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Orgeron, LSU need to do a better job in-state in the 2019 class

It never ends: National Signing Day is in the books, but for LSU fans, now it’s time to start learning the names they’ll be hearing a whole lot more during the 2019 recruiting cycle.

That list begins at home.

In the 2018 class, Ed Orgeron and his staff succeeded in signing just three of Louisiana’s top seven prospects in the 247Sports composite – one went to TCU (one of the nation’s top five quarterbacks), one went to Mississippi State and two ended up at Kansas.

Though LSU did sign Terrace Marshall, JaMarr Chase and Kelvin Joseph, and fared well with several other four-star prospects, missing out on so many top in-state players is simply not good in a state that lacks other Power Five programs.

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Here’s a look at the top-10 Louisiana prospects in the 2019 class in the 247Sports composite.

Ishmael Sopsher

The particulars: Sopsher (6 feet 5, 279 pounds) is a five-star defensive tackle from Amite (La.) High.
The skinny: The top-rated overall prospect in the nation, Sopsher is naturally a prime target for Orgeron and the Tigers – and for almost everybody else. LSU offered him in October 2016, and he’s already taken an unofficial visit. Simply, the Tigers cannot miss on him.

Derek Stingley

The particulars: Stingley (6-0, 170 pounds) is a five-star cornerback from Baton Rouge (La.) Dunham.
The skinny: The outlook is complicated. Stingley committed to LSU in June 2016, but decommitted last April. Still, LSU appears to be in the mix. Stingley has offers from virtually every major SEC team, most recently Auburn on January 31. He is the grandson of former New England Patriots wide receiver Darryl Stingley, who was paralyzed after a severe neck injury in a 1978 exhibition game.

Kardell Thomas

The particulars: Thomas (6-4, 320 pounds) is a five-star guard from Baton Rouge (La.) Southern Lab.
The skinny: He is committed to LSU and seems extremely unlikely to waver. Thomas, the top-ranked guard in the nation, committed to the Tigers in July 2016 and announced last month that he’s shutting down his recruiting process, an obvious good sign for LSU.

Devonta Lee

The particulars: Lee (6-2, 212 pounds) is a four-star wide receiver from Amite (La.) High.
The skinny: Lee is a top-10 receiver in the 2019 class at a position where the Tigers have needed upgrades for years. That makes him a prime target for Orgeron. LSU offered Lee, a high school teammate of top prospect Ishmael Sopsher, in October 2016.

John Emery Jr.

The particulars: Emery (6-0, 194 pounds) is a four-star running back from Destrehan (La.) High.
The skinny: A top-five running back nationally, Emery already has offers from several other SEC programs, including Alabama, Auburn, Georgia and Tennessee. He’s naturally a target for the Tigers as they seek to boost the ground game following the exit of Derrius Guice.

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