LSU Football: Way-Too-Early 2014 Recruiting Board
With national signing day now officially in the books, where do we possibly go from here when it comes to the recruiting front?
We've already looked at LSU's entire 2013 class, pointing out those prospects who could make immediate impacts and those who could be stars in the future.
With that said, how about we skip ahead and take an early look at some 2014 prospects.
The Tigers already have four verbal commitments in the 2014 class, all of which are ranked as 4-star prospects, according to rivals.com. So who else could be sporting that LSU purple and gold in 2014?
Let's go ahead and break down the players that LSU want and could likely get next season.
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After signing two big-time quarterback prospects in the Class of 2013, don't be surprised if LSU passes on signing a quarterback in this 2014 class.
As of right now, it looks like there could be five scholarship quarterbacks on LSU's 2013 roster, including starter Zach Mettenberger, backups Stephen Rivers and Rob Bolden, and incoming freshmen Hayden Rettig and Anthony Jennings.
Freshman Jerrard Randall, who was the third-string signal-caller for the Tigers last season, elected to transfer this offseason.
If the Tigers do look to sign a quarterback in 2014, don't expect it to be another mega-recruit.
According to Gary Laney of GeauxTigerNation.com, Donovan Isom (Destrehan, La.) was the only quarterback prospect to attend LSU's first junior day.
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Les Miles and the LSU coaching staff have their eyes glued on the best running back in this 2014 class, 5-star prospect Leonard Fournette.
The 6'1", 225-pound bruising back is the No.3-ranked prospect in the nation, according to rivals.com. He hails from New Orleans, which gives the Tigers an added advantage with the close proximity to Baton Rouge.
Fournette already has offers from numerous big-time programs, including Alabama, LSU, Florida, Florida State, Michigan, Notre Dame and Texas.
Other top running back prospects who have received offers from LSU, according to 247sports, include: Jalen Hurd (Hendersonville, TN.), Sony Michel (Ft. Lauderdale, FL.) and Racean Thomas (Oxford, AL.).
With LSU not signing a running back in 2013, expect to Tigers to land multiple backs in this 2014 recruiting class.
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The Tigers signed four wide receivers in their 2013 class, so it isn't exactly a position of pressing need.
However, what the Tigers would like to see is a tall, big-play threat head to Baton Rouge in 2014.
Ermon Lane, Malachi Dupre and Trey Quinn are three names to keep an eye on here. All are explosive athletes, and all are 6'1", or taller.
Rivals.com ranks Lane as a 4-star prospect and the No.29-ranked player in the 2014 class. Meanwhile, Dupre and Quinn are both in-state 4-star prospects, ranked No. 83 and 102, respectively. That is according to rivals.com's recent release of the Rivals250 rankings for 2014.
Another big-play wide receiver on the Tigers' radar is Speedy Noil, another 4-star local prospect. While he dosen't have great size (5'10", 185 pounds), Noil is a big-play threat that Les Miles would love to add to his offensive game plan.
The wide receiver position should be a bright spot for the Tigers in 2014.
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The LSU Tigers landed their man in 2013 in 4-star prospect DeSean Smith.
Now, the Tigers are off to another fantastic start in 2014 having already received a verbal commitment from in-state tight end prospect, Jacory Washington.
The 6'5", 210-pound Washington is a 4-star prospect and the No. 110 ranked player in the recent rivals250 rankings for 2014.
Rivals.com also ranks Washington as the top-rated tight end prospect in the country in 2014.
It looks like LSU should be all set at tight end for years to come.
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LSU signed just four offensive linemen in its 2013 class, but three of those four kids were 4-star prospects, according to rivals.com.
This 2014 class should include more than four players, and one elite prospect in already on board.
William Clapp, a 6'4", 270-pound offensive guard prospect has already verbally committed to the Tigers for 2014. He is a 4-star prospect and the No.175 player in the updated Rivals250 rankings.
But don't think for a second that LSU will stop there.
Cameron Robinson is the top-ranked offensive lineman prospect in the 2014 class, according to rivals.com. Being an in-state prospect, LSU has Robinson at the top of its list, and the feeling could be mutual.
Garrett Brumfield is another big-time local recruit who plays high school football right in LSU's backyard at Baton Rouge University Laboratory School.
Landing one, or both of those two prospects, along with Clapp, would be a huge start for what could be an exceptional 2014 recruiting class for LSU.
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Defensive line has always been a strength at LSU, and that trend should continue with several huge additions in LSU's 2013 class and many more expected in the 2014 group.
Three names to keep an eye on in the 2014 class are Gerald Willis III (New Orleans, La.), Chad Thomas (Miami, Fla.) and Deondre Clark (Oklahoma City, Okla.).
Willis is the most talented of the three, which again goes to prove how much talent there is in the state of Louisiana in 2014.
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LSU loaded up at the linebacker position in 2012 and because of that, it didn't pay as much attention to that position in the 2013 recruiting process.
Look for Les Miles to go after the position hard again in 2014, and it starts with two elite prospects the Tigers are aiming for.
Tre' Williams and Kenny Young are both 4-star prospects and both appear in the new Rivals250 rankings.
Williams is an Alabama-raised kid who the Tigers are going to have to battle the Crimson Tide for. However, Young is from River Rouge, La., which should help give the Tigers the upper hand in his recruitment.
Did I mention that the state of Louisiana is loaded with talent in 2014?
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It's time to start referring to LSU as "Defensive Back U" from now on.
The Tigers constantly bring in and spit out some of college football's best defensive backs in the nation. From Patrick Peterson, to Morris Claiborne, to Tyrann Mathieu, the list goes on and on.
Now LSU looks to be at it again in 2014, already securing verbal commitments from 4-star CB Chris Hardeman and 4-star S Devin Voorhies.
But that's not it.
Les Miles and the Tigers are hot on the trail of several other big-time defensive back prospects in the class of 2014.
That list includes: Edward Paris (Arlington, Texas), Tony Brown (Beaumont, Texas), Adoree' Jackson (Gardena, Calif.), Laurence Jones (Monroe, La.) and Nick Watkins (Dallas, Texas).
All five of these prospects are listed in the Rivals250 rankings, and all five are rated as 4- or 5-star prospects.
Landing Jones, a local Louisiana product, should be a huge priority for Les Miles and this LSU coaching staff in 2014.