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2017 LSU Recruiting Class Predictions Jan. 23

The last look at LSU's recruiting class from Tiger Blitz doesn't see much changing for the Tigers, except at linebacker. The final round of predictions heading into National Signing Day are here.

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. 

What's Next?: Just putting pen to paper if you're Brennan and getting on campus come this summer, but not before the staff visits him again this week. 

What's Changed?: Nothing. LSU has had Brennan solid for almost a month now and just had him on campus for his official visit. Narcisse has been enrolled for almost a week now.

Prediction: Brennan signs with LSU.

Class Prediction: Lowell Narcisse, Myles Brennan

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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. The Tigers have made Jennings running back Travis Etienne a priority as the staff was back in-home with him on Monday. With Tennessee picking up a third running back commit, is that enough to push Etienne to LSU? 

What's Next?: LSU offered Etienne in late December and will take an official visit to LSU after visiting Tennessee and Clemson the past two weekends before making his decision. The Tigers will get the last visit from Etienne, who has a lot to think about with the four schools in the mix including Texas A&M.

What's Changed?: Last round of predictions, we had LSU landing both Etienne and Edwards-Helaire and as it stands now, we'll keep Etienne in there due to LSU's press on him.

Prediction: LSU will land Edwards-Helaire and Etienne too in our 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. It helps that LSU has the last visit too.

Class Prediction: Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Travis Etienne

Fullback (1/1)

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?: Carter will sign with LSU on February 1.

What's Changed?: Carter took his official visit to LSU and Matt Canada laid out his plans for him on offense, which helped seal the deal.

Prediction: Carter signs with LSU.

Class Prediction: Tory Carter

Wide Receivers (3/3-4)

Current Status: Four-star wide receiver out of Texas Mannie Netherly enrolled early at LSU last week. JUCO receiver Stephen Guidry took his official visit to LSU this past weekend, strengthening his commitment even further. Three-star wide receiver Racey McMath committed to LSU on Friday night, cancelling his official visit to Texas A&M. 

What's Next?: LSU is set to go in-home this week with four-star wide receiver Nico Collins, who continues to be a priority for Dameyune Craig even after LSU landed McMath. McMath will get an in-home visit from LSU this week as well ahead of signing on February 1. Guidry could also get a last minute visit from the staff to make sure everything is sealed up for them. 

What's Changed?: McMath committed, Smith took his Alabama official visit and Collins is set to visit Georgia this coming weekend. With McMath committed, LSU doesn't necessarily have to have another receiver, but would take one if the opportunity and numbers worked out. 

Prediction: LSU has Netherly on campus already and Guidry and McMath will enroll in the summer. LSU lands Collins over Georgia in a National Signing Day surprise and Craig's most impressive work is done in this class. 

Class Prediction: Mannie Netherly, Stephen Guidry, Racey McMath, Nico Collins

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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 would like to sign a tight end to continue to have that as an option in the future. The staff has to make the numbers work though.

What's Next?: Finding the right tight end if the numbers work.

What's Changed?: LSU offered tight end Kurt Rafdal and he will officially visit this weekend. Rafdal is considered to be a Nebraska and Iowa lean and with LSU's numbers crunch, it'll be tough for that to happen.

Prediction: LSU doesn't land a tight end due to class size numbers. 

Class Prediction: N/A

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?: LSU is set to host Stewart on his official visit this coming weekend.

What's Changed?: Nothing. LSU will stand pat with its four offensive lineman.

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 good mix here with Shelvin, Thomas, Farrell and Moffitt. After hosting Farrell for his official visit and solid reports coming from that, LSU feels like they're in good shape with the newly minted four-star defensive tackle, who will visit Florida State next.

What's Next?: At this point, LSU still has to go in-home with Phidarian Mathis with Ed Orgeron this week, but Alabama's Nick Saban will also go in-home. That's a big battle to watch is which one of the SEC powers can win out. It's a dead sprint for Mathis, whose family enjoyed their official visit to Alabama this past weekend. TCU is up next for him. As far as Wilson, he is on an official visit to USF this week before returning home to host coaches one last time before he announces on National Signing Day. It's considered to be LSU and Florida State for Wilson, who also has Ohio State and Oklahoma in the mix. Orgeron has already gone in-home with Wilson. Can Fisher take another five-star recruitment from LSU's grasps?

What's Changed?: Wilson and Mathis have both officially visited LSU while Shelvin did too, shutting down his recruitment in the process. As far as our predictions, they remain the same. 

Prediction: The Tigers stand pat with the defensive linemen they have committed and land Wilson and Mathis to round out the class. With Dameyune Craig sticking around, that helps LSU keep Farrell. At the end of the day, LSU adds two more elite defensive lineman to its class as National Signing Day approaches.

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. LSU has hosted K'Lavon ChaissonMarkaviest BryantJacob PhillipsWillie GayTyler Taylor, Chris Allen and Ellis Brooks in the last couple weeks. 

What's Next?: LSU's push for linebackers hits the final stretch as Phillips and Taylor are set to make announcements this week about their futures. Allen has said he's taking his decision to signing day, but from what we've heard, a flip is unlikely. With recruiting, you never know. With Allen gone until Sunday to Orlando, LSU might have a chance at the last in-home visit if they want to use it. Bryant and Chaisson are two of the prized Buck targets that LSU is firmly in the mix for. Gay is looking more and more like an LSU lean after his successful official visit.

What's Changed?: Last time out, we had LSU landing Brooks, Queen, Chaisson and Allen for its final class. A lot has changed...again. While Allen seems solid to Alabama, he has left the door cracked twice with his official visit to LSU and a tweet saying he was thinking about staying at home. It's not like Allen to troll, but I think he's Bama bound. Brooks had a great visit to Oregon and if LSU can land Taylor or Phillips before Brooks announces, it won't really matter for LSU. Chaisson is fresh off his Texas official visit and is at Colorado before tripping to Florida for the last weekend. LSU made a huge jump for Bryant and if Chaisson goes to Texas, Bryant is one to watch for LSU as a surprise commitment.

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. There are reports out about Chaisson being a silent commit to Texas. Can he go to Texas? Sure. To think the five-star is already done to Texas is another. A lot can change until Signing Day. Gay will end up getting pulled out of Starkville due to his LSU official visit. Gay isn't going anywhere this weekend, but there's a chance he could pop over to State one more time. Reports out of official visitor weekend was that Gay was telling everyone he'll be at LSU. Taylor is the last piece to the LSU linebacking class and it's in part due to his official visit. LSU made him a priority and with him not walking away from his Auburn visit as a commit, that's telling. LSU is firmly in the mix here and I think gets the job done. Phillips will stick with Oklahoma at the end of the day is my guess.

Class Prediction: Patrick Queen, Willie Gay, K'Lavon Chaisson, Tyler Taylor

Cornerbacks (2/2-3)

Current Status: LSU has two cornerbacks in Kary Vincent, Jr. and Jontre Kirklin as of now. Kirklin is solid and Vincent is fresh off an official visit to Texas with Chaisson. The LSU staff is confident that Vincent will remain a Tiger and not flip. The plus for LSU is that Vincent is down in Orlando for the USA Bowl this week as well. 

What's Next?: With Cheyenne Labruzza solid to Tennessee, LSU will host Amik Robertson, who is fresh off his official visit to Houston, this final weekend. Robertson is likely a signing day add depending on the numbers, but with LSU offering him, that does pave the way for him to potentially land in the class.

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 been offered and Todd Harris continues to be an option.

Prediction: LSU stands pat at cornerback and lands both Kirklin and Vincent. If the numbers would work without Collins committing, Robertson or Harris might get the nod.

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 has been in on Todd Harris for quite some time, but after his Alabama visit, I'm less confident in LSU landing Harris. Alabama is carving out a specific role for him in the defense while LSU would have him coming in behind Stevens and Delpit. That's where things have changed for Harris. After his visit to Alabama, there's a good shot now that he ends up at Alabama.

Prediction: LSU lands the top class of safeties in the country with Delpit and Stevens. Stevens finished on Scout as the No. 2 overall safety and a five-star prospect. 

Class Prediction: Jacoby Stevens, Grant Delpit

Total Commits Predicted: 27

Final Predictions: 
QB Myles Brennan
QB Lowell Narcisse
RB Travis Etienne
RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire
FB Tory Carter
WR Mannie Netherly
WR Stephen Guidry 
WR Racey McMath
WR Nico Collins
OL Saahdiq Charles
OL Austin Deculus
OL Ed Ingram
OL Seth Stewart
DL Aaron Moffitt
DL Neil Farrell
DL Justin Thomas
DL Tyler Shelvin
DL Phidarian Mathis
DL Marvin Wilson
LB Patrick Queen
LB K'Lavon Chaisson
LB Tyler Taylor
LB Willie Gay
DB Jontre Kirklin
DB Kary Vincent, Jr.
DB Jacoby Stevens
DB Grant Delpit

Next in:
DB Amik Robertson
DL Justin Harris

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