LSU Football: Top 5 Players on Les Miles' 2014 Recruiting Wish List

Sean MerrimanCorrespondent IMay 9, 2013

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Les Miles and the LSU Tigers coaching staff have done an exceptional job in recruiting since Miles arrived in Baton Rouge back in 2005.

Every year it seems like the Tigers are able to pull in one of the nation's top classes, which has certainly paid great dividends out on the football field.

However, next year's 2014 class could very well be the best of them all in terms of the talent that could be headed to Baton Rouge.

According to the 2014 Rivals100 rankings, four Louisiana in-state prospects are ranked among the top 50 players in the nation next season.

Looking even further into's rankings, there are a total of eight in-state prospects ranked among the top 110 players in the nation, and all of them are either verbally committed or considering LSU as their future home.

With that said, here are the top five in-state players on Les Miles' wish list at this point.


1. Leonard Fournette

Fournette is on the top of just about every team's wish list, including the LSU Tigers.

He has been considered by many to be the top running back prospect in the nation since Adrian Peterson, and he even draws comparisons to Peterson's build and style of game.

Standing at 6'1", 225 pounds, Fournette is an intimidating back with an extremely bright future.

Les Miles can only hope that future is in the LSU Purple and Gold, because if Fournette commits to LSU, don't be surprised to see many other top prospects follow in his footsteps.


2. Cameron Robinson

Outside of the quarterback position, there may not be a more important spot in all of college football than left tackle.

Having a dominant left tackle keeps quarterbacks upright and allows for a successful offensive attack both in the passing and run game.

That's where Robinson comes into play. He's the No. 1-ranked offensive tackle prospect in the nation in 2014 according to

In addition to LSU, Alabama, Michigan and Texas are also heavily pursuing Robinson.

Landing this mega-recruit would certainly put a huge smile on the face of Les Miles.


3. Laurence Jones

LSU has been known for producing some of the top defensive backs in college football year in and year out.

From Patrick Peterson to Morris Claiborne to Eric Reid, the list goes on and on when it comes to top-level DBs who played at LSU.

Les Miles is hoping that Laurence Jones is the next one to join that list.

Jones is the No. 2-ranked safety prospect in the nation and the No. 25 overall player according to's rankings.

He is a high 4-star prospect right now, but don't be surprised to see him jump into that 5-star range before national signing day rolls around.

Yes, he is that good.


4. Gerald Willis III

When it comes to strong-side defensive ends, there aren't many better ones in the country than Willis.

Standing at 6'4", 250 pounds, Willis has ideal size for a pass-rushing end, and other schools have certainly taken notice of his skill. In addition to LSU, he also holds offers from the likes of Alabama, Florida, Miami (Fl.), Texas and USC.

That's some stiff competition, but Miles has a knack for reeling in top in-state recruits, especially on the defensive side of the ball.

I'd be shocked if Willis didn't end up in the LSU Purple and Gold next season.


5. Malachi Dupre

Dupre is another guy who has a monster list of recruiting suitors, but playing just over an hour away from Baton Rouge should help Les Miles and the Tigers land this talented wide receiver prospect.

That list includes Florida State, Michigan, Notre Dame and UCLA, among many others.

Dupre has exceptional size at 6'4", 175 pounds, giving him the ability to stretch the field and be a big-time home run threat for this LSU passing attack. ranks him as the No. 8 wide receiver in the nation and the No. 83 prospect in the 2014 Rivals100 rankings.

Landing Dupre would give LSU another big-play option, following in the footsteps of guys like Terrence Toliver, Rueben Randle and Jarvis Landry.

Go get em' Les!


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