The word I've received from several sources close to the program is that LSU could sign as many as 28 or 29 in this class.
A few guys are going to be close with their academics and may not qualify. Also, there could be as many as three guys enrolling in January with one or two counting against the '05 crop thus freeing up more room in this class.
Note: The stars next to each prospect is the rating assigned by the staff at Scout.com. Players will be added and removed from this list up until signing day but these are the ones getting serious interest from LSU at this time.
Bold: Indicates has LSU offer.
Quarterbacks: Needs: 1; Committed 0
Sonny's Pick: There is a reason there are no top targets listed and that is because the two LSU had a shot with have made their decision. Tim Tebow is headed to Florida and Chris Smelley will suit up for Steve Spurrier.
Running Backs: Needs: 3; Committed 2
**** Charles Scott 6-0, 220, 4.5 Jonesboro (La.) Hodge
*** Richard Murphy 6-1, 195, 4.5 Rayville (La.)
***** Keiland Williams 6-0, 225, 4.5 Chatham (Va.) Hargrave Military Academy 70-30
Sonny's Pick: Keiland Williams is making some people nervous but he will be a Tiger.
Wide Receivers: Needs: 3; Committed: 1
**** London Crawford 6-2, 186, 4.5 Mobile (Ala.) Davidson
**** Lance Kendricks 6-4, 205, 4.5 Milwaukee (Wis.) King 30-70
**** Josh Adams 5-11, 175, 4.5 Cary (N.C.) 30-70
*** Markeith Summers 6-2, 190, 4.6 Olive Branch (Miss.) 40-60
*** Ricky Dixon 6-2, 203, 4.6 Reserve (La.) East St. John 80-20
*** Jarred Mitchell 5-11, 195, 4.5 New Iberia (La.) Westgate 60-40
*** Chris Mitchell 6-0, 170, 4.5 Marrero (La.) John Ehret 60-40
Sonny's Pick: Chris Mitchell, Jared Mitchell and Ricky Dixon are LSU's to lose but there is only room for two and possibly even one.
Tight Ends: Needs: 2; Committed 2
*** Richard Dickson 6-4, 249, 4.7 Ocean Springs (Miss.)
*** J.D. Lott 6-4, 212, 4.6 Birmingham (Ala.) Briarwood Christian
**** Jermaine Gresham 6-6, 226, 4.7 Ardmore (Okla.) 30-70
Sonny's Pick: Chances with Jermaine Gresham are slim so it's Richard Dickson and J.D. Lott.
Offensive Lineman: Needs: 5-6; Committed 3
**** Matt Allen 6-3, 278, 5.2 Klein (Texas) Klein Collins
*** Zhamal Thomas 6-4, 325, 5.2 New Iberia (La.) 70-30
* Mark Snyder 6-7, 275, 5.1 West Monroe (La.)
***** Andre Smith 6-4, 315, 5.2 Birmingham (Ala.) Huffman 20-80
**** Charles Deas 6-4, 326, 5.2 Lauderdale Lakes (Fla.) Boyd Anderson 30-70
**** Butch Lewis 6-6, 285, 5.2 Aurora (Colo.) Regis Jesuit 10-90
**** Marcus Gilbert 6-6, 280, 5.2 Ft. Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Acquinas 30-70
**** Steven Singleton 6-3, 293, 5.4 Buford (Ga.) 50-50
*** Phil Loadholt 6-9, 325, 5.1 Garden City Community College 50-50
* Tyler Graves 6-6, 290, 5.2 Sumrall (Miss.) 50-50
* Larry Brewer 6-7, 320, 5.2 Slidell (La.) 70-30
Sonny's Pick: LSU does not lead for any of the top targets on the board but the best shot appears to be with Steven Singleton, Ian Symonette and Phil Loadholt.
Defensive Ends: Needs: 2-3; Committed 2
*** Lazarius Livingston 6-3, 252, 4.8 Ruston (La.)
*** Marcus Tillman 6-4, 250, 4.8 Franklin (Miss.) Meadville
** Dexter Manley, Jr. 6-4, 260, 4.8 Santa Monica Community College 70-30
** Braylon Broughton 6-6, 240, 4.7 Dallas (Texas) Hillcrest 20-80
Sonny's Pick: Louis Holmes will likely picked Arizona so that leaves Dexter Manley, Jr. and Braylon Broughton. Broughton is a new name that recently popped up and the Iowa commitment reportedly likes what he sees in LSU.
Defensive Tackles: Needs: 1-2; Committed: 1
**** Al Woods 6-5, 327, 5.2 Elton (La.)
***** Gerald McCoy 6-4, 285, 5.0 Oklahoma City (Okla.) Southeast 40-60
Sonny's Pick: Al Woods is enough but look for Lazarius Livingston to possibly move inside. It's not likely but what an awesome force Gerald McCoy and Al Woods could be.
Linebackers: Needs: 4; Committed 5
**** Jacob Cutrera 6-4, 225, 4.5 Scott (La.) Acadiana
*** Danny McCray 6-2, 205, 4.5 Houston (Texas) Westfield
*** Perry Riley 6-0, 210, 4.6 Stone Mountain (Ga.) Stephenson 55-45
*** Kelvin Sheppard 6-2, 222, 4.7 Stone Mountain (Ga.) Stephenson 60-40
**** Mark Johnson 6-3, 230, 4.5 Los Angeles (Calif.) Susan Miller Dorsey 40-60
**** Brandon Spikes 6-4, 230, 4.6 Shelby (N.C.) Crest 30-70
**** Derrick Odom 6-2, 205, 4.5 Jackson (Miss.) Calloway 50-50
**** A.J. Jones 6-2, 190, 4.5 Tampa (Fla.) Middleton 40-60
*** Rory Johnson 6-1, 230, 4.6 Hinds Community College 30-70
Sonny's Pick: Derrick Odom and Mark Johnson are the two biggest names on the board and the best shot is probably with Odom. Someone will have to fill Bani Gbadyu's spot because he finally publicly committed to Penn State.
Cornerbacks: Needs: 2; Committed: 0
***** Jai Eugene 6-0, 185, 4.4 Destrehan (La.) 60-40
**** Perrish Cox 6-0, 170, 4.4 Waco (Texas) University 70-30
*** Jason Teague 6-2, 190, 4.5 Cartage (Texas) 40-60
*** Leonard Hewitt 5-11, 185, 4.5 Lufkin (Texas) 30-70
* Jake Jones 6-1, 180, 4.5 Mountain Brook (Ala.) 40-60
Sonny's Pick: Perrish Cox is LSU all the way following his official visit and something would have to happen from behind the scenes for him to choose another school. Add Jai Eugene to the equation and that gives the Tigers two of the top six corners in the land. And yes, I still say Eugene will be wearing purple and gold.
Safeties: Needs: 2; Committed: 2
*** Shomari Clemons 6-2, 205, 4.5 West Monroe (La.)
*** Troy Giddens 6-0, 200, 4.4 Hammond (La.)
**** Jonas Mouton 6-2, 212, 4.6 Los Angeles (Calif.) Venice Senior 30-70
**** Allen Walker 6-2, 200, 4.5 Olive Branch (Miss.) 50-50
**** Anthony Summers 6-3, 200, 4.5 Olive Branch (Miss.) 50-50
* Jimmy Rome 6-2, 195, 4.5 Baton Rouge (La.) Parkview Baptist 70-30
Sonny's Pick: The Tigers still need a free safety and take your pick out of Reshad Jones, Allen Walker or Anthony Summers. The chances with all three are about the same but if I had to pick one then I'd say Walker may be the best bet.
Official Visits Scheduled
10/15--Na Derris Ward, Mark Johnson, J.D. Lott, Lee Tilley, Kelvin Sheppard, Steven Singleton, Perry Riley, Jonas Mouton, Sam Shields, Bani Gbadyu
11/26--Louis Holmes, Dexter Manley, Jr., Butch Lewis
12/10--Zhamal Thomas, Perrish Cox, Al Woods, Gerald McCoy, Jared Mitchell,
12/17—Jake Jones, Derrick Odom, Markeith Summers, Anthony Summers, Allen Walker, Braylon Broughton (possible), Jason Teague (possible),
1/20—Earl Alexander, Keiland Williams, Chris Mitchell, Damon McDaniel, Phil Loadholt, Ricky Dixon, Russell Okung, Reshad Jones, Marcus Tillman, Ian Symonette