National Signing Day Preview
With the LSU football program receiving 19 verbal commitments for the 2014 recruiting class and currently the #4 class ranking, how will they fill the remaining 6 spots?
National Signing Day—the day recruits sign their binding letter of intent—is this Wednesday and is thought by many to be one of the most dramatic finishes of all time.
After the surprise loss of Speedy Noil (Texas A&M), Gerald Willis (Florida) and Tony Brown (Alabama)–all 5 star recruits–on January 2nd at the Under Armor All American Game, many doubted the direction that the LSU football program was heading. But after taking a step back and looking at the big picture, there are still quite a few big fishes for Les Miles and Co. to catch and solidify the bright future of the Tigers.
As an avid follower of recruiting, I have compiled information from all of the “experts” to make the subsequent predictions:
Here are 7 prospects that I believe LSU will land on Wednesday. As you can see above, I stated that there are 6 spots left…my first prediction is that kicker, Cameron Gamble, will grey shirt and not receive a scholarship for his freshman year (this is very common in college athletics for kickers to earn their scholarship in year 2 or 3 of their career).
DB/WR Adoree’ Jackson – LSU (others in consideration are Florida, USC and UCLA) – Adoree is one of the most dynamic players in this class, both on and off of the field. He currently resides in Southern California but his parents live in Illinois. His story is reminiscent of “The Fresh Prince of Belaire”—got in one little fight, his mom got scared….and you know the rest. Not only is he a play maker on the offensive side of the ball, but he is a world class triple jumper in Track and Field. LSU just happens to employ Todd Lane, who is considered by many, the best jump coach in the country. LSU is committed to letting him run track, play offense, defense and special teams. He is not big in stature but this 5 star pickup would be huge!
WR Malachi Dupre- LSU (others in consideration are FSU and UCLA) – Rated the #1 wide receiver in the country, this John Curtis stand out would fill a great need at the wide receiver position for the next 3-4 years. With the exodus of starting wide receivers Odell Beckham, Jr. and Jarvis Landry, the pass catching duties are up for grabs. Dupre has been to more LSU games than most passionate fans and feels at home in Baton Rouge. The pipeline from Curtis to Death Valley continues.
OT Derrick Kelly- LSU (others in consideration are Florida and FSU) – This late bloomer has really come onto the scene strong after his senior season of high school in the highly competitive state of Florida. For a guy his size, he is an athletic freak; a true prototypical left tackle. LSU came into his recruitment a little late, as did most due to a monster growth spurt. The relationship between Kelly and the new offensive line coach, Jeff Grimes, has really blossomed over the past few weeks.
DT Travonte Valentine- LSU (Miami is the other school in consideration) – The former Miami commit is just what the Tigers need as a massive run stuffer in the middle of an always elite defense. Valentine, a South Florida native, committed to the Miami Hurricanes very early in the process. LSU continued their pursuit of Valentine and their hard work paid off. It is rumored that Valentine gave his verbal pledge to the LSU coaches last week, so Tiger fans can sit back and enjoy the ride.
WR Emanuel Porter- LSU (current TCU commit) – Like Kelly, Porter flew under the radar for quite some time but his 6’5” 190 lb. frame has garnered heavy attention from LSU, Texas and UCLA. With the loss of Speedy Noil to the Aggies, Porter would be a great addition to the young LSU receiving corp. The Dallas native is a critical deep threat that seems to be absent from the typical Les Miles team, but fear no more: the 2nd coming of Dwayne Bowe is on his way to Baton Rouge in the fall!
DT Trey Lealaimatafao and DE Sione Teuhema- LSU (both former Texas commits) – It seems that the firing/retiring of Mack Brown at Texas has benefitted LSU greatly. The Polynesian Pipeline looks to gain some steam with the addition of these 2 studs, following in the footsteps of current LSU offensive guard Fehoko Fanaika. As icing on the cake, Sione has a brother that is already rated as a top 20 player and 5 star offensive tackle for the 2015 class.
I am from Baton Rouge but currently live in Monroe, LA. I Attended the University of Texas for undergrad and am currently seeking a masters in Psychology from the University of Louisiana at Monroe. Despite my college attendance, I have remained a die hard LSU fan along with the New Orleans Saints and Pelicans. I don’t know much about much, but when it comes to anything sports…I’m your guy.