The annual, two-day Boys From the Boot event helped ring in the new year that is 2018 recruiting, and LSU made a big splash in what is shaping up to be a big numbers-wise 2018 class, specifically from one school in general.
Evangel Brings a HUGE Boom
Billy already covered the three commits from the weekend, so I won’t expound too much here, but Evangel gifted LSU with three prime time commits in Davin Cotton, Micah Baskerville and ArDarius Washington.
Cotton comes in as a top-10 defensive tackle according to 247sports and plays a lot like soon-to-be NFLer Davon Godchaux.
Baskerville is a fast riser already and is a top-10 inside linebacker.
Washington may not have the rankings yet, but watch the tape and it speaks for itself. With an expected big class, Washington is a great guy to have round out your class that won’t get too worried about others at his position or the competition.
The Evangel trio gives LSU 10 commits for the 2018 class to put them as only the fourth school in the nation to have double-digit commits this early, joining the likes of Notre Dame, which has 10 as well, Miami and Penn State, both with 11 already. With the number of this class being predicted from anywhere in the high 20s to reaching even 30, it is paramount to get a quick start.
Other Notes of Interest
With over 50 recruits in attendance this weekend from just Louisiana, the coaching staff looked to put their best foot forward. The headliners in that regard came from the Parkway duo Terrace Marshall and Justin Rogers, who had a tumultuous week after the firing of their high school coach David Feaster after some remarks about Nick Saban and Alabama. Both have expressed some interest in going out of state, and some supposed communication issues with Rogers in the transition to Canada and the new staff complicated some matters. Those have been hashed out, and LSU has things going in the right direction for the talented in-state duo.
Things continue to get better for the once-Alabama commit Dare Rosenthal. Dare continues to maintain his interest in playing on defense at the next level, and with LSU reciprocating the said interest, the Tigers look to be in a good spot for the top-15 defensive tackle.
The first major offseason recruiting event was a success as this new, fully-formed staff looks to put their best foot forward going into the 2017 season. Junior Days and the Spring Game still await the Tigers, and LSU is in a good spot to put together yet another solid class as they continue to ride their momentum from National Signing Day.