began.

    However, since that time, the 4-star defensive end has seen his recruitment heat up and he has shown serious interest in Alabama, Florida State, Miami (FL) and LSU.

    Williams is the No. 89 recruit in the 2013 class and the No. 3-ranked weakside defensive end, according to

    Look for Williams to make a decision in the upcoming months, and if LSU can land both him and Beckwith, you might be looking at Montgomery-Mingo part two for this talented Tigers defense.

    What a treat that would be.

Priest Willis

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    LSU has always been known for having some of the best defensive backfields in college football.

    If Les Miles and the Tigers can land 4-star cornerback Priest Willis, that tradition should continue for years to come.

    Willis stands at 6'2", 185 pounds and is ranked as the No. 10 cornerback in the 2013 class, according to

    A tall defensive back with blazing speed, Willis would be a huge score for Les Miles, potentially forming a dominant cornerback duo with Tre'Davious White.

    This is one recruit that is certainly high on Miles' wish list.

Maquedius Bain

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    Every sign points to Bain favoring LSU at this point, but for some reason, there still hasn't been a verbal commitment.

    This 6'3" 308-pound defensive tackle prospect is an exceptional athlete who plays on both sides of the ball in high school, but is expected to stick to defense at the next level. ranks Bain as the No. 40 defensive tackle prospect in the nation and the No. 77 overall prospect in the state of Florida.

    Other schools that have offered Bain include Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Michigan, Oklahoma and USC.

    But as it looks right now, this battle is LSU's to lose.

Rueben Foster

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    This recruit might be the long shot of the group, but if LSU were to land 5-star linebacker Rueben Foster, they would likely shoot up the class rankings.

    I mentioned earlier that LSU is missing that key 5-star recruit, and Foster could be just that.

    Standing at 6'2" 228 pounds, Foster is an intimidating force on both sides of the ball. In addition to playing linebacker, he also played some halfback in high school but will likely stick to defense at the next level.

    Foster has already committed and then de-committed from both Alabama and Auburn, so that leaves LSU as the next SEC powerhouse on the list, right?

    Les Miles sure hopes so.