Grimes on the grind

Offensive line is a position of emphasis for LSU in 2015. TSD updates where first-year position coach Jeff Grimes is turning to find the Tigers' next front five.

With spring football and the spring game under his belt, new LSU offensive line coach Jeff Grimes has turned his attention solely to the recruiting trail over the past month.

The former Auburn and Virginia Tech assistant has hit the ground running, too, with responsibilities taking him from the Alexandria region, Grimes' assigned in-state post, to various locales across the country.

Grimes is tasked with backfilling no less than four vacancies LSU will have along the O-Line at the end of the 2014 season, with La'el Collins, Fehoko Fanaika ("Hoko"), Elliott Porter and Evan Washington all concluding their final year of eligibility.

Already the Tigers have two offensive guards committed in 2015 – Franklinton's Adrian Magee and Maea Teuhema, the number one offensive guard in America and the brother of 2014 defensive end signee Sione. It is also thought that current tight end commitment Hanner Shipley could move inside to the line once he reaches the collegiate level.

According to recruiting coordinator Frank Wilson, Grimes will spare no expense adding to that offensive line haul. In fact Wilson said Grimes is in for quite the week this week with precious time remaining until the evaluation period ends on May 31.

"This week is going to be unique for him," explained Wilson. "He has a Louisiana area (Alexandria). He has an out-of-state area, but probably because of the sheer numbers that we're going to need in this class, he's going to national-recruit big-time and find us the best offensive linemen in the country.

"He's a guy who has a résumé of producing NFL-quality players. An example would be the one from Thibodaux, La., who he had for two and a half years before he got out of there, and he became the second pick in the draft. He's done that year-in and year-out over his career, so we feel very good about Jeff going out and recruiting the top offensive line prospects in the country for our program."

With LSU going after prospects from Texas (Tyler Higby) to Georgia (Zach Giella) to Tennessee (Drew Richmond) and even in Louisiana (Jerry Tillery, a Notre Dame commit), it's sure to be an eventful few weeks for Grimes.

And how he fares will go a long way to determining how effectively and how quickly the Tigers can replenish a soon-to-be-depleted starting front.

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