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.