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LSU Football Recruiting: The Best and Worst of National Signing Day

Jake MartinCorrespondent IIIFebruary 5, 2014

LSU Football Recruiting: The Best and Worst of National Signing Day

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    National signing day was a great day to press a white LSU cap on the top of your dome. Filling needs, landing 5-star recruits and avoiding any disastrous flips best sum up the day Les Miles and LSU had.

    The Tigers' signing day placed the final pieces in their recruiting puzzle, and the finished puzzle could be one of the best recruiting classes in school history.

    Already claiming top recruits like Leonard Fournette, Jamal Adams, Clifton Garrett, Trey Quinn and Brandon Harris, the Tigers needed to fill needs at wide receiver and defensive tackle on signing day. Miles and his staff did that and more, and with minimal activity to complain about.

    Here are the best and worst events from LSU's national signing day.

The Best: Malachi Dupre

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    Malachi Dupre was simply a must-have. 

    He was the latest in-state talent making his decision on a grand stage. If the 5-star wide receiver would have gone out of state, it would have been a huge blow to the Tigers' morale.

    When Dupre committed live on ESPNU, he sent a shot of energy throughout the entire fanbase. Not only did LSU keep one of its best in-state talents in Louisiana, but the Tigers filled a big need left by Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry.

    Dupre has the tools to be the next great LSU wide receiver, and because of his commitment, there are no holes in LSU's recruiting class.

The Worst: More in-State Talent Departures

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    Add Kenny Young to the list of Louisiana talents playing college ball out of the state.

    First off, let me preface this slide by saying that this being the worst for LSU on signing day is a tremendous win for the program.

    The Tigers would have liked to have landed all of the in-state talent, but LSU made up for its losses by grabbing significant out-of-state signings like Clifton Garrett, Ed Paris and Jamal Adams.

    Still, that doesn't bend the fact that LSU missed out on Gerald Willis, Cameron Robinson, Laurence "Hootie" Jones, Speedy Noil and now Young.

The Good: Defensive Tackle Overload

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    Beef. It's what's for dinner.

    The Tigers had a full helping of it with signees Travonte Valentine, Trey Lealaimatafao and Davon Godchaux (he decided to stick it out with the Tigers).

    The defensive line needed some mending with Anthony Johnson and Ego Ferguson entering the NFL draft in April, and Miles and recruiting coordinator Frank Wilson patched it up quite well.

    With Valentine, Lealaimatafao (sportswriters will love writing his name repeatedly) and Godchaux, the Tigers have secured their reputation for putting an NFL-caliber defensive line on the field in 2014.

The Bad: No Surprises

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    So maybe LSU didn't shake the recruiting world with gasps. That's not a terrible thing.

    Some LSU fans went into national signing day with the unrealistic expectation of landing Adoree' Jackson or Lorenzo Carter.

    Though the Tigers were in the race as a dark horse, it was always going to be a long shot for the Tigers to get either 5-star prospect.

    Jackson or Carter could have possibly given LSU enough juice to jump a remarkable Alabama signing class, and though their additions would have been welcomed by the Tiger faithful, LSU fans will gladly take Dupre and Valentine without any griping.

The (Anything But) Ugly

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    Get used to seeing that wide grin.

    Les Miles and Frank Wilson were stars on national signing day, bringing in a top-three recruiting class.

    Not only is this one of the best classes in the nation, but when it's all said and done, this class could rival the 2009 and 2003 LSU classes.

    The 2009 recruiting class had stars like Mo Claiborne, Barkevious Mingo, Sam Montgomery, Rueben Randle, Michael Brockers and Craig Loston to name a few, while the 2003 class boasted four first-round picks in the 2007 NFL draft.

    Is it fair to compare this class to those elite signing classes? Probably not, but it's equally unfair to put any sort of ceiling on this outstanding group.

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