LSU football received some good news just after midnight on New Year’s Day.
I don’t know what 2021 holds for LSU football, but the year at least got off to a good start for the Tigers.
Just after midnight (central time), 2021 three-star offensive lineman Kimo Makaneole tweeted that he was committed to LSU.
“I will continue pursuing my football and academic career at Louisiana State University,” wrote Makaneole.
Makaneole, 6-foot-4/285 lbs from Niceville, FL, is rated in 247Sports’ composite rankings as the No. 28 offensive guard in the nation and the No. 73 player in the state of Florida.
The Tigers now have 22 players either signed or committed to their 2022 recruiting class.
LSU football swiped Makaneole from Florida State.
Makaneole was previously committed to Florida State and initially planned to sign with the Seminoles during the early signing period.
An offer from LSU this fall, however, changed those plans.
Makaneole decommitted from Florida State earlier this week, after naming a top two that included the Tigers and the Seminoles.
Once Makaneole decommitted from FSU, it seemed inevitable he’d end up in Baton Rouge (especially after a late-season trip to visit LSU for the Ole Miss game).
Landing Makaneole is huge for the Tigers, despite his unimpressive recruiting ranking (recruiting rankings aren’t always the gospel).
Prior to Makaneole’s commitment, LSU only had one offensive lineman committed to its 2021 recruiting class.
That’s simply not good enough. Programs can never recruit too many offensive linemen. It’s arguably the position on the field where a program needs the most depth.
Makaneole is expected to be used at tackle as well as at guard for the Tigers. His versatility should give LSU plenty of flexibility along the offensive line.