LSU was hoping for a big finish to its 2018 recruiting class. Instead, Wednesday was a disappointment, and it finished off a somewhat disappointing recruiting cycle.
LSU figures to finish with a class ranked between 12th and 15th, and this will be the first Tigers class to be ranked outside the top 10 since 2012. Given Ed Orgeron’s reputation as a top-notch recruiter, he is going to feel some heat.
Recruiting editor Ryan Green on the class
LSU’s 2018 recruiting class is all about the lines of scrimmage. LSU did a terrific job in addressing both lines. Among the prospects are four-star DTs Davin Cotton and Dare Rosenthal, four-star OT Badara Traore and four-star talent Chasen Hines, who played on both sides of the ball in high school. LSU also reeled in an impressive group of receivers with five-star prospect Terrace Marshall and four-star prospects Ja’Marr Chase and Kenan Jones. Four-star S Kelvin Joseph was a nice NSD pickup. But LSU did suffer some misses on signing day, most notably five-star CB Patrick Surtain Jr., a long-time LSU lean who instead chose Alabama. And there is no quarterback, which hurts. Grade: B-minus
WR Ja’Marr Chase: Chase (6 feet 1, 195 pounds) is a four-star prospect from Metairie (La.) Archbishop Rummel, in the New Orleans suburbs. He is among the top-15 wide receivers in the country as well as a top-100 prospect overall. Chase was committed to Florida for almost four months before decommitting November 8. LSU always had been in play, though, and his addition gives the Tigers one of the the best wide receiver classes in the country.
S Kelvin Joseph: Joseph (6-1, 191 pounds) is a four-star prospect from Baton Rouge (La.) Scotlandville Magnet, which is about 12 miles from LSU’s campus. He is one of the top-five safeties in the nation and a top-50 prospect overall. Joseph always was seen as an LSU lean, and he committed to the Tigers in early January.
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LB Micah Baskerville: Baskerville (6-0, 210 pounds) is a four-star prospect from Shreveport (La.) Evangel Christian Academy. A top-15 inside linebacker in the nation, he already is enrolled.
DE Jarell Cherry: Cherry (6-3, 225), a four-star prospect from Dallas Carter, signed with LSU on the second day of the early signing period. He is a national top-200 prospect and one of the top-25 recruits in Texas.
LB Damone Clark: Clark (6-2, 220 pounds) is a four-star inside linebacker prospect from Baton Rouge (La.) Southern Lab. He committed to LSU in January 2017.
DT Davin Cotton: Cotton (6-1, 262 pounds) is a four-star prospect from Shreveport (La.) Evangel Christian Academy. The lightest of LSU’s five defensive tackle signees, Cotton had been committed to the Tigers since February. He is an early enrollee.
RB Chris Curry: Curry (5-11, 200 pounds) is a four-star prospect from Lehigh Acres (Fla.) Lehigh, near Fort Myers. Curry, who committed in June, picked the Tigers over the likes of Florida, Ole Miss, Tennessee and Michigan.
DT Chasen Hines: Hines (6-3, 335 pounds) is a four-star prospect from Marshall (Texas) High. He played offensive line in high school but is projected as a defensive lineman in college, and he is a national top-250 prospect.
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