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Hold that Tiger: Naquan Brown Commits to LSU

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Tigers add another piece to a strong defensive line class

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LSU picked up another commitment to its 2021 recruiting class late Wednesday afternoon when four-star defensive end Naquan Brown pledged to the Tigers.

The Virginia Beach, Virginia native picked LSU over other programs like Miami, Penn State and Virginia Tech. Brown is the No. 11 weakside defensive end in 247’s composite, the No. 7 prospect in the state of Virginia and the No. 194 overall prospect.

Brown is currently listed at 6’3” and 205 pounds. He’ll definitely need to put on weight, the question is how much. If the coaching staff wants Brown to be a true 4-3 defensive end, expect Brown to add about 25 to 30 pounds. Per 247’s evaluation, that shouldn’t be a problem for his frame.

“Long athlete with good shoulder width. Plenty of room to add 25 pounds. Offers position flexibility as defensive end or outside linebacker,” Brian Dohn of 247 said. “Plus athleticism. Very good burst at snap. Plays fast and is fearless. Willing to sacrifice body to make play. Possesses flexibility to dip shoulder and accelerate around edge. Changes direction well. Athleticism to drop into coverage.”

Ed Orgeron said LSU was going to start casting a wide net in its recruiting efforts and so far that’s been exactly the case with the 2021 class. Of the 13 commits, 11 are from outside Louisiana. The Tigers have commitments from players in California, Georgia, Florida, Michigan, Mississippi, Ohio, Texas and now Virginia.

Brown’s pledge gives LSU four defensive line commits. Brown joins four-stars defensive ends Landon Jackson from Texarkana, Texas, Saivion Jones from St. James and three-star defensive tackle Anthony Hundley from Miami. The Tigers are still the favorite to sign five-star defensive tackle and Louisiana’s No. 1 ranked prospect Maason Smith from Houma.