LSU laid a strong foundation for its 2015 recruiting class Monday when the Tigers received commitments from two of the top high school juniors in Louisiana. Cornerback Xavier Lewis (Reserve, La.) and running back Nick Brossette (Baton Rogue, La.)—both 4-star recruits, via 247Sports—bolstered the class by offering their non-binding verbal commitments, as per sportsNOLA.com.
Brossette and Lewis are the first class of 2015 players to commit to LSU in 2013. Until Monday, 5-star defensive back Kevin Toliver (Jacksonville, Fla.), via the 247Sports composite rankings, was the lone member of Les Miles' 2015 commit list, and he jumped on board last November.
The duo's decision sends a strong message to the SEC that LSU still reigns supreme on the recruiting trail in its home state. Each player is considered elite at their position, among the best athletes in Louisiana and have already garnered multiple scholarship offers.
Brossette, a 6', 207-pound battering ram out of the backfield, is the fifth-ranked running back in the 2015 class, according to the 247Sports composite rankings. He's considered the second-best player in the state in those same rankings.
The University Lab star's additional offers include Alabama, Auburn, Miami and Florida State, according to 247Sports. Brossette is a bruiser who can generate enough speed on his initial steps to bounce to the outside and break off tackles.
He's the latest in a long line of large running backs at LSU. Recent program alumni Joseph Addai, Jacob Hester and Keiland Williams each measured at least 5'11" and weighed more than 210 pounds.
Sophomore Jeremy Hill, who led the Tigers with 12 rushing touchdowns last season, is 6'2", 235 pounds.
Lewis is a long, smooth talent who excels in perimeter coverage. Standing at 6', 175 pounds, the cornerback can contend with the size of SEC receivers and still has two years to expand on his frame.
He is considered the 19th-best cornerback prospect in the 2015 class, according to the 247Sports composite rankings. Lewis currently anchors the secondary for East St. John High School and is an intriguing threat in the special teams return game.
Before committing to LSU, Lewis looked at offers from the likes of Tulane and Arizona State, according to 247Sports. He and fellow 2015 commit Toliver already give the Tigers an excellent haul of future talent in the defensive backfield.
The Tigers continue to put the finishing touches on an impressive 2014 class but made significant strides toward 2015 with the commitments from Lewis and Brossette.
B/R college football columnist Tyler Donohue spent three seasons with the Rutgers University football program's recruiting department, contributing to three classes (2007-09) under head coach Greg Schiano.