With a little more than a month until recruiting’s biggest day of the year, LSU is putting together its Christmas list for the 2015 class. TSD has its version of what the Tigers want to make for a very happy holiday season.
1. A 10th win
LSU can only get to nine wins on the football field, but Frank Wilson recently laid out a plan that would get LSU its tenth. That involves Tyron Johnson, the Tigers’ top remaining target. Speaking at the Great New Orleans Quarterback club, Wilson said in not so subtle terms that landing Johnson would equate to any of LSU’s wins during the season. The Tigers should soon find out whether their efforts paid off. Johnson intends to announce at the Under-Armour All-American Game on Jan. 2, choosing between LSU, Texas Tech, Oklahoma State and Auburn. He still plans to take visits after that announcement though, so his true gift won’t come until National Signing Day.
2. A big fence to build around Louisiana
LSU’s had too many breaches in its border security recently, so the Tigers want something to keep out the rivals and retain the state’s best talent. Louisiana produced 11 four-star prospects this season that LSU recruited. Only two so far have officially spurned the home state school — Jerry Tillery to Notre Dame and Deshawn Raymond to TCU. The Tigers have five of them already committed and hope the rest choose to follow suit. That would mean landing Tyron Johnson, Donte Jackson, Derrick Dillon and Daylon Charlot (while also making sure Nicholas Brossette doesn’t bolt for Texas). As LSU enters the New Year, it appears in good shape to get all four of those recruits, which would make for a very successful cycle when it comes to protecting the state.
3. A Merry Flipmas
Flipmas is a holiday celebrated late in every recruiting cycle. LSU’s put a lot of effort this year in trying to steal recruits away from other schools, and if they’re successful, it could make for a very happy holiday. Though the Tigers did fail in trying to get recruits like Jerry Tillery and William Sweet, there are plenty of other recruits committed elsewhere that LSU could land. The Tigers have made big strides with guys like Daylon Charlot, Daylon Mack, Dylan Jackson and Ugo Amadi — who have all dropped their respective pledges — and there are several others on the board. Jamal Peters (Mississippi State), Leo Lewis (Ole Miss), Arden Key (South Carolina), Derrick Dillon (Florida) and Sh’Mar Kilby-Lane (Florida State) could potentially flip to the Tigers, and LSU would certainly love to celebrate that festive Flipmas.
4. The Biggest of Uglies
LSU still has a need to address at offensive tackle after losing Matt Womack to Alabama. The Tigers have only George Brown committed at OT (Adrian Magee and Maea Teuhema project as guards) and LSU will be making a big push in January to add more big uglies. LSU expects to get official visits from four-star Toby Weathersby and three-star Fredrick Johnson. The Tigers also recently offered four-star Connor Lanfear. The final weeks before NSD should feature several offensive linemen emerging as major targets, and the Tigers need to add at least one or two to keep Jeff Grimes from becoming a Grinch.
5. Ends, Tackles and Backers, oh my!
The front seven remains a big hole in LSU’s 2015 class. The Tigers have only one defensive end committed (Isaiah Washington) and no defensive tackles or linebackers. All three positions will be huge priorities for LSU in the final month of the cycle. At end, keep an eye on Kyle Phillips, Dylan Jackson, CeCe Jefferson and Arden Key. At tackle, Daylon Mack is looking better for the Tigers after dropping his commitment to Texas A&M. And at linebacker, watch Leo Lewis, Roquan Smith and Sh’Mar Kilby-Lane, as all three plan to take official visits next month. Any and all recruits from this group that LSU can land would make the Tigers feel much more secure about the depth in their front seven.