DBU isn't just a cute little moniker employed by the LSU marketing department. It's grown into a massive recruiting weapon of which the Tigers have taken advantage to continue building elite classes of cornerbacks and safeties.
Particularly those CBs, a position that has spoiled LSU fans with Patrick Peterson, Morris Claiborne and Tyrann Mathieu. Now Tre'Davious White and Rashard Robinson seem poised to carry that DBU flag after impressive freshmen seasons firmly entrenched them as the starting corners heading into the 2014 season.
The Tigers continued the process of restocking the cupboards by adding Edward Paris in 2014, another four-star CB ranked in the Top 10 nationally at his position. And when it comes to CBs, LSU doesn't seem to just replace departed players, they reload with even more talent.
In this edition of "Where They Stand," TSD takes a closer look at the top CBs on LSU's big board in both the classes of 2015 and 2016 to see which highly-rated prospects the Tigers could reasonably expect to land.
Look no further for the future of DBU than Kevin Toliver. LSU's first commit for the 2015 class still ranks as the top CB in his class and the No. 5 overall recruit in the country. Toliver continues to live up to those high expectations and seems to shine in every setting. His commitment remains solid, and the Tigers have no fear that he'll sign anywhere else.
But Toliver certainly won't be the only big-time CB the Tigers add in the near future. LSU has its sights on several elite prospects that are considered heavy leans or at the very least, have the Tigers high on their list.
It all starts with the top two in-state CBs LSU has offered in 2015 — Xavier Lewis and Donte Jackson.
Decision day is fast approaching for Lewis, who plans to announce his commitment at The Opening, which starts July 5. Lewis has narrowed it down to LSU, Texas, Texas A&M, Oklahoma State and UCLA. The former LSU commit has never soured on the Tigers, and the coaches have always been supportive of him taking time for the process, something that's maintained trust between the two parties. Lewis has cited those relationships as the biggest deciding factor in his recruitment, and it would seem a tall task for any of those out-of-state programs to lure him away.
Jackson's another in-state four-star LSU would love to bring in this class. He really saw his recruitment blow up this summer as schools from every corner of the country came calling for his services. Jackson has only just begun the process of narrowing down his suitors, though in an interview with Chad Simmons earlier this month, Jackson did name Georgia his leader, with LSU trailing close behind. Oregon, Texas A&M and Florida State rounded out his top group.
Proximity to home could be a big factor for Jackson, and LSU will keep building a strong relationship with him to hammer that point home. He doesn't plan to make a commitment until after his senior season, and LSU is still very much in the picture, even though they may not lead at this point.
"LSU is up there, and they are DBU in my eyes," Jackson said. "They produce so many top corners, so that means a lot to me…I consider their defense one of the best in the country. I have been up there a lot and I will be back. LSU is right there with Georgia."
Four-star CB Donte Jackson
A CB class of Toliver, Lewis and Jackson would certainly make any fan smile, but LSU has its eyes on more. Big out-of-state prospects like Kendall Sheffield and Tarvarus McFadden are still very much in play. Sheffield visited for the Spring Game and has said the Tigers are still standing out to him. LSU hopes to get McFadden to Baton Rouge for his first visit this summer, and they think that trip would do wonders to solidify the Tigers as one of his top choices.
East Jefferson's Deshawn Raymond is worth mentioning as well. The Tigers offered him at the Bayou Picnic last month, and he's rated a four-star CB by Scout. The Tigers are primarily looking at him as a safety though, but he's certainly got the versatility to play either and he's a big target for LSU's secondary in 2015.
But as impressive the potential is for that 2015 class, 2016 could be equally big. LSU's already offered a pair of in-state four-stars in Kristian Fulton and Andraez Williams. They've also gotten off to a fast start with some notable out-of-state prospects as well.
Fulton and Williams certainly seem to be the foundation though. Fulton, who could very well be Louisiana's top prospect when the cycle closes, has long been high on the Tigers since they offered earlier this year. But a recent trip to College Station has Texas A&M right there with LSU, and this has the makings of a battle between these two SEC West rivals.
The same may be the case for Williams (nicknamed "Greedy.") LSU was just his second offer when the Tigers extended him one last week at camp. Williams admitted that he came close to committing to LSU that night, but an offer came the next day from the Aggies that caused him to pause a bit. Williams should receive plenty of attention from schools as his recruitment progresses, but LSU does have to like the position it's in at this stage.
It's obviously a bit early to start projecting what happens with the 2016 class. But there are at least two out-of-state CBs ranked in the Top 5 nationally at their position on which to keep a close eye.
John Broussard hails from Phenix City, Ala., but he has strong family roots in Louisiana. That connection has always placed LSU high on his list, and he mentioned the Tigers in his lead group once they offered this spring. Broussard doesn't seem close to narrowing things down though. He recently added an offer from Auburn and has also said he's high on South Carolina, Clemson and Kentucky. But LSU hopes those Louisiana roots pay off in the end.
The true recruiting power of DBU can be seen with Levonta Taylor, the nation's No. 4 CB for 2016. Though he hails from Virginia Beach, he recently mentioned LSU as a school that will certainly be in his lead group once he narrows it down. He plans to visit Baton Rouge for the first time this summer, but it seems LSU has already done plenty to occupy a space in his mind.
"Right now, I know LSU will make the list," Jackson said in an interview with Scout's Michael Clark. "They produce DBs and that's a place I always wanted to go to growing up."
There's still plenty to be decided though in these future recruiting classes. But based on where LSU stands with some of these elite cornerbacks, it's not unreasonable to envision the legacy of DBU living on for many more years to come.
Where They Stand: Cornerbacks
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