LSU Football Recruiting: Top In-State Prospects Tigers Can't Let Slip Away

Edwin WeathersbyAnalyst ISeptember 19, 2013

LSU Football Recruiting: Top In-State Prospects Tigers Can't Let Slip Away

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    LSU is in the middle of another great recruiting year, as the Tigers have the No. 13 class in the 247Sports recruiting rankings.

    Head coach Les Miles has 14 commitments, including pledges from 4-star players such as defensive back Edward Paris, receiver Trey Quinn and quarterback Brandon Harris

    Miles does perhaps the best job of any coach in the country at keeping in-state prospects home. However, with so many elite uncommitted recruits being from Louisiana this year, Miles is going to have do his best job to date; if not, LSU will see them slip away to one of its rivals.

    Player evaluations are based on review of tape at Scout.comRivals247Sports and ESPNU.


Kenny Young, LB

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    From powerhouse John Curtis High School in New Orleans, Kenny Young is a talented 4-star linebacker who could help LSU continue to play strong defense.

    Young, who is 6'2" and 220 pounds, is a physical 'backer who plays big at the point of attack. He shows good quickness to attack the line of scrimmage, can strike with power and has a great motor. Young can shed a block quickly, use his strength to press and has good straight-line speed in pursuit.

    LSU leads, but Florida State, Michigan and Miami are in the mix, per 247Sports.

Garrald McDowell, DT

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    Garrald McDowell is a 4-star defensive end who clearly fits best on the strong side. He displays good quickness at the snap, can powerfully set the edge versus running plays and has the ability to violently shed blocks to clean himself up to make tackles.

    McDowell, who is 6'1" and 252 pounds, is from Covington High School in Louisiana. He can kick inside to defensive tackle on passing downs, use his strength to play big at the point of attack and convert speed to power if he has the time and space.

    McDowell is expected to sign with LSU, but do not count out Arkansas or Oklahoma, says 247Sports

Davon Godchaux, DE

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    Hailing from Plaquemine Senior High School, 4-star defensive end Davon Godchaux likely will grow into a defensive tackle or a 5-technique defensive end in college.

    The 6'4" Louisiana native weighs 265 pounds, has great strength and fits well in the trenches. He shows solid quickness at the snap but is at his best when he can punch a blocker and then read a play, rather than simply attacking.

    Godchaux has the ability to powerfully anchor versus running plays, shed and make stops. He rushes more with strength than quickness but can generate a push in the pocket.

    Godchaux is expected to sign with LSU, according to the experts at 247Sports

Gerald Willis, DT

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    Gerald Willis is probably the best defensive lineman in the state of Louisiana, which is saying something. The 5-star New Orleans prospect has the versatility to play strong-side defensive end or defensive tackle in a 4-3 scheme.

    Willis flashes explosive quickness at the snap, can fire into gaps to penetrate and makes plays in the backfield. He is 6'3", 275 pounds and plays with toughness in the trenches. Willis has solid instincts, can quickly read plays and once he gets better at using his hands, he could be a force.

    Texas A&M is LSU's only true competition for him, according to 247Sports

Malachi Dupre, WR

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    Based on his limited production, Malachi Dupre has a lot of work to do. However, the 6'2.5", 187-pound 5-star receiver is more polished than his numbers indicate.

    Dupre uses adequate release-quickness, good build-up speed and subtle wiggles in his routes to defeat cornerbacks. He has long arms, good hands and flashes the ability to adjust to throws all around his frame. 

    Another impressive trait the New Orleans native displays is the ability to run with strength after the catch. Dupre can transfer upfield quickly, but flashes some power as a runner with the ball.

    LSU, Alabama, Florida State and UCLA are the main schools for Dupre, reports Jamie Newberg of (subscription required). 

Laurence Jones, S

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    Laurence Jones is a 5-star safety who is not only one of the best players in Louisiana, but also in the country. The Louisiana native is from Monroe and attends Neville High School.

    Jones, who looks like a middle linebacker at 6'2" and 214 pounds, has graceful athleticism, speed and impressive range in the secondary. He is a true center-fielder type of safety who can shoot out of transition, burst to undercut receivers and make plays on the ball.

    Jones is most comfortable on top of the defense, but he will fill an alley when he has to. He is expected to sign with LSU, but Alabama is also in the hunt, according to 247Sports

Speedy Noil, ATH

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    A 5-star athlete, Speedy Noil is a versatile prospect who can play quarterback, running back and receiver. The New Orleans native can also return punts and kicks, plus play defensive back.

    However, Noil, who is 5'10.5" and 176 pounds, will likely play receiver in college. He has excellent speed, explosiveness and a rare burst with the ball. Noil is instinctive in the open field, routinely shows off his elusiveness and is a threat to score anytime he touches the ball.

    LSU may have some work to do to land the 5-star receiver, but it's in the mix along with Florida, Texas A&M and USC, says 247Sports

Leonard Fournette, RB

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    Perhaps the No. 1 player in the country, 5-star running back Leonard Fournette is the top recruit LSU must not let slip away.

    The Tigers did not sign a true running-back prospect in their 2013 class, so depth is needed at the position. However, Fournette is more than a "depth-recruit," as he would be ready to carry the load for LSU immediately as a true freshman.

    Fournette, who is 6'1" and 226 pounds, has outstanding strength as a runner to go along with a great burst to and through holes, solid agility and impressive speed. He can carry defenders for extra yards after contact while also being capable of making big plays with quickness and athleticism.

    Fournette is also a great receiver out of the backfield who should catch a large amount of passes before the end of his college career.

    The New Orleans native will sign with LSU or Alabama, according to the experts at 247Sports

2014 Bleacher Report College Football Recruiting Heat Map

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    Many of LSU's top recruiting targets can be found on the 2014 Bleacher Report College Football Recruiting Heat Map! Recruiting fans can use the interactive tool to locate the top prospects in the country!

    Edwin Weathersby is the College Football Recruiting Analyst for Bleacher Report. He has worked in scouting/player personnel departments for three professional football teams, including the New York Giants and Cleveland Browns.