LSU Football: Tigers have a lot of competition for 4-star OL

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LSU football is heavily pursuing a 2022 four-star offensive tackle from Miami, FL, but so are several other major programs.

Julian Armella, 6-foot-6/300 lbs, is ranked in 247Sports’ composite rankings as the No. 14 offensive tackle in the country and the No. 137 overall player in the 2022 recruiting class.

The Tigers are hoping they can poach Armella from the state of Florida, but LSU’s SEC West rival — Alabama — is hoping for the same.

Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide have also made Armella a priority, which means this is a recruiting battle that could have plenty of ups and downs.

Alabama isn’t the only competition for LSU Football in this battle

Rivals analysts Adam Gorney and Chad Simmons recently discussed Armella’s recruitment and whether or not they believe this will be an Alabama vs LSU battle.

Both Gorney and Simmons believe that notion is fiction.

“I would not count out Florida State at all as I’ve been told the Seminoles are going very hard after Armella and feel like there is a chance,” said Gorney.

Simmons echoed those sentiments, saying “Armella may end up leaving the state, but I expect in-state programs to be in this as well”.

Miami is also in the mix here.

It’s certainly easy to see why so many major programs badly want Armella. He has SEC-ready size, good athleticism, and great high school experience. Armella plays for a 7A high school in Florida that went 15-0 and won a state championship in 2019 (Armella was the starting right tackle).

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If visits are eventually allowed to resume, those could determine the outcome of this intense recruiting battle (the NCAA currently has the recruiting shutdown running through May 31).