Where They Stand: Defensive Tackles

LSU's always looking for the next great defensive tackle to continue the proud tradition this program has at that position. After the Tigers offered a pair of four-star DTs this week, TSD takes a look at the top prospects on LSU's board at that position in this edition of Where They Stand.

With big classes of defensive tackles in 2013 and 2014, that position hasn't been a huge area of focus for LSU in 2015. But that's changed somewhat this week as the Tigers have handed out a pair of new offers to some of the nation's top DTs.

LSU will likely add at least two defensive tackles in this class to keep supplementing that depth on the interior defensive line. The Tigers have offered at least seven uncommitted high school prospects at this point in the cycle, and TSD takes a look at each one with some of the more pertinent notes in their recruitment.

Jacob Daniel | Fresno, Calif. | Clovis North | | #8 DT

Daniel's the prospect most recently added to the list as he picked up an offer from the Tigers on Wednesday. He's one of the top recruits out West, and is ranked as the No. 2 DT in that region, No. 7 nationally at his position. Daniel made an early commitment to Washington back in November, but he backed off that pledge amidst the coaching change at that program. About a month ago, he narrowed down his list to 11 schools — USC, Ole Miss, UCLA, Oregon, Arizona, Arizona State, Alabama, Notre Dame, Washington, Fresno State and California. He has said that those are all even, though most feel the Trojans will be the team to beat considering he committed to that coaching staff while they were with the Huskies. LSU will still test the waters, but he appears a long shot to head outside the state of California.

Darrion Daniels | Dallas, Texas | Bishop Dunne | | #22 DT

Daniels was the other four-star defensive tackle to pick up an LSU offer this week, landing his Tuesday night. The big Dallas native is an explosive force off the line with almost two dozen offers to his name. Most of the attention he's paid in his recruitment has been to the Big 12, with schools like Texas, Baylor, TCU, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State landing visits from him in recent months. But the appeal of the SEC is always something LSU tries to use in its favor, and the Tigers are the third team from that conference to offer him, joining Ole Miss and Arkansas. LSU always recruits the Dallas area hard as well, and getting him down to campus for a visit will be the primary goal.

T.D. Moton | Shreveport | Woodlawn | | #36 DT

In a weak year in Louisiana at DT, Moton remains the top target on LSU's board, though this spring will be very important in what happens moving forward. Considering he missed his entire junior season due to transfer rules, it's been quite a while since anyone saw him compete at a high level. He has been active on the camp circuit thus far, most recently participating in the Dallas NFTC two weeks ago, and according to those close to him, he's knocked off the rust and is back to full speed. With the evaluation period starting this week, look for things to really get interesting with Moton in the coming months. Spring practices in Louisiana start in May, and you can expect LSU will make a stop at Woodlawn to see for themselves what Moton is still capable of.

Albert Huggins | Orangeburg, S.C. | Wilkinson | | #13 DT

LSU first entered the mix with an offer for Huggins in late February. Since then, he's been quiet on the recruiting front though LSU will still try what it can to leave an impression on him. The two in-state powers South Carolina and Clemson remain the teams to beat for Huggins' services considering they've been the primary schools to receive his attention. He hasn't ventured much out of the state and has said that this summer will be the time he tries to make some trips. LSU will be out to see him this spring with hopes of locking down a visit down the line.

Tim Settle | Manassas, Va. | Stonewall Jackson | | #15 DT

One of the top defensive tackles in the country, LSU offered Settle about a month ago, joining a list that includes just about every major program in the country. Predictions for where he'll commit have been all over the board, with Ohio State, Virginia, Alabama serving as trendy picks at one point or another. He's expected to visit Oklahoma and Oklahoma State this weekend, and things do appear to be wide open in his recruitment. That's a plus for LSU as they'll continue to work for better position, but with so much competition, the cards are definitely stacked against the Tigers.

Fletcher Adams | Brandon, Miss. | Brandon | | #18 DT

Adams is being heavily recruited by most of the SEC West powers, including LSU. He was most recently spotted at the Birmingham NFTC earlier this month, where he put up some impressive numbers with a 4.81 40-yard dash and 34-inch vertical. He hasn't mentioned the Tigers much though when discussing his recruitment, and Alabama, Ole Miss and Mississippi State are considered the early favorites. He'll be in Tuscaloosa this weekend for the Tide's Spring Game, and he has said he'd like to commit somewhere before the end of the summer.


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