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LSU Tigers Close to Offering 4-Star Guard Braden Smith

LSU swung and missed on top recruit Cameron Robinson, but you have to give the Tigers credit for stepping back in the batter’s box and trying to find some offensive linemen to be a part of this potential legendary class.

David Sharpe, the No. 2 offensive tackle in the 247Sports composite rankings, was offered by LSU Wednesday and according to Gerry Hamilton of’s RecruitingNation LSU is expected to offer No. 3 ranked guard recruit Braden Smith (Olathe, Kan./Olathe South).

Smith holds more than 25 offers with Texas A&M, TCU, and Alabama considered the favorites to land the 6-6, 290-pound prospect. One of the strongest recruits in this class, Smith has a sister on the TCU track team and was in Dallas for the Horned Frogs loss at the hands of LSU in the season opener.

He was most recently in College Station for the Texas A&M loss to Alabama. The Crimson Tide has one more spot open for a linemen, but would prefer Damien Mama (Bellflower, Calif. St. John Bosco) but he may be leaning toward in-state USC.

LSU currently has two commitments from four-star guards in Garrett Brumfield (Baton Rouge, La. University Lab) and Will Clapp (New Orleans, La. Brother Martin), but maybe they see one of those two as a better fit at center.

I don’t think Smith projects to tackle because of his average pass blocking and lateral quickness, but he reminds me of former Iowa and Cincinnati Bengals left guard Eric Steinbach who was one of the better guards when he was healthy.

Look for the offer to come down in the next couple days and for LSU to push for Smith to take an official visit this fall and make up some ground on TCU. If history is any indicator, LSU can beat TCU rather easily, could that be the case for the recruitment of Smith?

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