LSU Football: 5 Freshmen Who Could Make an Immediate Impact in 2013

Sean MerrimanCorrespondent IJanuary 31, 2013

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With national signing day quickly approaching, it looks like Les Miles and his LSU coaching staff are well on their way to reeling in another national top-10 recruiting class.

While the Tigers will likely miss on some of the top remaining uncommitted prospects, such as Robert Nkemdiche and Reuben Foster, they still have to feel good about this 2013 recruiting class going forward.

Of the Tigers' 27 current verbal commitments, two are listed as 5-star prospects, 16 as 4-star prospects, and the remaining nine are 3-star prospects, according to's rankings.

So of those 27 commitments, how many will see the field in 2013?

Let's go ahead and break down five recruits who could make an immediate impact in 2013.


1. Tre'Davious White

White is probably the fastest and most athletic prospect in LSU's 2013 recruiting class. His blazing speed allowed him to play close up in press coverage, which is something that LSU has been known for over the years.

With Tharold Simon bolting early for the NFL Draft, there is a vacated cornerback spot that should be up for grabs heading into fall camp.

White is talented enough to grab that spot as a true freshman, and even if he dosen't win that spot, he will likely be used on special teams in the return game because of his exceptional speed and athleticism.

This kid has the chance to make a major impact during his freshman season.


2. Frank Herron

Herron is the Tigers' second highest rated player after White, according to But that isn't the only reason why he appears near the top of this list.

LSU lost both starting defensive ends this season when Barkevious Mingo and Sam Montgomery elected to forgo their senior seasons and enter the NFL Draft. Their top backup at that spot, Lavar Edwards, was a senior and will likely be playing on Sundays as well in the future.

Because of that, both defensive end spots are there for the taking, with experience being a non-factor at this point.

That opens the door for Herron, a pass-rushing end with great size and athleticism.


3. Logan Stokes

The Tigers got next to nothing from the tight end position last season, which is why this LSU coaching staff has made it a point to bring in some talent at that position in this year's 2013 recruiting class. 

As it stands right now, the Tigers have two tight ends in this 2013 class.

Logan Stokes, a junior college transfer, has already signed his letter of intent and should be with the team when spring practice begins. He has good size at 6'4", 240 pounds, and already has experience playing after high school.

Stokes is the leader to receive early playing time right now, but don't rule out true freshman DeSean Smith, who is the No. 2-ranked tight end prospect in the nation, according to

Look for one, if not both of these highly-regarded prospects to be on the field for LSU next season.


4. Quantavius Leslie

Ever since Ruben Randle left early for the NFL Draft last year, LSU has been lacking size at the wide receiver position.

In comes Quantavius Leslie, a 6'4" big-play wide receiver who has the size, talent and skill to make an immediate impact in this LSU passing game.

Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry have established themselves as the top receivers on this LSU football team, but neither of them are true big-body, downfield threats. Landry is primarily a possession receiver, while Beckham is a speedy option who could operate in the slot if Leslie develops into a downfield threat.

Either way, look for Leslie to get his shot to crack this rotation heading into the 2013 season.


5. Kendell Beckwith

I debated who to put in this slot, deciding between Beckwith and OL prospect Ethan Pocic. In the end, I sided with Beckwith simply because of his versatility and ability to play multiple spots out on the football field.

For those who aren't familiar with Kendell Beckwith, you will be soon. This kid is one of the most athletically gifted prospects in the nation.

He has the size to play defensive end, but the speed and athleticism to play outside linebacker. Because of that, odds are that this LSU coaching staff will find a place for him out there on the field and it should come as soon as this year.

This kid is simply too talented to stay off the field.