LSU Football Recruiting: 5-Star Players to Watch in High School All-Star Games

Carter BryantContributor IJanuary 1, 2014

LSU Football Recruiting: 5-Star Players to Watch in High School All-Star Games

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    LSU recruiting coordinator could have his best season ever with this historic class.
    LSU recruiting coordinator could have his best season ever with this historic class.247 Sports

    LSU has a bowl game this week, but fans are more excited about high school practices and exhibitions. 

    This week's Under Armour High School All-American Game and U.S. Army All-American Game will be loaded with the future stars of college football. A majority of the nation's top uncommitted seniors will be making their announcements on where they currently want to play next season. 

    It is important to remember these are teenagers. Most of these high school prospects can still change their minds before national signing day in early February. Also, a player's recruiting rating means nothing once he steps on the gridiron in college. There will be plenty of booms and busts.

    Nevertheless, 5-star recruits are given their rating for a reason. They are viewed as immediate contributors. LSU has eight 5-star uncommitted targets, four of whom are from the state of Louisiana. 

    If New Orleans legend Leonard Fournette chooses to play his football anywhere but LSU, fans will melt down as if the Tigers had just lost to Alabama. Middle-aged men in Louisiana have never been so nervous over teenagers who have beards. 

    The Tigers could finish with the nation's No. 1 class if they land some of these prospects. Let's take a look at their current status during all-star week.

    Note: All rankings via 247Sports Composite unless otherwise noted. 

All-Star Game and Practice Information

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    U.S. Army All-Americans from last season celebrate after achieving victory.
    U.S. Army All-Americans from last season celebrate after achieving victory.USA TODAY Sports

    U.S. Army All-American Game

    Date: Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014

    Site: The Alamodome; San Antonio, Texas

    Time: 1 p.m. EST 

    TV: NBC

     

    Under Armour All-American Game

    Date: Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014 

    Site: Tropicana Field; St. Petersburg, Fla. 

    Time: 4 p.m. EST 

    TV: ESPN

     

    Under Armour All-American Practice

    Date: Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014

    Site: St. Petersburg, Fla. 

    Time: 4 p.m. EST

    TV: ESPNU  

Leonard Fournette, Running Back

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    All-Star: Under Armour All-American 

    Status: Uncommitted

    Biggest Competition: Texas, Alabama

    LSU head coach Les Miles wants Leonard Fournette bad.

    Fournette finished his senior season at legendary St. Augustine High School in New Orleans as the No. 1 recruit in the country and one of the most highly touted recruits in Louisiana history. 

    Fournette has the talent to produce as a true freshman at LSU. He could be the workhorse back immediately with All-SEC leading rusher Jeremy Hill likely to go pro

Adoree' Jackson, Cornerback

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    All-Star: Under Armour All-American 

    Status: Uncommitted

    Biggest Competition: USC, Florida

    Adoree' Jackson is an elite cornerback prospect out of Gardena, Calif. Jackson is a game-breaker wherever and whenever he steps on the field. He doesn't have great size but has amazing speed and quickness. He told Chris Hays of The Orlando Sentinel he wants to compete in the 2016 Olympics.  

    The Tigers will still have a loaded defensive back class regardless of his decision. But there is always room for a talent like Jackson. 

    Bleacher Report's Edwin Weathersby wrote an excellent scouting report of Jackson earlier this season.

Tony Brown, Cornerback

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    All-Star: Under Armour All-American 

    Status: Uncommitted

    Biggest Competition: Ohio State

    If LSU cannot land Jackson, Tony Brown becomes a more necessary addition. Brown is a slightly bigger player who runs a 4.35 40-yard dash

    The Beaumont product's sister Bealoved Brown runs track at LSU, which should certainly help Les Miles' chances in reeling in the elite cornerback prospect. 

    LSU returns plenty of talent and experience at cornerback next season. Yet LSU's secondary has not been crisp, which opens up playing time for anybody who can improve the unit. 

Speedy Noil, Wide Receiver

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    All-Star: Under Armour All-American 

    Status: Uncommitted

    Biggest Competition: Texas A&M

    Speedy Noil is the No. 1-rated wide receiver prospect in the country. With LSU star receivers Jarvis Landry and Odell Beckham Jr. likely to go pro, a replenishing of playmakers will be necessary in Baton Rouge. 

    Noil can flat out play. He can make any defender miss in the open field and turn it into a big gain. 

     

Gerald Willis, Defensive End/Defensive Tackle

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    All-Star: Under Armour All-American 

    Status: Uncommitted

    Biggest Competition: Texas A&M, Florida

    Gerald Willis, like his Edna Karr teammate Speedy Noil, has kept his options open despite most projections having him going to LSU. Willis would provide depth on the defensive line that the Tigers desperately need, especially if starting defensive tackles Ego Ferguson and Anthony Johnson declare for the NFL draft.

    The LSU defensive line needs playmakers. Willis has the potential to be the next great defensive force for the Tigers if he is able to add some weight without losing his explosiveness. 

Lorenzo Carter, Defensive End

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    All-Star: Under Armour All-American 

    Status: Uncommitted

    Biggest Competition: Alabama, Georgia 

    Lorenzo Carter is one of the rare defensive line prospects who shows polished pass-rushing moves in his tape. The Norcross, Ga., product attacks the edge with great technique and hip-bend, allowing him to turn the corner with ease. 

    LSU lacked pass-rushers at defensive end this season, as the unit only raked in seven sacks. Five defensive linemen in the SEC finished with more. Freshman Kendall Beckwith has the potential to be the pass-rusher LSU desperately needs, but Carter would be a force immediately for the Tigers.

     

Malachi Dupre, Wide Receiver

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    All-Star: Under Armour All-American 

    Status: Uncommitted

    Biggest Competition: Alabama, Florida State 

    Malachi Dupre played at historic John Curtis Christian High School in River Ridge, La., ending his illustrious career with his third state championship in as many years earlier this month. At 6'2'', Dupre is a bigger target who can rise up and catch the ball in traffic. 

    Dupre has been recovering from a hamstring injury, but he told Jerit Roser of Nola.com that he feels his progress at the Under Armour All-American practices has been fluid. 

    LSU's passing outburst this season could certainly help sway Dupre's decision to the Tigers. He is a massive target who can change games in an instant. 

     

Jamal Adams, Safety

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    All-Star: Under Armour All-American 

    Status: Uncommitted

    Biggest Competition: Texas, Florida 

    Jamal Adams is the next great safety in college football. Adams has amazing ball skills, as he also excelled as a running back at Hebron High School in Texas. But his best skill set is his tackling ability. His game is similar to that of Alabama's Landon Collins. 

    LSU's reputation as "Defensive Back University" carries serious weight. Recent All-Americans and early departed NFL draft picks Patrick Peterson, Tyrann Mathieu, Eric Reid and Morris Claiborne are a major attraction to recruits. 

    Ed Paris is a 4-star LSU commit who will immediately contribute at safety. Adams would have to compete with Paris and others for playing time as a true freshman if he were to choose LSU.  

    LSU already has three commitments from defensive backs outside of the state of Louisiana, including Paris. The Tigers have the potential to grab three more in Adams, Adoree' Jackson and Tony Brown. 

Clifton Garrett, Linebacker

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    All-Star: U.S. Army All-American

    Status: Committed

    Elite Illinois linebacker prospect Clifton Garrett is the only 5-star player LSU had committed before all-star practices began this week. Garrett fills a massive need at linebacker for the Tigers, especially since senior tackling machine Lamin Barrow will head to the pros. 

    Garrett can either play outside or inside linebacker at the college level. He will be an immediate contributor on special teams at the very least for the Tigers next season. 

List of 4-Star Offensive Prospect All-Stars

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    Trey Quinn could be an immediate playmaker for LSU to the outside.
    Trey Quinn could be an immediate playmaker for LSU to the outside.247 Sports

    Stars do not mean everything. They are arbitrary ratings made to bring structure to recruiting. Ask former LSU running back and 2-star prospect Jacob Hester, who was the driving force behind LSU's last national championship in 2007. 

    LSU may not have any 5-star offensive commits yet, but the Tigers have a fair share of 4-star players committed ready to make an impact in Baton Rouge. Some will first try to show their worth in their respective All-Star games.

     

    QB Brandon Harris; Under Armour All-American

    ESPN's quarterback recruiting guru Tom Luginbill raved about Harris' natural arm strength at the Under Armour practices earlier this week. Harris has the talent to challenge Anthony Jennings and others for the starting quarterback role next season. 

     

    TE Jacory Washington; Under Armour All-American

    Washington could fill an immediate need for LSU. The Tigers are looking for a legitimate field-stretcher at tight end. He has the pass-catching ability, but does he have the strength and speed to translate immediately in the SEC?

     

    OG Garrett Brumfield; Under Armour All-American

    Brumfield will add depth to an offensive line that will return both guards next season. Do not be surprised if he redshirts, but expect to hear and see great things from him this week at Under Armour practices. 

     

    WR Trey Quinn; U.S. Army All-American 

    Quinn's receiving skills and raw speed are astonishing, but he will probably need a year of seasoning at the college level before making a difference on the field. Nevertheless, LSU's returning receivers are average if juniors Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry go pro. So don't count Quinn out of getting some snaps next season.  

List of 4-Star Defensive Prospect All-Stars

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    LSU has a talented group of 4-star defensive prospects already committed to the class. Expect a few of them to make plays during All-Star week. 

     

    DB Ed Paris; U.S. Army All-American 

    Paris is the perfect example of why stars do not matter. The 247 Sports Composite, which aggregates all major recruiting services' rankings, has LSU safety target Jamal Adams as a higher-rated prospect than Paris. But 247 Sports evaluators actually have Paris as the better safety recruit

    Paris committed to LSU early and has said he is 110 percent committed to the Tigers. He played corner primarily at Mansfield Timberview in Arlington, often snatching the ball away from receivers. Expect to hear his name plenty as practices continue at the U.S. Army All-American Game.

     

    DE Davon Godchaux; U.S. Army All-American 

    The Tigers need more production on the defensive line. A prospect like Godchaux immediately boosts the competition for playing time. He is not an explosive penetrator and playmaker, but he is strong at the point of attack. It will be fascinating to see how Godchaux shapes up against the best offensive linemen in the country in an All-American setting. 

     

    Safety Laurence "Hootie" Jones; Under Armour All-American (Uncommitted)

    Jones is the only uncommitted 4-star prospect competing in an All-Star game that LSU is targeting according to 247 Sports. He recently decommitted from Alabama to rethink his options. The pride of Neville High School in Monroe, La., knows if he goes to either LSU or Alabama, he will have an arduous battle for playing time. Ole Miss has a talented secondary which is not as deep as the those of Tigers and the Tide. Do not be surprised if he commits to Ole Miss.