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LSU Football: Summer Grades for 2015 Recruiting Class

Carter BryantContributor ISeptember 19, 2016

LSU Football: Summer Grades for 2015 Recruiting Class

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    LSU running back coach and recruiting coordinator Frank Wilson gives instructions to LSU commit Nick Brossette (right).
    LSU running back coach and recruiting coordinator Frank Wilson gives instructions to LSU commit Nick Brossette (right).Photo Credit: Geaux247

    LSU is hitting the recruiting trail with a vengeance this offseason. 

    Les Miles brought in one of his best recruiting classes ever in 2014. He will want to put together an amazing encore performance for national signing day in February. 

    The Tigers are off to a fantastic start. The 11 commitments the Tigers currently have rank No. 5 overall in the 247Sports' team rankings. Miles should be pleased with the players who are committed, yet he knows it will take more blue-chip prospects for the team to stay amongst the SEC's elite. 

    The 2015 recruiting class is far from complete. It is early, but expect more prospects to make their announcements before the start of football season.

    Here is how the Tigers are doing at each position group thus far. 

Quarterbacks: C

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    LSU offensive coordinator Cam Cameron (left) and QB recruit Torrance Gibson (right).
    LSU offensive coordinator Cam Cameron (left) and QB recruit Torrance Gibson (right).Photo Credit: Geaux247

    LSU is young at quarterback with sophomore Anthony Jennings and freshman Brandon Harris, so the position is not a massive need for the Tigers. But that does not mean offensive coordinator Cam Cameron is not looking for new signal-callers. 

    The No. 1 dual-threat quarterback in the country, Torrance Gibson listed LSU as one of his top 15 schools, per Ryan Bartow of 247Sports.com (subscription required). Gibson can do a little bit of everything, yet signing with the Tigers would not guarantee him playing time right away. 

    Outside of Gibson, there is nobody the Tigers are actively pursuing heavily. 

    Grade: C

Running Backs: B+

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    Les Miles had his best running back haul ever with Leonard Fournette and Darrel Williams in the last recruiting class. But with his pro-style, ground-and-pound offense in the rigid SEC, Miles can never have enough running backs. 

    The Tigers did not have to look far to get a commitment from Nick Brossette. The 4-star back plays his high school ball at University High School, which is located on LSU's campus. Miles' son Manny is the quarterback. 

    Derrius Guice, who also hails from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, is currently uncommitted. He plays his high school ball at Catholic High School, which was once home to Florida State running back greats Travis Minor and Warrick Dunn. He would add sizzle to LSU's rushing attack similar to current running back Terrence Magee. 

    Grade: B+

Wide Receivers: B-

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    LSU brought in four receivers in its last recruiting class, headlined by Malachi Dupre and Trey Quinn. Yet the Tigers could always use more playmaking pass-catchers.

    The Tigers have one commitment already in Jazz Ferguson. At 6'5'', he would be the tallest receiver on LSU's roster had he been on the team this year.

    LSU is also pursuing 4-star receiver Tyron Johnson. The New Orleans native is an elusive playmaker who can make a wide variety of catches.

    The name to keep an eye on is 5-star Damarkus Lodge, who would immediately turn this position group into an A-plus plus if he commits to the Tigers. 

    Grade: B-

Offensive Line/Tight Ends: A-

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    Jerry Tillery
    Jerry TilleryPhoto Credit: Geaux247

    LSU could lose both its tackles to the NFL next season. La'el Collins is a senior, and Jerald Hawkins has enough raw talent to make the jump. First-year offensive line coach Jeff Grimes and the rest of the coaching staff have done some fine work to be prepared for it. 

    The Tigers already have three offensive line commits, headlined by 5-star Maea Teuhema. LSU also has tight end Hanner Shipley committed, who will be a critical blocking force on the edge.

    The Tigers will make a strong push for offensive tackle Jerry Tillery, who hails from Shreveport, Louisiana. He is currently committed to Notre Dame.  

    Grade: A-

Defensive Line: C+

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    Isaiah Washington, a 3-star defensive end from Edna Karr High School in New Orleans, is the only commit LSU has right now on the defensive line. Les Miles will want that list to grow this offseason. 

    Defensive line coach Brick Haley has been in "constant contact" with 5-star defensive tackle Daylon Mack, per Shea Dixon of 247Sports.com. Mack is an explosive playmaker and an ideal fit as a 3-technique in a 4-3 defense.

    Expect LSU to also make a strong push for 5-star defensive end prospect Terry Beckner Jr. and 4-star defensive tackle Albert Huggins.

    Grade: C+

Linebackers: D

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    LSU linebacker Austin Smith
    LSU linebacker Austin SmithPhoto Credit: Geaux247

    LSU currently has no linebackers in the 2015 class. But fortunately for the Tigers, they are young overall at the position.

    Senior D.J. Welter will be gone after next season and so could junior Kwon Alexander if he chooses to declare for the draft early. But the Tigers will, more than likely, return Lamar Louis, Deion Jones, Clifton Garrett, Kendell Beckwith, Ronnie Feist and Duke Riley.

    Malik Jefferson, the No. 1 outside linebacker recruit in the country, is in play, but expect the Texas native to stay in state. Austin Smith could be the best bet for a commitment for LSU this summer. 

    Grade: D

Secondary: A+

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    LSU has earned the title of "Defensive Back University" for a reason. And that reputation has paid huge dividends for the Tigers in recruiting. Prep defensive backs want to be the next Tyrann Mathieu or Patrick Peterson.  

    LSU commit Kevin Toliver II will eventually be an All-SEC cornerback. He is the No. 2 overall recruit in the country and will be an immediate playmaker wherever he signs. Tigers fans should be ecstatic his Twitter page is covered in purple and gold, but anything can change from now until signing day.

    The Tigers have their eyes on four more corners in Iman Marshall, Kendall Sheffield, Tarvarus McFadden and Xavier Lewis. Of the quartet, Lewis, who plays his high school football within an hour of LSU's campus, is the most likely to commit, according to the 247Sports crystal ball Projections.  

    LSU made a huge haul in the 2014 class at safety and will look to the same for this one. The Tigers already have a commitment from Kevin Henry. Fellow 4-star Jamal Peters could also be in play here. 

    Grade: A+

Special Teams: C

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    Blake Ferguson (left) and LSU head coach Les Miles (right)
    Blake Ferguson (left) and LSU head coach Les Miles (right)Photo Credit: Geaux247

    LSU earned a commitment from long snapper Blake Ferguson, who is the younger brother of current Tigers snapper Reid. On a different note that has little to do with football, Blake is a Type 1 diabetic and has done wonders for the disease's research.  

    The Tigers are young at kicker with sophomore Colby Delahoussaye and Cameron Gamble. Punters Jamie Keehn and Trent Domingue will both have eligibility remaining after this season. Recruiting a new leg is not a top priority for Miles. 

    Grade: C

     

    Recruiting info and star rankings courtesy of 247Sports.

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