Sharieff Rhaheed Commits to LSU: Tigers Land Versatile Defender

Ian BergCorrespondent IMarch 27, 2013

Photo via 247Sports
Photo via 247Sports

The LSU Tigers pulled in the eighth commitment of the 2014 class when talented defensive end/linebacker Sharieff Rhaheed from Central High School in Florida verbally committed to the Tigers Tuesday night (via ESPN).

At 6'4", 215 pounds (via Rivals) Rhaheed is in a flexible position. He has the body type to be a speed-rush defensive end type with more weight added once he lands in college, or he could fill out and finish in the 220-pound range and be an effective outside linebacker.

His ability to play defensive end and possibly transition to linebacker down the road makes him the first dynamic athletic threat for LSU in this class.

He is only rated a 3-star (via Rivals), but a solid senior season and summer camp circuit can increase his stock exponentially. He holds offers from notable programs like Ole Miss, Louisville, Tennessee, Penn State and a host of others.

You can see in the short clip from the Nike camp that he has the basics of coverage down, and he has good footwork for his size. He has quick feet and is fluid in-stride as a runner. All of the raw skills are there to create a very good defender. 

This was a strong defensive pickup for the Tigers who will grow over the next year into a solid prospect that is sought after by every team in the country. 

According to Rhaheed, he called up LSU and requested a visit on his own. After a visit on Tuesday he made the commitment firm to the Tigers.

ESPN’s Josh Moyer (via ESPN) caught up with Rhaheed and asked why he sought out LSU after never visiting. Rhaheed said "It's just their scheme, the area, and the fact they're in the SEC. They were one of the first schools to show me interest my sophomore year, and I just really like them."

I think it was the Harlem Shake.