5 Biggest Questions LSU Needs to Answer Before 2013 National Signing Day

Jake MartinCorrespondent IIIDecember 15, 2013

5 Biggest Questions LSU Needs to Answer Before 2013 National Signing Day

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    As Santa Claus preps his list for next week, LSU fans have a few questions they want checked off before National Signing Day comes.

    You better watch out, you better not cry—LSU better land these in-state recruits, and I'm telling you why.

    St. Nick (Saban) is coming to town, and for those who haven't heard, Saban signed an extension with Alabama. It looks like Saban will contribute more headaches for Tiger fans, perhaps more than any alcoholic beverage will if these five big questions aren't answered before Feb. 5.

    What are those five questions, you ask? Well, you'll have to peek inside for that juicy info.

Will Under Armour All-American Game Bring Late Christmas Presents?

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    Santa Claus may arrive a little late for Les Miles and his LSU family.

    On Jan. 2, the Tigers' future will be on the line, as the Under Armour All-American Game will reveal the destinations of the Tigers' top six targets.

    Leonard Fournette, Tony Brown, Jamal Adams, Speedy Noil, Malachi Dupre, and Gerald Willis will all commit during the game.

    Fournette has been the Tigers' top target since day one, and he's considered to be Jeremy Hill's eventual replacement. Brown and Adams are 5-star recruits who could bring this "DBU" notion back to LSU.

    Noil is a Reggie Bush-type athlete who should contribute day one at any college he chooses, Dupre is a  coveted 5-star receiver who would look good alongside Noil and Trey Quinn, and Willis is a 5-star defensive end who's generated a lot of hype. 'Tis the season?

Is LSU About to Grab a Starting Linebacker for 2014?

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    Secrets are best kept at Christmas time, but not even St. Nick could hide the fact that the Tigers are suffering at linebacker.

    Suffer no more—Clifton Garrett is on his way... potentially. The good news about this is that Tiger fans won't have to wait long for his announcement.

    On Dec. 17, the 5-star linebacker will make his decision, per 247sports.com, and LSU fans are quite confident he'll journey toward Baton Rouge.

    Clifton is from Illinois, but he's been heavily recruited by the Chief himself, John Chavis.

    LSU is listed as his top school, and all signs point toward Garrett being a Tiger next season. Will he change his mind before the big date?

Who Stays and Who Leaves?

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    Bah humbug. It seems Odell Beckham, Jarvis Landry, Ego Ferguson, Anthony Johnson, La'el Collins and Jeremy Hill may all play the part of Scrooge this January. Or will they?

    This might be the biggest question Tiger fans want answered right now.

    Listed above are six juniors, who were a huge reason for LSU's nine-win season. Of course, Landry and Beckham were one of the greatest wide receiver tandems LSU fans have ever seen, and they proved it by becoming the first tandem to each record 1,000 yards receiving in a season. Unfortunately, they are likely gone.

    I can't see Hill passing up on the NFL either, as running backs have a shorter life span in football than other players. Knowing this, Hill likely takes the leap to the next level.

    Collins, Ferguson and Johnson are all question marks. Collins was the Tigers' most dominant offensive lineman, while Ferguson and Johnson were the top defensive tackles but struggled at various points of the season. I wouldn't be surprised to see one or two of these players forgo the NFL draft for another season in purple and gold.

Is Anthony Jennings the Unquestioned Heir?

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    Tired of the Christmas-related comments? Yeah, I figured. I guess I'll give you a break for one slide...

    Let's talk strictly football then. Cutting right to the chase—is Anthony Jennings the man to replace Zach Mettenberger?

    Currently it looks like it, as Jennings is riding momentum from his comeback performance against Arkansas, where he showed poise and accuracy in the final minutes of the game.

    How will he perform against a more disciplined defense in Iowa, though? Jan. 1 should serve as a real eye-opener for this young man, and the future could be written with another impressive showing.

    So as the 2014 Outback Bowl approaches, ask yourself, is Jennings the man for the job at quarterback? We'll see soon enough.

Does John Chavis Still Have It?

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    These days you'll find just as many naughty LSU fans as you will nice.

    They're seemingly an impatient bunch, and a fanbase without patience is a fanbase that's willing to turn on proven commodities. Just ask Mack Brown at Texas.

    Of course, this question comes into play before national signing day because Chavis' scheme depends on star recruits jumping the learning curve and contributing immediately.

    Can he get the ones he needs to put a dominant defense back on the field? Will a month be long enough preparation for his defense to conquer a ground-and-pound offense from Iowa?

    Chavis has earned the respect of the LSU fanbase, but in the world we now live in, that earned respect can have an expiration date.