A look at needs, commitments for 2019 recruiting class for Ed Orgeron, LSU

LSU’s 2018 recruiting class was solid and nothing more. While the Tigers signed elite prospects such as Terrace Marshall, Kelvin Joseph and JaMarr Chase, top targets Patrick Surtain Jr. and James Foster signed elsewhere – and both with SEC West rivals.

LSU had the No. 15 class in the nation, the first time since 2012 the Tigers weren’t in the top 10. It also was the No. 5 class in the league.

The Tigers will look to get that bad taste out of their mouth in what is shaping up to be a critical year for Ed Orgeron, both on and off the field. The state of Louisiana has three of the nation’s top 20 prospects and four recruits in the national top 50. Two of the top three are Baton Rouge natives.

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LSU has needs across the roster, but quarterback, running back, cornerback and linebacker appear to be the biggest needs.

We’ve already talked about three top targets for LSU’s 2019 class. Here’s a look at the Tigers’ eight commitments.

RB Tyrion Davis

The particulars: Davis (6 feet 1, 230 pounds) is a four-star prospect from Baton Rouge (La.) Southern Lab School. He committed to LSU on June 19, 2017.
The skinny: A physical runner, Davis also has breakaway speed. He’s one of the top-20 running backs in the country and a top-200 prospect overall. He’s from Baton Rouge, so it seems likely Davis will stand by his commitment. He has received recent offers from Arkansas, Auburn, Tennessee and Oklahoma, and he attended a Junior Day in Norman earlier this month.

ILB Zach Edwards

The particulars: Edwards (6-2, 217 pounds) is a three-star prospect from Starkville (Miss.) High. He committed to LSU on March 3, 2018.
The skinny: Another talented prospect from Mississippi, Edwards is among the top-15 inside linebackers in the country and a top-15 overall prospect in Mississippi in the 2019 class. Edwards, who goes to high school about a mile from Mississippi State’s campus, was offered by LSU on February 7, and committed to the Tigers following a visit to Baton Rouge. Edwards also had offers from Mississippi State, Ole Miss and Texas A&M, among others.

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DT Joseph Evans

The particulars: Evans (6-3, 305 pounds) is a three-star prospect from Haynesville (La.) High. He committed to LSU on October 29, 2017.
The skinny: Evans visited LSU in late October 2017, received an offer and committed right away. Evans, who is among the top-20 overall prospects in Louisiana for the 2019 recruiting cycle, is strong against the run and has good size. Evans is a prospect who could see his stock and national rankings rise as he readies for his senior season.

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