clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Merry Flipmas: Gabe Reliford Commits to LSU

Tigers flip a top Louisiana prospect at a position of need

Now that the calendar has flipped to December and bowl games are still a few weeks out, the college football focus is shifting toward recruiting.

The early signing period begins December 20 and LSU took a big step toward bolstering its 2024 class with the addition of defensive lineman Gabriel Reliford out of Evangel Christian Academy.

Reliford was previously committed to Texas A&M but backed off after Jimbo Fisher was fired and defensive line coach Elijah Robinson accepted the defensive coordinator job at Syracuse. LSU pounced immediately. Reliford officially visited LSU on December 1 and de-committed from A&M on the 3rd.

Currently listed at 6’2” and 255, Reliford is listed as an edge but could kick inside once he enrolls at LSU. Reliford is a four-star prospect and a top-10 player in Louisiana. He’s either the 1A or 1B best defensive lineman in the state depending on the recruiting service you look at. It’s him or Acadiana’s Dominic McKinley, who is also a Texas A&M commit and someone you’re hoping the staff can flip before signing day begins.

Getting depth along the interior defensive line has to be a priority for the LSU coaching staff. Jordan Jefferson is out of eligibility once the season is over, and guys like Mekhi Wingo, Maason Smith, and Jacobian Guillory could all declare for the draft. LSU’s got three-star De’Myrion Johnson in the boat and went JUCO for Shone Washington, a New Orleans native and one-time Georgia Bulldog. Adding Reliford and hopefully retaining any combination of Wingo/Smith/Guillory would go a long way toward rebuilding the LSU defense.