LSU's 2017 class is good but could get even better if it can win the state on Signing Day
Where recruiting is concerned, it’s well known that anything can still happen until the fax arrives. With fewer than 48 hours left until Signing Day, LSU’s class is holding steady at a No. 6 ranking, according to 247sports.com. Since finishing No. 12 in 2012, LSU has finished no lower than sixth in the past four classes.
Can Ed Orgeron make a late push and add a couple more prized in-state targets to his first recruiting class? That late surge is entirely possible, if you believe in 247’s Crystal ball, which has Louisiana’s Nos. 3 and 4 players strongly considering the Tigers.
Of course, the Tigers continue to search for that quarterback who will put the team over the top and compete once again for national honors. That need has certainly been addressed with 4-star recruits Lowell Narcisse and Myles Brennan targeted.
Narcisse is a 6-2, 224-pound dual-threat quarterback who has already enrolled at LSU. Brennan has not signed but certainly appears committed given a tweet he sent to a pair of players LSU is recruiting encouraging them to come to Baton Rouge.
— Myles Brennan (@mylesbrennan12) January 25, 2017
Oddly enough, out of LSU’s 20 commitments, not one is a linebacker. Here’s a rundown of the LSU 2017 recruiting class heading into Signing Day on Wednesday.
SEC class rank: 3
Overall class rank: 6
Did they own the state? It’s still too early to tell. There are no 5-stars coming out of the state this year, but of the 12 4-star athletes, LSU has one already enrolled in QB Narcisse and two other verbals. One of those is from DT Tyler Shelvin, the top prospect in the state.
Of the top 20 players from Louisiana, LSU has four commitments. That’s more than any other school. Tennessee and Georgia Tech are a close second with two each.
Top player: JaCoby Stevens is the lone 5-star commit in the class so far. Ranked as the nation’s top safety prospect, the 6-1, 200-pounder from Murfreesboro, Tenn., enrolled earlier this month after earning the title of Tennessee Mr. Football Class 6A. Stevens steps into a youthful position with the departures of Jamal Adams and Dwayne Thomas.
Still chasing: The Tigers would still like to get 4-star DT Phidarian Mathis. The 6-4, 287-pounder from Monroe, La., is still mulling over offers from LSU, Alabama, and TCU, among others. He’s the No. 4-ranked player from Louisiana.
Best unit: DBU added some quality talent to the ranks. With 5-star Stevens and 4-star S Grant Delpit already enrolled, if 247’s prediction about 4-star safety Todd Harris is correct and 4-star hard commit CB Kary Vincent follows through, it would be another huge boost to the Tigers’ secondary.
ESPN formally announces that #LSU targets Todd Harris and Marvin Wilson will announce on Signing Day at 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. respectively.
— Billy Embody (@BillyEmbody) January 27, 2017
Biggest area of need filled: Quarterback. With Narcisse coming in as a dual-threat, it gives new LSU OC Matt Canada some options on how to best use those talents. Brennan is a pro-style quarterback who can do the job as well.
Better or worse than last year? It will be difficult to tell until all is said and done. Losing out on the top in-state running back, Travis Etienne, stung, but with a few late additions, this could be a very good class. Without them, it could be one of the poorest in years.
LSU continues to reel in quality DBs, but for the second consecutive year appears to have little to show once again at the linebacker position.
This year’s crop might be considered better simply because of the much needed quarterback talent that is being brought in.