1-on-1 with Frank Wilson

LSU recruiting coordinator Frank Wilson lays out the game plan for the 2015 class, including total numbers and which offensive positions are priorities for the Tigers.

It's been a busy stretch for Frank Wilson and the LSU staff lately in the midst of the ongoing evaluation period, which runs through May 31.

The Tiger coaches are shaking branches hard around the nation and inside Louisiana, with Wilson telling TSD last week that LSU has already "hit every school in the state" this spring.

TSD caught back up with Tigers recruiting coordinator over the weekend for an exclusive interview, getting a better gauge on how the Tigers are approaching the 2015 class.

One thing was immediately clear – many of the biggest areas of need in '15 are on the offensive side of the football. That will come as little surprise considering only 10 of LSU's 23 signees from 2014 are offensive players.

However, Wilson reminded, it's less a case of being reactive to the most recent class and more about being proactive given foreseeable personnel losses on the horizon.

"It's not so much what we didn't get in 2014, but what we will need in 2015 because of graduation," said Wilson. "We have an older group, especially on that offensive line with La'el Collins and Elliott Porter and Evan Washington. With all those veterans on the offensive line, it's a position of need for this upcoming class.

"It's a big void that we're going to attempt to fill."

CLICK HERE for Wilson's take on how/where new offensive line coach Jeff Grimes will help LSU fill that void.

To bolster the rest of Cam Cameron's offense, Wilson explained the importance of reloading in the backfield and at several other skill positions.

"We'll take a quarterback or two with this class, if we can, and a couple of tight ends, so every position need will be met – just the numbers will vary per each one we go to," continued Wilson. "We'll need to get another fullback in this class, too, as we'll only have one scholarship player left in Melvin Jones at the conclusion of this season."

Wilson is off to a good start in nabbing his fullback, having secured a commitment from Lakeshore HS athletic specimen David Ducre back in February. Ducre, who's inching up toward 240 pounds, is putting up monster numbers on the track this spring, especially given his size.

Elsewhere in his backfield, Wilson estimated LSU will need more bodies to go along with the '14 haul of Leonard Fournette and Darrel Williams. The fact that Kenny Hilliard and Terrence Magee are also entering their final season only further exacerbates that need.

"At the running back position we signed two in this last class. We'll graduate two as well with two seniors walking out the door, so we'll be looking to get some quality depth at that position," Wilson said. "That will allow us to go on for some time and not have to get one or two every year."

U-High running back Nicholas Brossette gave his pledge to LSU in August, and the Tigers will keep pushing for at least one other back in the weeks and months to come, perusing a group of targets that includes Catholic High rusher Derrius Guice (LSU offer).

Finally, Wilson shared some insight into the numbers game, including where the Bayou Bengals' roster stands currently and how many players LSU plans to take in '15.

"We're at 83," explained Wilson of LSU heading into this fall. "For 2015 we'll take a minimum of 25 and we may take 27."



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