LSU has one of SEC’s best track records with its No. 1 recruits

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LSU has had one of the best track records in the SEC when it comes to their No. 1 recruits. Most of them have been heavy-duty contributors almost immediately, and have gone on to the NFL. We take a look back, year-by-year, to show you.

Keep in mind, our SDS Grades are based on whether the kid lived up to his tremendous potential by succeeding on the field and for the most part avoiding trouble off of it–we’re not grading our media brethren’s prognostications. When an athlete receives a top rating, that means analysts and coaches feel the prospect is athletically gifted enough to succeed, whether he does or not is mostly up to him.

Here’s a look back over the last 10 years at who was the No. 1 ranked high school recruit coming to the program—and also how they panned out, career wise.

YEAR NO. 1 RECRUIT POS NAT.RANK HOW’D THEY TURN OUT? SDS GRADE
2013 Tre’Davious White DB 55 An instant contributor on defense; 55 tackles, 2 INTs, 7 pass. Def A
2012 Kwon Alexander LB 86 Had 10 tackles in win over Auburn; finishes with 65 on year, 6.5 TFL A
2011 La’el Collins OL 4 Has decided to return for senior season; stellar blindside tackle for Tigers A+
2010 Eric Reid DB 55 1st round NFL draft 2013; consensus all-american at LSU A+
2009 Russell Shepard QB 3 Career never really took off; contributed abt. 1,000 career yds, 10 TDs C
2008 Patrick Peterson DB 6 1st round NFL draft 2011; consensus all-american at LSU A+
2007 Terrance Toliver WR 8 So-so career, solid junior season; 12 career TDs; undrafted NFL free agent B
2006 Al Woods DL 12 4th round NFL draft 2010; decent college career for Tigers B
2005 Ryan Perrilloux QB 6 Helped lead LSU to SEC title as true Fr., but then was kicked off team C
2004 Early Doucet WR 6 3rd round NFL draft 2008; second-team All-SEC as senior on 2007 NatTitle team A

 

NOTE: Rankings based on 247Sports composite rankings—which were done retroactively within the past year, taking the average of all four services.

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