LSU football in driver’s seat for 4-star offensive lineman

LSU football is the team to beat for a four-star offensive lineman from Texas.

LSU football has had plenty of recruiting success in Texas recently, so it’s no surprise that the Tigers appear to be the team to beat for a four-star offensive lineman from the Lone Star State.

Jaeden Roberts, 6-foot-5/340 lbs from Houston, TX (North Shore), is rated in 247Sports’ composite rankings as the No. 24 player in the state of Texas and the No. 8 offensive guard in the nation. He’s also rated as the No. 148 overall 2021 recruit in the nation.

Rivals recruiting analyst Sam Spiegelman recently ranked the contenders for Roberts and he has LSU as the program most likely to land a commitment from the massive offensive lineman.

Spiegelman noted that Ed Orgeron and offensive line coach James Cregg identified Roberts as a “priority target”. He also mentioned that Roberts has “visited LSU quite a bit, and the interest is certainly mutual”.

The other programs thought to be in the mix for Roberts are Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Baylor and Oklahoma State.

What kind of talent is Roberts?

247Sports midland region recruiting analyst Gabe Brooks describes Roberts as a “huge interior offensive line prospect with college-ready size” that “flashes impressive point-of-attack strength”.

Brooks also said Roberts is “fairly quick when pulling or getting to the second level relative to size” and he “shows good straight-line athleticism on tape”.

The NFL comparison for Roberts (via Brooks) is Oklahoma offensive guard Marquis Hayes, who started 13 games last season for a Sooners team that reached the College Football Playoff.

It’s unclear when Roberts, who is originally from Kansas, will make a decision, but it’s clear the Tigers are the team to beat. In fact, I’d be surprised if LSU didn’t land the four-star offensive guard.

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LSU currently has 12 players committed to their 2021 recruiting class.