"Make or break" is perhaps the most fitting idiom to describe the LSU Tigers' upcoming national signing day.
Make the rounds among the LSU fanbase and one finds a shared concern felt by all, which seems to be the other SEC schools' recruiting success in Louisiana.
More pessimistic than optimistic, the fact that LSU landed the No. 1 rated high school player (Leonard Fournette), No. 1-rated linebacker (Clifton Garrett) and second-rated safety (Jamal Adams), per 247 Sports' composition score, makes LSU's fanbase look somewhat avaricious. It's like the losses of Gerald Willis, Speedy Noil, Cameron Sims and Cameron Robinson trump those signature commits to some fans.
It certainly didn't help that two of those losses transpired on national television on Jan. 2.
No doubt LSU needs to do a better job of landing in-state products, but that doesn't mean it has to secure 5-star out-of-state commits Adoree' Jackson and Lorenzo Carter to make up for it. One of those players alone could help generate momentum for this recruiting class, while other recruits of need (defensive tackle and wide receiver) could help make or break the class.
Due to need and necessity of attracting local standouts, here are the five recruits that can make LSU's 2014 a success. If LSU swings and misses on these recruits, the class, despite its impressive ranking, will be an underachieving one.
Spoiler alert—this list involves the athletes I've been writing about for about a month now. However, the ranking puts a perspective on the importance of each target.
All recruit star rankings and info courtesy of 247Sports unless otherwise noted.