LSU wrapped up National Signing Day Classic™ with three new members of the class in running back Kevontre Bradford, defensive back Dwight McGlothern and receiver Alex Adams.
That threesome brings the Tigers to 22 total signees for the 2020 recruiting cycle, giving Ed Orgeron three spots up against the 25 letters of intent limit. They can either use those spots on additional players, either late high school signees, or transfer players.
Of course, one of the big fish still available, as of press time, is five-star defensive linemen Jordan Burch. The Columbia, South Carolina native ended a second signing ceremony verbally committed to the hometown Gamecocks, but without a signed letter to make the pledge binding.
Here’s what we know: multiple reports indicate that Burch’s mother has refused to sign his letter, and rumor has it she would prefer her son at LSU, while he wants to stay close to home, and teammates, signing with Will Muschamp’s Gamecocks.
There’s no question LSU will attempt to work the situation and see if they can flip Burch. He’d be a major capper to a class that’s already the highest-scoring class the program’s had in the 247 Composite Era. That said, here’s hoping the young man gets to make up his own mind. As great as it would be to sign Burch, he won’t be successful at a school if his heart isn’t in it.
Orgeron, for his part, stayed mum on the situation in his signing day presser:
More talk about the Bo Pelini hire, and the continued search for Joe Brady’s replacement. We’ll try to have more on that later in the week.
Lineman recruit CamRon Jackson may yet sign if he gets his grades in order. Transfers would likely be determined after spring, but inside linebacker and quarterback are obvious areas where the staff may look for some experienced depth.
There’s a lot of temptation to look at Signing Day Classic™ as a disappointment now, because...well...there’s no comparison when you land as many studs as the Tigers did in December. But it’s important to remember that they did, in fact, land those players. Arik Gilbert and Elias Ricks and Jacquelin Roy and Jacobian Guillory and BJ Ojulari and Kayshon Boutte and Phillip Webb. This final stretch was mostly about filling needs, and Orgeron and Co. succeeded in that, for the most part. Bradford, in my opinion, fits the offense LSU’s running now very well as a one-cut, downhill speed guy. Alex Adams may not be Jermaine Burton or Rakim Jarrett but he’s a solid speed guy, which can always fit in. And McGlothern is the big, physical type of corner Corey Raymond usually has success with.
Another defensive lineman would’ve been nice, but doesn’t break the class with the other guys that are already in. And who knows — maybe there’s still more story to write there?