LSU Football: Why the Tigers have a chance to land the No. 1 safety in the 2022 class

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LSU Football isn’t the favorite to land the nation’s top-rated safety, but the Tigers at least have an outside chance.

Xavier Nwankpa, 6-foot-2/190 lbs from Altoona, IA (Southeast Polk), is ranked by 247Sports as the No. 1 safety in the country and the No. 13 overall player in the 2022 recruiting class.

Ohio State is currently viewed as the favorite to land Nwankpa, which makes sense considering Nwankpa is from the midwest.

The Buckeyes are one of the three programs that Nwankpa is currently scheduled to officially visit (Notre Dame and Texas A&M are the others).

LSU, however, is one of the programs that Nwankpa is considering visiting this summer.

LSU football could emerge as a favorite in the battle for Xavier Nwankpa

While it’s clear that the Tigers aren’t at the top of the list for Nwankpa, that could certainly change in the coming months.

The biggest reason LSU has a legitimate chance in this battle is because Nwankpa grew up wanting to play for the Tigers.

“They were my dream school growing up,” said Nwankpa recently to 247Sports. “I have a pretty good relationship with the new defensive coordinator, Coach (Daronte) Jones, and I talk to coach Coach (Corey) Raymond a little bit and it’s still developing a relationship there and I’m excited to get down there and see DBU.”

Beating Ohio State for Nwankpa obviously won’t be easy. But if the talented defensive back visits Baton Rouge and is impressed, it could swing this battle in the Tigers’ favor.

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LSU currently has 13 players committed to its 2022 recruiting class, including four-star cornerback Laterrance Welch, a Louisiana native who committed in January.