LSU Football loses key 2021 commit; why it’s not a big deal

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LSU football lost a key commit to Alabama on Wednesday.

LSU football is putting together an impressive 2021 recruiting class, but it won’t include four-star defensive end Keanu Koht.

Koht, 6-foot-4/215 lbs from Vero Beach, FL, committed to the Tigers on July 4.

On Wednesday, during the first day of the early signing period, Koht didn’t sign with LSU.

Instead, the Florida native flipped his commitment and signed with Alabama.

Losing the nation’s No. 64 overall player (247Sports) obviously isn’t ideal.

But it’s not the end of the world, either.

Losing Koht shouldn’t reflect poorly on LSU football

Koht told Rivals on Wednesday that the main reason he flipped from LSU to Alabama was because of player development.

“Mainly the player development…Alabama works to develop their players in every aspect of being a football player,” said Koht to Rivals.

There’s no doubt that Alabama develops players at an extremely high level.

But so does LSU (the Tigers had 14 players selected in the 2020 NFL Draft).

I think this is simply a case of Koht wanting to go to the hot program. In the summer, there wasn’t a program hotter than LSU. But with five losses this season, the shine has kind of worn off the Tigers.

Alabama, however, is the top team in the nation.

Koht, as a Florida native, doesn’t have strong geographical ties to either program.

So he went with the program that’s playing better right now. I get it.

LSU is still putting together an impressive 2021 recruiting class. They’re likely going to finish with a top-five class.

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When you combine the 2021 talent with the young talent already on LSU’s roster, you have a recipe for future championships.

It’s all good in Baton Rouge.