The conclusion of national signing day finally gave us some relief from having to evaluate 17 or 18 year old football player. All the letters of intends have been signed to the schools of their choice (except for a few) and the national recruiting web sites have released their top-25 team recruiting rankings.
Most of you know my stance on recruiting web sites and their rankings. They basically reward teams for selecting players similar to how the Oakland Raiders, or the early 2000’s Detroit Lions drafted. Teams are rewarded on the websites rankings for selecting the most four and five star players, not the best players according to that team specific needs. I am not saying that these sites are irrelevant and we should avoid. Instead, look at them as a guide just like we look at the top 25 polls during the season.
LSU is the perfect example this year of what I am talking about. This year they finished ranked 16th by rivals, 12th by ESPN and 7th by scouts. LSU needed to address the depth at the linebacker, defensive back and receiver/tight-end position. They did just that. Below I will add the overall recruiting class with position, but LSU signed six linebackers, five defensive backs and four receivers and tight-ends. Unlike the top ranked teams, LSU is loaded heading into the 2012 season. It is hard to sign five star recruits when they know they will not see the field their freshman year and they can go elsewhere and play immediately. This is not a bad problem to have, but your class will suffer this year.
The biggest issue many fans have with this class was that LSU struggled to sign the top players in Louisiana. LSU failed to sign the top four players according to rivals (Landon Collins, Dencell Devall, Torshiro Davis and Otha Peters). This is without question a tough pill to swallow, but when you notice that Alabama failed to sign two of the top four players from their state, or Florida also missed on the top four, it shows that LSU wasn’t the only school to allow their fence around the state to be breached. The loss of the four Louisiana players hurt, but LSU was able to sign a nice class to complement the top ranked team heading into 2012.
Below is the entire list of players who signed with LSU this season:
Vadal Alexander- 6’6 315 lbs. offensive lineman (already enrolled)
Ronnie Feist- 6’2 225 lbs. linebacker (already enrolled)
Reid Ferguson- 6’2 235 lbs. long-snapper (already enrolled)
Jeremy Hill- 6’2 225 lbs. running back (already enrolled)
Lamar Louis- 6’0 220 lbs. athlete, likely to become a linebacker (already enrolled)
Jalen Mills- 6’0 180 lbs defensive back
Jeremy Liggins- 6’3 270 lbs. quarterback
Trey Granier- 6’1 225 lbs. linebacker
Deion Louis- 6’2 200 lbs linebacker
Corey Thompson- 6’2 205 lbs. safety
Derrick Raymond- 6’2 175 lbs. corner back
Dillon Gordon- 6’5 245 lbs. tight end
Jerald Hawkins- 6’6 290 lbs. offensive lineman
Danielle Hunter- 6’5 235 lbs. defensive lineman
Kwone Alexander- 6’2 220 lbs. linebacker
Lorenzo Phillips- 6’2 200 lbs. linebacker
Travin Dural- 6’3 170 lbs. wide receiver
Kavahra Holmes- 6’2 180 lbs. wide receiver
Jerqwinick Sandolph- 6’2 180 lbs. safety
Derek Edinburgh- 6’7 325 lbs. offensive lineman
Avery Johnson- 6’2 180 lbs. wide receiver (Patrick Peterson’s brother)
Let’s welcome aboard the players that will help LSU compete for titles in the near future.