LSU landed one of the nation's most coveted junior college recruits Tuesday when mammoth offensive tackle Jevonte Domond committed to the Tigers:
The 6'6", 305-pound Glendale Community College (Arizona) product picked up an offer from LSU earlier this month. Les Miles was among a collection of coaches in pursuit of the promising prospect.
Domond also holds offers from Florida, Wisconsin, Miami and Oklahoma State, among others.
He is rated No. 1 nationally among JUCO offensive tackles and No. 10 overall at that level in 247Sports' composite rankings. Domond, a 4-star talent, played just one year of high school football, per NOLA.com reporter James Smith.
He'll make a major jump from the JUCO level to SEC action and could face early expectations to contribute early.
“Now I’m going to get to go against the best every Saturday," Domond told Brian McLaughlin of SaturdayDownSouth.com. "It’s like living a dream still. I’m just excited for the opportunity to come in and compete for a spot.”
The raw blocker combines a massive frame with impressive athleticism. He still has serious strides to make when it comes to footwork and consistent fundamentals, but Domond displays brute strength and enough agility to take out defenders downfield at the second level.
Domond, a first-team All-Conference selection at GCC, further strengthens a quality 2015 offensive line haul in Baton Rouge. LSU already holds commitments from 3-star in-state prospect Adrian Magee and 5-star Texas tackle Maea Teuhema, who flipped from the Longhorns in February.
It's been a crucial position of focus for first-year offensive line coach Jeff Grimes, who could possibly lose both his starting bookends after this season. Senior left tackle La'el Collins might have been a potential high draft pick this year, while right tackle Jerald Hawkins has the makings of a possible early entry candidate in 2015.
The class features 11 players, including five from beyond state borders. LSU sits at No. 3 among SEC squads in 247Sports' composite team rankings, behind only Auburn and Alabama.
Recruit information courtesy of 247Sports unless otherwise noted.
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