Recruiting is the lifeblood of every college football program. For LSU head coach Les Miles, it comes easier to him than most others.
Miles is fortunate enough to be located in talent-rich Louisiana, which annually produces some of the best prospects in the country. But just because he has an advantage does not mean recruiting comes easy. The Tigers also need players outside of The Pelican State to win games.
LSU currently has 10 commitments in the 2015 class, ranking sixth nationally in the 247Sports composite rankings. Miles and the coaching staff would love to get more before fall practice begins for next season.
Here are five recruits, only one of which is currently committed to the Tigers, to keep an eye on going forward.
Kevin Toliver II
Kevin Toliver II is probably the safest bet of all the committed prospects to sign with LSU.
Toliver II is currently the No. 2 overall prospect in the country. The future cover corner will be the next great defensive back at LSU if he honors his commitment next February.
Toliver II has amazing ball skills and size at 6'2", 185 pounds. His physicality at the line of scrimmage will allow him to play press man coverage early on in his career.
Social media can be an unreliable tool when guessing where a recruit will sign. But Toliver's Twitter page and bio is drenched in purple and gold. Toliver also commented "I can't wait till I get there" on an Instagram photo of Tigers quarterback Brandon Harris and former receiver Terrence Toliver, his cousin, at LSU's practice facility.
The No. 1 receiver prospect from the state of Louisiana once again hails from New Orleans. Last season, it was Malachi Dupre, who eventually signed with LSU. The Tigers hope Tyron Johnson does the same.
Johnson, who is currently uncommitted, has a flair for the dramatic. He is not a burner, but he is very elusive after the catch. There is no recruit in the country better at making defenders miss in the open field.
LSU brought in four receivers in the 2014 class, which includes the talented Dupre and 4-star Trey Quinn. But there is always room for a player of Johnson's ability.
LSU brought in its best running prospect ever in Leonard Fournette and 4-star bruiser Darrel Williams in the last recruiting class. But with Les Miles' ground-and-pound style, he will need more workhorses.
Miles' two remaining running backs on his current roster, Terrence Magee and Kenny Hilliard, are both seniors. LSU will need to reload this offseason.
Guice is a smaller back but is quick in the hole and has phenomenal acceleration. Though he is currently suspended for undisclosed reasons from Catholic High School's football team, per Mark Clements of Nola.com, expect him to play his senior season.
Dual-threat quarterbacks are all the rage in college football. The last four Heisman winners could both throw and pass.
Gibson "trimmed" his list of possible schools to 15, per Ryan Callahan of 247Sports.com. While 15 is a ridiculously high number, he did list LSU as the No. 3 school on his list.
Gibson threw for 1,789 yards, 19 touchdowns and three interceptions in 2013. He also eclipsed 1,000 yards and scored 10 touchdowns on the ground.
LSU's secondary has plenty of young talent for the future. But for defensive coordinator John Chavis, he can never have enough elite defensive backs.
Tarvarus McFadden is a 6'3" safety prospect from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, that has sideline-to-sideline range. McFadden is lanky at 198 pounds, but adding some bulk to his frame should not be a problem. He is a good enough athlete to move to corner if need be.
Florida State, Auburn and Clemson will also be in the mix for McFadden's services. Look for Chavis and the defensive staff to make a strong push for him.
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