LSU football drops behind Ohio State in recruiting rankings

The LSU football team lost its spot atop the national recruiting rankings this week, but does it really matter?


The LSU football team had maintained 2016’s No. 1 recruiting class in the nation for just over a month. They lost that title this week, however, as Ohio State climbed to the top of the rankings.

Nick Bosa committed to the Buckeyes on Thursday, giving them a slight edge in the 247sports Composite team rankings. The composite rankings use an algorithm that compiles all of the major recruiting services to give an unbiased and comprehensive look at how teams stack up against each other on the recruiting trail.

In this instance, though, Ohio State jumping to No. 1 and the Tigers dropping back a spot does not really carry any significance.

Bosa, a 6-foot-4, 265 pound defensive end, was always considered to be a near-lock to the Buckeyes. After all, his brother Joey is already a star on the team’s defensive line, and the younger Bosa brother cited continuing the legacy as a reason behind his decision.

If anything, his commitment is a relief to the LSU football program. The Florida Gators were one of the few other teams that Bosa was considering, so it will be beneficial to not have to worry about facing the top defensive end in the country every year for the foreseeable future.

More importantly, Ohio State’s success on the recruiting trail does not create any significant on-field problems for the Tigers. If it were Alabama or Auburn that had jumped them in the rankings, there would be legitimate reasons for concern. After all, the Bayou Bengals face these teams year-in and year-out in games that typically determine their postseason fate. If they have to worry about Ohio State’s talent, it means that the team is already in the College Football Playoff and on the verge of a national championship.

Meanwhile, LSU has its sights set on several other top defensive line prospects from the class of 2016. Among those, Rashan Gary, the No. 1 overall player in the country who just so happens to be on campus this weekend. If the Tigers are able to land Gary, or any of the other five-star prospects that are in their grasp, the LSU football team is going to be just fine.

They have put together better recruiting classes than Alabama, Ole Miss and Georgia, fellow SEC schools ranking in the top-10. At this point, that is all that matters.

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