Jan 2, 2014; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Team Highlight running back Leonard Fournette (5) runs with the ball against Team Nitro during the second half at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

National Signing Day 2014: LSU Tigers finish with No. 2 class

The LSU Tigers entered national signing day with the most to gain with a handful of top recruits, including five-star wide receiver Malachi Dupre in the running for Les Miles and company.

LSU did not land their longshot targets in Adoree Jackson or Lorenzo Carter or even in-state linebacker Kenny Young, but LSU had the best signing day when they signed Dupre.

Malachi Dupre

Malachi Dupre (15) runs a pass route during the Nike 7on7 pool play at Nike World Headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon. Mandatory Credit: Steve Dykes-USA TODAY Sports

Dupre headlined the day’s commitments when the No. 2 receiver in the 247Sports Composite Rankings said he just couldn’t leave home and donned an LSU hat.

Dupre was one of four to commit to LSU today for the class of 2014 joining three-star defensive end Sione Teuhema, three-star defensive tackle Trey Lealaimatafao and four-star defensive tackle Travonte Valentine.

Teuhema’s younger brother, Maea, also committed and is a five-star OL in the class of 2015.

LSU finishes with 23 commitments headlined by top overall recruit Leonard Fournette and finish with the No. 2 ranked class according to 247Sports. You can view the Tiger’s entire class here.

It’s tough to criticize LSU for having the No. 2 class in the nation, but if I am to nitpick here, this class had the potential to be the best in LSU history and challenge for the best of all-time for any program.

Considering LSU was unable to land in-state five-star recruits Speedy Noil, Gerald Willis and Cameron Robinson and they were still able to finish with the No. 2 class is a testament to not only the coaching staff who work for years on some of these kids, but also the talent level of the signed recruits.

LSU has four five-star recruits, 12 four-stars and seven three-stars in a class that features a nice blend of players who can contribute instantly like Fournette, Dupre, Trey Quinn, Clifton Garrett, Ed Paris and Jamal Adams, but also high-upside guys like Garrett Brumfield, Jacory Washington and Deondre Clark.

This class could be the one that helps LSU win their next national title and for that I have to give them an overall grade of an ‘A’.

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