LSU’s enormous 2020 defensive line haul snagged its biggest pickup today with four-star Baton Rouge defensive lineman Jaquelin Roy making it official as a Tiger.
The defensive line went through a massive overhaul last month, reeling in Eric Taylor, Patrick Jenkins, Jalen Lee and Ali Gaye in a little over a week. Even with that, LSU fans still wanted more, specifically two linemen from the state of Louisiana. After Jacobian Guillory announced he would be waiting until December, everyone turned their focus to the former LSU commit Roy. Nearly five months later from his de-commitment from LSU in February, but announced today that he has committed to the Tigers once more.
The recently-anointed top player in the state who plays his high school football right on campus for University Lab picked LSU over rival Alabama, which initially got him to re-think his initial commit but fell short in the end. While we do still have to wait until December for the ink to meet paper, it says something that you re-commit to the in-state school.
Roy is an absolutely disruptive force, sporting one of the fastest first steps I’ve seen from a guy that is 290 pounds. When he lines up on the end (where he’ll play at LSU), offensive tackles stand no chance. It’s not just his athleticism linemen have to worry about either, as Roy boasts elite strength if he catches them flat-footed. There’s not many linemen, either offensive or defense, that look ready for the next level, but not many are like Roy, who is in great shape, boasts off-the-chart athleticism and now dons the home state purple and gold.
Adding Roy to this defensive line class gives Dennis “Meatball” Johnson one of the best in LSU history. With Rashard Lawrence and Breiden Fehoko both graduating after this season, there are voids to be filled on the starting lineup and Roy is a perfect fit to plug right in there.