Where they Stand: The Numbers Game

With so much talent and so few spots available, the numbers continue to be tight for LSU in the 2014 class. TSD's Hunter Paniagua tries to make sense of it all and provide an estimation of how many players at each position the Tigers will try to take this cycle.

Quaterback (1)

COMMITTED: Brandon Harris

BREAKDOWN: LSU landed its QB for the 2014 class when Harris made his decision public on July 18. Though the original plan was to make this another two-QB group, that changed as the process dragged on. Harris went to the top of LSU's board and former targets Mason Rudolph and DeShone Kizer opted to go elsewhere. That left Harris as the primary target and LSU came through to land his commitment. He'll enroll in the spring to compete with the rest of the LSU QBs with hopes of replacing Zach Mettenberger.

Running Back (2)

COMMITTED: Sione Palelei
PRIMARY TARGET: Leonard Fournette

BREAKDOWN: LSU answered its No. 2 RB questions for 2014 following its Elite Camp in July. Palelei won the battle over guys like Darrel Williams and Kevin Shorter, and the coaches hope he's the perfect complement to their primary target, the nation's No. 1 Leonard Fournette. The St. Aug star will continue to be LSU's main focus in this class regardless of how confident they feel. Though all signs point to LSU being in great shape with Fournette, the coaches will continue to recruit him as hard as they always have. It is possible that LSU winds up with three RBs in this class. If a spot opens elsewhere, don't be surprised to see Williams get another look. But at this point, it looks like 2014 will be Fournette and Palelei with sights set on a loaded 2015 class at that position.

Sticking in the backfield, it seems almost definite that a scholarship will not be used on the FB position in 2014. Freshman Melvin Jones has transitioned to that position and he seems like the next replacement for J.C. Copeland and Connor Neighbors.

Wide Receiver (5)

COMMITTED: Trey Quinn, D.J. Chark, Tony Upchurch
PRIMARY TARGETS: Malachi Dupre, Devante Noil

BREAKDOWN: One of LSU's three biggest remaining WR dominoes fell this past weekend when Quinn finally made his commitment. He joined Upchurch and Chark as the two WRs in the class, and LSU now has its attentions focused on the two remaining in-state stars. Dupre, the No. 1 WR in the country, and Noil are the two names atop the board and LSU appears to be in better-than-great shape for both. Though they are expected to take official visits elsewhere in the coming months, it would be an absolute surprise if either inked somewhere other than LSU. Five has always been the magic number for WRs in this class, and with guys like Saeed Blacknall and D'haquille Williams heading elsewhere, it appears this group will fit neatly into the class.

Tight End (1)

COMMITTED: Jacory Washington

BREAKDOWN: Though Edna Karr prospect Anthony Jones was definitely a take at one point, he has since fallen off the board and wound up committing to ULL. That likely leaves LSU with a one-TE class in 2014. Washington has said all along that he will visit other schools, and he already has checked out Auburn and Alabama this summer, but it would be a shock if he flipped before NSD. Washington will provide that big-bodied receiving threat that should be put on display in Cam Cameron's new offense. Washington has stated his excitement to be a part of that, and his commitment is firm. If LSU still wanted to take two TEs in this class, Ville Platte's Kendall Ardoin — a Tulane commit — has been evaluated by the staff and could be someone they go after if they choose to target another TE.

Offensive Line (3)

COMMITTED: William Clapp, Garrett Brumfield
PRIMARY TARGET: Cameron Robinson

BREAKDOWN: With Brumfield and Clapp securely committed to LSU, Robinson is priority No. 1 along the offensive line. The nation's No. 2 prospect has always been and will continue to be one of the heaviest-recruited players in the class. LSU still appears to be in a coin flip at best against Alabama for his commitment, but the Tigers aren't out of it by any means. If LSU's unable to land Robinson, there doesn't appear to be an obvious backup plan to fill that spot. The staff may be content with just the two linemen, but will definitely continue to evaluate players through the fall.

Defensive Line (4)

COMMITTED: Deondre Clark
PRIMARY TARGETS: Gerald Willis, Davon Godchaux, Garrald McDowell, Lorenzo Carter

BREAKDOWN: Despite Clark's visit to Ole Miss last month, his commitment to LSU is still strong, and LSU is the clear favorite for both Willis and Godchaux. The Tigers also appear to lead for McDowell, though Ole Miss and Arkansas are still in contention. LSU would certainly be more than happy with that quality foursome, but with some national names still available along the defensive line, the Tigers won't be afraid to try and stretch this group to five in 2014. Though still a long shot, LSU has a chance with Carter, who listed the Tigers in his Top 7. The staff would definitely make room if he wants aboard, but this will likely be a four-man class along the DL.

Linebacker (3)

COMMITTED: Donnie Alexander
PRIMARY TARGETS: Clifton Garrett, Kenny Young

BREAKDOWN: When Alexander committed earlier this year, the staff landed its top LB in Louisiana and got its recruiting at the position off to a hot start. Now LSU has turned its attention to Garrett and Young. Everything continues to trend upward with Garrett, and he's expected to make two trips to Baton Rouge this fall. It would be a major surprise if he ends up elsewhere. Young is still definitely a take for LSU in this class, and he has the Tigers in his early list of favorites. But he's still open to schools out-of-state, and if LSU does happen to miss, the staff would be content with a two-man class of Alexander and Garrett, using that spot at a different position.

Defensive Backs (5)

COMMITTED: Edward Paris, John Battle, Devin Voorhies
PRIMARY TARGETS: Tony Brown, Laurence Jones, Santos Ramirez

BREAKDOWN: Chris Hardeman's decommitment made things a bit easier to sort out, but this is still probably the most congested position group in the class. LSU will definitely look to add at least two more to the group of three DBs they've already got committed, possibly even three. Top of that list are Brown (the nation's No. 1 CB) and Hootie Jones. LSU still seems to be in great shape for Brown, and it's at best a coin flip for Jones. After those two is Ramirez, who has made a commitment, but isn't a take quite yet. The staff intends to continue evaluating him in the fall before adding him to this class. If all goes according to plan, it's possible this class swells to six. Also, if LSU misses on Hootie, there are guys like Terrance Alexander, Mattrell McGraw and Donovan Wilson that are on LSU's radar and could fit into this class as well if there's room.

Kicker (1)

COMMITTED: Cameron Gamble

BREAKDOWN: Many were surprised when LSU took a commitment from a kicker in the middle of July. But for now, Gamble is a member of the class and is expected to receive a scholarship. Some have speculated that his offer may turn into a greyshirt, but no official word has been made to that point. But with numbers tight across the board, expect this to be a hotly-debated position through the rest of the cycle.

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