Recent decommitment gives LSU football some options

LSU football head coach Ed Orgeron (Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images)
LSU football head coach Ed Orgeron (Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images) /

LSU football lost a 2020 commit this week to Memphis.

2020 three-star defensive lineman CamRon Jackson committed to LSU football in December 2018, but he didn’t sign with the Tigers on National Signing Day this past February.

That’s because Jackson was still trying to become a full qualifier. At the time, Jackson said he planned to arrive at LSU later this summer.

Ed Orgeron and the Tigers held Jackson’s scholarship for the last several months.

On Wednesday, however, Jackson officially decommitted from LSU and committed to Memphis, a school where he hasn’t taken an official visit.

It’s possible that Jackson chose Memphis because of different academic requirements. Each conference has its own guidelines. While Jackson, a Louisiana native, certainly wanted to sign with the Tigers, it appears it just wasn’t going to be possible. It’s an unfortunate reality of recruiting.

With Jackson’s decommitment, LSU has some options moving forward.

What should LSU football do with the extra 2020 spot?

LSU used 24 spots during the 2020 signing period (22 signees and two transfers). They were holding that final spot for Jackson.

With Jackson out of the picture, it means the Tigers could use that final spot on a late qualifier or another transfer.

Or they could hold on to that spot for the 2021 recruiting class, allowing Coach O and his staff to sign 26 players instead of 25.

I think they should go with option C.

The choices among late qualifiers probably aren’t going to be great. And the transfer market? Well, that’s a complete wild card — especially with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic still having a grip on the sports world.

The best bet would be to save that spot and use it on a player in the 2021 recruiting class. LSU is becoming an even more attractive option for recruits these days. So I’m sure the Tigers would love to have an extra spot to play with in 2021 for a potential “hidden gem”.

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Either way, while you hate to see a player like Jackson, who was very vocal about his desire to play at LSU, end up moving in a different direction, there are still some positives for the Tigers in this situation.