Good news broke yesterday when 2019 Haynesville DL Joseph Evans pulled the trigger on a commitment to LSU. This commitment comes out of the blue as very little was known about Evans prior to yesterday’s commitment. In fact, Evans was not even rated on 247.
Highlights are scant, and don’t seem to be publicly available. So where did all this come from? Well, the staff spent the bye week studying tape for recruiting. We’ve already seen one new offer for 2018, in QB James Foster. Evans is reportedly putting together a strong Junior campaign and is in excellent academic standing (reportedly sports a Yale offer). He’s got legit D1 size at 6’1”-6’2” and 300 pounds. The staff quickly got on the horn with his HS and requested tape and were so impressed they immediately extended an offer.
All in all, this is pretty classic Orgeron stuff. He’s stated repeatedly the key to winning in recruiting is getting in early and Evans is yet to be widely recruited, despite being a 2019 prospect.
It’s impossible to make a value judgment on a recruit when I have nothing but second hand information and zero highlight tape. But suffice it to say if the staff thought he was worthy of an offer AND willing to accept his commitment in such a short span, it’s pretty clear he can play.
This drives LSU up to 7 total commitments for the 2019 signing class, which is currently headlined by a pair of 5-star OL Kenyon Green and Kardell Thomas. The class is currently ranked 4th nationally, but obviously there’s a long road ahead. Orgeron is taking seriously the task of rebuilding LSU’s lines.