In advance of Boys from the Boot this weekend — LSU’s first Junior Day event — we’re going to start turning the page to 2016. We’ll kick it off with an in-depth look at the five players already committed to LSU in this junior class.
QB Feleipe Franks | Crawfordville, Fla. (Wakulla)
LSU fans desperately want their next savior at quarterback. Franks may be that guy. He first emerged on the radar when LSU extended him an offer at the 2014 Spring Game. He didn’t wait much longer to commit, joining LSU’s class in June. He hasn’t wavered since, and Cam Cameron made multiple trips to visit with him during the last contact period. Franks is a legitimate 6-foot-6, a monster in the pocket. He has a strong arm and throws a beautiful deep ball with a smooth motion. He can run if he needs to, but he’ll be at his best when he’s in the pocket. Already a top five quarterback in the country, Franks figures to be something special for the Tigers.
WR Dee Anderson | Mesquite, Texas (West Mesquite)
LSU’s already loading up on BIG pass-catchers in the 2016 class as each of the next three commits demonstrates. Anderson earned his offer last summer at camp, where he was one of the top receivers in attendance. LSU was one of the first schools to jump on him, and that paid off as he joined the class in August. He plays with a mean streak at 6-foot-4. He’s extremely physical and will out-muscle corners on jump balls. He’s a possession receiver with size and go-go-gadget arms with a catch radius that’s one of the best in the class. LSU will have to fight competition for Anderson throughout the cycle, but LSU’s held on tight to his commitment through the first six months with another year to go.
WR Stephen Sullivan | Donaldsonville, La. (Donaldsonville)
Sullivan was the first member of LSU’s 2016 class, committing at Boys from the Boot a year ago. If you think Anderson’s big at 6-foot-4, wait until you see Sullivan and his 6-foot-6, 210-pound frame. He was pretty raw when LSU offered him as a sophomore, but he’s shown tremendous improvement as he learns to use his body. And don’t let his size fool you. Sullivan can run, with 40-times near 4.5 seconds last summer at camp.
TE Jamal Pettigrew | New Orleans, La. (St. Augustine)
So you like these big options for the passing game? Well here’s 6-foot-5 tight end Jamal Pettigrew, who committed to the Tigers last month. Pettigrew was another that was pretty raw when LSU offered, but he’s proved the coaches right with their evaluations. Pettigrew ranks as one of the top tight ends in the country and has an NFL pedigree as a relative of Detroit Lion Brandon Pettigrew. Pettigrew already has the size and pass-catching to be a threat on the next level. He’ll continue to round out his game and should be a good one for the Tigers.
OG Donavaughn Campbell | Ponchatoula, La. (Ponchatoula)
Campbell was one of the first in-state linemen to receive an offer from Jeff Grimes. He didn’t waste much time either, committing about two hours after getting the call. It was his first one too, so that shows Campbell only wants to be a Tiger. He’s a big, strong guard that already checks in at about 6-foot-5, 340 pounds. Check out his highlight tape and you’ll see him regularly putting guys on roller skates. He’ll be an absolute mauler on the next level, another road-grader to follow guys like Maea Teuhema and Adrian Magee in the 2015 class.