LSU Football: Tigers on their way to one of the top 2021 recruiting classes in the nation

LSU football is on its way to having one of the top recruiting classes in the nation.

LSU football has had a nice week on the recruiting trail.

In last several days, the Tigers have received three key commitments: four-star wide receiver Chris Hilton, four-star defensive end Naquan Brown, and four-star defensive end Keanu Koht.

Thanks to those three commitments, LSU’s 2021 recruiting class, which currently has 15 members, is ranked No. 6 in the nation.

It’s inevitable that the Tigers will pass a couple of the teams currently ahead of them in the rankings. Specifically, I expect LSU to pass Oregon, North Carolina, and Tennessee (the Tigers’ average commit rating is higher than the average commit rating of those three programs).

(Ohio State and Clemson are also currently ahead of LSU in the 247Sports composite team rankings.)

LSU is the favorite for a couple of top targets and they’re in the mix for several others.

The players that could put LSU football’s 2021 class over the top

There are two in-state players that, if they commit, will instantly elevate LSU’s 2021 recruiting ranking.

Five-star defensive lineman Maason Smith and four-star wide receiver Brian Thomas (Thomas is a borderline five-star player).

The Tigers appear to be favored for both players, but recruiting is wild and you can never assume a player will commit to a certain program. But if I was betting, I’d place my money on LSU landing Smith and Thomas.

Beyond those two players, the Tigers are also strongly in the mix for five-star defensive end Korey Foreman, a former Clemson commit who is also interested in USC. Foreman would like to play with Smith at the next level, but the only way that probably happens is if Foreman signs with LSU. Right now, I lean toward those two playing at separate schools.

Another set of elite players the Tigers are contenders for is Tommy and James Brockermyer. Tommy is a five-star offensive tackle and James is a four-star center (and one of LSU’s top center targets). It’s unlikely the brothers end up at different schools. For now, it appears that Texas and Alabama are the programs to beat for the brothers.

But LSU is definitely in the mix. And if an official visit happens, then I could see the Tigers surging to the front of the Brockermeyers’ recruitment.

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LSU has a path to the top 2021 recruiting class in the nation, they just need everything to break right for them.