No. 37 - Christian LaCouture

All summer long TSD is unveiling our top 50 LSU players for the 2013 season. TSD's Ben Love, Austin Cooper and Hunter Paniagua compiled the rankings. Today, coming in at number 37, is freshman defensive lineman Christian LaCouture.

Publisher's Notes: Every weekday until the LSU football team reports for Fall Camp on Sunday, Aug. 4, TSD will unveil another player in our top 50 Tigers for the 2013 season. We arrived at this list by combining individual rankings from TSD's Austin Cooper, Ben Love and Hunter Paniagua. For example, a player who received a No. 1 vote got 50 points, a No. 2 vote got 49 points, and so on. Every player who received votes had his points totaled across all three individual lists, and the result was our final TSD ranking. All players, including incoming signees, were eligible for selection.

No. 37 – DL Christian Lacouture

A young man who last season played his prep ball in Lincoln, Neb., LaCouture is the fifth of nine true freshmen to be announced to date on TSD's top 50 list of LSU players for 2013. Already off the board are DE Tashawn Bower (No. 49), DE/OLB Kendell Beckwith (No. 47), DE Frank Herron (No. 40) and OL Ethan Pocic (No. 39). LaCouture was LSU's only early enrollee on the defensive side of the ball this spring, giving him a leg up among the seven incoming defensive linemen in the Class of 2013.

LaCouture is also one of the most interesting freshmen D-Line prospects for the Tigers because of the versatility his recently added size provides. Following his senior season, and before reporting for spring practice, LaCouture followed strength coach Tommy Moffitt's weight-training plan and bulked up to 290 pounds – at least a 15-pound gain from his senior year playing weight. Now, at 6-foot-5 and 290 pounds, LaCouture really can play either end or tackle for Brick Haley. He spent time at both positions during spring drills and drew praise from the staff and teammates alike.

By The Numbers

LaCouture's highest ranking: 33rd
LaCouture's lowest ranking: 39th

Why this ranking is too high

He's unproven on the collegiate level and, technically, LaCouture is a player without a defined position heading into Fall Camp. Plus, given the fact that LSU is bringing in two four-star players apiece at end (Bower, Herron) and tackle (Greg Gilmore, Maquedius Bain) outside of LaCouture, the big fella from Nebraska will have to show he can stay ahead of all that talent all while finding his niche and place on the line.

Why this ranking is too low

LaCouture really gained a lot of important experience and face time with the coaching staff by coming in as an early enrollee. That simply has to help him and stand as a feather in his cap. Of course the mere fact that LaCouture can rotate in all along the defensive line, a la Lavar Edwards in years past, makes him a very valuable player in LSU's system. Now up to 290 pounds, LaCouture is an awfully big man for a true freshman.

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