LSU football: 2024 signees who will make the biggest impact as freshmen

LSU's defense was an unmitigated disaster in 2023, so even with Jayden Daniels and Malik Nabers off to the NFL, Brian Kelly needs to fix the defense first if LSU is going to compete in the SEC with Alabama, Georgia, and Texas.

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LSU has an elite off-ball linebacker in Harold Perkins, but the thing is, Perkins is still a better pass rusher than he is an off-ball backer. LSU generated 164 pressures this season and Perkins led the team with 22, but as a freshman, Perkins generated 41 of the team’s 237 pressures. 

Perkins needs to be moved back to the edge and if Singleton can be productive in the middle of LSU’s defense then Perkins will be freed of that responsibility. 

In 2023 Perkins took 253 snaps on the edge, 221 as a box linebacker, and 231 as a slot corner. He’s capable of being the best player on LSU’s roster at all three positions, but he was more effective in 2022 when he took 40% of his snaps as an edge instead of 35.8%. Once he gets into the NFL that number will be about 90% like Micah Parsons, so why not utilize him in the most valuable way now?

At 6-foot-1 208 pounds, Singleton is a bit light to take on SEC linemen that get to the second level, but his speed could make him valuable. Davhon Keys is the other incoming linebacker who could take snaps.

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