LSU Football: Analyzing Tigers' Top 5 2015 Recruiting Targets

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LSU Football: Analyzing Tigers' Top 5 2015 Recruiting Targets
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LSU 5-star cornerback Kendall Sheffield

LSU head coach Les Miles and the rest of the coaching staff has been hot on the recruiting trail this offseason. The Tigers are looking to build off their spectacular 2014 class, which featured four 5-star prospects. 

The Tigers already have 11 commitments and are looking to add more this summer. 247Sports.com has their recruiting class ranked No. 5 in the country but No. 3 in the SEC. 

Here are five players not currently committed to the Tigers to keep an eye on this offseason. 

 

Kendall Sheffield, CB

LSU already has a 5-star corner committed in Kevin Toliver II, but defensive back coach Corey Raymond would love to have another. 

Kendall Sheffield has the ability to be the next great defensive back in college football. Sheffield has elite ball skills and could be a dangerous playmaker on special teams as a returner. 

It will be hard to pull Sheffield from the state of Texas, but the Tigers will try their hardest to do so. 

 

Daylon Mack, DT

Daylon Mack is the No. 2 defensive tackle prospect in the country, and rightfully so. Mack is an explosive force in the middle of the defense who loves to make plays in the backfield. 

Mack has been in constant contact with defensive line coach Brick Haley, per Shea Dixon of Geaux247.com (subscription required). He is currently committed to Texas A&M, but that can easily change before signing day. The Tigers were able to flip 4-star defensive tackle Travonte Valentine from Miami to LSU late in the 2014 recruiting period.

Miles knows the importance of stopping the run. His teams have consistently produced defensive tackles who get drafted. Mack certainly fits the mold of a future NFL starter.

 

Terry Beckner Jr., DE 

LSU will have a surplus of defensive ends for years to come. The Tigers have at least seven who will see the field, with Jermauria Rasco as the only senior. But Danielle Hunter could bolt early if he has breakout season.

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Nevertheless, Haley would love to have a defensive end the caliber of Terry Beckner Jr. commit to the Tigers. Beckner Jr. can get after the quarterback with reckless abandon and does a great job of anchoring against the run. 

The Crystal Ball Projection only has Beckner Jr. as a 6 percent chance of signing with LSU, but anything can happen from now until signing day. 

 

Tyron Johnson, WR 

Tyron Johnson is the No. 1 prospect in the talent-rich state of Louisiana. Johnson is a smooth pass-catcher who could be the best receiver in the country at making defenders miss in tight spaces. 

LSU is in the lead by a wide margin in the Crystal Ball Projection for Johnson, who has the talent to be the next Jarvis Landry. If the Tigers show promising signs in the passing game, particularly with 5-star 2014 signee Malachi Dupre, it will help their chances of keeping Johnson in-state.

 

Donte Jackson, ATH

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Donte Jackson could play on both sides of the ball at the college level. 

Jackson could have the most entertaining highlight tape in the country. His kickoff returns and sideline-to-sideline carries could make a viewer dizzy. While talent evaluators struggle to figure out his future position, the bottom line is that he is dangerous with the ball in his hands. 

The Tigers can always use a threat on special teams, out of the backfield and/or in the secondary. Jackson, with his smaller frame, could be the next Trindon Holliday

 

*Rankings via 247Sports. Follow Carter Bryant on Twitter @CarterthePower

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