Early Look at 2014: Offense

With only a few games remaining in the 2012 season, and the Class of 2013 nearing completion, it seems appropriate to start examining 2014. We'll start with the offense and break down what LSU will look like in 2014, and what recruits are atop the Tigers' board for that class. Tomorrow we'll take a look at the defensive prospects.

TSD Editor Ben Love contributed the personnel notes for each position.

QUARTERBACK

Rob Bolden (Sr.), Stephen Rivers (Jr.), Jerrard Randall (Jr.), Hayden Rettig (R-Fr. or So.), Anthony Jennings (R-Fr. or So.)

-If Randall sticks around, this could end up being an unusually high number of scholarship signal callers on the roster for LSU at one time. That's been Les Miles' philosophy of late, post-Perrilloux: Get as many of them on campus as possible and see which one or ones stick. It's reasonable to expect that by 2014 either one or both of the Class of 2013 guys, Jennings and Rettig, will be redshirt freshmen, set to take the reins in the future, while playing behind Bolden and Rivers (in some order).

Top Prospect: Chase Litton: A tall pro-style quarterback out of Tampa, FL, Litton appears to be atop LSU's board at quarterback. He has received some interest from Miami and USF, but at this point LSU is his only offer. Litton hit the camp circuit hard this summer, which caused the interest to pick up, but at the moment, LSU appears to be in prime position. Litton did run into some legal issues during his sophomore year, but LSU offered him a scholarship after-the-fact, so it would appear the staff isn't very concerned.

Other Options: Mason Rudolph, another tall signal caller, is the only other quarterback in the 2014 class to receive a LSU offer at this point. Other names to look out for: Drew Barker, Quinton Flowers and Tyler Harris.

Prediction: With this position having as many as five players on scholarship by 2014, don't expect LSU to take multiple quarterbacks. I would anticipate the Tigers taking one in this class, but if they don't find a quarterback that they covet, I wouldn't expect them to pull the trigger. I've heard LSU is taking a wait-and-see approach with Litton's legal problems, but if everything clears, expect him to be atop their list.

RUNNING BACK

Kenny Hilliard (Sr.), Terrence Magee (Sr.), Jeremy Hill (Jr.)

-After the mass exodus of this year's juniors leave (either in the 2013 Draft or 2014), the list of experienced players who will still be around will be shorter. Hilliard will have an opportunity at a senior year as will Magee, who could be moved back to the position from receiver based on depth needs. Hill will also be around in his third year with the program. One look at the thin stable, though, lets you know this is a position, one talent-rich in the Pelican State the next few years, LSU plans to hit hard on the recruiting trail.

Top Prospect: Leonard Fournette: There's no question the consensus No. 1 running back has been LSU's main priority since they offered him as a freshman. With the position running low on bodies by 2014, Fournette will have the opportunity to step in as a freshman and have a significant role. His decision will likely come down to to LSU and Alabama, and keeping Fournette in Louisiana should be LSU's primary objective for the Class of 2014.

Other Options: Racean Thomas and Stanley Williams have received LSU offers. Other names to look out for: Sony Michel, Jalen Hurd, Derrell Scott and Devon Thomas.

Prediction: LSU has the advantage in landing Fournette as Alabama has brought in quite the stable of running backs in both 2012 and 2013. Stealing Thomas from the state of Alabama and Williams from Georgia would be quite the coup, but don't expect LSU to pull it off. After Fournette, the talent drop-off at RB in Louisiana is pretty significant, so expect the Tigers to go out-of-state to add some more bodies to the position in 2014.

TIGHT END

Nic Jacobs (Sr.), Travis Dickson (Sr.), Logan Stokes (Sr.), Dillon Gordon (Jr.), Desean Smith (R-Fr. or So.)

-Like quarterback, this will be a pretty full position in 2014 if everybody sticks around. Jacobs will be LSU's featured tight end in 2013, but Smith is the guy who really projects as the future at the position.

Top Prospect: Jacory Washington: Tight end won't be an immediate position of need by 2014, but having a guy with the talent of Jacory Washington in Louisiana is too good an opportunity to pass up. Washington is already a big-bodied tight end that possesses the tools that project perfectly for how LSU utilizes its tight ends. Washington exploded on the recruiting trail this summer after hitting the camp circuit and holds offers from coast to coast.

Other Options: Jeb Blazevich also holds a LSU offer and Milan Richard — Herschel Walker's nephew — could be an option should he choose to leave Georgia.

Prediction: LSU will put the full-court press on keeping Washington in the state of Louisiana. Right now, LSU is the favorite to land his services, but with his list of offers constantly growing, don't be surprised to see Washington consider his options outside the state.

WIDE RECEIVER

Odell Beckham (Sr.), Jarvis Landry (Sr.), Quantavius Leslie (Sr.), Jarrett Fobbs (Sr.), Armand Williams (Sr.), Paul Turner (Jr.), Travin Dural (So.), Avery Johnson (So.), Chuck Baker (R-Fr. or So.)

-There are a lot of variables with the receiving corps. Will either Beckham or Landry be in a position to consider going pro after the 2013 season? Will Johnson make his grades and be a Tiger by 2014? Will Terrence Magee or Kavahra Holmes be playing the position by 2014? The answers to these questions will in a large way determine how the Tigers attack the position on the recruiting trail. One thing's for sure, though: You can never have enough big targets. Look for LSU to covet more big-bodied wide-outs.

Top Prospect: Malachi Dupre: The 6-foot-3 reciver has managed to set himself apart as one of the nation's best despite playing in John Curtis' run-first offense. That points to the type of talent he is. LSU's lucky to have him in its backyard, and Dupre has already built a strong relationship with Frank Wilson. Dupre's been to several LSU games this season, and the Tigers appear to be the clear favorite.

Other Options: Louisiana has tremendous talent at WR in 2014 with two more four-stars — Trey Quinn and Devante Noil. LSU has also given offers to out-of-staters Ernon Lane, Tony Upchurch and Moral Stephens. Ouachita's Cameron Sims is another great in-state talent but for now is on the outside looking in.

Prediction: LSU has the opportunity to pull off quite the trifecta if they can land the Louisiana trio of Dupre, Quinn and Noil. Right now it would appear LSU is in the driver's seat for all three. Depending on attrition that could happen at WR in the future, LSU may press harder on some of those out-of-state prospects or possibly reconsider offering Sims.

OFFENSIVE LINE

OT: Vadal Alexander (Jr.), Jonah Austin (Jr.), Derek Edinburgh (So.), Ethan Pocic (R-Fr. or So.)?

OG: La'el Collins (Sr.), Trai Turner (Jr.), Jerald Hawkins (So.), Josh Boutte (R-Fr. or So.), K.J. Malone (R-Fr. or So.), Andy Dodd (R-Fr. or So.)?

C: Elliott Porter (Sr.)

-It's difficult to project which young guys end up where along the offensive line, so let's take them all in one fell swoop. Alexander is certainly the bedrock at tackle for the next few years into 2014. Turner and likely Collins, assuming he's still around, will be cornerstones at the two guard positions, and Porter figures to be a mainstay at center. Finding his replacement will be among LSU's biggest chores on the O-Line into the future. Look for one or more of the young guards to cross-train at center. Also, Hawkins, Austin and Edinburgh aren't necessarily locked in stone at the positions listed above. Expect the LSU coaching staff to plug them in wherever there are the most pressing needs.

Top Prospect: Cameron Robinson: Much like with Fournette, LSU is quite lucky to have one of the nation's best in Cameron Robinson within its own border. Already at 6-foot-6, 315 pounds, Robinson could be one of the bigger recruits LSU has taken recently. LSU currently sits in a good position with Robinson, but with all big-time prospects, Alabama is lurking in the midst. Robinson has also mentioned Texas as a possible favorite, but at the moment, the Longhorns sit well behind the Tide and Tigers for his services.

Other Options: LSU has offered a pair of Louisiana linemen in William Clapp and Garrett Brumfield. The Tigers have also offered Bentley Spain and Donell Stanley out of the Carolinas.

Prediction: Clapp, whose father played at LSU, is another prospect in a Alabama/LSU battle, but right now appears to be a heavy Tiger favorite. Based on comfort level, Brumfield is another LSU-lean, but don't be surprised if he seriously considers the Florida schools. But the success at offensive line of this class hinges on landing Robinson. It's hard to tell right now who has the upper-hand for his services, but expect LSU to keep him in the state.


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