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Reviewing the 2015 LSU Football Commitments

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It's recruiting season, so let's take a look at where the 2015 class stands thus far.

National Signing Day is fast approaching, and beyond bowl prep, the coaching staff will set its sights on securing another top 10 signing class. LSU's current class sits at 17th nationally in the 247 Sports Team Composite Rankings. That's a strong, but disappointing ranking, considering LSU currently sits with 15 commitments and six SEC schools rank ahead of the Tigers to date, with Ole Miss and Arkansas nipping right at LSU's heels. LSU finished last season with the consensus number two class in the nation, but this year the Tigers will need to close strong to nail down a top 10 class.

Let's take a look at the current 2015 commitments.

Kevin Tolliver II, 5-Star

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With the potential/likely departure of Rashard Robinson, Toliver is one of very few in this 2015 class that could step in and meet those expectations of what Robinson did last year.

Paul

This summer, many speculated Tolliver could be the no. 1 player in the entire 2015 signing class. Throughout the season, his stock has taken a small dip, and while he's still considered a 5-star prospect, all of the major services rank him somewhere in the 2-5 range at DB, rather than the consensus no. 1 guy.

No matter, Tolliver looks the part of the quintessential LSU corner. At 6'2", 185 pounds, he's built like a college corner and should factor in to the mix early next season, particularly considering the uncertain status of Rashard Robinson and potential early NFL departures from Jalen Mills and Jalen Collins. Some question Tolliver's fluidity and ability to thrive in coverage in man situations, so it's not entirely out of the question that he may be destined for safety. That said, he's a big, physical player that loves to punish players at the line of scrimmage.

Tolliver started flirting around with several schools this Fall, but after his recent visit, I don't suspect he's looking to flip. Expect Tolliver to contribute early in 2015.

Maea Teuhema, 5-Star

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Just an absolute monster out on the edge.  If Grimes can shed some of his weight, I could see him staying at tackle and being a force.

Paul

Teuhema is a massive OL prospect that currently plays tackle for Keller High School. He carries around 340 pounds without looking soft, and he's exceptionally light on his feet for a prospect of that size. There's a shot he could factor into the 2015 OL, especially in the two-deep, considering his natural size, athleticism and strength. LSU is set to lose both it's starting LT and starting OC from 2014, with the possibility of losing the LG and RT to the NFL as well. The more departures, the more likely Teuhema factors into the mix. He may be a natural fit for the RG spot, at least early on, with his ability to mash in the run game.

Derrius Guice, 4-Star

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One electrifying running back and could take up the role being left by Magee. Always a home-run threat each time he touches the ball and can be solid receiving out of the backfield.

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Baton Rouge's own flirted early and often, but committed to LSU back in May and from all reports remains a solid commitment, despite the presence of Leonard Fournette. Considering LSU will lose two of its top three backs from 2014, and loves to split carries, Guice is almost certainly staring at some early playing time.

Guice is a phenomenal back in his own right. At 5'11" and 215, he sports SEC-ready size. Guice is a do-it-all type of back that displays great footwork, balance and explosion. He's the type of guy that can get in space, make a defender miss and house it. Rivals recently upgraded him to a 5-star. He's an Army All-American. He looks to be the perfect lighting to the thunder of Fournette and Williams. Don't be surprised if he's LSU's second best back in 2015.

Nick Brossette, 4-Star

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Longtime producer in the high school ranks, plays a lot bigger than his 207 lb. weight but can still make people miss.

Paul

Brossette, also of Baton Rouge, is another RB to add to the mix and a talented one at that. At 6'0", 207, he's a bit taller and a bit slimmer than Guice. Brossette lacks the high-end athleticism and general explosiveness that Guice features. He's well put together, and more of a one-cut back that looks to get downfield. He's got nice, soft hands, which could make him a factor in the passing game. He does a little bit of everything well, and maybe nothing great. I'd probably rank him behind Fournette, Darrel Williams and Guice from a talent perspective. Yet, it's essential to acknowledge that he's a top 200 player and a Power 5 starter type talent... we're just ridiculously spoiled.

There were some rumors that Brossette may flip to Texas, who are hot after him. My stance on this is that no Baton Rouge Lab kid is getting out of state unless the coaches let him.

Xavier Lewis, 4-Star

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Not sure if he can stay at corner, but could be a solid performer in the secondary.  Has that ability to play either corner or safety, something Raymond likes back there.

Paul

Lewis' on again, off again commitment status with LSU is well noted, at this point. However, it'd be highly surprising if he wound up anywhere but Baton Rouge this fall. Lewis sports good size, standing at 6'0", 175 pounds. He showed out well during Nike's the Opening. He's not the athletic marvel of a guy like Tre White, but he's fiercely competitive. He could slot nicely into the nickel back spot currently occupied by Dwayne Thomas. Considering LSU's current depth at CB, a RS could be in order, but we've shown a propensity to rotate young guys in early, or even get them exposure via special teams, and Lewis seems like the type of guy that could fit that bill.

David Ducre, 4-Star

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One of my favorite commits in this class so far.  Can take over the role Hilliard will be leaving while also being a punishing blocker.  Ducre leading the way for Fournette?  Frightening.  Paging Howard Matthews.

Paul

The Mandeville product is one of the most interesting players in the 2015, LSU commit or not. At 5'11, 240 pounds, many sites project his future at FB, though his overall athletic ability stands out in camp settings. Rivals recently boosted him up their rankings and rated him as a RB. As you can see from the tape, Ducre isn't your everyday 3-yards and a cloud of dust FB. The guy can really move. Whether or not the staff likes him at FB or tailback remains unclear, but I'm guessing he can serve in a hybrid role similar to that of Jacob Hester and Kenny Hilliard.

Jazz Ferguson, 4-Star

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A springy athlete to go with a tall frame, but can we get someone that can get the ball in his hands?

Paul

At 6'5", 205 pounds, Ferguson adds yet another large target to the LSU passing game, something Adam Henry's sought to do the past few classes. Ferguson is a big, long-strider, who is deceptively quick in the open field. His best attribute is clearly his size, but he'll need to get to work refining his game before he can become a viable target in the LSU passing attack.

Adrian Magee, 3-Star

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Appears to be a utility o-lineman that could wind up finding his home at guard.  Solid size and a good athlete to go with it.

Paul

Magee is a big-bodied OL, standing at 6'5", 315 pounds, from Franklinton, LA. He's not the most athletic guy, but his long arms and projectible frame make him an intriguing prospect. A RS year to tighten up his body (one of the staff's major concerns), and work on his technique, will probably serve him well. Then again, much like Teuhema, if there's a high number of departures on the OL, he could factor in early.

Isaiah Washington, 3-Star

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May need some time to improve but could become a solid defensive end with a good frame to build on.

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Washington is one of those players we'll send first off the bus. 6'4" and 240 pounds, he looks the part of a college defensive end already. My initial impression is that he could be a Ken Adams or Lavar Edwards type of run defender, and possible early contributor. He turned in a pretty fantastic senior season and he looks more athletic than I recall. He's not the athlete of Danielle Hunter or Barkevious Mingo, but LSU's thin DE depth chart gives him a great shot at early PT.

Matt Womack, 3-Star

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An underrated recruit that Grimes loves and has the size Grimes covets.  What's not to love?

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Womack is a guy who started popping up on the recruiting scene this summer, quickly earning a slew of offers after impressive camp performances. He's got an official visit to Alabama scheduled in a couple of weeks, and there's legitimate reason to be concerned that he may flip there or Ole Miss. As a player, he's an early enrollee and a big, mean, nasty OL. If he sticks with the good guys, there's a good shot he could play next season.

Bry'Keithon Mouton, 3-Star

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Not quite sure where he fits.  Could be molded into a fullback ala Melvin Jones or could be an H-back type player (although Cameron would have to make changes to the offense for that)

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Mouton doesn't possess prototypical size for a TE, at just 6'1", 230 pounds, but he's got a sticky set of hands and flashes some nice athleticism. He looks like a prototypical h-back that we could line up all over the field and utilize in different, creative ways. Mouton's a willing blocker, as well.

Jeremy Cutrer, 3-Star

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Loves his film when he was a high school senior, love his rangy athleticism at the safety position.

Paul

Cutrer is a rangy safety prospect that originally committed to the 2013 class, but failed to make the grades. He spent the last two years at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. Obviously the staff liked him enough to re-visit after getting his grades in order. Cutrer should contribute immediately.

Hanner Shipley, 3-Star

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You see Dillon Gordon? That's the role Shipley is going to play and definitely has some good bloodlines playing in his favor.

Paul

Shipley will come in to fulfill the role left vacant by Logan Stokes graduating. At 6'5", 285 pounds, it'll be interesting to see if Shipley sticks at TE or finds himself playing OL, something Grimes has done a time or two before.

Justin McMillan, 3-Star

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A little on the short side, but Cameron likes him.  Will he ever use him (Get it?  It's a Harris joke)? And can McMillan help make a late push for Lodge?

Paul

The 3-star gunslinger earned an offer this summer by impressing Cam Cameron in camp settings. McMillan is a smaller QB and the HS teammate of stud WR Damarkus Lodge. The lefty's got a quick release and throws a pretty nice deep ball. Ideally, we could RS him to give him some space from Brandon Harris. I do think he's more of a project QB, but considering the poor performance of our current crop, he may just have a chance to contribute.

Blake Ferguson, 2-Star

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The best long snappers are the ones you never hear their name mentioned. His older brother Reid has been very solid, I imagine Blake will follow suit.

Paul

Younger brother of Reid, Blake will presumably step on campus and assume big bro's post of our long-snapping specialist by 2016.