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Tigers welcome five freshmen early enrollees

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A handful of 2016 recruits should begin classes this week.

Crystal LoGiudice-USA TODAY Sports

Spring semester classes begin today for LSU, and per the Advocate today five members of LSU's 2016 recruiting class are hitting campus this week or early next: Savion Smith, Michael Divinity, Dee Anderson, Devin White and Stephen Sullivan.

LSU will likely confirm the five when they have all officially enrolled and started their first class (this is when the 5 to play 4 eligibility clock starts officially), and we will update once that confirmation is released.

EDIT. NOTE: Looks like LSU's confirming four out of the five.

Ross Dellenger's report confirms Smith, White and Sullivan as already on campus, with Divinity starting later this week and Anderson on Monday. All students have until the 14th day of class to enroll for the semester full-time.

All five guys will take part in spring practices, and I would imagine Divinity and Smith have the best shots at early playing time. For one, they're both really good -- two of the four highest-rated players in the class, per the 247 Sports composite. Smith is a five-star cornerback with a real nose for the football, something that's been missing from LSU's defensive backfield for the last few seasons. Divinity fills a huge need; pending Kendell Beckwith's decision on the NFL Draft the Tigers could have just four other scholarship linebackers this spring. Divinity would make five, and given what we've seen from upperclassmen Duke Riley and Donnie Alexander, the chance to jump up the depth chart is pretty big.

Obviously, that would also depend on what changes new defensive coordinator Dave Aranda makes to the defense, and whether he moves any defensive ends to more of a linebacker role as well.

Anderson will fit in well at wide receiver, but Sullivan and White could be interesting wild cards. White will definitely start out at running back, but may find that linebacker depth chart too thin to resist. And while Sullivan was recruited as a receiver all the way, he definitely has the body type and physical skill-set to transition to linebacker or defensive end/edge rusher as well. Although that may be more of a down-the-road discussion.