LSU Football's 2014 National Signing Day Wish List

Jake MartinCorrespondent IIIJanuary 14, 2014

LSU Football's 2014 National Signing Day Wish List

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    Though LSU's recruiting class has obtained 5-star athletes primed for stardom, the Tigers' wish list for national signing day is rather long.

    Names like Leonard Fournette, Ed Paris, Jamal Adams and Brandon Harris give the Tigers a top-five recruiting class, according to 247 Sports. However, none of those players play at the position of most need for LSU. 

    Defensive tackle and wide receiver suffered the most from early departures, leaving the Tigers with a daunting task of replacing Odell Beckham, Jarvis Landry, Ego Ferguson and Anthony Johnson.

    For the purpose of filling needs and climbing the ranks of class rankings galore, here's a top-five wish list heading into that pivotal Feb. 5 date.

5. Flippy Floppies

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    Just when you think "I'm on a Boat" (and its NSFW music video) have disappeared for all eternity—boom, I hit you with it when you least expect it.

    Because of the needs at defensive tackle and wide receiver, it's no secret the Tigers could use a few flips to their advantage.

    Specifically, LSU wants Frank Iheanacho to decommit from Texas A&M and teammates Breeland Speaks and Roderick Taylor to spurn Ole Miss.

    Iheanacho is a 6'6" wide receiver with 4-star recognition, and his size could help aid a rebuilding LSU passing attack.

    Speaks is an athletic 4-star defensive tackle the Tigers want so badly that they have pursued his high school teammate in Taylor despite their good fortune with offensive guards.

4. No Flip-Flopping!

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    If there ever was a time to be paranoid, now's that time.

    Like an insecure boyfriend might hover over his girlfriend before officially tying the knot, the LSU coaching staff might better double check (try saying that without picturing the fat guys from those State Farm commercials) on their recruits.

    More specifically, the coaching staff better make sure Leonard Fournette stays home and that Davon Godchaux sticks with the Tigers.

    There shouldn't be much of a threat of Fournette leaving after Jeremy Hill declared for the draft, but you can never be too careful.

    As for Godchaux, who's a 4-star defensive lineman reopening his commitment, the Tigers must convince him of staying, reminding him periodically that LSU remained loyal to him through the rehabilitation process of his torn ACL.

     

3. A Surprise Reveal

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    Who will be the new Mr. Signing Day Surprise?

    Like Tashawn Bower shocked the recruiting world with the faxing of his papers on last year's signing day, the Tigers hope for a repeat.

    Could Adoree' Jackson or Lorenzo Carter deliver the next bombshell in the recruiting world?

    Jackson, a 5-star cornerback from California, and Carter, a 5-star defensive end from Georgia, both have LSU on their shortlists.

    Florida and USC are considered favorites for Jackson, while Georgia seems to be favored by Carter. Don't count LSU out of the running for either player yet, though.

2. Malachi Dupre

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    Malachi Dupre is so vital for this LSU recruiting class.

    Following LSU's failed attempt at going 5-for-5 with Jan. 2 announcements, the Tigers need a boost in morale when it comes to Louisiana recruiting. The Tigers landed just two of the five 5-star prospects that day, and though they landed the No. 1 high school player in Leonard Fournette, a cloud has shadowed LSU's success.

    Louisiana's own Gerald Willis and Speedy Noil chose to play out of state on that day, and ever since, LSU fans have shared each other's apathy.

    Dupre can make all ill feelings go away, though. Therefore, Dupre, who is regarded as a 5-star receiver, fills a need in multiple ways.

    Adding Dupre will solidify a young, capable freshmen receiving class while eliminating panic of outside SEC invasions within Louisiana's recruiting walls.

     

1. Defensive Tackles...a Surplus of Defensive Tackles...

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    Judging off of last year's eight defensive line commitments, one might think defensive tackle has plenty of bodies to overcome LSU's current starter-less situation. Couldn't be further from the truth.

    Let me explain it this way. Whether LSU gets Dupre or not, the Tigers still have enough athleticism at wide receiver to be just fine in 2014. Without anymore defensive tackle commits, LSU will struggle to win ballgames.

    The game is won in the trenches, and targets Travonte Valentine,  Trey Lealaimatafao and Breeland Speaks are needed to provide depth in those trenches.

    To go along with the surplus of defensive tackles corralled in last year's signing class (Maquedius Bain, Kendell Beckwith, Tashawn Bower, Greg Gilmore, Frank Herron, Christian LaCouture, Lewis Neal and M.J. Patterson), the Tigers need at least two more targets.

    Why? Because none of the freshmen broke out in 2013 (besides Beckwith and LaCouture, if you're being generous), the pressure is on for LSU to add new bodies at defensive tackle. If Valentine and Speaks commit and push last year's signing class to further develop and harness their abilities, LSU should be in position to compete for a national championship.