LSU's 2014 signing class, one that finished ranked No. 2 in the nation, officially starts its college career today as the heralded recruits report to campus.
Of the 23-man class, two enrolled in the spring (Brandon Harris and Edward Paris) and 20 others will arrive in time to start classes on Monday. The lone exception is DT Travonte Valentine, and he'll enroll later this summer as his high school doesn't complete its year until June 13.
Included in the group that will begin demanding summer workouts are four five-star prospects that helped build one of LSU's best classes in recent memory. Leonard Fournette and Malachi Dupre figure to jump into the starting lineup as freshmen, ranked as the No. 1 RB and No. 2 WR in the nation.
Five-star Jamal Adams, the nation's No. 1 safety, will make the trip down to Baton Rouge on Monday, as he'll go through his graduation ceremony on Sunday. Fellow Dallas native Cameron Gamble has a similar situation. He'll check-in to his dorm Friday, drive back home for graduation Saturday, then return Sunday in time for classes.
The other five-star prospect in the 2014 class, No. 1 MLB Clifton Garrett, barely made it into the University before the start of summer classes. He was granted "provisional acceptance" earlier this week, which should be upgraded to full admittance once his final transcripts are received.
Garrett was a borderline academic qualifier but got the scores he needed and has already received clearance from the NCAA Eligibility Center.
In addition to Dupre, LSU will receive the rest of its four-man receiver class, including Trey Quinn, Tony Upchurch and D.J. Chark. Fellow offensive weapons Jacory Washington and Darrel Williams will also join the team today. New OL coach Jeff Grimes will also be able to start working with his two new linemen Garrett Brumfield and William Clapp.
Defensively, the safety position will receive a big boost with Adams' arrival in addition to John Battle and Devin Voorhies, who will report today. Redemptorist alumnus Russell Gage will join Paris as the other CB in this class.
Up front, the Tigers' big class of defensive linemen will report today, including Trey Lealaimatafao, Sione Teuhema, Deondre Clark and Davon Godchaux, who's recovering well from his torn ACL. Former Edna Karr linebacker Donnie Alexander rounds out the group.
For more on the impact this signing class will have, TSD's Ben Love ranked the top 10 signees based on their importance to the team in 2014. Be sure to check that out at the link below:
2014 Signing Class Reports Friday
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