Maquedius Bain finally made it official and announced his commitment to LSU today during a filming session between Under-Armour All-American Game practices.
Bain took his official visit to LSU in December, and that visit paid dividends for the staff. Bain came away high on the Tigers, and only put off announcing it until he could make it on national television.
Bain became the 23rd member of LSU's 2013 class, and the third defensive tackle to pledge to the Tigers since November. He joins Greg Gilmore, Christian Lacouture and Tevin Lawson as the new batch of DTs for LSU in 2013.
That group will provide quality depth for a position that could be lacking it next season. LSU will lose senior Josh Downs and possibly junior Bennie Logan, who may opt for the NFL. The Tigers will also be without versatile linemen Lavar Edwards and Chancey Aghayere.
Rising junior Anthony Johnson will likely take over starting duties with either Ego Ferguson or Quentin Thomas filling in that other spot. Behind them will be a competition between those incoming freshmen with Mickey Johnson for a legitimate spot in the rotation.
At a position where Brick Haley likes to use at least four bodies on a regular basis, Bain and the other freshmen will likely contend for early playing time, something most credited as a primary reason they wound up at LSU.
Bain will likely find himself behind Lacouture and Gilmore at the beginning. Lacouture appears to be bulking up to play defensive tackle at the next level, and enrolling early will give him an advantage on the others. Gilmore has been one of the highlights at UA practices, and his skill set may push him to the top of the pile.
But Bain isn't far behind those two in terms of raw ability, and some work with the coaching staff will put him in prime position to compete for a spot on the field.
With the additions LSU has made across the defensive line in 2013, it's not unreasonable to compare this class to the linebacker haul a year ago. Bain and the rest of his future cohorts along the defensive line will pave the way for what will likely be a stout defensive front for years to come.
Bain announces commitment Wednesday
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