The race for the nation’s No. 1 recruiting class is currently hitting high gear as LSU, Alabama and Clemson are all jockeying for the pole position when it comes to the 2020 recruiting cycle.
Currently, it’s the Tigers that hold the No. 1 spot following the Monday night commitment of four-star linebacker Antoine Sampah after Alabama narrowly pushed beyond LSU’s class for a few hours. Sampah’s commitment followed the pledge of five-star receiver Rakim Jarrett, who announced his decision to commit to LSU over the weekend.
The Tigers now hold commitments from 14 prospects in the 2020 recruiting cycle, with all but one ranked as either a four- or five-star prospect.
During a recent appearance on ESPN Baton Rouge 104.5 FM program “Off the Bench,” Ed Orgeron was asked to discuss his program’s incredible start to the 2020 recruiting cycle.
“We have a national brand, LSU has always had a national brand. We have reached out, done a great job of reaching out and getting certain commits early,” Orgeron explained. “Those guys have been doing a great job recruiting for us, they are recruiting their class. We told them, ‘Hey, let’s recruit the best class in the country.’ I think all those guys are getting together and wanting to come to LSU.”
If it’s even possible to nitpick the nation’s No. 1 recruiting class, the Tigers currently only hold commitments from three linemen (Baltimore weakside defensive end Demon Clowney, Cedar Hill, Texas offensive lineman Courtland Ford and Pearland, Texas weakside defensive end Alec Bryant) out of the 14 commitments in the class. The way Orgeron tells it, LSU will continue to concentrate its efforts on landing some key targets in the trenches.
“We’ve been recruiting the trenches for two years now, those guys, we feel we have a very good defensive line recruiting class coming in,” Orgeron continued. “A lot of those guys have not committed to us, we feel like we are very close to some of them. Some of them, it’s going to be a battle to the very end, but obviously, the offensive line and defensive line is a priority for us. We feel we gonna have a very good recruiting class on both sides of the football in the trenches.”
Following the weekend commitment of five-star Jarrett, many are asking the same question when it comes to LSU’s recruiting success — how are the Tigers landing so many elite receivers? In addition to Jarrett’s pledge, LSU currently holds commitments from California four-star Jermaine Burton and Louisiana four-star Kayshon Boutte.
Coach O shared his response to those asking the question.
“They see Odell Beckham, they see Jarvis Landry, the success those guys have had, obviously,” Orgeron said. “They come in and look at our new offense, which is mainly three-wide, four-wide, five-wides. They see that the quarterbacks we have committed, the quarterbacks we have on our football team and then when they talk to Steve Ensminger and Joe Brady, they see the commitment we have to the passing game.”
Finally, Orgeron was asked how it felt to land an elite prospect in recruiting. While coaches are not allowed to specifically mention prospects by name until they sign scholarship agreements, this question was asked following the pledge of Jarrett.
“It’s elation, it’s a lot of hard work, it’s a relief, especially when you get a player that you know is a difference maker,” Coach O concluded. “A player that can come in and help you win a championship. Great character people that we are getting. You see the parents happy, you see the relief. It’s a process, we have been recruiting a lot of these guys for two years, a lot of hard work has gone into it.”