LSU is a magnet that attracts the nation’s best defensive backs year in and year out.
The Tigers signed one of the nation’s top classes of cornerbacks in 2015, a group that included a pair of five-star prospects in Kevin Toliver and Donte Jackson. Now LSU’s set to have an even better haul in 2016 after getting off to a perfect start on Tuesday.
Five-star Saivion Smith, the nation’s No. 1 corner, committed to the Tigers during a nationally televised announcement on ESPNU. That one came as a pretty big surprise, but Smith’s visit for Junior Day this past weekend went so well that he decided to go ahead and commit.
Now LSU will have to fend off other suitors until NSD, but assuming the Tigers hold on to Smith, they’re well on their way to landing another epic class of defensive backs. Let’s take a look at the defensive backs LSU could sign in 2016.
Staying at corner, LSU could reasonably land the No. 3 and No. 8 recruits ranked at that position to go along with No. 1.
No. 3 Kristian Fulton, the fourth-highest ranked player in Louisiana, has been considered a heavy LSU lean throughout this recruitment. He’s spent more time at LSU than any other school, and his relationship to Frank Wilson and Corey Raymond has only gotten stronger as months pass. He does want to try and venture out to see more schools before deciding, but all signs point to him staying home for college.
Trayvon Mullen, the No. 8 CB, may very well be the next to pop. He spent last weekend in Baton Rouge for the LSU Junior Day, hanging around his good-friend Toliver. He’s consistently mentioned LSU as his leader since visiting for the Alabama game last fall, and the Tigers have solidified their standing since.
Adding those two would give LSU three of the Top 10 corners in the country, but there are several others to watch.
No. 13 John Broussard has Auburn and LSU atop his list. He has family in Lafayette, and visited Baton Rouge for the first time last month. No. 19 Chad Clay, No. 31 Khalil Ladler and No. 25 Nigel Knott have all visited LSU before, the latter two were on campus this past weekend for Junior Day.
LSU also recently offered No. 7 Nigel Warrior, and No. 2 Levonta Taylor has often mentioned LSU as one of the top teams on his list, though neither of these two have been to Baton Rouge yet.
Looking at the in-state board at CB, No. 17 Andraez Williams is the next guy up. He picked up an offer at camp last summer, and the Tigers continue to pursue No. 5 Shyheim Carter, who remains committed to Alabama.
S Deontay Anderson
As impressive as that group of corners could be, LSU’s potential class of safeties may be just as highly ranked.
The Tigers do already have a commitment from three-star Clifford Chattman, though he’s considered an athlete at the moment, a kid that could possibly end up at linebacker on the next level. So LSU doesn’t technically have a true safety committed right now, but there are several to watch closely.
LSU is a legitimate contender for each of the top three safeties in the country, all of whom have visited Baton Rouge in the last month. No. 1 Brandon Jones and No. 2 Eric Monroe visited for Junior Day last weekend, while No. 3 Deontay Anderson came in for “Boys from the Boot,” despite being a Texas native.
All three have spoken highly of LSU, particularly Monroe and Anderson, who have mentioned LSU as their leader at certain points of their recruitment. The Tigers are probably positioned best for Anderson, followed by Monroe then Jones, though LSU has a real chance with each one.
Elsewhere on the board, LSU has hosted No. 13 JoeJuan Williams for multiple visits, and he’s spoken highly of the Tigers throughout his recruitment. LSU offered No. 5 Chauncey Gardner on Tuesday, and they hosted No. 7 Donte Vaughn for Junior Day last weekend, which is when he received his offer.
There are also two other four-star safeties in Louisiana — Cameron Lewis and Josh Perry. Many think Lewis may even opt to shut down his recruitment within the next month, and that would likely be good news for the Tigers.
If all goes well for LSU, numbers will eventually get tight at both corner and safety. But that’s a good problem to have when so many top defensive backs love the Tigers.
And when all is said and done, LSU should be looking at the country’s No. 1 class of DBs.
LSU only getting started at defensive back
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