LSU's 2015 National Signing Day Wish List
LSU has some work to do on the recruiting trail before national signing day in early February.
The Tigers' 18 commitments in the 2015 class currently ranks No. 10 overall, according to the 247Sports team composite rankings, which is good enough for fifth in the SEC. LSU is the only school in the top 10 with less than 20 commitments, which means it has plenty of room for growth.
Head coach Les Miles knows though time is running out. His coaching staff is looking to gain more SEC-caliber players throughout the country.
The No. 1 thing that coaches hope for annually in recruiting is that none of their committed prospects go elsewhere. Most of the Tigers' commits are still being pursued by other schools. Miles can only hope they keep their loyalty with LSU when they sign the dotted line on February 4.
With that said, here are a few players who are not committed to LSU that Miles wishes he can bring to Baton Rouge this recruiting cycle.
CeCe Jefferson, DE
If CeCe Jefferson chooses LSU, it would further prove newly acquired defensive line coach Ed Orgeron was worth every penny.
Orgeron has visited Jefferson a few times within the past few weeks, including once with Miles at the 5-star prospect's home in Florida, per Shea Dixon of Geaux247. Jefferson will return the favor by visiting Baton Rouge on the weekend before signing day.
Coach Orgeron knows that Jefferson, the No. 2 strong-side defensive end in the country, would immediately bolster the Tigers line. LSU lost starters Jermauria Rasco and Danielle Hunter at defensive end this offseason. This opens up playing time, and possibly starting snaps, for Jefferson right away.
Auburn, Florida, Alabama and Ole Miss are other schools Jefferson is currently evaluating, per Dixon. Getting a player of his caliber at a position of need would be a game-changer for Miles.
If LSU cannot land Jefferson, two other defensive end prospects to keep an eye on are 4-star Arden Key and 3-star Dylan Jackson. Jackson is the most likely uncommitted defensive end prospect in the country to choose the Tigers.
Leo Lewis, LB
LSU has no linebacker commits in the 2015 class. The Tigers could survive this with their roster depth at the position, but it is never good to come up blank at any position.
The Tigers are looking to change that by pursuing 4-star linebacker Leo Lewis. New defensive coordinator Kevin Steele and recruiting coordinator Frank Wilson visited Lewis earlier this month to make a late push for his services, per James Smith of The Times-Picayune.
Lewis is currently an Ole Miss commit, but the Tigers believe they can flip him away from Oxford. He will make an official visit to LSU's campus on January 30, the same day Jefferson visits.
Lewis may not immediately start if he chooses to come to Baton Rouge, but he would challenge for playing time. The No. 1-rated inside linebacker in the country would provide great depth behind returning starter Kendell Beckwith.
Toby Weathersby, OT
LSU welcomed in 11 official visitors this past weekend, the biggest of which was offensive tackle prospect Toby Weathersby.
Weathersby, a 6'4'', 295-pound mauler out of Houston, was once a Texas commit. It looks as if his final two choices are Arkansas, the school he visited the previous weekend, and LSU, per Hunter Paniagua of Tiger Sports Digest.
George Brown Jr., Adrian Magee and Maea Teuhema represent LSU's three offensive line commits in the 2015 class. Though the trio is talented, Weathersby's signing with the Tigers would turn a solid coup of linemen into a spectacular one.
Torrance Gibson, ATH/QB
Torrance Gibson's highlight tape is breathtaking.
His ability to evade the rush and make plays with his arm and legs is unlike any other quarterback prospect in the country. He glides by tacklers and creates improvisational masterpieces.
Gibson, like Weathersby, made an official visit to LSU this past weekend. The 4-star Ohio State commit shared some positive vibes on social media after his time in Baton Rouge. Below is a pictured he tweeted with, from left to right, LSU commits Donte Jackson, Tyron Johnson and Xavier Lewis:
LSU needs improvement at the quarterback position. The combination of Anthony Jennings and Brandon Harris was mediocre in 2014. If the Tigers can flip Gibson from the Buckeyes to the Tigers, it would put more pressure on Jennings and Harris to perform better. He could even win the starting job as a true freshman.
There is also a chance Gibson does not play quarterback in college. He is far from a polished passer, and his accuracy can be erratic. Even if that is the case, he could be a productive playmaker as a receiver or specialty player.
Daylon Mack, DT
LSU was once looking good in the Daylon Mack sweepstakes. But with the departure of defensive coordinator John Chavis and the demotion of defensive line coach Brick Haley, things quickly went sour for the Tigers.
Mack was once a Texas A&M commitment. The 5-star defensive tackle might soon be pledging his loyalty to the Aggies again with Chavis heading to College Station to be the defensive coordinator.
There is still a slight chance Mack goes to Baton Rouge. Haley was his main recruiter, and he is still on staff with the Tigers as an administrative intern. Still, Mack made no official visits to LSU this month.
LSU has no defensive tackle commitments in the 2015 class. The Tigers can survive with starters Davon Godchaux and Christian LaCouture and top backup Quentin Thomas returning. They also have underachieving backups with the potential to be rotation players.
With that said, Mack is an explosive, gap-shooting playmaker in the mold of LSU great Drake Nevis. He would immediately bolster the Tigers' strength up the middle. Unfortunately, this wish is unlikely to be granted.
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