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Early Signing Day Recap

A drama-free Wednesday for LSU

Texas A&M v LSU Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images

Wednesday was the start of the early signing period for college football, and while most schools nervously awaited the decisions of recruits LSU had no such drama.

Brian Kelly and his staff came into Wednesday with 27 players committed to LSU’s 2024 class, and all 27 players signed their letters of intent. 24 of the 27 signed and faxed over their LOIs before Chick Fil A stops serving breakfast. Of the 27 commits, 14 will be enrolling early.

“I’ve said this since I got here, we’re going to build this program on freshmen,” Brian Kelly said. “Last year, we had to bring in a number of transfers because that was necessary from where the program was. This year, we’ve brought in three. You can see the shift in transition toward developing our players, giving them the opportunity to grow within our program and then we have to put it on the field.”

If you break down LSU’s class you’ll see that the Tigers recruited pretty much exclusively along the Gulf Coast. Of the 27 signees, 17 are from Louisiana, six are from Texas, and LSU cherrypicked one player each from Mississippi, Georgia, and Florida. The farthest LSU cast its net was to North Carolina to bring in Ethan Calloway.

Speaking of offensive linemen, that continues to be the strongest position group LSU signed. Two years ago Brad Davis brought in Will Campbell and Emery Jones, last year’s class was headlined by Lance Heard, and this year’s class has five linemen, and has a chance to add a sixth.

There’s still a few targets LSU is hoping to land before everything is all said and done and we turn our attention to the 2025 class. I mentioned above LSU’s got five offensive linemen signed and has a chance for a sixth. That will be known on Friday when Coen Echols, a four-star center from Katy, Texas, will announce his decision. Echols was committed to Texas A&M but backed off not long after Jimbo got the axe. A&M’s still in contention, but LSU and Auburn have made some late pushes.

Two more players LSU will try to flip are also Aggie commits. What’s more, both are five-star prospects: defensive tackle Dominick McKinley and Terry Bussey, a top-20 overall player and the No. 1 athlete in the class. Both players are expected to announce their decisions in February. For whatever it’s worth, McKinley—Louisiana’s No. 1 prospect—was supposed to sign this week, but has pushed back that decision in light of the changes at Texas A&M. Bussey is a similar story.

LSU’s class is currently ranked 12th in the nation but that ought to change should the Tigers add any combination of Echols/McKinley/Bussey. For now though, here’s LSU’s 2024 class as it currently stands:

  • Trey’Dez Green (Four-star TE)
  • Dashawn McBryde (Four-star S)
  • Kylan Billiot (Four-star WR)
  • Jelani Watkins (Four-star WR)
  • Weston Davis (Four-star OT)
  • Caden Durham (Four-star RB)
  • Tylen Singleton (Four-star LB)
  • Ju’Juan Johnson (Four-star CB)
  • Michael Turner (Four-star WR)
  • Kolaj Cobbins (Four-star EDGE)
  • Davhon Keys (Four-star LB)
  • Joel Rogers (Four-star S)
  • Colin Hurley (Four-star QB)
  • Gabriel Reliford (Four-star EDGE)
  • CJ Jackson (Four-star EDGE)
  • Xavier Atkins (Three-star LB)
  • Khayree Lee (Three-star IOL)
  • Ethan Calloway (Three-star OT)
  • Bernard Causey (Three-star CB)
  • PJ Woodland (Three-star CB)
  • Josephy Cryer (Three-star IOL)
  • Shone Washington* (Three-star DT)
  • Wallace Foster (Three-star CB)
  • Ahmad Breaux (Three-star EDGE)
  • Ory WIlliams (Three-star OT)
  • De’Myrion Johnson (Three-star DL)
  • Aeron Burrell (Three-star K)

*JUCO