Finishing with five big names deciding Wednesday, the Tigers closed one of the nation’s top classes.
Head of the class
Leonard Fournette, RB, New Orleans/St. Augistine, 6-1, 225
The top-ranked recruit in the country should play early.
Jamal Adams, DB, Lewisville, Texas/Hebron, 6-0, 200
A speedy, highly sought-after prospect to help at safety.
Clifton Garrett, LB, Joliet, Ill./Plainfield South 6-2, 222
Arguably the best player out of the Midwest in years.
Brandon Harris, QB, Bossier City/Parkway, 6-2, 186
One of top dual-threat QBs in nation will compete in spring.
Malachi Dupre, WR, New Orleans/John Curtis, 6-2, 187
Arguably the nation’s No. 1 receiver stays home.
Leonard Fournette, RB, St. Augustine, 6-1, 225
Jamal Adams, DB, Lewisville (Texas) Hebron, 6-1, 197,
Clifton Garrett, LB, Joliet (Illinois) Plainfield South, 6-2, 222
Malachi Dupre, WR, John Curtis, 6-2, 187
Deondre Clark, DE, Oklahoma. City (Okla.) Douglass, 6-3, 240
Brandon Harris, QB, Parkway, 6-2, 186
Travonte Valentine, DT, Hialeah (Fla.) Champagnat Catholic, 6-3, 338
Ed Paris, DB, Arlington (Texas) Timberview, 6-1, 195
Trey Quinn, WR, Barbe, 6-1, 200
Garrett Brumfield, OL, University High, 6-4, 285
Davon Godchaux, DE, Plaquemine, 6-4, 265
Jacory Washington, TE, Westlake, 6-5, 211
Devin Voorhies, ATH, Woodville (Miss.) Wilkinson, 6-1, 185
Williams Clapp, OL, Brother Martin, 6-4, 270,
Darrel Williams, RB, John Ehret, 5-11, 203
Tony Upchurch, WR, Pearland (Texas) Dawson, 6-2, 210
John Battle, DB, Hallandale (Fla.) Hallandale, 6-1, 171
D.J. Chark, WR, Alexandria, 6-1, 176
Sione Teuhema, DE, Keller (Texas) Keller, 6-3, 217
Donnie Alexander, LB, Edna Karr, 6-1, 196
Russell Gage, ATH, Redemptorist, 6-0, 175
Cameron Gamble, K, Flower Mound (Texas), 5-11, 185
Trey Lealaimatafao, DT, San Antonio (Texas) Warren, 6-0, 300
This class gives LSU a boost at its depth-issue spots of receiver, running back and defensive back. At safety, specifically, the Tigers stack what seemed to be an empty cupboard. Jamal Adams and Ed Paris are immediate challengers for starting gigs, and most believe Leonard Fournette will eventually step into the shoes Jeremy Hill, who left early for the NFL. The holes left by Jarvis Landry and Odell Beckham Jr. look to be filled by Trey Quinn and Malachi Dupre.
Paris and Harris are already enrolled and will participate in spring practice. Harris will be part of what’s expected to be the main act this spring — the battle for the starting quarterback job. Harris will compete with favorite Anthony Jennings, junior Stephen Rivers, redshirt freshman Hayden Rettig and senior Rob Bolden.
Defensive back John Battle of Hallandale, Fla., was the first signee to be announced Wednesday. LSU released his signing at 7:18 a.m., beginning a flurry of news. Over the next 70 minutes, LSU announced nine signees. ... LSU signed 11 out-of-state players. That’s about average of the previous five classes: 14 (2013), 9 (2012), 6 (2011), 14 (2010) and 12 (2009).
“The 2014 class always starts with what our needs (are) and replacing those needs with elite players and I feel like we did that. ... This class has a mix of speed, size and strength. They’re good students. Quality group of people. ... This class is a must. It’s an opportunity to replace guys that have graduated from college and replace those juniors that in three years have gone on to the NFL.”