LSU Football's defensive tackle search is seemingly down to two massive targets

Dec 22, 2019; Denver, Colorado, USA; Detroit Lions defensive line coach Bo Davis before the game
Dec 22, 2019; Denver, Colorado, USA; Detroit Lions defensive line coach Bo Davis before the game / Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

The transfer portal has been open for two weeks now as LSU Football has seen a few departures but, nothing alarming. The Tigers have set their attention on landing defensive tackles as Brian Kelly stated that it was the only position he thought they'd pursue in this transfer window. The LSU Tigers have been active in their pursuit of defensive tackles offering scholarships to many and hosting a handful on visits. One of the Tigers' bigger targets, CJ West canceled his visit leaving the hunt seemingly down to two top tackles.

Damonic Williams - TCU

The TCU transfer is certainly the highest touted transfer defensive tackle and may be the most sought after player in this Spring's transfer portal. Williams has already visited the Longhorns in Austin and is set to arrive for his visit in Baton Rouge on Monday. The fact that Williams left Austin without committing is massive news for LSU as it means the Tigers may geta fair shake in this race.

While some players may give LSU more experience, Williams is by far the most talented defensive tackle in the transfer portal. Williams was a true freshman All-American in 2022, and with Bo Davis coaching the defensive linemen, the sky may be the limit for Williams at LSU. In 2023, Williams recorded 33 tackles and three sacks for the Horned Frogs. The addition of Williams would be as plug and play as it gets as LSU's top defensive tackle would instantly become Williams.

Simeon Barrow Jr - Michigan State

One of the most pursued players in the transfer portal thus far has been Michigan State's Simeon Barrow. The LSU Tigers hosted Barrow on a visit last weekend however, they did not land a commitment as Barrow continues exploring his options. The LSU Tigers' biggest opponent appears to be Miami as Barrow has a visit planned to Miami.

Landing Barrow would give the LSU Tigers an instant starter with valuable experience. Over his three seasons at Michigan State, Barrow has posted 10.5 sacks with 110 tackles and two forced fumbles.

Could this be a cause for concern?

If the LSU Tigers miss out on both Barrow Jr and Williams there may be a massive reason for concern with the position. It's reasonable to expect that LSU may lose out on both targets as Texas and Miami their biggest rivals in these recruitments are two of the biggest players in NIL. The transfer portal is nearing its close meaning that if LSU can't find it's potential pieces they could be in a less than ideal spot heading into the fall.

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