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LSU’s biggest needs, top targets on the 2018 recruiting trail

Ed Orgeron

STEVE FRANZ/LSU ATHLETICS

LSU finished with the consensus No. 7 class of the 2017 recruiting cycle, an impressive ranking considering the short time Ed Orgeron and his staff had to recruit once he was given the permanent coaching job.

As impressive as LSU’s haul was, though, the Tigers signed just three of Louisiana’s top-10 prospects; Alabama signed three of the top five.

But Orgeron already has retooled his staff, and it appears to be better-equipped for the recruiting battles this time around.

The Tigers already have five commitments for 2018. Here’s a look at the biggest recruiting priorities for the ’18 class for LSU.

1. Running back: Derrius Guice was a first-team All-SEC pick in 2016 and returns for what he already has said will be his final year in Baton Rouge in 2017. With Guice off to the NFL, Darrell Williams graduating and LSU signing only one back in the 2017 class, LSU will need to cast a wide net to bring in a major national prospect (or two) who can take snaps as a true freshman in 2018.

2. Defensive tackle: This will be a veteran group in 2017, with seniors Christian LaCouture, Greg Gilmore and Frank Herron returning. And the crown jewel of the 2016 class, Rashard Lawrence, should see an increased workload this fall as well. But LSU did not sign a single defensive tackle in the 2015 class, meaning depth and experience will be a problem beginning in 2018.

3. Offensive tackle: LSU’s numbers on the offensive line are just fine, but Les Miles and his staff had taken to recruiting big maulers and playing them out of position (see Ethan Pocic at center). Look for Orgeron to make it a priority to sign athletic big men who can bookend his line.

Read on as recruiting editor Ryan Green takes a look at 10 prospects sure to entice the Tigers in the 2018 class. The players are listed alphabetically.

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