So it's probably a tad premature to look at 2019 and the potential early entrants from the Tigers' 2016 recruiting class. But there are still a few more weeks left until fall camp starts, so let's do exactly that.
Scout's Jamie Newberg ranked 19 recruits he saw at The Opening that will make for desirable NFL Draft prospects. He based it on long-term upside combined with their performance at the prestigious camp.
A pair of LSU commits made that list with several other targets also landing in that group. Click here for the entire 19 for 2019, and the notable LSU recruits are broken down below.
Feleipe Franks came in at No. 10 on Newberg's list, the third highest ranked quarterback. Franks made the Elite 11 at The Opening, holding his own against some of the other top passers in the country. He's already one of the top recruits, and Newberg believes he could be one of the best prospects once his NFL time comes.
"He has the size and arm talent that the NFL covets in a big way," Newberg said. "Franks is an imposing signal caller who takes command and plays with poise. If it all comes together for him then the No. 10 ranking is too low. Time will tell. I think his upside is as high as anyone in this class."
Click Here for Newberg's full evaluation on Franks.
Stephen Sullivan came in one spot below Franks at No. 11. Scout's evaluators pegged Sullivan as one of the top performers at The Opening, and he's in store for a big boost up the national recruit rankings. Big-bodied wide receivers are valued more and more in the NFL, and that's exactly Sullivan is. He already looks like a grown man catching passes, and that's why Newberg expects he'll be a highly coveted draft prospect in a few years.
"He looks like a power forward playing the position," Newberg said. "He’s so long and so strong. Sullivan has terrific hand-eye coordination and excels in the air, using his size, length and body control to his advantage. I would imagine that this prospect from Donaldsonville will be an ideal red-zone weapon on Sundays. Sullivan has all the makings of a top-flight NFL draft pick."
Click Here for Newberg's full evaluation on Sullivan.
Joining Sullivan as a Louisianan on the list is four-star corner Kristian Fulton, who ranked No. 16. He's one of the top corners in the countries and a major target for LSU's secondary. The Tigers have produced a long list of NFL DBs, and if they can land Fulton, they'll try to turn him into another. Here's Newberg's take on Fulton:
"This is one defensive back I will be excited to see mature over the coming years. The foundation and skill set are there to be an outstanding cover corner at the next level."
Other LSU targets to make the Top 19 for 2019: No. 1 Rashan Gary, No. 4 Greg Little and No. 12 Ben Davis.