The fax machines have just about run out of paper. There are a couple of LSU Football recruits left on the target list, most notably Sci Martin of New Orleans McDonough 35 High School. The 2016 recruiting class is at the finish line though, and it’s time to welcome the newest Tigers and get ready for spring ball.
Three of the new Tigers on the offensive side of the ball are already on campus: Devin White, Stephen Sullivan and Dee Anderson.
Devin White may not be on offense for long. The 260 lbs athlete is listed initially at RB, the position where he was ranked #5 in the country according to the 247 Composite Rankings.
He is able to play MLB as well and lack of depth at LB, and a logjam in front of him at RB could influence him to take on the role as Kendell Beckwith’s understudy.
WR Stephen Sullivan is another recruit who may make the switch to defense. He is a physically dominant athlete but he doesn’t really have great hands.
He has a massive frame that could easily max out in the 270-280 pound range. This makes him a candidate to do a Marcus Spears and switch from offense to Defensive End.
Dee Anderson is a pure wideout who will not be switched to defense. He has NFL size, speed and hands and will have a chance to fight for playing time as a true freshman.
Drake Davis is joining Dee Anderson in the receiving corps. Davis is a product of the IMG Academy in Florida. Davis has the ability to develop into a legit NFL prospect.
Davis was also a pro soccer prospect and had trouble deciding which sport to pursue. At 6’4″, 215 lbs and running a 4.4 40, he should have a future as a football player.
6’4″ 347 pound Guard Donovaughn Campbell of Pontchatoula gave Tiger fans a scare in the weeks going in to signing day. The long time LSU commit took a late visit to Georgia Tech to visit his older brother, then scheduled a press conference to announce his commitment.
The commitment didn’t waver and he went with LSU as expected. Campbell was ranked in the Top 10 at his position nationally, and he is the kind of big, powerful Guard Les Miles prizes.
He isn’t likely to see the field as a freshman, but when Ethan Pocic moves on to the NFL and Will Clapp slides back into the center position, there will be a big hole to fill at guard.
With both starting tackles moving on to the NFL this spring, Willie Allen is filling a position of immediate need. That could be a good job for the 6’7″ 300 pound tackle, but he is coming from John Curtis’ run heavy attack and may need some time with line coach Jeff Grimes to develop as a pass blocker.
Lindsey Scott is the most intriguing recruit in this class. Unfortunately he may prove to be the most controversial. That’s a lot to handle for a guy who was not even on LSU’s radar until the very end of the recruiting period.
Many have criticized Les Miles for his failure to develop quarterbacks but his fatal flaw in that regard is his habit of putting all of his eggs in one basket when he recruits the position.
The Gunner Kiel flake out is the most memorable recruiting disaster; but the Feleipe Franks “flip” to Florida is right up there. Franks was a solid LSU commit for so long and waited to announce his intention to go elsewhere until it was so late in the process, that LSU was left with no backup plan.
Scott was an exceptionally productive high school quarterback. He is also lacking in stature and has an arm of somewhat questionable strength. Criticisms that were once applied to Joe Montana, Drew Brees and Russell Wilson.
Zachary High School QB Lindsey Scott, Jr. — Photo courtesy of sportsNOLA.com
Scott’s most ardent supporters compare him to Michael Vick, but he does not have Vicks explosive speed or exceptional arm talent.
Most scouts felt that Scott has a talent level comparable to Anthony Jennings: an athletic QB of average skills who would end up at a mid major. Syracuse was his major offer, until both LSU and Maryland were ditched by higher profile recruits at a late hour.
He chose LSU and many in the fan base are very excited. He will not play for the next two years. Danny Etling and Brandon Harris are in a two way race for QB and they each have two years of eligibility remaining.
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Justin Macmillan and Scott are the only QB’s currently on roster that will have eligibility remaining three years from now. They will have the inside track on any 2016 and 2017 recruits (Lowell Narcisse is on top of LSU’s wish list) for the lead spot at that time.
Jakorie Savage Lloyd Cushenberry, and Da’Montie Coxie are the remaining recruits on the offensive side of the ball, with Kicker Connor Culp the lone specialist.
Savage is one of the first recruits LSU signed in this class. He wasn’t highly rated but Offensive Line Coach Jeff Grimes made a point of recruiting him hard and getting his commitment early which is a good sign.
Cushenberry was a very late surprise flip from Mississippi State. The Dutchtown product is a pure Guard and has the talent to compete for a starting position down the line.
Da’Montie Coxie was another early commit who stuck with LSU through the entire recruiting process. He is a tall WR, without great speed but he is able to use his size and strength to leverage position and bring down contested passes.
Connor Culp has one ability that may get him on the field early. He can kick the ball out of the back of the end zone on kickoffs. Since no LSU kicker was able to complete that task last fall, he is a very in demand talent.