LSU's Chances at Landing Its Top 8 National Signing Day Targets

Carter Bryant@carterthepowerContributor IJanuary 21, 2014

LSU's Chances at Landing Its Top 8 National Signing Day Targets

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    National signing day is approaching fast. This year's class is especially crucial for LSU, with the Tigers needing to replenish talent after another exodus of multiple underclassmen.

    Les Miles has already put together an impressive 2014 class but knows there is still work to be done. Miles still has his eyes on elite targets who will immediately make LSU better. 

    Feb. 5 will be judgment day for LSU. The future of the program rests on how many more fantastic prospects the Tigers can bring to Baton Rouge. 


    *Note: All stats and rankings are via 247Sports.

5-Star WR Malachi Dupre

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    247Sports Crystal Ball Prediction: 98 percent in favor of LSU

    Biggest Competitor: UCLA, Florida State and Alabama



    Of LSU's remaining targets, Malachi Dupre is the surest bet for the Tigers on national signing day. Miles desperately needs Dupre's services for next season, as leading receivers Jarvis Landry and Odell Beckham Jr. declared for the NFL draft.

5-Star CB Adoree' Jackson

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    247Sports Crystal Ball Prediction: 0 percent

    Biggest Competitors: USC, Florida and UCLA



    Adoree' Jackson remains the biggest mystery among recruiting experts. Jackson tweeted out his top six schools in early January, which included USC, UCLA, Florida, Oklahoma, Tennessee and LSU.

    The experts at 247Sports have USC in the lead. Jackson has recently visited LSU, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Florida State, according to Tim Morris of 

    The bottom line is that nobody knows where the California speedster wants to go. But the Tigers could use some depth and playmaking ability at defensive back and on special teams.

4-Star DT Travonte Valentine

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    247Sports Crystal Ball Prediction: 79 percent in favor of LSU 

    Biggest Competition: Miami



    Travonte Valentine has narrowed his choices down to two schools, Miami and LSU. Valentine told Gerry Hamilton of (subscription required) he had a positive meeting with LSU defensive line coach Brick Haley last week.

    Valentine would add some much-needed depth and size to the Tigers defensive line. LSU has yet to have a commitment from a defensive tackle, yet things are looking good for Miles to land the Florida prospect.

5-Star DE Lorenzo Carter

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    247Sports Crystal Ball Prediction: 2 percent in favor of LSU 

    Biggest Competition: Georgia and Alabama



    LSU could certainly use an elite pass-rushing defensive prospect. The Tigers posted their lowest sack total since 2009, struggling to generate pressure last season with just its front four.

    Lorenzo Carter has the chance to be the next great defensive end in the SEC. Carter has shown polished skills as a pass-rusher. He still has some developing to do, but expect whichever school that lands him to get a speed demon off the edge.

4-Star LB Kenny Young

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    247Sports Crystal Ball Prediction: 43 percent in favor of LSU

    Biggest Competitor: UCLA and Texas A&M 



    Linebacker prospect Kenny Young's recruitment has been quite interesting. Young's dominating performance at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl displayed a wide variety of linebacking skills needed to play in modern-day football. It has made him that much more of a hotter commodity.

    LSU could get edged out in the end by a number of schools for Young's services.

3-Star OT Derrick Kelly Jr.

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    247Sports Crystal Ball Prediction: 50 percent chance for LSU

    Biggest Competitor: Florida State



    LSU and Florida State are fighting for Derrick Kelly Jr.'s services next season. The Tigers have no offensive tackles currently committed to the 2014 class. 

    LSU got a great boost this offseason when left tackle La'el Collins announced he would return to Baton Rouge next season. The Tigers have decent depth below Collins and right tackle Jerald Hawkins, so losing Kelly Jr. to the Seminoles would not be devastating.

4-Star LB/DE Breeland Speaks

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    247Sports Crystal Ball Prediction: 7 percent in favor of LSU

    Biggest Competition for LSU: Ole Miss



    Breeland Speaks has the build and versatility that defensive coordinators dream of having at their disposal. LSU believes Speaks, an Ole Miss commit, could easily switch to the Tigers. 

    Speaks recently made a trip to Baton Rouge. He told The Times-Picayune that LSU still has a chance and that he will not make his final decision until national signing day.

3-Star DT Trey Lealaimatafao

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    247Sports Crystal Ball Prediction: 17 percent in favor of LSU

    Biggest Competitor: Oregon



    LSU offered Trey Lealaimatafao earlier this month, still seeking depth at defensive tackle. Lealaimatafao would provide another big body, yet would probably take time to develop. 

    Oregon is the leader for Lealaimatafao's services, but don't be surprised if LSU gets him to sign in early February.