LSU closed on a special recruiting class today -- one that finished somewhere in the top 5, depending on which ranking you prefer, and No. 2 overall AND in the SEC in the 247 Sports composite.
Defensive end/linebacker Sci Martin of McDonough 35 High School in New Orleans could still make it in the class within the next few days, but it appears as though the Tigers are done. Here's your final tally, again, thanks to 247 Sports:
Dan and the rest of the recruiting crew will break down these players over the next few months, but obviously there's a ton to like here. LSU had a high-profile whiff on a need player in commit Erick Fowler, but they still loaded up on some talented line-of-scrimmage talent, plus a number of impact defensive backs that will almost definitely all see the field in 2016.
On the offensive line, Donavaughn Campbell could see the field as a reserve next year, while Willie Allen, Jakori Savage and Lloyd Cushenberry are all long-term development types that will provide depth and push for starting spots down the line. That could also be said about this crop of pass-catchers with Drake Davis, Stephen Sullivan, Dee Anderson and Jamal Pettigrew. Although Davis is a very, very unique athlete that could be special if he can learn t push himself to be great.
LSU's defensive front seven will see early benefits from guys like Rashsard Lawrence and Michael Divinity, but watch players like Ed Alexander, Glen Logan and Caleb Roddy down the road. Alexander could be a true nose tackle if Dave Aranda does want to move the defense to a 3-4 front, and Logan and Roddy could both grow into versatile end/tackle combo guys. Roddy, at just 17 years old, could really develop into a unique talent.
In the secondary, Kristian Fulton was the headliner, but don't forget that Eric Monroe was the No. 3 safety in this class, and reports from recruiting types at LSU's camps last summer raved about him, not just as a talent but as a competitor who wanted to be on the field as much as possible against the best offensive players on hand. And Savion Smith is the kind of ballhawk this secondary hasn't had in a couple of seasons.
And of course, there's Lindsey Scott, who may not have been a blue chip quarterback, but is undoubtedly a player LSU will be glad it signed in a few years, whether he's taking snaps or not.
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