LSU Football: Signing day prediction for elite defensive line duo

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LSU football is in the mix to land a couple of key recruits during the early signing period.

LSU football has dealt with plenty of struggles this season, but the year could be ending on a high note.

The Tigers, who are coming off an impressive win over a top 10 Florida team, currently have the No. 4 rated 2021 recruiting class in the nation (247Sports composite).

That ranking could end up being a bit higher if LSU can land a couple of highly-rated defensive linemen.

Five-star defensive Korey Foreman and five-star defensive tackle Maason Smith are expected to sign this week during the early signing period. Both players are uncommitted and have LSU among their top programs.

Will LSU football land Foreman and Smith?

The recruitment of Foreman and Smith has been highly publicized this year. The elite defensive line duo has said multiple times that they’d prefer to play with each other at the next level.

For a while, that seemed like a great sign for the Tigers. Smith, a Louisiana native, has been considered a heavy LSU lean for the duration of his recruitment. Foreman, who was once committed to Clemson, has visited LSU and seemed to enjoy himself.

But in recent weeks, it appears that Foreman has cooled on the Tigers.

Foreman was supposed to visit LSU for the Alabama game. That trip, however, was canceled.

Canceled trips just before signing day are never a good sign.

The momentum for Foreman seems to be swinging to USC, which would make sense. The Trojans are having a nice rebound year under Clay Helton (while LSU has struggled). Signing with USC would also allow Foreman to stay closer to home (he lives less than an hour from USC).

At this point, I feel pretty confident in predicting Foreman to USC. 

As for Smith?

I think LSU hangs on there. Georgia and Miami have made this a legitimate recruiting battle. But ultimately, I think Smith stays home and decides to play for the Tigers.

While it would be nice to see LSU land both Foreman and Smith, I just can’t see it happening.

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Signing Smith should guarantee that LSU finishes with at least a top five recruiting class, which wouldn’t be bad for a team coming off a tough season.