Recruiting Breakdown: State-by-State Offers

The 2014 LSU recruiting class is off to a very hot start, with the coaching staff landing commitments from several different states. It can be seen how active the LSU staff has been in certain states in this recruiting breakdown. There is one state that they are hitting extremely hard in 2014 in search of defensive backs.

The LSU coaching staff is nearing the triple digit mark for offers sent out in the class of 2014. These offers have gone out to prospects all over the country, spanning from California to New Jersey. It has already become apparent for the class of 2014 that the Tigers will look out of state for a large part of their recruiting class. So far, LSU has received commitments from eight players, with five of them coming from outside of Louisiana.

In this recruiting breakdown, the offers that LSU currently has out are broken down by state. The focus of the LSU coaching staff is noticeable when considering which regions that have been the most active in. Below is a state by state breakdown of LSU's offers for the class of 2014.

Alabama (6)

RB Racean Thomas – Oxford, AL – Oxford HS
TE Jakell Mitchell – Opelika, AL – Opelika HS
DE Rashaan Evans – Auburn, AL – Auburn HS
DE Justin Thornton – Prichard, AL – Vigor HS
LB Tre Williams – Mobile, AL – St. Pauls Episcopal School
LB DeShaun Davis – Prichard, AL – Vigor HS

California (1)

CB Adoree Jackson – Gardena, CA - Junipero Serra HS

Florida (19)

QB Chase Litton – Tampa, FL – Wharton HS
RB Dalvin Cook – Miami, FL – Miami Central HS (Clemson commitment)
RB Sony Michel – Plantation, FL – American Heritage School
WR Ermon Lane – Homestead, FL – Homestead Senior HS
WR Jacob McCrary – Miami, FL – Coral Reef Senior HS (Clemson commitment)
WR JoJo Robinson – Miami, FL – Miami Northwestern HS (Florida State commitment)
WR/TE Moral Stephens – Perry, FL – Taylor Country HS
DE Chad Thomas – Miami, FL – Booker T. Washington HS
DE Sharieff Rhaheed – Fort Pierce, FL – Fort Pierce Central HS (LSU commitment)
DE Blake McClain – Jacksonville, FL – Sandalwood HS (Florida State commitment)
DE Rashawn Shaw – Fort Pierce, FL – Fort Pierce Central HS
DT Khairi Clark – Hollywood, FL – Chaminade Madonna College Prep
DT Travonte Valentine – Palm Bay, FL – Bayside HS
LB Kain Daub – Jacksonville, FL – Sandalwood HS
CB Brandon Powell – Deerfield Beach, FL – Deerfield Beach HS
S Quincy Wilson – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – University School of Nova
S Deion Singleton – Tallahassee, FL – Amos P. Godby HS
S John Battle – Hallandale, FL – Hallandale HS
S Michael Johnson – Hialeah, FL – Champagnat Catholic School of Hialeah (Louisville commitment)

Georgia (9)

QB Deshaun Watson – Gainesville, GA – Gainesville HS (Clemson commitment)
RB Stanley Williams – Monroe, GA – George Walton Academy (Georgia commitment)
DE Dante Sawyer – Suwanee, GA – North Gwinnett HS
DE Andrew Williams – McDonough, GA – Eagles Landing Christian Academy
DT Johnny Dwight – Rochelle, GA – Wilcox County HS
CB Wesley Green – Lithonia, GA – King HS
S Nick Ruffin – Atlanta, GA – St. Pius X Catholic HS
S Evan Berry – Fairburn, GA – Creekside HS
S Elliot Berry – Fairburn, GA – Creekside HS

Illinois (1)

LB Clifton Garrett – Plainfield, IL – Plainfield South HS

Louisiana (13)

RB Leonard Fournette – New Orleans, LA – St. Augustine HS
WR Trey Quinn – Lake Charles, LA – Barbe HS
WR Malachi Dupre – River Ridge, LA – John Curtis Christian
WR Devante "Speedy" Noil – New Orleans, LA – Edna Karr Magnet School
TE Jacory Washington – Westlake, LA – Westlake HS (LSU commitment)
TE Anthony Jones – New Orleans, LA – Edna Karr Magnet School
OG Will Clapp – New Orleans, LA – Brother Martin HS (LSU commitment)
OG Garrett Brumfield – Baton Rouge, LA – LSU Laboratory School
OT Cameron Robinson – West Monroe, LA – West Monroe HS
DE Gerald Willis – New Orleans, LA – Edna Karr Magnet School
LB Kenny Young – River Ridge, LA – John Curtis Christian
LB Donnie Alexander – New Orleans, LA – Edna Karr Magnet School (LSU commitment)
S Laurence "Hootie" Jones – Monroe, LA – Neville HS

Michigan (1)

CB Damon Webb – Detroit, MI – Cass Technical HS (Ohio State commitment)

Mississippi (4)

WR Jamoral Graham – Decatur, MS – Newton County HS (Mississippi State commitment)
WR Markell Pack – Purvis, MS – Purvis HS
OG Roderick Taylor – Jackson, MS – Callaway HS
S Devin Voorhies – Woodville, MS – Wilkinson County HS (LSU commitment)

Missouri (1)

OT Andy Bauer – St. Louis, MO – De Smet Jesuit HS (Ole Miss commitment)

Nevada (1)

QB Randall Cunningham, Jr. – Las Vegas, NV – Bishop Gorman HS

New Jersey (2)

WR Saeed Blacknall – Englishtown, NJ – Manalapan HS
CB Jabrill Peppers – Paramus, NJ – Paramus Catholic HS

North Carolina (2)

TE Jeb Blazevich – Charlotte, NC – Charlotte Christian School
OT Bentley Spain – Charlotte, NC – Providence HS

Ohio (1)

QB Deshone Kizer – Toledo, OH – Central Catholic HS
Oklahoma (1)

DE Deondre Clark – Oklahoma City, OK – Douglass HS

South Carolina (3)

QB Mason Rudolph – Rock Hill, SC – Northwestern HS
OT Donell Stanley – Latta, SC – Latta HS
LB Kevin Crosby – Bamberg, SC – Bamberg Ehrhardt HS

Tennessee (5)

RB Jalen Hurd – Hendersonville, TN – Beech HS (Tennessee commitment)
WR Josh Malone – Gallatin, TN – Station Camp HS
TE Derek Barnett – Brentwood, TN – Brentwood Academy
OT Alex Bars – Nashville, TN – Montgomery Bell Academy
LB Petera Wilson – Memphis, TN – White Station HS

Texas (21)

QB Jerrod Heard – Denton, TX – Guyer HS (Texas commitment)
RB Kevin Shorter – Newton, TX – Newton HS
WR Keenen Brown – Houston, TX – Alief Taylor HS
WR Tony Upchurch – Pearland, TX – Glenda Dawson HS (LSU commitment)
TE Koda Martin – Manvel, TX – Manvel HS
DE Solomon Thomas – Coppell, TX – Coppell HS
DE Myles Garrett – Arlington, TX – Martin HS
DE Derick Roberson – San Antonio, TX – Brennan HS (Texas commitment)
LB Hoza Scott – La Porte, TX – La Porte HS (Texas A&M commitment)
LB Cameron Hampton – Dallas, TX – David W. Carter HS (Texas commitment)
LB Otaro Alaka – Houston, TX – Cypress Falls HS
LB Zach Whitely – Galena Park, TX – Northshore HS
CB Chris Hardeman – Houston, TX – Alief Taylor HS (LSU commitment)
CB Ed Paris – Arlington, TX – Mansfield Timberview HS (LSU commitment)
CB Tony Brown – Beaumont, TX – Ozen HS
CB John Bonney – Houston, TX – Lamar HS
CB Nick Watkins – Dallas, TX – Bishop Dunne HS
S Brandon Simmons – Arlington, TX – Mansfield Timberview HS
S Nick Harvey – Lancaster, TX – Lancaster HS (Texas A&M commitment)
S Dylan Sumner-Gardner – Mesquite, TX – West Mesquite HS (Texas A&M commitment)
S/WR Davion Hall – Texarkana, TX – Liberty-Eylau HS (Baylor commitment)

Virginia (1)

DE Da'Shawn Hand – Woodbridge, VA – Woodbridge HS

Washington, D.C. (1)

CB D'Andre Payne – Washington, D.C. – Edison-Friendship Public Charter School (Tennessee commitment)

After seeing a breakdown of where LSU has been active around the country, it is becoming apparent that they are attempting to do something in the 2014 class that hasn't happened in several years. The LSU coaching staff is really attempting to make a big splash in both Texas and Florida in this recruiting cycle, with results already being noticed. Four of LSU's commitments hail from those two states (three from Texas and one from Florida).

LSU coaches Corey Raymond and Thomas McGaughey have been two of the most active coaches in the state of Texas because it is so loaded with defensive back talent for 2014. The Tigers have already had some success in that department by locking up Chris Hardeman and Ed Paris, two top defensive backs from the Lone Star State. LSU is sure to land at least one more secondary player from the state as well. All in all, Texas is a big focus of the staff this year and their hard work is already starting to pay off.

The Tigers will look to their own state to fill the core of their recruiting class. With the state of Louisiana having numerous highly ranked players for the class of 2014, the staff has the freedom to pick and choose who they want from out of state.

One position that the staff has been looking out of state for is a quarterback. LSU has offers out to players from all over the Midwest and Southeast parts of the country at the position. It appears that new LSU offensive coordinator Cam Cameron is looking far and wide for a quarterback that will fit well into the new offense he brought with him to Baton Rouge. Even though they have offers out around the country at the position, LSU's quarterback in the 2014 class may well come from the state of Louisiana.

The 2014 LSU class will likely end up with a good mix of Louisiana players and players from around the country, much like it has in past recruiting cycles. The only difference this year is that there will be a more noticeable amount of players from the state of Texas to go along with them.

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