As noted yesterday, LSU is hosting a gaggle of visitors from across the country this weekend. The annual Junior Day has once again proven to be a smashing success for the LSU coaching staff as stud LB, Patrick Queen, committed on the spot after receiving his LSU offer. Cam Cameron is listed as his primary recruiter, so score one for the offensive coordinator without a new contract.
Queen was largely believed to be an LSU lean. 247 currently lists Queen as an "Athlete" and he ranks 310th nationally. As a running back, he rushed for 1,887 yards and 24 TDs last season. Here's his Junior highlights:
As a RB he reminds me of Alfred Blue, with a tall, physical build, and somewhat upright running style. He doesn't show a ton of shake on film, but he's a good one-cut and go type runner. His top end speed is probably more on the average side, but I do like the way he runs with vigor... his legs are always churning, which enables him to turn a couple gains into extra yardage with sheer power and want to.
All that said, I believe he's been recruited as a LB. Shea Dixon confirmed the commit calling him an OLB:
Not quite sure what to make of that. At 6'1", 215, Queen is about the size of the typical Chavis-styled LB. It seems on the smaller side for an OLB in a 3-4 Okie, though his tape flashes some edge ability. I'm curious where the staff projects his skills. He's likely going to grow out of a safety body, though he does show some nice flexibility and ability to turn and drop in coverage. I think Queen finds his way to the defensive side of the football, but I'm not sure if he's an OLB or an ILB in Aranda's new scheme.
Stay tuned for more. I suspect LSU may not be done for the day.