LSU Football: The most underrated recruit in Tigers’ 2021 signing class

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LSU football, like most programs, did its heavy lifting during the early signing period in December.

The Tigers signed 20 players during the early signing period, leaving only five spots left to be filled (for either high school recruits or transfers).

On Wednesday, LSU signed four-star defensive end Savion Jones.

And I think he might be the most underrated player in the Tigers’ 2021 signing class.

Savion Jones is going to be an important player for LSU football

Jones, 6-foot-5/240 lbs from Saint James, LA, isn’t a low-rated player. 247Sports has him as the No. 10 weakside defensive end in the country. They also have him as a top five player in Louisiana.

Still, I think Jones is being overlooked. Most of the attention surrounding LSU’s 2021 recruiting class has been focused on five-star defensive tackle Maason Smith and four-star quarterback Garrett Nussmeier.

I get it. Smith and Nussmeier are great players. And they’re going to play a big part in the Tigers’ future success.

But so is Jones.

Look, if the quarterback position is the most important position on the field, then pass rushers have to be a close second.

Jones is a tall, athletic pass-rusher who could wreak havoc on opposing quarterbacks in the SEC. The multi-sport athlete (football, basketball, and track) has “impressive pursuit ability and closes fast on the ball” according to 247Sports recruiting analyst Gabe Brooks.

Mike Scarborough, who covers LSU recruiting for, has Jones as his top player in Louisiana. Scarborough is as dialed in as anyone when it comes to LSU recruiting, so I tend to think he also sees something special in Jones.

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I think we’re going to see Jones develop into a dominating force in Baton Rouge. He’s going to cause opposing offenses to be off-schedule. And once that happens, it’s game over.

Jones may not be the most talked-about recruit in LSU’s 2021 signing class, but he could end up having the biggest impact.