Five-star WR says LSU football is a “Wide Receiver U”

LSU football WR Ja'Marr Chase (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
LSU football WR Ja'Marr Chase (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) /

One of the nation’s top rated recruits says LSU football is a “wide receiver U”.

LSU is one of many programs hoping to land a commitment from 2021 five-star wide receiver Troy Franklin.

Franklin, 6-foot-2/170 lbs from Menlo Park, CA (Menlo Atherton), is rated in 247Sports’ composite rankings as the No. 4 player in the state of California and the No. 3 wide receiver in the nation. He’s also rated as the No. 30 overall 2021 recruit.

The dynamic wide receiver recently broke down his top six schools (Alabama, Arizona State, LSU, Oregon, USC and Washington) with 247Sports.

Franklin told 247Sports “I love the energy that LSU brings out. I have a great relationship with the coaches and they became a Wide Receiver U this past year.”

He certainly isn’t wrong. The Tigers had the best wide receiver duo in the nation in 2019, with Ja’Marr Chase catching 84 passes for 1,780 yards and Justin Jefferson catching 111 passes for 1,540 yards. Terrace Marshall Jr also caught 46 passes for 671 yards.

Jefferson is moving on to the NFL, but LSU will still have Chase and Marshall on the field in 2020. They’ll also have incoming five-star wide receiver Kayshon Boutte, who could immediately contribute as a true freshman next season.

The Tigers are remaining committed to having a high powered passing attack under offensive coordinator Steve Ensminger and new passing game coordinator Scott Linehan.

When LSU hired Linehan, Tigers head coach Ed Orgeron said he could “expand” the Tigers’ passing game. If that’s the thought process moving forward, then there’s no reason to expect that LSU won’t continue to be “wide receiver U” for years to come.

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Last month, Rivals suggested that LSU has the sixth best odds to land Franklin out of his top schools. But they acknowledged that if the Tigers are able to get Franklin to Baton Rouge for an official visit (once the coronavirus pandemic subsides), then LSU could quickly jump to the top of the list.