LSU Football: Tigers should make a run at J.T. Tuimoloau

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LSU football has signed 23 players and added one transfer during the 2021 recruiting cycle.

That means the Tigers have one open scholarship remaining.

LSU head coach Ed Orgeron is hoping to either use that scholarship on a transfer player after spring practice or possibly hold it for the next recruiting cycle.

But I think there’s another avenue the Tigers should explore.

LSU football should pursue the top recruit in the country

Five-star defensive end J.T. Tuimoloau is the nation’s top 2021 recruit and he still hasn’t signed anywhere.

Tuimoloau isn’t planning to sign until he can take visits (the recruiting dead period currently runs through May 31), which means a decision is likely a couple of months away.

The Washington native revealed a final five in December of Alabama, Ohio State, Oregon, USC, and Washington.

LSU’s name, obviously, wasn’t on that list. And the Tigers have never been a major factor in Tuimoloau’s recruitment.

So why even mention the dynamic defensive end in the same sentence as LSU?


And the Tigers still have a spot.

Look, recruiting is crazy. It rarely makes sense. And players do things no one expects.

If Tuimoloau is waiting on visits, then why not try to get him to Baton Rouge this summer? Maybe it blows him away and he falls in love with LSU.

Sure, it’s a long shot. But the Tigers’ new defensive line coach, Andre Carter, is a west coast native like Tuimoloau. Maybe the two will hit it off and Tuimoloau will decide LSU is the best place for him to be.

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You never know until you try. And the Tigers might as well give it a shot with Tuimoloau since they have an open spot remaining.