LSU Football: Tigers among top schools for 4-star DE

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LSU football is one of the programs in the mix to land a four-star defensive end from Florida.

2021 four-star defensive end Keanu Koht revealed his top five schools this week and LSU football made the cut.

Koht, 6-foot-4/215 lbs from Vero Beach, FL, is rated in 247Sports’ composite rankings as the No. 34 player in the state of Florida and the No. 17 weak-side defensive end in the nation.

Alabama, Auburn, Florida, and Oregon also made Koht’s top five.

LSU football believes Koht can be dominant

Koht told Rivals early last month that LSU believes he can be a dominant pass rusher, saying “LSU sees me filling in the role of K’Lavon Chaisson. Being that dominant versatile pass rusher.”

The Florida native said he’s “very interested” in LSU, though he’s yet to visit Baton Rouge (perhaps that can happen after the recruiting shutdown ends, which currently runs through July 31).

Koht said he hears from Tigers head coach Ed Orgeron at least once a week.

Originally, Koht planned to commit after the spring. But thanks to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, that timeline was pushed back a bit. It looks like Koht won’t commit anywhere until he has a chance to take some more visits.

If LSU is able to land Koht, they’ll be getting a player described by 247Sports national writer Charles Power as a player who “closes quickly to make plays behind the line of scrimmage both as a pass rusher and in pursuit”.

Power also noted that Koht “projects as a Power Five starter on the edge with the upside to develop into an NFL Draft pick”.

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Coach O is one of the best developers of defensive linemen in the nation, so it wouldn’t surprise me to see the Tigers come out on top in this recruiting battle.

LSU currently has 12 players committed to their 2021 recruiting class, including four-star weak-side defensive end Landon Jackson.