LSU Football Recruiting: Updates on 2014 Commits and Targets

Carter BryantContributor IDecember 26, 2013

LSU Football Recruiting: Updates on 2014 Commits and Targets

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    Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

    LSU had another successful season under Les Miles in 2013, but the Tigers lacked the talent and depth needed to contend for an SEC Championship. The 2014 recruiting class must be phenomenal for the future of the program. 

    LSU already has a stacked class, but recruiting coordinator Frank Wilson still has his eye on numerous 5-star targets. If Wilson and the staff can reel in the elite prospects, the Tigers could finish with the No. 1 overall class. 

    Keep up with the latest news and notes on the recruiting trail here. 

     

    Note: All stats and rankings via 247Sports unless otherwise noted.

Latest News

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    LSU recruiting coordinator Frank Wilson is known by many as one of the best recruiters in the country.
    LSU recruiting coordinator Frank Wilson is known by many as one of the best recruiters in the country.247 Sports

    Update: LSU has moved up to No. 4 in the 247 Sports Recruiting Team Rankings.

    Update: Les Miles has hired Virginia Tech offensive line coach Jeff Grimes to the same position at LSU. An official announcement will be made on Friday.   

    Update: DT prospect Travonte Valentine has narrowed his choices down to LSU and Miami according to 247 Sports

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    Update: DT prospect Travonte Valentine decommitted from Miami after the U.S. Army All-American Bowl according to Ryan Bartow of 247 Sports. LSU and Kentucky are the expected leaders to nab Valentine. 

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    Update: LSU running back target Leonard Fournette chooses LSU. Fournette choose the Tigers over Alabama and Texas. 

    Update: LSU cornerback target Tony Brown chooses Alabama over LSU at the Under Armour High School All-American Game. 

    Update: LSU defensive lineman target Gerald Willis chooses Florida over LSU at the Under Armour High School All-American Game. 

    Update: LSU safety target Jamal Adams commits to LSU. The 5-star safety chose the Tigers over Florida and Texas.  

    Update: LSU wide receiver target Speedy Noil chooses Texas A&M over LSU at the Under Armour High School All-American Game. 

    Update: Keep it here for updates from the Under Armour All-American Game.  

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    Update: Receiver prospect Frank Iheanacho announces Christmas morning via Twitter that LSU is in his Top Five choices along with Oregon, Arkansas, Texas A&M and Missouri. 

    Update: Sonny Shipp of Geaux 247 says current Arizona pro-style quarterback commit Shea Patterson is sparking the interest of the LSU coaching staff. 

    Update: Shea Dixon of Geaux 247 says current Colorado offensive line commit Elijah Rodriguez's strong senior season has the LSU coaching staff interested. 

Quarterbacks

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    Targets

    None

     

    Already Committed

    Brandon Harris: 4-star dual-threat QB; 6'2'', 193 lbs.; 4.64 40-yard dash

     

    Analysis

    Brandon Harris has already signed to play for LSU thanks to new financial aid rules. By enrolling early and participating in spring ball, Harris will immediately battle current starter Anthony Jennings and others for the starting quarterback position next season. 

    Harris has a chance to be the next great quarterback for offensive coordinator Cam Cameron. His high school tape shows good arm strength and the ability to move the chains with his legs. He played with an excellent supporting cast at Parkway High School, which included an offensive line that gave him light-years to throw the football. Stiffer competition will be difficult for him, but participating in spring football will help.  

Running Backs

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    Targets

    Leonard Fournette: 5-star; 6'1'', 226 lbs. 

     

    Already Committed

    Darrel Williams: 4-star; 6'0'', 217 lbs.

     

    Analysis

    Whether or not Jeremy Hill leaves early for the NFL, LSU needs running backs. Williams is nice addition to LSU. He doesn't have elite speed, but he runs powerfully through tacklers

    The overall success of LSU's recruiting class will depend on Fournette's decision. He is the No. 1 overall player, according to 247Sports. The crown jewel out of New Orleans is so good that Les Miles subtweeted him during the recruiting dead period. 

    Fournette is the kind of prospect who wins games in the SEC. If LSU does not sign him by February, the state of Louisiana will be in full meltdown mode. 

     

Wide Receivers/Tight Ends

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    Targets

    Speedy Noil: 5-star WR; 5'10', 176 lbs.; 4.40 40-yard dash 

    Update: Noil committed to Texas A&M during the Under Armour All-American Game. He is an an early enrollee in College Station, making him out of the running for LSU. 

    Malachi Dupre: 5-star WR; 6'2'', 187 lbs.; 4.58 40-yard dash

     

    Committed

    Trey Quinn: 4-star WR; 6'1'', 200 lbs.; 4.39 40-yard dash

    Tony Upchurch: 4-star WR; 6'2'', 228 lbs.; 4.60 40-yard dash 

    D.J. Chark: 4-star WR; 6'0'', 176 lbs.; 4.46 40-yard dash

    Jacory Washington: 4-star TE; 6'5'', 220 lbs.

     

    Analysis

    LSU needs new wide receivers badly. Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry will probably make the jump to the NFL after stellar junior seasons.

    Noil and Dupre are both exceptional talents and would immediately earn playing time. Quinn, Upchurch and Chark are all commits with different skill sets. Quinn is excellent at blowing by any coverage for big plays as well as catching the ball in traffic. Upchurch is a big target who will beef up the unit. Chark is a small but quick receiver who played almost exclusively out of the slot at the high school level. But all three will probably take a year or more at the college level before becoming difference makers. 

    Washington could be the most interesting player of the bunch. He was split out wide more often then he was asked to block. LSU has been looking for a receiving tight end who can stretch the field. He has the skill set to fill that role.  

Offensive Line

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    Will Clapp is a talented prospect out of Brother Martin High School in New Orleans.
    Will Clapp is a talented prospect out of Brother Martin High School in New Orleans.247 Sports

    Targets

    Elijah Rodriguez: 3-star OT; 6'5'', 275 lbs. 

     

    Already Committed

    Garrett Brumfield: 4-star OG; 6'3'', 272 lbs. 

    Will Clapp: 4-star OG; 6'4'', 275 lbs. 

     

    Analysis:

    LSU only had one senior on the offensive line this season in Josh Williford, whose season ended before it even began. The Tigers will return all five starters if left tackle La'el Collins decides to return for his senior season. 

    Brumfield and Clapp are both prospects that need to beef up. They will probably redshirt next season. Rodriguez is currently a Colorado commit, but Shea Dixon of Geaux 247 says the Houston prospect has drawn the attention of LSU and FSU after a strong senior campaign. 

     

Defensive Line

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    LSU DL commit Davon Godchaux (right) already has a relationship with LSU defensive line coach Brick Haley (center).
    LSU DL commit Davon Godchaux (right) already has a relationship with LSU defensive line coach Brick Haley (center).247 Sports

    Targets:

    Lorenzo Carter - 5-star DE; 6'5'', 232 lbs.; 4.63 40-yard dash

    Gerald Willis - 5-star DT; 6'3'', 275 lbs.

    Update: Willis committed to the Florida Gators at the Under Armour All-American Game.

     

    Already Committed:

    Davon Godchaux - 4-star DE; 6'4'', 265 lbs.

    Deondre Clark - 4-star DE; 6'2'', 232 lbs.; 4.70 40-yard dash

     

    Analysis: 

    LSU had a lack of depth at defensive tackle this season. Top performers Ego Ferguson and Anthony Johnson can decide if they want to go pro. If they do, the Tigers will hope that its start-studded defensive tackle class from last season steps up because there are no defensive tackle prospects currently committed to LSU. 

    Godchaux could add more weight and move inside defensive tackle, a position he played in high school. But his future is more than likely at defensive end. Clark won't blow anybody away with athleticism, but he plays with great control and technique for a young player. A good comparison for Clark would be former LSU defensive end Lavar Edwards, who was a solid contributor for the Tigers. 

     

     

     

Linebackers

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    Clifton Garrett competing at The Opening.
    Clifton Garrett competing at The Opening.Steve Dykes-USA TODAY Sports

    Targets: 

    None

     

    Already Committed:

    Clifton Garrett - 5-star LB; 6'2'', 228 lbs.; 4.79 40-yard dash 

    Donnie Alexander - 3-star OLB; 6'1'', 205 lbs.

     

    Analysis:

    Garrett and Alexander bring some much-needed athleticism at linebacker for LSU. Garrett is a complete linebacker that dominated high school football in Illinois. He can play either middle or outside linebacker at the college level, versatility that will boost the play of the Tigers linebackers

    Alexander could be the most underrated prospect in the class. He is overshadowed by LSU target Speedy Noil at Edna Karr. There are so many prospects from New Orleans that sometimes players fall under the radar, and Alexander is one of those guys. He plays well in space and with excellent explosion, both of which are necessary to play in defensive coordinator John Chavis' exotic schemes.  

     

Defensive Backs

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    Targets:

    Adoree' Jackson - 5-star CB; 5'9'', 182 lbs.; 4.44 40-yard dash

    Tony Brown - 5-star CB; 6'0'', 188 lbs.; 4.35 40-yard dash 

    Update: Brown committed to Alabama at Under Armour All-American Game. He has signed a boon with the university and will run track as well.  

    Laurence "Hootie" Jones - 4-star safety; 6'2'', 220 lbs.

    Update: After stepping away from his original decision, Jones has decided to re-commit to Alabama

     

    Commitments:

    Devin Voorhies - 4-star safety; 6'2'' 185 lbs.

    John Battle - 3-star CB/safety; 6'2'' 180 lbs. 

    Ed Paris - 4-star safety; 6'1'' 190 lbs.; 4.52 40-yard dash

    Jamal Adams - 5-star safety; 6'0'', 199 lbs.; 4.48 40-yard dash

     

    Analysis:

    LSU's secondary was atrocious compared to the high-standard set from the past few seasons. The Tigers are looking to change that with the 2014 class. 

    Voorhies and Battle are fine commitments, but Paris has the best tape of the three. The Tigers are eying even greener pastures with Jackson, Brown, Adams and Jones. LSU has some promising youth at corner with Tre-Davious White and Rashard Robinson, but Brown and Jackson would both make immediate impact as true freshman if Chavis and his staff lure them to Baton Rouge. 

Special Teams

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    LSU kicker commit Cameron Gamble.
    LSU kicker commit Cameron Gamble.247 Sports

    Targets:

    None

     

    Commitments: 

    Cameron Gamble - 3-star kicker; 5'11'', 185 lbs. 

     

    Analysis: 

    LSU currently has two great kickersColby Delahoussaye missed only one field goal this season. James Hairston is a phenomenal kickoff specialist. 

    Gamble will bring some competition to the fold, but expect him to redshirt next season.