Marvin Wilson (© Greg Powers)

Jan. 9: 2017 LSU Recruiting Class Predictions reset after the NCAA dead period ends

With National Signing Day under a month away and the dead period ending, Tiger Blitz takes a look at how the LSU class could end up with our predictions.

The LSU class currently sits at No. 9 in the Scout rankings with 19 commitments including 12 four-star prospects. With about 8-9 spots left in the class for the Tigers, there's a few positions that need addressing for Ed Orgeron and his staff. With the early enrollees in, it's time for the final push to National Signing Day.

LSU continues to push for a few elite prospects in 2017. Where does that leave everyone? Let's jump in.

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)

Current Status: LSU has two four-star quarterbacks and Under Armour All-Americans in Lowell Narcisse and Myles Brennan. The duo will both likely redshirt, but new offensive coordinator Matt Canada has said the best player will play. It's an uphill climb for both to do so, but once the two start competing for the job, there's always a shot.

What's Next?: LSU's new playcaller just has to keep Brennan on board, which shouldn't be hard to do, through National Signing Day. Brennan is already planning a couple visits to Baton Rouge to check in with Canada while Narcisse is on campus continuing to rehab and get ready for spring practice.

What's Changed?: Last round of predictions, we had LSU landing just Narcisse before LSU hired Matt Canada, but as soon as Canada was hired, he got both Brennan and Narcisse on board in short order.

Prediction: LSU's quarterbacks are set especially with Narcisse already on campus. Don't expect anything to change here.

Class Prediction: Lowell Narcisse, Myles Brennan

Myles Brennan at Under Armour Check-In

Running Backs (1/2)

Current Status: LSU continues to hold the pledge of Baton Rouge native Clyde Edwards-Helaire after a brief moment when Helaire opened up his recruitment, but Ed Orgeron stopped that thought quickly, getting the three-star running back to jump back on board. As of now, Helaire is firm to LSU, but the Tigers are looking for a second running back.

What's Next?: With five-star running back Cam Akers out of the mix, LSU got right to work, offering Jennings four-star running back Travis Etienne. Etienne will take official visits to LSU, Texas A&M and Tennessee before making his decision. The Tigers will get the last visit from Etienne, who has a lot to think about between the three schools.

What's Changed?: Last round of predictions, we had Edwards-Helaire as solid to LSU and that remains along with predicting that LSU would land Akers. The Tigers were oh so close to landing the Mississippi product, but lost out to Florida State. Now, Etienne slides into our predictions as that second running back that LSU would take.

Prediction: LSU will land Edwards-Helaire in the class after his brief thoughts of decommitting, but now LSU will land Etienne too in our latest predictions. At the end of the day, staying home and the potential to push for playing time early in his career will help Etienne land in Baton Rouge. 

Class Prediction: Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Travis Etienne

Fullback (1/0-1)

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?: With what LSU wants to do on offense, Carter just needs to continue to be recruited. As far as his plans, an official visit to Troy is the only other thing that Carter will take as of now.

What's Changed?: Canada was hired, helping Carter look even better to end up in the 2017 class.

Prediction: With Canada hired, Carter remains in the class and LSU adds a versatile piece to its offense and one that can redshirt while JD Moore and Bry'Kiethon Mouton continue to lead the way at fullback for LSU.

Class Prediction: Tory Carter

Wide Receivers (2/3)

Current Status: Four-star wide receiver out of Texas Mannie Netherly enrolled early at LSU this weekend and will begin preparing for spring practice. LSU picked up Hinds receiver Stephen Guidry in mid-December shortly after LSU re-offered the talented two-time commitment. Guidry doesn't say much and expect him to land in LSU's class.

What's Next?: LSU has five-star wide receiver Devonta Smith set to take an official visit this weekend to LSU in a star-studded weekend. Smith has LSU, Alabama and Miami in his top three. Smith isn't leaning anywhere, he said, but an official visit can always change that. USC commit Marlon Williams will also visit LSU and holds an offer along with three-star receiver Racey McMath. This official visit weekend could determine pecking order and how this class finishes up.

What's Changed?: LSU added JUCO WR Guidry back into the class when he recommitted to LSU. McMath included LSU in his final schools that he's looking at down the stretch. Smith also cut his list to three. 

Prediction: LSU has Netherly on campus already and Guidry will enroll in the summer, but the third or even potentially fourth receiver in the class is where things get sticky. Smith is one of those prospects that LSU can't afford to let get out and in the end, I don't think they do. The Tigers land Smith and are done at wide receiver.  

Class Prediction: Mannie Netherly, Stephen Guidry, Devonta Smith

Tight End (0/1)

Current Status: LSU doesn't have a tight end committed in the class, but Orgeron did say at his introductory press conference that LSU still wants to use tight ends and use two at a time on the field sometimes. That continues to remain true and Tiger Blitz was told that LSU really needs to sign a tight end to continue to have that as an option in the future.

What's Next?: Finding the right tight end. While LSU hasn't offered Jacob Paulson, they're bringing him in to see if he's a good fit for the offense. Once LSU sees if Paulson is what they'd like, they'll either offer or not. 

What's Changed?: LSU had to turn Ravian Pierce away while waiting for other early enrollees Cam Akers and Dylan Moses to potentially commit to LSU. The Tigers were left looking for tight end targets because of that. 

Prediction: Right now, LSU is set to host Jacob Paulson for an official visit this weekend, which bodes well for LSU and if they offer, it's tough to imagine LSU not landing Paulson out of Kentucky. The three-star tight end would be a solid add at a position of need with tight ends Colin Jeter and DeSean Smith leaving to graduation. 

Class Prediction: Jacob Paulson

Offensive Line (4/4)

Current Status: LSU is set with its four offensive linemen in guards Edward Ingram and Saahdiq Charles, and tackles Seth Stewart and early enrollee Austin Deculus

What's Next?: Every offensive lineman on the list has shut down their recruitment including Deculus, who's already on campus. Deculus needs to get in better shape to compete for early playing time. The trio of February signees will take official visits in January and aren't visiting elsewhere as of now.

What's Changed?: Nothing really. Adrian Ealy committed to Oklahoma as expected and Isaiah Wilson committed to Georgia. Those were two that LSU was monitoring while there was concern about potentially losing a commitment, but LSU will stand pat now.

Prediction: Barring another transfer that makes LSU reconsider their stance here, the Tigers will take four offensive linemen and stand pat. 

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

Defensive Line (4/6)

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. If Craig remains on staff, Farrell is expected to stay in the class with Thomas already enrolled. 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?: At this point, LSU is set to host four-star Phidarian Mathis and five-star Marvin Wilson on official visits this weekend. Those are the two that LSU is targeting to finish things out for the class. Shelvin will take official visits to Alabama and Nebraska in January before finalizing his decision. Farrell will visit USC and FSU as well as he looks to solidify his decision.

What's Changed?: JUCO target Isaiah Buggs signed with Alabama and LSU has made a big push with Mathis and Wilson. Both will officially visit and many even believe LSU leads for both. Shelvin and Farrell have wavered a bit now as we come down the stretch.

Prediction: The Tigers stand pat with the defensive linemen they have committed and land Wilson and Mathis to round out the class. The wild card here is Dameyune Craig. If Craig leaves, Farrell could be gone too, which might even help LSU with Mathis and Wilson. At the end of the day though, it's Mathis and/or Wilson or bust for LSU at this point. Both would be true blue-chip lands for the Tigers.

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

Linebackers (1/4-5)

Current Status: LSU has one commitment at linebacker in four-star athlete Patrick Queen and continues to push for multiple linebackers after losing Monty Rice to a late flip to Georgia.

What's Next?: LSU has to get as many linebackers on campus as possible to attempt to land a couple inside in this class. There's a big need at inside linebacker for LSU as well. 

What's Changed?: Last time out, we had LSU adding Levi Jones, Will Ignont and Thomas Johnston to its class of Queen and at the time, Monty Rice. A lot has changed. Rice flipped to Georgia last minute and enrolled in Athens. Jones said at Under Armour practices that LSU stopped pursuing him, Johnston doesn't seem like a high priority either and Tennessee linebacker commit Will Ignont said he's shutting down his recruitment. LSU has also extended a few offers since then for different spots as well. 

Prediction: LSU adds K'Lavon Chaisson in the LSU class, who is getting pushed hard across the board to join the crew in Baton Rouge. Chaisson is being recruited by the staff, the commits and Arden Key to make it into the class. That'll be too much in the end. Brooks will officially visit all alone with the staff and be able to be their complete focus. That could win out even with a late January visit to Notre Dame scheduled. The last prediction is based on LSU getting Chris Allen on campus for an official and as of now, it'll be very easy to do that with him being in Baton Rouge. Get Allen on campus and get him to flip. Not ready to call Willie Gay or Jacob Phillips as a flip just yet.

Class Prediction: Patrick Queen, Ellis Brooks, K'Lavon Chaisson, Chris Allen

Cornerbacks (2/2-3)

Current Status: 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. Vincent and Kirklin have both affirmed their commitments.

What's Next?: Is there a chance that LSU can flip defensive back Cheyenne Labruzza from Tennessee? LSU covets him as the Tigers went in-home with him in December and expect them to be back in to see him. It might be enough to flip Labruzza, who Tennessee will have to hang onto through National Signing Day even with some expected staff changes.

What's Changed?: LSU has its two cornerback commits, but continues to work for another versatile defensive back. Who will that be? That's another story as Amik Robertson has seen his interest from LSU pick up as of now along with LSU pushing for Labruzza.

Prediction: LSU stands pat at cornerback and lands both Kirklin and Vincent, two of the more solid commitments LSU has in the 2017 class. LSU continues to work on flipping Labruzza too, which is something to watch if they can land Labruzza before Signing Day.

Class Prediction: Kary Vincent, Jr., Jontre Kirklin

Safeties (2/2-3)

Current Status: LSU had two of the top safeties in the country in Grant Delpit and Jacoby Stevens enroll early at LSU. The staff continues to look for another versatile defensive back to add, but as of now, Delpit and Stevens are two legit safeties to bring in on their own.

What's Next?: Both LSU safeties can now work on preparing for spring practice and pushing for starting jobs as true freshmen.

What's Changed?: LSU got the pair on campus as both signed and enrolled early. Not much in the grand scheme of things with commits. Todd Harris though is someone the staff has been on for a while. Is he still a top target in the secondary? The contact period will let us know quickly where Harris stands.

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 both enrolled and are good to go. Harris has LSU and Alabama as his top two, but will pick LSU on Signing Day if he can.

Class Prediction: Jacoby Stevens, Grant Delpit, Todd Harris

Total Commits Predicted: 28


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