LSU Football: Ranking the Tigers' Top 10 Recruiting Targets for 2015
The Tigers will be in a transitioning period next season. There is no telling if LSU will have enough talent to return to the SEC Championship Game in 2014. But Miles knows his team will have holes to fill regardless of how the Tigers finish.
Here are 10 names to look out for in the next recruiting cycle.
All stats and ratings via 247Sports.
1. Kevin Toliver II, Cornerback
Kevin Toliver II is already committed to LSU. While anything can change by next February, Toliver's Twitter account is covered with purple and gold. Tigers fans should feel pretty comfortable despite him visiting Miami recently, per Nash Williams of CanesInSight.
Toliver is the No. 1 cornerback in the 247Sports Composite. He is reminiscent of Patrick Peterson with amazing ball skills and closing speed. There are few defensive players—at any level—more electric with the ball in their hands.
2. Iman Marshall, Cornerback
LSU loves defensive backs. While Coach Miles already has a commitment from Toliver, he will look to grab more elite prospects in the secondary.
Iman Marshall is another 5-star cornerback with excellent size at 6'1". The California kid is being recruited hard by USC. LSU barely missed out on 5-star California corner Adoree' Jackson to the Trojans in the 2014 class. Marshall will be tough to lure away from the West Coast as well.
3. Maea Teuhema, Offensive Tackle
LSU did not sign a bona fide tackle prospect in the 2014 class. But during the cycle, the Tigers got a commitment from Maea Teuhema after his brother, Sione, flipped his commitment to LSU right before signing day.
Teuhema will more than likely want to honor his commitment and join his brother in Baton Rouge. At 6'4.5", 346 pounds, he will fit in nicely with the giants LSU already possesses on its roster.
4. Terry Beckner Jr., Defensive End
Terry Beckner Jr. is a playmaking force at defensive end whom Brick Haley will badly want to sign next February. As defensive line coach, Haley is looking to find the next great pass-rusher at LSU.
Beckner Jr. has a wide range of schools form different conferences looking for his services. The Tigers' main competitors will be USC, Ohio State and Florida State for the Illinois prospect.
5. Damarkus Lodge, Wide Receiver
Despite nabbing immediate impact receivers Trey Quinn and Malachi Dupre in the 2014 class, LSU needs more playmakers on the outside. Damarkus Lodge out of Cedar Hill, Texas, will be the Tigers' top target at a position of need.
Lodge runs effortlessly past defensive backs and does a great job catching the football at its highest point. He is also a physical threat over the middle in tight spaces. He had 72 catches for 1,255 yards and 22 touchdowns as a junior.
Texas, Baylor and Texas A&M all are in the running for Lodge's services. LSU will have a tough time getting him out of his home state.
6. Tarvarus McFadden, Defensive Back
The class of 2015 could also be labeled as the year of the defensive back. Tarvarus McFadden is one of many elite prospects LSU will be looking to add to its secondary.
McFadden can play either safety or corner at the college level. His 6'3" frame dwarfs most receivers who come in his direction. He has amazing ball skills and is a terror on special teams.
The Floridian has Florida State high on his radar, but LSU's track record with defensive backs speaks for itself. Either way, McFadden will make one defensive backs coach very happy next February.
7. Tyron Johnson, Wide Receiver
Tyron Johnson could be the best New Orleans prospect of the 2015 class. There is no prep receiver in the country who is better at making defenders miss than Johnson. He is not a burner, but the fluidity and creativity of his moves could only be matched in video games.
Johnson could electrify Tigers fans much like how Odell Beckham Jr. did during his career. The 247Sports Crystal Ball projection heavily favors LSU, with Oklahoma State, Texas A&M and Texas Tech trailing behind.
8. Torrance Gibson, Dual-Threat Quarterback
LSU has three young quarterbacks currently on its roster, but none of them has proven to be productive yet. Regardless of how the position performs in 2014, offensive coordinator Cam Cameron will always recruit signal-callers.
Torrance Gibson is the No. 1 dual-threat quarterback prospect in the country. The 6'4" star from Florida is a dynamic difference-maker who could lead a school to the playoffs.
The race for Gibson will be wide open. Auburn, Florida State, Miami and others are in the hunt.
9. Xavier Lewis, Cornerback
Xavier Lewis is one of many defensive backs the Tigers will look to reel in for the 2015 class.
Lewis renounced his commitment to the Tigers in early February. Oklahoma State, Clemson and Notre Dame all have offered him. He would have easier competition to surpass for immediate playing time at other schools compared to LSU.
Lewis plays at East St. John High School in Reserve, La., which has a long history of producing elite prospects. Staying close to home will be a major selling point Miles and his staff will emphasize when recruiting him.
10. Derrius Guice, Running Back
LSU nabbed the best running back recruit of 2014 in Leonard Fournette. The Tigers have already snagged a commitment from the No. 5 ball-carrier of 2015 in Nick Brossette. But Les Miles wants as much talent in the backfield as possible.
Derrius Guice of legendary Catholic High School in Baton Rouge is on Miles' radar. Like Brossette, Guice could not be any closer to home if he chooses LSU. He has already tweeted out his finalists, which includes the Tigers:
Texas🔶 Tulane🌊 LSU💜💛 Alabama❤️ my top😎✊🏈💯— Derrius Guice (@DhaSickest) March 3, 2014
Guice might not want to sit behind Fournette or Brossette. But he is close friends with many LSU commits and players, so do not be surprised if he goes public with a commitment to LSU soon.
LSU has its eye on a wide variety of top-end prospects that stretches outside this top 10. For a full list of the Tigers' top targets, visit Geaux247.