Where LSU Stands in the Class of 2013

LSU's 2013 class is nearing completion, but plenty of big names still remain available for the Tigers. Where does LSU stand with some of the biggest targets left on their board?

After Christian Lacouture's commitment to LSU this past weekend, the current class of 2013 sits with 23 commitments. That doesn't leave much room, but LSU still has plenty of big names left on its board. With a lot of different factors playing into the final total, the number of players LSU can still take in this class remains up in the air. Depending on the number of players leaving for the draft and recruits ruled academically ineligible, the number LSU takes in 2013 can range anywhere from 25-29.

The Tigers' biggest need in this class lies on the defensive line, with LSU making a late push on several defensive tackles. LSU could also afford to add another body in the secondary, and the staff will always welcome a tall wide receiver with open arms.

Here's a rundown of some of the top uncommitted prospects, and where LSU stands as the recruiting process nears its final months:

Greg Gilmore – Hope Mills, NC – No. 8 DT

LSU's Chances: Excellent

Other Contenders: Florida

Outlook: Gilmore has long been high on LSU, and according to most reports, the only thing raising doubt for the Tigers was whether or not Gilmore's mom would approve. Last weekend's official visit for the Alabama game seemingly did everything to convince Gilmore and family that LSU was the right fit. Their meeting with the coaching staff assured his mom that Gilmore would be taken care of, and it helps that LSU already has a commit in the class from North Carolina. Miles has sold Gilmore on the possibility of early playing time, as the Tigers stand to lose as many as six players on the defensive line. Gilmore will announce his decision Thursday on ESPNU, and all reports show him leaning toward the Tigers.

Kendell Beckwith – Clinton, LA – No. 8 DE

LSU's Chances: Tossup

Other Contenders: Alabama

Outlook: Beckwith has always played his recruitment close to the chest, not hinting whether LSU or Alabama has the advantage for this four-star prospect. Alabama is recruiting Beckwith to play outside linebacker in their 3-4 scheme, while LSU sees him transitioning to defensive end. Much like Landon Collins last year, Beckwith's decision will come right down to the wire as he will announce his commitment during the Under Armour All-American Game. Beckwith has been to several LSU games this season and will travel to Tuscaloosa this weekend for the Tide's game against Texas A&M.

Tim Williams – Baton Rouge, LA – No. 18 DE

LSU's Chances: Good

Other Contenders: Alabama, Florida State, Miami, USC

Outlook: Williams' recruitment has been a difficult one to nail down as he's named several different schools as a leader throughout the process. With LSU being in his backyard, Williams has been to several games this year and certainly has a familiarity with the program. Though Williams has said that proximity to home won't determine where he ends up, his comfort level with LSU points favorably in the Tigers' direction. But if an out-of-state school can provide that same kind of feel, don't be surprised if Williams ventures out of Louisiana.

Ricky Seals-Jones – Sealy, TX – No. 1 WR

LSU's Chances: Tossup

Other Contenders: Texas A&M

Outlook: Seals-Jones had LSU fans giddy after reports said he greatly enjoyed his unofficial visit to campus last weekend for the Alabama game. But Seals-Jones expressed that same positivity after his visit to College Station a few weeks ago. Many have hoped that LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger's big game against Alabama would convince Seals-Jones to choose LSU, but A&M coach Kevin Sumlin and his air raid passing attack have long been appealing. Right now I give the edge to the Aggies, but this decision will ultimately come down to the wire.

Maquedius Bain – Fort Lauderdale, FL - #29 DT

LSU's Chances: Good

Other Contenders: Oklahoma, Marshall, Miami, USC

Outlook: Bain has LSU listed as one of his favorites and is scheduled to take an official visit to Baton Rouge in two weeks for the Ole Miss game. Bain has already checked out Marshall and has another visit scheduled with Oklahoma. The big question from LSU's standpoint is, will the Tigers have room for Bain? The class is already filling up, and the Tigers have already taken a commitment from Christian Lacouture with Gilmore a likely candidate to take another spot. But if LSU wants the four-star prospect, the Tigers are certainly a favorite to land his services. He'll announce his decision on Signing Day.

Priest Willis – Tempe, AZ – No. 3 CB

LSU's Chances: Average

Other Contenders: USC, UCLA, Florida, Florida State, Virginia, Arizona State, Nebraska

Outlook: Willis has long been high on LSU, but his late cancellation on his visit for the Alabama game confused many. He said he wanted to be able to spend more time with the coaches and recently said he still planned to reschedule his visit. He's flirted with a number of schools and hasn't named any that stand out. Willis will continue to take visits, and until he actually arrives in Baton Rouge, it will be hard to gauge where exactly the Tigers stand with this five-star prospect.

Tahaan Goodman – Rancho Cucamonga, CA – No. 5 S

LSU's Chances: Good

Other Contenders: USC, UCLA

Outlook: Goodman's situation is much like Willis, with the two being close friends. Goodman also canceled his visit to Baton Rouge last weekend, but has said he still plans to visit with Willis. The two players have expressed serious interest in playing together in college, but that they will each make their own decisions. Much like Willis, until Goodman actually makes it to LSU, I'll give the slight edge to the two in-state schools.

OTHER PROSPECTS CONSIDERING LSU

Eddie Vanderdoes – This five-star USC commit surprised many LSU fans when he announced that he plans to take an official visit to Baton Rouge. But I still consider him a long shot to break his commitment for the Tigers.

Antonio Conner – This five-star safety has long been considered a favorite to end up in Ole Miss, but LSU is one of several candidates to receive an official visit by the end of the year.

Max Redfield – The former USC commit recently reopened his recruitment and expressed interest in checking out LSU.

Laremy Tunsil – The nation's No. 1 offensive lineman recently narrowed down his list to Alabama, Georgia, Florida and Florida State, but LSU can remain in the hunt if it manages to land an official visit.


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