Wednesday will be a big day for many high school football standouts as they officially sign their letters of intent to the colleges of their choice. National Signing Day is the most anticipated day of the offseason in college football.

The 2016 signing class could be historic for LSU football. Ranked No. 1 in the nation by three of the four major recruiting publications, it could be Les Miles’ best group yet. And that would be quite ironic given his near firing at the end of the 2015 football season.

Heading into Wednesday’s National Signing Day, LSU’s 2016 recruiting class is tops in the nation as ranked by,, and has LSU at No. 2, just slightly below No. 1 Ohio State. LSU has never had a consensus No. 1 ranking.

The last time LSU was ranked No. 1 in recruiting was the 2009 class. Both and had the Tigers at the top with that class. The last time had LSU ranked No. 1 was back in 2003.

Ten of LSU’s 23 commits are ranked in the top 10 nationally at their respective positions. The 21 four- and five-star commits are the most at the school over a decade.

With the additional commitment over the weekend of three-star dual threat QB Lindsey Scott, Jr., from Zachary, La., it brings the total of in-state commits to 14. Scott is also the only quarterback in the class. Scott is a two-time Class 5A Louisiana Player of the Year.

Quarterback is really the only position lacking from an otherwise stellar class that covered all areas, especially on the defensive line where five-star DT Rashard Lawrence (6-foot-3, 305) tops the list with four more four-star commits.

LSU 2016 recruiting class

  • National Rank: 1
  • SEC Rank: 1
  • No. of Commitments: 23
  • No. of Commitments by Rating: 1 five-star, 17 four-stars, 5 three-stars

Top incoming offensive players: Four-star WR Stephen Sullivan, four-star WR Drake Davis, four-star OG Donavaughn Campbell.
Top incoming defensive players: Five-star DT Rashard Lawrence, four-star CB Saivion Smith, four-star S Eric Monroe.
Primary remaining target: Five-star ILB Ben Davis.
Best-case scenario: Bringing in Davis and/or five-star Louisiana CB Kristian Fulton would probably solidify a first-ever consensus No. 1 ranking. With just two offensive linemen committed to the 2016 class, a big boost could be provided by four-star recruits Jauan Williams and/or E.J. Price.

Verbal commits

  • Rashard Lawrence, DT, five-star
  • Eric Moore, S, four-star
  • Edwin Alexander, DT, four-star
  • Erick Fowler, OLB, four-star
  • Drake Davis, WR, four-star
  • Donavaughn Campbell, OG, four-star
  • Glen Logan, DT, four-star
  • Willie Allen, OT, four-star
  • Rahssan Thornton, DE, four-star
  • Andre Anthony, DE, four-star
  • Andraez Williams, CB, four-star
  • Anfernee Jennings, DE, four-star
  • Jamal Pettigrew, TE, four-star
  • Cameron Lewis, S, four-star
  • Caleb Roddy, DE, three-star
  • Da’Monte Coxie, WR, three-star
  • Lindsey Scott, QB, three-star
  • Jakori Savage, OT, three-star
  • Connor Culp, K, three-star

Current class

  • Saivion Smith, CB, four-star (early enrollee)
  • Michael Divinity, LB, four-star (early enrollee)
  • Stephen Sullivan, WR, four-star (early enrollee)
  • Devin White, RB, four-star (early enrollee)
  • Dee Anderson, WR, four-star (early enrollee)

Editor’s note: Saturday Down South’s references to recruiting rankings are to the industry composite ranking.