2017 LSU Tigers Recruiting & National Signing Day Class Breakdown
The 2017 LSU Tigers Recruiting Class. The basic overview of the class, the best area of strength, what you need to know if you don’t care about recruiting, the star, and the depth chart hole going into the season.
Classes and rankings to be updated and adjusted on National Signing Day, Wednesday, February 1
LSU Tigers Recruiting Class Overview
While he didn’t have a full year to show what he could do, Ed Orgeron proved just how good a recruiting he is – known around college football as one of the best closers in the business – coming up with a terrific class, mostly for the defensive side. Jacoby Stevens is the best of a typically great LSU class of defensive backs, while Tyler Shelvin is a massive defensive tackle to gum up the works up front. But as good as the prospects are on the defensive side, the offense might be getting even more big-time help.
Quarterbacks Myles Brennan and Lowell Narcisse are big helps, and the receivers coming in are potentially special with Stephen Guidry and Mannie Netherly two of the big targets who can get deep. Throw in the outstanding prospects for the O line, and Coach O did his job.
The LSU Tigers Class Is Heavy On …
Help for the passing game. The Tigers need a massive improvement at quarterback, and they might have gotten their guy – at least they hope so – with Myles Brennan coming in from Mississippi. Lowell Narcisse isn’t as good a prospect, but he’s a good enough option to compete for time, too. With the loss of most of the key receivers, in comes help to fill in the holes early on, getting Stephen Guidry from the JUCO ranks, along with big blazers Mannie Netherly and Racey McMath.
The Star of the LSU Tigers Class Is …
S Jacoby Stevens, 6-2, 190, Murfreesboro, TN – An argument could be made that Guidry is the most important signing of the bunch – he could be the No. 1 receiver this year – but Stevens is the best player with the potential to be a central casting safety. He could stand to add a few pounds, and he could end up at receiver and become a matchup nightmare, but if he sticks on the defensive side, he’s dream of a free safety. Alabama, Clemson, Tennessee, Florida State, Georgia, and everyone else you can probably name wanted him.
The LSU Tigers Biggest 2017 Depth Chart Hole Is …
Pass catchers. The Tigers lose a ton off the defense, needing help in the secondary and the defensive front, but the team can’t improve without a better passing game. That’ll be tough without four of the top five receivers – at least in terms of yards – from last year. Malachi Dupre is leaving early for the NFL, with Travin Dural and tight ends DeSean Smith and Colin Jeter both gone, too. It’s LSU, there will always be good prospects, but there’s not a ton of experience.