At LSU's "Boys From The Boot" Junior Day event for Louisiana prospects, Les Miles landed a pair of commitments from two of the state's top junior prospects..
Westlake tight-end Jacory Washington was the first to pledge to LSU. Washington is a dynamic receiver from the tight-end position that should be a matchup nightmare for opposing defenses. He checks in at 6'4" 220 pounds and mostly plays receiver for his high school team. But he has the obvious frame to add some weight. Even once he fills out, he's still likely to spend most of his time flexed out as opposed to being lined up beside the offensive tackle. He should be a big time weapon in the red zone and in the middle of the field.
Between Desean Smith (class of 2013) and now Washington, LSU is adding some play makers to the tight-end position that they have not had in quite some time. I suspect that both guys will be frequent targets in the Hayden Rettig / Anthony Jennings era. LSU could still sneak Rummel's Cethan Carter into the mix in one of these next two classes.
Washington's commitment was a bit of a surprise. With offers from Alabama, Texas A&M, Arkansas and others, most believed he would wait before making a decision.
Brother Martin offensive guard Will Clapp also committed to LSU. Clapp's father, Tommy Clapp, played football at LSU in the 1980s. Because of that, most assumed his son Will would be an easy pull for LSU. After receiving early offers from Alabama and Texas A&M in addition to LSU, Clapp performed his due diligence and checked out all three schools. Clapp did not appear ready to make a decision, but he had apparently seen everything he needed to see so he pulled the trigger today.
As far as offensive guards go, Clapp is pretty lean at 6'3" 270. But he's tough as hell, very strong, and plays with a mean streak that you absolutely love to see. He'll eventually get up to 300 pounds, but he'll be able to add good weight in LSU's strength and conditioning program.
It's a tad too early for ranking the 2014 prospects, but it's tough to see how both Washington and Clapp won't be among the state's top ten players. Both guys probably fall in that 5 to 10 range.
Here are some highlights of the two newest Tigers:
Jacory Washington-2013-TE-Westlake HS (via 247SportsStudio)
NUC - Jacory Washington - U100 Southwest 2012 - 10th Grade TE MVP - National Underclassmen (via NUCfootball)
Will Clapp vs St Augustine 9 8 12 (via Sonny Shipp)