Top five realistic 2015 recruiting targets: LSU Tigers


LSU already has a top 3 nationally ranked class for 2015 with 9 commitments on board, but the Tigers have a whole lot of other top targets they’re trying to land–here’s the best five of those targets.

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Editor’s note: Saturday Down South’s references to ratings follow the composite rankings.

1. Terry Beckner, East St. Louis (Ill.), 6-4/270, DE

  • National rank: No. 24 overall prospect
  • SEC schools: LSU, Mizzou
  • The skinny: Beckner will be a true national battle, and LSU is right in the thick of things. The Tigers will likely battle USC and Ohio State for Beckner–the highest rated player in Illinois. But Mizzou is holding out hope it can keep a guy like this closer to home. This should be one of the more intriguing recruiting battles in the country, because it crosses a lot of state lines.

2. Tarvarus McFadden, Fort Lauderdale (Fla.), 6-3/200, DB

  • National rank: No. 32 overall
  • SEC schools: LSU, Florida, Georgia
  • The skinny: The Tigers seemed like the leaders early on, but in recent weeks Florida State is trending–and it wouldn’t be the first time one of the extended McFadden family went to play for the Seminoles. So keep an eye on this battle for the No. 2 safety in the nation. It seems to be an LSU-FSU battle.

3. Tyron Johnson, New Orleans (La.), 6-1/190, WR

  • National rank: No. 42 overall
  • SEC schools: LSU, Texas A&M
  • The skinny: Johnson is very shifty and has great speed and can make a play after the catch. Unlike the first two LSU targets, Johnson is a bit more of a lock than the out of state kids, not surprisingly. Look for things to happen soon with Johnson. He was on campus just last weekend.

4. Derrius Guice, Baton Rouge (La.), 5-10/195, RB

  • National rank: No. 69 overall
  • SEC schools: LSU, Alabama
  • The skinny: Like Johnson above, Guice is a near lock to end up at LSU–that’s how it goes with much of the top in-state talent in Louisiana. Guice did attend Alabama’s junior day in early February, and he earned an offer there, but it’s hard to see him leaving the state.

5. Carlos Strickland, Dallas (Texas), 6-5/195, WR

  • National rank: No. 155
  • SEC schools: LSU, Alabama
  • The skinny: LSU and Texas are certainly in the mix for this 6-foot-5 pass target, but Cal has actually come into play in recent weeks–so that’s something to keep an eye on. Strickland is one of those outstanding possession receivers who can go up and get it.
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