Where They Stand: The Defensive Backs

The 2014 class has loads of talent in the secondary, and LSU has already started tapping into it. John Battle's commitment last week made four pledges, and the Tigers' staff has plenty of prospects left on their board. TSD's Hunter Paniagua breaks down which DBs LSU is still targeting in this edition of Where They Stand.

As with the WRs on the offensive side, the talent runs deep in the secondary in 2014.

LSU has had its sights set on elite DBs across the country for years, and the Tigers are already tapping into that group. The Tigers currently have four DB commits — if you consider ATH Devin Voorhies a safety — after the addition of John Battle on Friday.

CB Chris Hardeman was the first DB on board and Voorhies followed shortly afterward. Edward Paris made his commitment in late February and Battle became No. 4 last week.

But the LSU coaches have plenty of DB talent left on their board. Who and how many they take will be a major storyline as the 2014 recruiting cycle continues. The Tigers signed four in 2013 and will lose only S Craig Loston from this year's team.

With a big influx of talent likely coming in this class as well, LSU's secondary should be loaded with talent by the 2014 season.

So who is LSU still targeting at DB in this class, and what are the Tigers' chances with them? TSD's Hunter Paniagua breaks that down in this edition of Where They Stand.

As he has been for the last two years, Tony Brown remains the top prospect on LSU's DB board. Little has changed on the recruiting front for Brown, and he continues to keep things quiet in the public eye. But no coaching staff in the country has the kind of relationship that LSU has with him, and that should certainly pay off for the Tigers eventually. The consensus nationally is that LSU will land his commitment whenever that may come. Brown is currently at The Opening, and Scout's national recruiting analysts should be able to pass along more info this week as to when that pledge may come. But until it does, LSU has to like where it stands with Brown.

If Brown is No. 1, then in-state four-star Laurence Jones is No. 1-A. "Hootie" is one of several Louisiana prospects that remain uncommitted, and LSU fans would obviously love to get him on board. But Alabama is putting in fierce competition for Jones' signature, and his will be a recruitment LSU probably sweats until National Signing Day. Jones has made multiple trips to both LSU and Alabama in recent months, and it appears he has grown equally comfortable with both schools. Most feel his family wants him at LSU, but if the Tide can bring the rest around, it wouldn't be surprising to see him wind up in Tuscaloosa. It doesn't seem he's leaning a certain way at this point, so it's hard to project where exactly things stand, so 50/50 is a safe assumption for now.

An interesting name to watch over the next month will be Hialeah, Fla., safety Michael Johnson. The three-star safety picked up an offer earlier this spring contingent on his performance at the July Camp. Johnson still plans to trip to Baton Rouge in two weeks to display his talents to the rest of the LSU staff. Despite his commitment to Louisville, LSU has stood out since the beginning, and most feel that if LSU presses for his flip, it won't take much to get that done. Although spots are dwindling in the secondary, Johnson is the truest safety prospect so don't be surprised to see the LSU interest accelerate for him after camp.

Depending how LSU works the numbers, there will probably be room to take all three of the aforementioned prospects, and these three appear to be receiving the bulk of the attention at DB for LSU in 2014.

But that certainly isn't all. From California to Florida, LSU still has its hands on several highly-ranked prospects. Adoree Jackson and Quincy Wilson both continue to mention LSU in interviews, and though the Tigers aren't an official favorite or finalist at this point, they do appear to be in the picture. Davion Hall, a Baylor commit, was high on LSU after they offered in the spring, but he's been quiet lately and it's unclear where the Tigers still stand.

It would be hard for LSU to turn down highly-regarded recruits like this if they wanted on-board. But LSU's reputation has made them a highly-attractive option for prospects nationwide, which means there's a lot of talent for a limited number of spots. The DB recruiting scene should continue to develop over the summer, and LSU fans will certainly have a lot of talent to look forward to.


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