LSU Football: Tigers selling 4-star DE on staying in-state

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One of LSU football‘s top 2022 recruiting targets is four-star defensive end J’mond Tapp.

Tapp, 6-foot-3/245 lbs from Donaldsonville, LA (Ascension Catholic), is ranked in 247Sports’ composite rankings as the No. 7 player in Louisiana and the No. 8 weakside defensive end in the 2022 recruiting class.

Unsurprisingly, Mond has plenty of potential suitors.

The Louisiana native currently holds offers from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, LSU, Mississippi State, Texas A&M, and USC, among several others.

LSU football’s recruiting pitch to Tapp is crystal clear

Tapp is clearly a top recruiting target for many of the nation’s top programs, mostly because he has the size to stick at defensive end at the next level.

Affecting the quarterback is a vital ingredient to having success in the SEC. And Tapp could certainly help the Tigers (and other programs) in that area.

So how does LSU land him?

They’re obviously going to have do a great job of building a relationship with Tapp, which is something the Tigers coaching staff has already started doing.

But LSU also has to sell Tapp on something that other programs can’t offer.

The ability to be a star in your home state.

That’s another thing the Tigers have already started doing.

“He’s (Ed Orgeron) just telling me we need you in the state, no other way to go but in-state,” explained Tapp recently to 247Sports. “Stay close to your family and stuff.”

Keeping elite players in-state is a priority for Coach O. And keeping elite defensive linemen in-state is an even bigger priority for Orgeron, who is a defensive line coach at heart.

Tapp says that Alabama, Louisville, and LSU are his current top three. But the talented defensive end wants to take some more visits before he makes his decision.

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This is probably LSU’s battle to lose, but the Tigers are going to have to continue to push the in-state angle to make sure they lock Tapp down and keep him from heading to a rival program.