LSU Football Recruiting: 5 Biggest Questions Tigers Face This Summer

Carter Bryant@carterthepowerContributor IMay 16, 2014

Cornerback prospect Xavier Lewis (left) stands next to LSU defensive backs coach Corey Raymond (right).
Cornerback prospect Xavier Lewis (left) stands next to LSU defensive backs coach Corey Raymond (right).Photo Credit: Geaux247

With spring practice over and fall practice still weeks away, Les Miles and the LSU coaching staff have been hitting the recruiting trail. 

The Tigers currently have 11 players committed to the 2015 recruiting class. LSU will want to reel in more commitments before the season kicks into gear. currently shows 179 possible LSU targets—with the list growing every day.

Here are a few questions the Tigers will face this summer. 


Will LSU continue dominance in Florida?

From past stars like Ricky Jean-Francois and Patrick Peterson to current recruits like Kevin Toliver II, LSU has recruited spectacularly in the Sunshine State. 

Aug 31, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; LSU Tigers defensive backs coach Corey Raymond on the sidelines during the game against the Texas Christian Horned Frogs at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Toliver II is most heralded recruit of LSU's 11 current commits. The cover corner will play right away in Baton Rouge. But there are more Floridian prospects the Tigers want to reel to Louisiana.

Defensive backs coach Corey Raymond has made a huge splash in Florida since joining the staff two years ago, according to Shea Dixon of Geaux247. This upcoming season, Raymond will look to make more magic in his home away from home.

Elite prospects such as offensive tackle Martez Ivey, quarterback Torrance Gibson, wide receiver George Campbell, defensive back Tarvarus McFadden, defensive end CeCe Jefferson and linebacker Jeffery Holland are all LSU targets. If Miles can get just one of them to commit soon, he will jump for joy. 


Which Louisiana prospect will commit?

Florida has done wonders for Miles. Yet he knows controlling his own backyard is imperative not only his team but his reputation. 

LSU lost out on 5-star Louisiana prep stars Speedy Noil, Gerald Willis and Cam Robinson from last year's recruiting class. Miles does not want to miss many in-state prospects for 2015.  

Receiver Tyron Johnson, running back Derrius Guice and cornerback Xavier Lewis all have close ties to LSU and live within two hours of Baton Rouge. Proximity will be a huge selling point for the coaching staff as it tries to keep the 4-star trio close to home.  


Who will renounce their commitment?

Commitments are always broken in society by people of all ages. It should come as no surprise when they're broken by teenagers.

A commitment is never truly official until the player signs on the dotted line, which won't be happening anytime soon for the 2015 class. Until then, players can choose wherever they want to go. 

It is inevitable that players currently committed to LSU will decommit within the next year. It now comes down to which players and how many. 


Can LSU convince Jerry Tillery or Daylon Mack to flip to the Tigers?

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LSU coaches have visited 5-star defensive tackle Daylon Mack and 4-star offensive tackle Jerry Tillery this week, according to Dixon. Mack and Tillery are currently committed to Texas A&M and Notre Dame, respectively. 

LSU defensive line coach Brick Haley is pursuing Mack hard. The 6'3'', 310-pound defensive tackle will be an explosive 3-technique at the college level. 

Tillery is a standout at the legendary Evangel Christian High School in Shreveport, Louisiana. Past Evangel players that went on to play at LSU include Jacob Hester and Jermauria Rasco. The Tigers have three offensive tackle commits for the 2015 class, but a school can never have enough linemen. 


Will LSU get any more commitments for the 2016 and beyond?

Recruiting has become ridiculous. Kids are being offered college scholarships as eighth-graders, with LSU leading the charge.  

For coaches, it is never too early to find the next great star. The Tigers already have one commitment for the 2016, 2017 and 2018 class.

LSU will be looking to add to the list this summer, especially for the 2016 class. 


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