LSU Football: The reason the Tigers will land the nation’s top recruit

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LSU football appears to be a major player for the nation’s top-rated recruit.

Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve written a lot about five-star defensive end Korey Foreman and LSU football‘s pursuit of him.

That’s because the Tigers have become major players for the dynamic defensive end. And I’m starting to feel like it’s inevitable that Foreman will sign with LSU in December.

Foreman, 6-foot-4/265 lbs from Corona, CA (Centennial), is rated in 247Sports’ composite rankings as the No. 1 player in the nation.

The California native committed to Clemson in January, but he decommitted in late April so he could take visits to other programs (Dabo Swinney doesn’t allow commits to take visits to other schools once they commit to Clemson).

Why we think LSU football will land Korey Foreman

At this point, the two front-runners for Foreman appear to be LSU and USC.

247Sports national recruiting analyst Greg Biggins recently said he feels like the Trojans will be the pick if they’re able to win 9-10 games in 2020 and show “they’re turning the corner”.

I could certainly see Foreman ending up at USC in that scenario, but I’m not expecting that sort of turnaround from the Trojans.

USC head coach Clay Helton is firmly on the hot seat. In fact, he was almost fired last year (Sports Illustrated even reported he was being fired, before retracting the report).

Coaches rarely come back from the hot seat talk. Once the bottom starts falling out, it usually doesn’t stop. I’d be shocked if Helton is the head coach at USC beyond 2021-2022.

But aside from the troubles at USC, there are other reasons that I think Foreman will ultimately end up at LSU.

First off is obviously Tigers head coach Ed Orgeron.

Coach O still has strong recruiting connections in Southern California from his multiple stints at USC.

According to 247Sports, “high school coaches throughout Southern California love him (Orgeron)”.

The other major factors working in LSU’s favor?

Raesjon Davis and Elias Ricks.

Foreman is close friends with Davis (committed to LSU) and Ricks (signed with LSU during the 2020 recruiting cycle). Playing with them in Baton Rouge (along with fellow five-star defensive tackle Maason Smith, another LSU 2021 target) could be very attractive to Foreman.

Another reason LSU could be the favorite?

Foreman wants to win and he wants to get to the NFL.

The Tigers are coming off a dominant national championship season and they just had 14 players selected in the 2020 NFL Draft.

It’s hard to imagine a program being more appealing to Foreman than LSU.

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Things could change in the coming months, but as of now, I think the Tigers land the top-rated player in the nation.