LSU Football: 5 Freshmen the Tigers Can Build Around

Sean MerrimanCorrespondent IFebruary 11, 2013

LSU Football: 5 Freshmen the Tigers Can Build Around

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    Les Miles has to feel pretty darn good about the incoming freshman recruiting class he is bringing to Baton Rouge this upcoming season.

    Miles and the Tigers reeled in the No. 6-ranked class in the nation, according to Of LSU's 26 2013 commitments, 17 are rated as 4-star prospects, or higher.

    With so much talent headed to LSU, Miles and his staff should have plenty of talent to build around for the future. But who exactly are those future stars on this roster?

    Let's go ahead and break down five freshmen in this 2013 class that LSU can build around.

    Bleacher Report Style!

Hayden Rettig

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    Yes, of course, it is always easy to pick a quarterback to go on this list, but the Tigers went out and signed two big-time quarterbacks in this 2013 class, and one, if not both, could very well star for this LSU team in the future.

    Hayden Rettig, a 6'4'', 210-pound quarterback is the No. 3-ranked pro-style quarterback in the nation, according to He has exceptional size, an outstanding arm and looks like a poised passer with a little swagger as well.

    Rettig traveled a long way from Los Angeles to Baton Rouge, so he must really like this LSU program and the coaching staff.

    LSU also brought in Anthony Jennings, another 4-star quarterback prospect, who has the ability to both run and throw.

    The hope in Baton Rouge is that these two can develop into everything the Tigers' were hoping they had with Jarrett Lee and Jordan Jefferson, but even better.

    If that is the case, then look for Rettig, and perhaps Jennings as well, to possibly contribute as early as 2014, once Zach Mettenberger graduates.

    They both certainly have the talent to do so.

Tre'Davious White

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    Some refer to Penn State University as "Linebacker U."

    Others refer to USC as "Tailback U."

    I think it's time to start seriously considering referring to LSU as "Defensive Back U."

    From Patrick Peterson to Morris Claiborne to Eric Reid, LSU has been bringing in and spitting out some of the best defensive backs in college football. Some of them are already, or at least on their way to becoming, stars in the NFL.

    It looks like Les Miles got his next great cornerback in this 2013 recruiting class in 5-star prospect Tre'Davious White.

    White is the No. 4-ranked cornerback in the nation, according to He was the No. 22-ranked prospect in the nation and the top player in the football-heavy state of Louisiana.

    This kid's speed and ball skills could lead to him making a big impact as soon as next year.

Frank Herron

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    Gone is Barkevious Mingo.

    Gone is Sam Montgomery.

    The Tigers are in need of a new dominant defensive end to wreak havoc on opposing SEC quarterbacks.

    That's where 5-star mega-recruit Frank Herron comes in. ranks Herron as the No. 3 strongside defensive end in the nation, and at 6'5'', 260 pounds with a knack for rushing opposing quarterbacks, why wouldn't he be rated so high?

    If you're talking about a guy who LSU can look to build around on the defensive side of the ball, then all signs should point to Frank Herron. 

Ethan Pocic

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    Last year, it was Vadal Alexander who lived up to the hype as a mega-recruit heading to Baton Rouge.

    This year, it could be Ethan Pocic, another highly touted prospect who could make an immediate impact at LSU next season.

    Pocic is ranked as the No. 4 offensive tackle prospect in the nation, according to

    Could you imagine a Alexander-Pocic offensive tackle combination for the next three years?

    With Chris Faulk unexpectedly bolting early for the NFL draft, that could certainly be a reality, sooner than later.

Greg Gilmore

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    Defensive tackle is another position that took a big hit this offseason with both Bennie Logan and Josh Downs leaving town.

    We know that Anthony Johnson should take over one of those vacated defensive tackle spots, but who takes the other?

    How about 6'4'', 275-pound tackle prospect Greg Gilmore?

    He is a force in the middle of the line, and he still has plenty of room to grow and get stronger. Once he hits the college weight room and begins building up more muscle, it is scary to think how good this kid could be in the future.

    When talking about someone for this LSU team to build around, look no further then this guy right here.