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Coen Echols Signs with LSU

Tigers have maybe the best offensive line class in the country

LSU’s offensive line is in good hands for the foreseeable future.

On Wednesday we knew LSU signed five offensive linemen to its 2024 recruiting class. Well now we know that number is actually six as four-star Coen Echols announced Friday he also signed with LSU.

“The camaraderie within this team is unmatched,” Echols said to On3. “The players are really close. I don’t think anyone can break that bond — not just the OL but the whole team. Their coaches have a true passion for their players.”

Echols is one of the best interior linemen in the 2024 class and projects to play center at the next level. Charles Turner is declaring for the 2024 NFL Draft so the starting center job going into next season will likely be between Echols and DJ Chester.

Hailing from Katy, Echols was committed to Texas A&M but backed off after the coaching change. While A&M never gave up on their pursuit of Echols, LSU and Auburn both jumped into the race, but LSU got the ever important official visit the weekend before signing day.

“The official visit was great. They showed me what they had to offer and there’s a lot in Louisiana,” Echols said to On3. “The coaching staff showed they wanted me as well. Coach Kelly was preaching to me that I was a priority, that they need me here.”

I write this every time an offensive linemen commits to LSU, but it’s crazy seeing Kelly make good on his reputation for having strong lines. Brad Davis might be the best offensive line coach/recruiter in the country. In three years the man landed Will Campbell and Emery Jones in 2022, five-star Lance Heard in ‘23, and the ‘24 class has five-star Weston Davis, four-stars Echols and Ethan Calloway, and a pair of three-stars in Jo Cryer and Khayree Lee.

“He’s a mentor and he has a lot of experience in that field. That’s why he produces so many offensive linemen,” Echols said. “We have a close relationship. Not only have I met him, his son, his wife … we’ve been really close throughout the entire recruiting process. We’ve always aligned, always stayed in touch and made me feel like I was a priority.”

I had mentioned in Wednesday’s signing day recap Echols was one of three prospects LSU was hoping to add late to its class. So far they’re 1-1, now we wait for February and the decisions of five-star DT Dominick McKinley and five-star athlete Terry Bussey. LSU’s class is now ranked 9th nationally with the addition of Echols.