Brian Kelly has LSU football on a recruiting heater

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LSU football is on a roll with recruiting as of late. As such, Brian Kelly’s 2024 and 2025 classes are gaining vital players and moving up the rankings.

After a brief lull, LSU football recruiting has caught fire just ahead of Fall camp. Five top HS players committed to Brian Kelly’s program in 10 days. Such includes three commitments in 72 hours.

Below is a summary of the newest pledges to play football in Death Valley.

  • TE JD LaFleur (2025). Sulphur (La.): LaFleur is a four-star, legacy commitment for LSU football. Many fans will recall that JD’s father, David LaFleur, played college football in Baton Rouge from 1993-96. The younger LaFleur follows in his father’s footsteps and becomes the latest of an influx of massive tight ends for the Tigers.
  • IOL Joseph Cryer. (2024), Leesville (La.): What’s not to like about a 290-pound HS senior nicknamed ‘Big Hoss?’ The three-star interior offensive lineman committed to Kelly’s next class after de-committing from Ole Miss. Suffice it to say that his trip to Baton Rouge for last weekend’s Bayou Splash recruiting event was a good one.
  • OT Ory Williams (2024). Buda (Tx.): Williams is a three-star offensive tackle that selected LSU football over in-state schools Texas and Texas A&M. We feel great about Kelly establishing a significant recruiting footprint in the Lonestar state. We feel even better about the Tigers gaining another trench player that is already 6-7′ and 300 pounds.
  • CB Cai Bates (2024). Orlando (Fl.): LSU football is getting an outstanding young player for their secondary in Bates. Kelly and his staff pressed hard to gain the four-star prospect’s commitment. They were rewarded when Bates chose to play ball in Baton Rouge over Alabama, Florida State, and Tennessee.
  • LB Tylen Singleton (2024). Many (La.): Singleton is a four-star recruit from Northern Louisiana that was a must get for the Tigers. Texas A&M, TCU, and Arkansas pushed hard for the hybrid athlete. However, Singleton knew LSU football was where he belonged before the Bayou Splash. Coaches expect Singleton to play a combination of STAR, nickel, and linebacker in Death Valley.

Moreover, LSU football is well within striking distance for a pair of recruits that headline the 2024 class.

Coveted five-star EDGE Colin Simmons is very high on the Tigers. The Duncanville (Tx.) prospect attended the Bayou Splash and posted multiple photos of himself in an LSU uniform.

He looks phenomenal in purple and gold.

Simmons will announce his commitment on August 10th. He will choose between LSU, Texas, and Miami. On3 lists the Longhorns (47.7%) as a slim favorite over the Tigers (34.4%).

Simmons’s Duncanville HS teammate, Caden Durham, is also down to three schools in LSU, Oklahoma, and Texas A&M. However, On3 believes the Tigers are the massive favorite (95.2%) to land the four-star running back’s commitment.

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Commitments from Simmons and Durham will easily move Kelly’s 2024 recruiting class into the top 10. Currently, the next wave of Tigers is ranked No. 13.

Early industry rankings show LSU’s 2025 recruiting class ranked No. 7.