NSD Preview: Defensive commits

To get you ready for National Signing Day, TSD's providing an overview of the committed prospects that will sign with LSU on Wednesday. In this piece, we take a look at the defensive side, where the Tigers have two players ranked at the top of their respective positions.

National Signing Day is finally upon us. Within in the next 24-36 hours, the LSU Class of 2014 will reach completion and the future of LSU football will be set.

Too often though in these final days we forget about the players already committed. So much of the focus shifts to those with decisions left to make, that the recruits that pledged long ago get lost in the shuffle.

So to get you ready for NSD from every angle, TSD's going to provide you with a thorough overview of the committed prospects that will sign their National Letters of Intent on Wednesday. In this piece, we'll take a look at the defensive side of the ball.

(Don't worry though. We've got you covered with all those uncommitted prospects as well. Make sure you check out the TSD predictions for all the recruits that will make their final decisions on NSD.)

Heading into NSD, LSU has eight defensive recruits committed in the class, and two of those will make a final decision on Wednesday. That obviously means the final day will be big for the future of LSU's defense, but the Tigers do already have quality where they don't have quantity.

Of the eight commits, six are ranked four-stars or higher and two are ranked as the No. 1 prospect at their position. That's where we'll start our overview.

Clifton Garrett comes to LSU as the nation's top middle linebacker, a position where he could arguably compete for playing time as a true freshman. Garrett's a physical specimen that already looks like a SEC linebacker. He tackles with authority and has the mental capacity to handle that demanding position.

Jamal Adams is the other No. 1 on the LSU defense, ranking as the nation's top safety. LSU made securing his commitment a major priority in December and January, and it paid off as Adams is another that can step in immediately and compete for playing time. A true ballhawking safety, Adams combines his exceptional physical ability with tremendous awareness and reaction time.

Clifton Garrett ranks as the nation's No. 1 MLB
He's joined in the secondary by another Texas native, close friend Edward Paris. Though many feel he has the size to develop into a safety, Paris will begin his LSU career as an outside corner, and his physical presence there will be a tough challenge for opposing receivers. Paris was one of the top CBs at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in January where he proved he could handle that position on the next level.

There's plenty more talent in the secondary as well, which was a big focus for LSU in this class. Joining Adams at safety are four-star Devin Voorhies and three-star John Battle. Though Voorhies has the athleticism to play either side of the ball, he'll start at safety and all three will help shore up a position lacking in depth.

Joining Paris at corner is Russell Gage, an under-the-radar prospect who only recently received his offer from LSU. The Baton Rouge product could easily be a wide receiver on the next level, but the LSU coaches love his length at corner and he's someone they hope proves to be a steal in this class.

Outside of this group of DBs, LSU has Donnie Alexander, a three-star OLB with tremendous quickness that can cover a lot of ground. He and Garrett will team up to be the two LBs in this class unless LSU pulls off a NSD surprise with Kenny Young.

Along the defensive line are a lot of question marks. Neither one of LSU's two commits are firm heading into NSD. Most feel though that Davon Godchaux will stick with the Tigers, while Deondre Clark still seems torn between the Tigers and Oklahoma.

But the defensive line will likely receive a big boost once NSD is finished with guys like Trey Lealaimatafao and Travonte Valentine expected to pick the Tigers.


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