LSU football battling Auburn for elite 2021 tight end

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LSU football is battling Auburn for an elite 2021 tight end.

LSU football is one of numerous programs hoping to land a commitment from 2021 four-star tight end Michael Trigg.

Auburn, Florida State, Penn State, Ohio State, and South Carolina are some of the other programs strongly in the mix for the dynamic tight end.

Of those programs, it appears that Auburn is LSU’s top competition.

Rivals recruiting analyst Mike Farrell recently updated Trigg’s recruitment and he views Auburn and LSU as the top two contenders in this recruiting battle.

For now, Farrell views Auburn as the favorite.

“I like Auburn in this one. The Tigers are recruiting him very hard, can sell early playing time and they are close enough to home,” wrote Farrell.

The longtime recruiting analyst added “LSU is No. 2”.

What would LSU football get if they land Trigg?

Trigg, 6-foot-4/230 lbs from Tampa, FL, is rated in 247Sports’ composite rankings as the No. 23 player in the state of Florida and the No. 5 tight end in the nation.

247Sports director of scouting Barton Simmons describes Trigg as a player that’s “more of a big wide receiver in terms of body type and usage in high school”.

Simmons also noted that Trigg is “dangerous after the catch” and should be a “Power Five impact starter and a mid-round NFL Draft pick”.

Like a lot of tight ends these days, Trigg is also a very good basketball player at the high school level (it seems these days that being a successful basketball player is synonymous with being a good tight end).

One thing that could scare Trigg away from LSU is the presence of Arik Gilbert, a freak athlete who was rated as the top tight end in the nation during the 2020 recruiting cycle.

Would Trigg want to go to Baton Rouge when he knows Gilbert will be “the guy”?

I don’t think it will be an issue. Competition exists everywhere in college — especially in the SEC. If a recruit is afraid of competition, then they probably won’t be very successful.

And anyway, Trigg will likely only overlap with Gilbert for two seasons. If Gilbert lives up to expectations, he’ll be off to the NFL after year three. That means Trigg could shine as a junior.

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It’s unclear when Trigg plans to commit.