LSU football among top schools for 4-star DL

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LSU football is one of the teams to beat for four-star defensive lineman Monkell Goodwine.

2021 four-star defensive lineman Monkell Goodwine revealed his top five schools on Wednesday and LSU football made the cut, along with Alabama, Maryland, Penn State and Texas A&M.

Goodwine, 6-foot-4/260 lbs from Fort Washington, MD (National Christian Academy), is rated in 247Sports’ composite rankings as the No. 5 player in the state of Maryland and the No. 9 strong-side defensive end in the nation.

Rivals reported on Wednesday that Goodwine hasn’t visited LSU yet. He was scheduled to visit the Tigers this spring, but the visit was put on hold due to the coronavirus outbreak. Goodwine also had to cancel visits to Alabama, Tennessee (a program that is working hard to become a factor for the stud defensive lineman) and Texas A&M.

Mike Farrell, the national recruiting director for Rivals, said last month that he believes Oklahoma is the team to beat for Goodwine.

One piece of good news for LSU is that Ed Orgeron is one of the few head coaches that Goodwine regularly speaks with (along with Oklahoma’s Lincoln Riley, according to Rivals).

The defensive line is Coach O’s specialty, so it wouldn’t surprise me to see the Tigers become a major factor for Goodwine as his recruitment progresses. If LSU can eventually get him on campus, they could vault to the top of his list.

Goodwine said in February that he plans to silently commit and then reveal his plans on National Signing Day (it’s unclear if he means the early signing period in December or the traditional National Signing Day).

247Sports national recruiting analyst Brian Dohn describes Goodwine as a player who “plays with energy and purpose”. Dohn also says Goodwine has “good body control” and is a “strong tackler”.

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The Tigers currently have five commits to their 2021 recruiting class. Only one of those commits, Anthony Hundley, is a defensive lineman.