LSU’s 2018 recruiting class was slightly disappointing. The Tigers had the nation’s No. 15 class, which was good for just fifth in the league, and it was the first time they finished outside the top 10 since 2012.
LSU signed only three players in the national top-150, and while they reeled in nine of the state’s top 14 players, the Tigers managed to land just three of the top seven.
That makes the 2019 class an especially important one for coach Ed Orgeron. In addition to missing out on some in-state stars in 2018, the Tigers didn’t sign a quarterback and five-star cornerback Patrick Surtain Jr. – who was considered a LSU lock – signed with Alabama.
Louisiana is chalk-full of talented prospects in 2019, including three five-star prospects (one is an LSU commitment) and six top-100 recruits. Here are three top targets for Orgeron and LSU in this recruiting cycle.
RB Noah Cain
The particulars: Cain (5 feet 11, 207 pounds) is a five-star prospect from Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy.
The skinny: LSU did a solid job in 2018 at running back with the signings of three-star prospect Tae Provens and four-star recruit Chris Curry. But neither is true marquee talent like Cain, who is a top-five running back and a top-30 prospect overall. LSU has liked Cain for some time, as the Tigers offered in October 2016, when Cain was at Denton (Texas) Guyer. Cain is wanted by basically everyone, so LSU faces stiff competition. But there’s no doubt he’s a LSU priority; he attended LSU’s recent Junior Day, then the whole LSU offensive staff was at IMG on February 1 to check in on Cain.
WR Devonta Lee
The particulars: Lee (6-2, 212 pounds) is a four-star prospect from Amite (La.) High.
The skinny: LSU signed the top receiver in Louisiana in 2018; that was Terrace Marshall, who also was the No. 1 receiver nationally. Lee currently is the top receiver in Louisiana for 2019 as well as one of the top-10 receivers nationally and a top-50 prospect overall. He has excellent size, runs well and is known for his physical nature. He has made numerous unofficial visits to LSU, which is about 60 miles southwest of Amite. LSU offered him during his sophomore season. There’s another reason he is a big priority for the Tigers, too.
DT Ishmael Sopsher
The particulars: Sopsher (6-5, 279 pounds) is a five-star prospect from Amite (La.) High
The skinny: Sopsher is the other highly touted prospect from Amite High. Actually. Sopsher is the most highly touted prospect in the nation, ranking No. 1 overall at this point of the recruiting process. Keeping high-level talent in Louisiana is a top priority for the LSU, and that is never truer than when it comes to Sopsher, who received his offer from LSU in October 2016. Getting both Sopsher and Lee would be a coup for LSU. But Sopsher is more important. Sopsher is a dominant defensive lineman, and given his status, his proximity to the LSU campus and Orgeron’s reputation as a prime developer of d-line talent, Sopsher basically is a “must-sign” recruit for the Tigers in 2019.
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