The 2018 LSU Recruiting Class. The basic overview of the class, the relative strength, what you need to know if you don’t care about recruiting, the star, and the depth chart hole going into the season.
LSU Recruiting Class Overview
As always, LSU is bringing in a serious group of athletes and talent as it cranks it up in Louisiana. It might not be the killer classes of the last few years, but it’s still fantastic by almost any reasonable standard.
Getting Terrace Marshall in the early part of the signing period was the big get – he’s the crown jewel of a good group of receivers. Landing a trio of outstanding linebackers early – especially 6-6, 255-pound Travez Moore out of Mississippi – to set the tone for the rest of the class.
Moore could end up as a nice defensive end along with Jarell Cherry out of Dallas, Kelvin Joseph is the next great LSU safety, and the defensive tackles signed on are serious – 6-7 Dare Rosenthal and Davin Cotton could be the foundation of the defense a few years from now. But …
The LSU Class Is Heavy On …
The top players are in the linebacking corps and in other spots, but the beef is on the offensive line, starting wit 6-3, 310-pound future guard Chasen Hines out of Texas, and with 6-6, 320-pound Badara Traore a JUCO transfer out of Brooklyn who’ll be a part of the left tackle mix right now.
Most of the line needs to be developed – this is an investment in the future – but Ed Orgeron and his staff know how to crank up the talent on both sides of the lines. There’s strength in numbers here, but there’s talent, too.
The Star of the LSU Class Is …
WR Terrace Marshall Jr., 6-4, 185
Everyone went after him – Florida State was pushing hard, and Alabama, Georgia, Texas, Texas A&M, and all the usual suspects were right there – but he became the key signing for a good LSU class that needs one superstar to be potentially great.
It’s all there. He’s got the height, frame, and NFL upside to do everything right to be the team’s No. 1 target right away. He can get physical, but he’s at his best when he gets to go after the ball.
The LSU Biggest 2018 Depth Chart Hole Is …
The Tigers need the most work in the secondary, and could use help on the O line, but the offense loses the top three receivers including DJ Chark and Russell Gage. It’s not like this group put up massive numbers, but they were effective.
It’s not that LSU will have a hard time filling in the gaps – there’s always talent waiting in the wings – but there’s an opportunity there for Marshall and others to make some noise.