LSU Football: 5 Recruits Most Likely to Start as Freshmen
Freshmen come in right away and contribute on a regular basis for Les Miles and the LSU Tigers.
Watching true freshmen step out onto the field isn't an abnormal picture for Tiger fans. Heck, in 2012, five true freshmen became regular contributors.
Vadal Alexander, Jeremy Hill, Kwon Alexander, Deion Jones and Jalen Mills all stepped up and were vital pieces for LSU on offense and defense in 2012.
LSU has lost a lot of juniors to the NFL draft (on defense especially), but the Tigers also return a lot of experience because of the youth that saw the field last season. Which incoming recruits will see the field this season and earn a starting role? These are the most likely candidates.
Kendell Beckwith is the gem of LSU's 2013 recruiting class.
Beckwith is an athlete that's listed as the 19th-best player on the ESPN 150.
At 6'3", 225 pounds, he played quarterback for East Feliciana High School. Yeah, imagine trying to tackle this guy. And as expected, Beckwith shouldn't be playing quarterback during his tenure at LSU.
With his great athleticism, expect him to play linebacker or maybe even tight end. If Beckwith can get better at catching the football, he could give LSU something the school hasn't had since Richard Dickson left—a threat at tight end (No, Deangelo Peterson doesn't count).
Beckwith is too talented to sit the bench his freshman year, and after the coaches mold his abilities, he should see the field in some shape or form. Whether it'll be making plays on offense or making tackles on defense remains to be seen.
LSU has recruited a lot of "athletes," and one of them will most likely be seeing playing time as a true freshman.
From Tre'Davious White to Jeryl Brazil to John Diarse, LSU has a lot of speedsters coming to campus. But if you had to bet on one of these men to make an immediate impact, you might want to bet on Diarse.
See, in high school, Diarse led Neville High School to two state championships as a quarterback.
Now granted, he won't be playing quarterback at LSU, but the Tigers should look to use Diarse the same way Neville used him.
How was that? Well, Neville simply put the ball in Diarse's hands, and he made plays on the football field. Look for LSU to try to use Diarse in a way similar to how they used Russell Shepard. Let's hope they handle him a lot better.
Ethan Pocic has a prime opportunity to start as a freshman.
With Josh Dworaczyk leaving, Chris Faulk declaring for the NFL draft and backup Chris Davenport heading to Tulane, starting as a true freshman at left tackle is a very real possibility for Pocic.
Pocic is a 6'6", 280-pound offensive tackle that's listed as the 74th-best recruit according to the ESPN 150.
Now, in terms of this being an actual possibility, it's likely that Pocic can work his way up to start for the Tigers, but then again, the odds are stacked against him. Miles, like most coaches, isn't crazy about starting true freshmen on the offensive line.
The reason Alexander did was because of injuries to Alex Hurst and Faulk. Can Pocic beat out players that have already gained experience by simply competing against college athletes at practice?
Maquedius Bain was an excellent pickup for LSU, and he'll more than likely start as a true freshman.
The Tigers will be without Bennie Logan and Josh Downs in 2013, and Anthony Johnson is expected to become the full-time starter at one of the defensive tackle positions.
The other one, well, it's up for grabs. Considering Bain's track record, he'll most likely win the job.
Bain is listed at No. 43 on the ESPN 150, and it's not hard to see why when you watch tape of this big man working in the middle.
At 6'5", 285 pounds, Bain that is sure to deliver wreckage in the middle of opposing SEC offensive lines in 2013.
If Bain doesn't start at tackle, it could be because Greg Gilmore took the starting position from him.
Gilmore, like Bain, is a highly touted defensive tackle recruit, who could do more than just battle Bain for that starting position on the defensive line.
Gilmore stands at 6'4", 285 pounds, and he certainly plays like it.
At South View High School in North Carolina, Gilmore bullied offensive linemen around and made tackles in the backfield regularly.
It's uncertain if he'll beat out Bain for that starting position on the defensive line, but with the way LSU loves to rotate defenders in, he'll surely see the field in 2013.