With most of the National Letters of Intent signed and sent, National Signing Day has been wrapped up, and now it’s time to grade the LSU football recruiting class for 2017.
Well, technically, you could call this a semi-full recruiting cycle for Ed Orgeron in Baton Rouge considering the fact he took over for Les Miles as the interim head coach in September.
It’s a lot more time than most new head coaches get. And Orgeron certainly did well with what he had to work with. On top of holding the class together, he somehow found a way to build upon it and land the Tigers in the top 10 of the 2017 recruiting class rankings — and in the top three of the SEC class rankings.
With that said, let’s take a look at the entire LSU football recruiting class from 2017, and hand out a few grades.
The bulk of the reasoning for this grade is the fact Myles Brennan can sling the rock with the best of ’em in the class. But Lowell Narcisse is coming off of two torn ACLs in his high school career, and the current quarterback situation is already shaky.
Running Back: C-
Sure, it’s okay for now because Derrius Guice is replacing Leonard Fournette. But there needed to be another tailback in this LSU football recruiting class besides Clyde Edwards-Helaire, a 3-star prospect and the No. 25 running back in the nation. The Tigers swung and missed on Cam Akers, as he picked FSU.
Wide Receiver: C+
This was another area where Ed Orgeron’s staff came up with less than it thought it would. LSU wound up with 4-star wide receiver Mannie Netherly, a former Texas A&M commit, and Racey McMath, but it could have been so much better. Four-star JUCO receiver Stephen Guidry decided to stay at the junior college level at the last minute, and 4-star receiver Jhamon Ausbon flipped his commitment to Texas A&M. Dameyune Craig’s impending firing probably played a big factor there.
Tight End: F
Orgeron came up empty, as there were zero tight ends in this LSU football recruiting class.
Offensive Line: B
LSU did manage to hold on to Saahdiq Charles, Austin Deculus and Edward Ingram during the transition from Les Miles to Orgeron. All three are 4-star offensive guards. But the staff only signed one offensive tackle, and that was 3-star recruit Seth Stewart.
Defensive Line: A
One of the biggest surprises was 5-star defensive end K’Lavon Chaisson picking the Tigers over Texas. He has star potential. They also ended up with 3-star defensive ends Justin Thomas and Aaron Moffitt go with him. And LSU signed two 4-star defensive tackles with Tyler Shelvin and Neil Farrell despite Florida State’s attempt to flip Farrell at the last second.
You have to admit. It was a clutch move by Orgeron to flip 4-star inside linebacker Jacob Phillips from Oklahoma after getting the kid on campus for an unofficial visit late in the cycle. That was astonishing. LSU also ended up signing 4-star outside linebacker Tyler Taylor. But it would have been nice if the staff could have added one more to that group. If Miles were still in Baton Rouge, it probably would have been Dylan Moses.
Defensive Backs: A+
Get ready for the DBU debate to heat up even more. Four-star prospect Kary Vincent Jr. is one of the elite cornerbacks in the country, and the Tigers staved off Texas, as the Longhorns tried to flip him late. This LSU football recruiting class also boasts 5-star safety JaCoby Stevens, 4-star safety Grant Delpit and 4-star safety Todd Harris to go along with Vincent. Now that is impressive.
LSU Football Recruiting Class Overall Grade: B
Note: Scout rankings and ratings used in this article.