Everything you need to know and what actually matters about the 2019 LSU Tigers recruiting class.
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Don’t get caught up in what this class wasn’t. It was among the biggest stories of National Signing Day when LSU lost star DE prospect Byron Young and killer DT Ishmael Sopsher to Alabama, and made it 0-for-3 when it couldn’t land the plane on DE Charles Moore, who signed with Auburn.
Those were three massive, embarrassing losses on prospects who appeared to be right there for Ed Orgeron to sign. Blow it off … Coach O got enough D to be more than just fine.
If Orgeron did get those three, this might have been the No. 1 overall recruiting class. But that’s splitting hairs, considering this is good enough to be considered a sure-thing top five haul of talent. LSU was able to get an embarrassment of riches, again, especially for the defensive side.
Almost nothing was done for the secondary last year, but this class made up for it with three terrific signings and a few versatile prospects who could move around and play in the defensive backfield with a little bit of time. If Derek Stingley Jr. isn’t the top corner prospect, he’s a close No. 2.
The defensive tackles in the 2018 class were good prospects – and there were more of them – but none of them were as promising as 6-3, 330-pound Siaki Ika out of Salt Lake City. He’s going to own the defensive interior when he’s ready for primetime.
Okay, so the defensive ends are a wee bit lacking – yeah, LSU really could’ve used Byron Young – but the linebackers make up for it. Marcel Brooks is an All-SEC talent once he packs on 15 good pounds, and Donte Starks isn’t all that far behind.
If Brooks and Stingley aren’t the best prospects in this class, then it’s Kardell Thomas. 6-4, 330-pound guards aren’t supposed to be this quick. He could stand to drop a bit of the bad weight, but give him a year or so in the LSU weight room and look out.
Eventually, quarterback will be an issue. Joe Burrow might have established himself as the guy for this year, and Myles Brennan is the heir apparent, but there needs to be more in the pipeline. Orgeron didn’t sign one last year – he got Burrow – and Peter Parrish in this year’s class isn’t an elite prospect.
Okay, Cade York, all you have to do is replace a folk hero. Kicker Cole Tracy turns into one of the biggest surprises of the college football season, hitting all 42 of his extra points and going 29-of-33 on field goals. York has to work for the job, but he’ll get every chance to compete for it right away.
This is why you want Ed Orgeron as your head coach. Before last year, there were plenty of skeptics about whether or not he had the chops to get LSU through a nasty schedule, and he more than came through. When it comes to recruiting and landing the talent – those three big misses aside – he’s as good as anyone in the game.