2021 LSU Football By Position: Wide Receivers
A relatively young but deep wide receiver crew looks to be a strength for LSU heading into 2021.
Replacing the trio of Justin Jefferson, Ja’Marr Chase and Terrace Marshall went as well as one could have ever expected. The quality and star power of the new wave of Tigers at the receiver position are impressive.
Kayshon Boutte (6-0, 185, 4.37)
With 45 catches for 735 yards and five TD’s in ’20, the No. 1 prospect in Louisiana from 2020 signing classes left everyone wanting to see what he can do next. In the season finale, his 14 catches for an SEC-record 308 yards with three touchdowns against Ole Miss demonstrated how great he can be.
The Westgate High product shows tremendous acceleration, excellent hands and precise route running. He recorded 100 yards or more in the final three games of 2020. Boutte is a clear top wideout.
Jeray Jenkins (6-4, 196)
The junior tallied 23 catches for 397 yards and two TD’s. He could develop into a Terrace Marshall type. Jenkins will get a good look as one of feature targets this season. He’s made great strides as receiver and has big play as well as redzone value.
Jontre’ Kirklin (6-0, 182, 4.6)
After making 13 catches for 184 yards and three TD’s last season, his return for another year will not only boost the receiving corps but the team overall. He is a team leader, widely respected on both sides of ball as an extremely hard worker, special teams dynamo and gifted athlete.
The Lutcher product scored the first touchdown of college career against Vanderbilts and totaled 65 yards and two scores in that win.
Kirklin has lined up as a defensive back, wide receiver and quarterback while proving to be a willing special teamer for the Tigers.
Koy Moore (6-1, 180, 4.55)
Like Boutte, Moore produced as a true freshman last season with 22 catches for 177 yards. He had to step up sooner than expected after the receiver room was looking for depth.
Moore was raked the 11th overall prospect out of Louisiana in the 2020 class after catching 93 balls for 1,254 yards and six scores at Rummel. He is reliable in traffic and brings added value as a return man.
Trey Palmer (6-0, 180, 4.4)
With 10 catches for 108 yards last season, the Kentwood product showed more flashes but somehow hasn’t connected the dots. Palmer has returned both a punt and a kickoff for a touchdown as a Tiger. He will need to show consistency as a pass catcher to earn more snaps in the fall.
Brian Thomas, Jr. (6-4, 190, 4.5)
The fourth rated Louisiana prospect in ’21 was a much-welcomed late signing class addition for the Tigers. He has a unique skill set and possesses star quality. I’ve often mentioned how he reminds me of former LSU star Michael Clayton, who he is likely to resemble by seeing the field early.
Chris Hilton (6-0, 170, 4.45, 36″ vertical jump, 7 foot high jumper)
The Zachary High product has tremendous ball skills, tracks balls well in the air and shows off true deep speed. He has the most upside of the new arrivals at receiver because of the game-breaking ability.
Who does Hilton resemble? I say Devonta Smith, the 2020 Heisman winner, at the same stage of development.
Deion Smith (6-3, 203, 4.6)
A player with great confidence, Smith is an outside receiver who makes tough catches like over the shoulder grabs and 50/50 balls. HE also has run after catch talent. You can’t teach his catching radius or aggressive nature.
Malik Nabers (6-0, 196, 4.44, 38″ vertical jump)
Someone who grew up dreaming of playing for the Tigers, Nabers is perhaps a hidden gem. He’s tough and gritty, willing to do all of the hard work. A competitor who missed some time at Southside High, his ability to win with strength surprises many despite his average size.
Alex Adams (6-0, 196, 4.37)
The Oyska, Miss. native is athletic and fast. He made one catch for six yards in ’20 as a true freshman so his time in the program polishing his route running while learning the ropes on the college level may give him an edge for snaps against the first-year receivers.
Make no assumptions as far as who will play the most at wideout for LSU in 2021 outside of the polished Boutte. The competition will be fierce, and the Tigers will be better at the position for it.
Click here for LSU roster analysis by position for 2021.
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Born and raised in the New Orleans area, Rene Nadeau has been involved in sports ever since his earliest memories. Rene played basketball, wrestled, ran track, and was an All-District running back in football at John F. Kennedy High School. He went on to be a member of the LSU football program, developing a passion for the game in even…