LSU Football Recruiting: Ranking the Tigers' Top Commitments on Offense

Sean MerrimanCorrespondent IJanuary 25, 2012

LSU Football Recruiting: Ranking the Tigers' Top Commitments on Offense

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    National Signing Day is just two weeks away and many of the nation's top commitments in the 2012 national recruiting class are expected to make their college choices in the upcoming days.

    As it stands right now, LSU is having a down year for the Tigers' standards, but that could all change in a matter of days.

    The Tigers have a total of 20 commitments as of now, half of which play offense and the other half on defense.

    It is no secret that Les Miles' club struggled at times on offense in 2011, so who are the studs that LSU recruited on the offensive side of the ball?

    Let's break this down and take a look at the Tigers' top commitments on the offensive side of the football.

    Bleacher Report Style! 


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    Right now, LSU does not have a quarterback committed to its 2012 class, but that very well could change in the upcoming days.

    Once Gunner Kiel decommitted from the Tigers, a guy like Jeremy Liggins became a serious possibility for this class. 

    Liggins is a standout quarterback from Oxford, MS, but most recruiting sights list him as an "athlete." However, while LSU fans might not want to hear this, we all saw how Les Miles fell in love with a player like Jordan Jefferson.

    Liggins has a lot of those same qualities as Jefferson, but whether he does sign or not, the Tigers' 2012 quarterback job will likely belong to Zach Mettenberger on opening day. 

Running Back

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    Just like with the quarterback position, the Tigers also do not have a running back committed to their 2012 recruiting class. 

    Well, that's not 100 percent true.

    Four-star standout Lamar Louis was recruited as an athlete, but he did play running back in high school. However, with the absurd amount of talent this LSU team already has at the running back position, it is likely that Lewis will play linebacker at the collegiate level.

    With Spencer Ware, Michael Ford, Alfred Blue and Kenny Hilliard all expected to return next season, LSU would be foolish to waste their time going after a running back in this year's recruiting class.

Wide Receiver

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    The Tigers have already received verbal commitments from three wide receivers this season, and the gem of the group is Blache Ely High School product, Avery Johnson.

    Johnson is a four-star recruit out of Pompano Beach, FL.

    Why does that sound familiar to you?

    Johnson is the brother of former LSU All-American Patrick Peterson.

    This kid has great size at 6' 2", 180 pounds and elite speed, making him an ideal downfield threat in this LSU passing game.

    We could see LSU chase after another playmaker on offense, but Johnson will likely remain the cream of the crop in this 2012 wide receiver unit.

Tight End

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    LSU should be set at the tight end position as they locked up two good ones in this 2012 class.

    Dillon Gordon and John Thomas both committed to LSU this season and both are high end three-star prospects.

    It looks like Thomas has a slight edge over Gordon from a skill-set standpoint, but that can change in time of course.

    Both have great size with Thomas standing at 6'4", 225 pounds and Gordon at 6'5", 245 pounds.

    Either way, the Tigers' should be good at the tight end spot in the future.

Interior Line

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    Vadal Alexander is not only the top interior lineman in this class, but he is the best overall player in this 2012 class.

    Alexander is a 6'6", 320 pound force who projects to play offensive guard at the collegiate level. He is a top notch four-star recruit, who should vie for playing time right off the bat.

    Considering that LSU does not have a verbal commitment from a quarterback or running back in this class, the Tigers instead loaded up on offensive linemen.

    Alexander is the gem of this class, but there is plenty of talent on the offensive line for years to come in Baton Rouge, LA.

Exterior Line

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    When it comes to the top offensive tackles in 2012, Derek Edinburgh is near the top of every recruiting ranking. And when it comes to size, there aren't many who come bigger than Edinburgh.

    This massive offensive tackle from New Orleans stands at 6'8", 320 pounds. ranks Edinburgh as the No. 29 offensive tackle in the nation and the No. 10 player coming out of the state of Louisiana.

    Jerald Hawkins is another top notch, in-state offensive tackle who committed to the Tigers in 2012. But when it comes to the best in this class, Edinburgh takes the cake.

    Look for big things from this big man in the near future while at LSU.