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2017 LSU Recruiting Class Predictions features elite wide receivers, defensive linemen

With Ed Orgeron now as head coach, where does the class stand and how does Tiger Blitz expect it to finish up for 2017?

The LSU class currently sits at No. 9 with 18 commitments including 11 four-star prospects. With roughly 9-11 spots left in the class for the Tigers depending on how many early enrollees the Tigers can take, there's a few positions that need major addressing for Ed Orgeron and his staff.

LSU has gotten back in the mix for a few major five-star prospects since Orgeorn has taken over, but will it be enough to sway these prospects? Let's dive into predictions. 

Note: Next to position, Tiger Blitz notes how many spots LSU currently has filled out of their possible numbers (by our guess) at that position.

Quarterbacks (2/2)

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Current Status: LSU has two quarterbacks committed in the 2017 class in pro-style quarterback Myles Brennan and dual-threat quarterback Lowell Narcisse. Brennan has been one of LSU's most-solid commitments as of now will be a Tiger unless Brennan decides he's just not going to fit in what Orgeron wants to do. Narcisse fits what Orgeron said he wants in a quarterback on Saturday with a spread offense and a dual-threat quarterback running the show. With Orgeron saying that, it was a big boost to LSU's chances of hanging on to Narcisse.

What's Next?: LSU's offensive coordinator hire will immediately get in touch with both quarterbacks and discuss where they fit into the plans. Orgeron mentioned LSU needs to get better at certain positions and I don't doubt quarterback is one of them. Whether that means Brennan sticks around in those plans is another thing. Orgeron said earlier this fall he likes pro-style quarterbacks, but now, said he likes dual-threat quarterbacks. That's a bit of a 180 for him. Many thought Brennan would be the most solid, but now the next offensive coordinator has to decide if he'll want to keep him.

Prediction: LSU holds on to Narcisse for sure now unless the new offensive coordinator doesn't gel with him. Brennan is now a little up in the air, but if he's offered his spot to stay, he'll stay without a doubt. LSU needs two quarterbacks in this class and I would think both would be brought in unless the new offensive coordinator has a dual-threat quarterback lined up to come over with him. One name to watch if Lane Kiffin gets brought in is four-star quarterback Tua Tagovailoa out of Hawaii, who is currently committed to Alabama and a dual-threat. Playing time right away could be the easy selling point.

Class Prediction: Myles Brennan, Lowell Narcisse

Running Backs (1/2)

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Current Status: LSU has Clyde Edwards-Helaire committed in the class and is also hot on the trail of five-star running back Cam Akers, who did make it to visit LSU for the Florida game. Edwards-Helaire is solid to LSU and I don't expect to him to go anywhere. He's a versatile, yet undersized back that does a lot of different things well.

What's Next?: The pursuit of Akers is heating up with LSU set to do an in-home visit with Akers on Monday. LSU has to get its offensive coordinator in sooner rather than later as that will have a big affect on the early enrollee. Akers could end up being one of the center pieces of the class and in line to replace Derrius Guice when he goes to the NFL Draft if he has another spectacular season. After Akers, it's foggy as to what LSU would do at running back.

Prediction: With Orgeron now in place, that gives LSU a huge boost in the running for Akers. I'm picking LSU to land Akers in this class as things currently stand with him. Akers can be developed into another NFL running back and the Tigers get their versatile back in Edwards-Helaire too. 

Class Prediction: Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Cam Akers

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Fullback (1/0-1)

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Current Status: LSU has fullback Tory Carter committed to the Tigers and if LSU wants to continued to be multiple in their scheme, will hold on to Carter. 

What's Next?: Determining whether Carter is still a fit for LSU on offense is a key part of the next steps for LSU. If the Tigers are honest with him and that means the Tigers don't want a fullback, Carter recently took an official visit to Michigan and loved it. Carter would be a tough piece to lose, but if he's not a fit, it's okay.

Prediction: LSU moves forward without much need for a fullback in future classes as Orgeron wants to run more of a spread offense. That means Carter is out. Orgeron could choose to keep Carter and use him as a versatile player, but if LSU chooses to move forward, it'd help another position by opening up a slot for another player.

Class Prediction: No fullback

Wide Receivers (1/3)

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Current Status: LSU recently lost Jhamon Ausbon to Texas A&M last week, which left four-star wide receiver out of Texas Mannie Netherly as the only wide receiver commit for LSU. Netherly has affirmed his commitment to LSU multiple times and with Orgeron hired, should be solid to the Tigers and is expected to enroll early. 

What's Next?: LSU now has turned up the heat on Georgia four-star wide receiver Jeremiah Holloman, who got an in-home visit from LSU wide receivers coach Dameyune Craig on Sunday night. LSU also had five-star wide receiver Devonta Smith on campus last week with Dylan Moses for an unofficial visit. LSU continues to look for two more wide receivers at this point to fill their spots in the 2017 class. Even though some think LSU might take four wide receivers, I don't think it's a position that will garner that many prospects unless Malachi Dupre decides to declare early for the NFL Draft.

Prediction: The Tigers take three wide-receivers in the class and while the Tigers lost Ausbon and JUCO wide receiver Stephen Guidry earlier in the process, might get better by subtraction when it's all said and done. Smith might see his spot at Alabama fill up before National Signing Day and that would potentially force his hand to commit to LSU as the Tigers continue to turn up the heat. With Craig making Holloman a priority, I think LSU is able to land Holloman as well. It just took more heat from LSU and now room in the class to make these two happen as a part of the class. 

Class Prediction: Mannie Netherly, Devonta Smith, Jeremiah Holloman

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Tight End (0/1)

Current Status/What's Next?: LSU doesn't have a tight end committed in the class, but Orgeron did say at his press conference on Saturday that LSU still wants to use tight ends and use two at a time on the field sometimes. That bodes well for LSU to take a tight end in this class. LSU loses DeSean Smith and Colin Jeter after this season to graduation and that leaves Foster Moreau, Caleb Roddy and Jamal Pettigrew in the group.

Prediction: LSU has a couple tight ends they're looking at including JUCO tight end Ravian Pierce and former Tennessee commit Chase Rogers, both of whom have visited LSU for games this season. Pierce can jump into the team and have three years to play two and is physically ready right away to compete. Depending on how LSU likes Rogers down the line to develop as a versatile tight end, the Tigers might take him. If the Tigers feel like they can wait on Rogers to develop, I'd expect them to take him over the more "ready-now" prospect in Pierce.

Class Prediction: Chase Rogers

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Offensive Line (4/5)

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Current Status: LSU has a solid group of offensive linemen committed as of now, but not an absolute game-changer at tackle just yet. Starting with inside, Ed Ingram can play center or guard for the Tigers and Saahdiq Charles is one of the top guards in the country. Ingram is solid to the Tigers and Charles visited Ole Miss for the Egg Bowl, but has said he's solid to LSU. At tackle, Austin Deculus affirmed his commitment to LSU following the announcement of Orgeron being hired and Seth Stewart said he can't wait to play for Orgeron. Deculus is one of the most physically ready offensive linemen in the class and Stewart would be more of a project for the Tigers, but has the length to be an outstanding tackle. 

What's Next?: LSU likely wants to take another offensive lineman in the class and Orgeron said he wants to get better at certain positions. The line has to be one of those areas if Orgeron is going to compete with Alabama like he expects to. LSU has a couple they're targeting including four-star Isaiah Wilson, who is expected to take an official visit to LSU. Adrian Ealy is another player LSU is hot on the trail for too and right out of their backyard. LSU also offered JUCO offensive tackle Elliot Baker, who's committed to Alabama, but could have a change of heart if the Tide pick up a commitment from Wilson or Trey Smith. Any of the three offensive tackles would provide even more depth and competition at a position that has to be addressed.

Prediction: I'd imagine Ealy is the most likely player out of the three mentioned to pick the Tigers as the team has made a major push for the long-time Oklahoma lean. Ealy could feel the heat and decide to stay at home and be a Tiger. He's got the length and athleticism to go with a frame that can fill out in his lower body to be an elite offensive tackle. As a player who's ready to go now, Baker could come in right away and compete for time at Alabama. Wilson hasn't set a date for his LSU official visit, which is the only visit out of his five that he doesn't have a date for. That suggests LSU is on the outside looking in. 

Class Prediction: Ed Ingram, Austin Deculus, Saahdiq Charles, Seth Stewart, Adrian Ealy

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Defensive Line (4/5-6)

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Current Status: LSU has a solid group of just about everything committed right now. Starting with Tyler Shelvin, who is that space eater nose tackle that most 3-4 defenses want in today's age, Shelvin is a big fan of Orgeron and is another that can come in and make an impact with his size. Justin Thomas and Neil Farrell are two versatile prospects that can play just about any position along the defensive line for LSU in certain situations. With Craig expected to remain on staff, both Mobile natives are expected to stay in the class. Aaron Moffitt is a good weak side defensive end prospect for Dave Aranda's scheme that could play the strong side in passing situations as well. Moffitt could put on some more weight at LSU and is a bit undersized for the SEC as of now, but he's got a great motor and a college weight program would pack the weight on him necessary to make a difference. 

What's Next?: It's a bit of a waiting game for LSU on the defensive line. Four-star Neville defensive tackle Phidarian Mathis and five-star defensive tackle Marvin Wilson are the top two targets for LSU for what I believe to be the final spot for LSU. The Tigers are also in the running for four-star JUCO defensive end Isaiah Buggs, who would fit in nicely as gap player that is physically ready to go. This group could grow to six defensive linemen, but I feel like you'd see a subtraction somewhere if LSU landed Buggs and then landed either Mathis or Wilson. LSU would be okay taking six defensive linemen in the class if it came down to it, especially losing Lewis Neal and potentially Davon Godchaux and Greg Gilmore. 

Prediction: The Tigers stand pat with the defensive linemen they have committed and land Wilson to round out the class. Shelvin and Wilson are best friends and while Wilson prefers a four-man front to have "another dog" as he's put it before, next to him in the interior, LSU has demonstrated they're willing to do that especially with Arden Key around and Andre Anthony and Sci Martin coming into the fold. Buggs just doesn't strike me as of now as someone that LSU is going to land in the class. He's a tough one to read and could very well end up at LSU, but Wilson is the prize. LSU can land him Wilson Charlie Strong out and Texas A&M just not impressing him enough over LSU. Wilson's mom was impressed with the visit to LSU and having Orgeron in place will be enough for him to come on over. If Shelvin were to flip to Alabama, Buggs would get even more pressure and could be a candidate to get into LSU's class. That decision will come sooner rather than later. I don't see LSU taking two freshmen like Mathis and Wilson unless LSU was to lose a commit along the defensive line.

Class Prediction: Tyler Shelvin, Justin Thomas, Neil Farrell, Aaron Moffitt, Marvin Wilson

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Linebackers (1/5)

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Current Status: LSU has one lone commitment in the linebacker class in four-star athlete Patrick Queen as of now. The Tigers have serious needs at the inside linebacker positions and continue to offer targets there and get guys on campus for visits including Monty RiceThomas Johnston, Jacquez Jones and this coming weekend, Shanon Reid. LSU has missed as of now on two top prospects in Chris Allen and Dylan Moses, who are pledged to Alabama. At outside linebacker, LSU still has a couple targets including Levi Jones and K'Lavon Chaisson in the mix.

What's Next?: LSU is stacked at outside linebacker with Anthony, Martin at that Buck linebacker spot behind Arden Key and Michael Divinity and Ray Thornton at the F linebacker position played by Tashawn Bower for much of the season. Devin White and Donnie Alexander return in the middle too. That being said, LSU needs depth in a big way at inside linebacker and needs to land guys like Chaisson and Jones on the outside to continue that streak of high-quality play at those positions.  

Prediction: LSU has a linebacker ready to go for its Rover position to step in for Duke Riley with him departing in Queen, but Queen can also play the F linebacker spot too. Chaisson and Jones are two players high on LSU and the Orgeron hire will only help land those two. Things figure to heat up quickly for Jones following his senior season ending whenever that happens and he's high on LSU. At inside, LSU can get immediate help with White moving to the Mike linebacker vacated by Kendell Beckwith. White was originally there for LSU this spring and the Tigers switched him and Alexander for a more veteran voice calling plays if Beckwith went out. White should flip back to Mike and will only get bigger and stronger with another offseason. Reid can come in as an early enrollee and if he can pack some more weight on, figures to play either the Rover or Mike. With Rice expected to head to Georgia and Jones I think being a little farther down the list, Johnston is a prime candidate to join his teammate Justin Thomas in Baton Rouge.

Class Prediction: Patrick Queen, K'Lavon Chaisson, Levi Jones, Thomas Johnston, Shanon Reid

Cornerbacks (2/2)

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Current Status/What's Next?: LSU is done as of now at true cornerbacks and while the Tigers could find a versatile defensive back prospect that could also play cornerback, Kary Vincent, Jr. and Jontre Kirklin are two high-quality additions to replace Tre'Davious White and Dwayne Thomas at cornerback. 

Prediction: LSU stands pat at cornerback and lands both Kirklin and Vincent, two of the more solid commitments LSU has in the 2017 class.

Class Prediction: Kary Vincent, Jr., Jontre Kirklin

Safeties (2/3)

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Current Status: LSU has two of the top safeties in the country committed in Grant Delpit and Jacoby Stevens. Both love defensive backs coach Corey Raymond, who figures to stick around on Orgeron's coaching staff. The pair already has the chance to compete early and have been on campus for visits this fall.

What's Next?: LSU has to hold onto Delpit, who's getting major interest from Florida and will take an official visit there. Stevens took an official visit to Alabama this past weekend, but has also said as long as Raymond is at LSU, he'll be heading to LSU because of Raymond's ability to put players in the league. Todd Harris has been one of the top targets for the staff and Raymond has been in constant contact with Harris. Now that the hire has been made, LSU should feel good about where they stand with Harris.

Prediction: LSU lands the top class of safeties in the country with Delpit and Stevens with Harris coming on National Signing Day. All three are versatile guys and can compete right away for Jamal Adams and Rickey Jefferson's spots in the secondary. The coaching uncertainty had Delpit and Stevens up in the air, but that should settle things now that Orgeron is in place.

Class Prediction: Jacoby Stevens, Grant Delpit, Todd Harris

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