LSU Recruiting: Cornerbacks among final likely targets for 2020 class

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Dwight McGlothern, a 4 star prospect out of Spring, Texas, has been a recruiting target for LSU’s coaching staff for many years.

The 6-foot-1, 180 pounder is the 22nd ranked cover cornerback in the 2020 class.

He recently paired his top five list to include LSU, Texas, Oregon, Georgia and Arkansas while eliminating Alabama, West Virginia, Ole Miss, USC, Colorado, Fla. State, Florida, Michigan, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Texas A&M and Penn State.

On Jan. 17 during his freshman year in 2017, McGlothern received his first college offer from LSU. He has yet to visit Tigertown but that is expected soon.

Possessing natural skills, great length and natural fluidity. McGlothern can shadow the receiver throughout the pattern As a sophomore in 2017, he was tabbed 1st team All District at both wide receiver and safety.

McGlothern mentioned that LSU defensive backs coach Corey Raymond spoke to him about teaming up with 2020 prized Tigers commit, cornerback Elias Ricks. Perhaps that will help secure the pledge.

LSU has 23 commitments for the ’20 class, but only two cornerbacks in the group. Here are a few targets the staff continues to pursue for the remaining slots:

-RB Zachary Evans (5-11, 200) 5 star from Houston: LSU, Texas A&M, Alabama and Georgia are finalists.

-DT Jacobian Guillory (6-2, 330) 4 star from Alexandria Senior High: The battle continues to heat up between LSU and Alabama.

– OLB Phillip Webb (6-4, 225) 4 star from Buford, Georgia: Dave Aranda is making the pitch for LSU while Alabama and Auburn complete the trio in pursuit.

-RB Ashaad Johnson (6-0, 200) 4 star from Warren Easton: LSU looks to be the favorite followed by Alabama, Georgia and Kansas.

OL NOTE: LSU desperately needs another offensive lineman in this class. Ed Orgeron and line coach James Cregg continue to work on flipping 5 star tackle Paris Johnson from his Ohio State pledge. A couple of others are on the radar.

-OT Brady Ward (6-7, 310) 3 star from Mobile: Arkansas, LSU, Alabama, Oklahoma and Kentucky are his top schools with the Razorbacks as the perceived favorite.

-OT Marcus Dumervil (6-5, 303) 4 star from Fort Lauderdale: LSU and Oklahoma are his top two, with Florida and Louisville in the mix.

WR NOTES: LSU holds pledges from three of the top seven wide receivers in the 2020 class nationally. The trio is also ranked among the top 50 players in the country (#19 Rakim Jarrett, 5 star from Washington DC; #42 Jermaine Burton, 4 star from Calabasas, California; #49 Keyshon Boutte, 4 star from New Iberia, the 2nd overall ranked player in the state). Also, 4 star pledge Koy Moore out of Rummel is the 9th rated player in Louisiana.

The performance by LSU’s wide open attack against Texas on the national stage only solidified their current commitments to the Tigers, as they witnessed three LSU wideouts exceed 100 yards receiving for the game. The 2020 group now envisions what they all could do in this Tigers offense.

QB NOTE: One intriguing prospect committed to the upscale offense for 2020 is No. 8 rated pro style passer, 6-foot-7 T.J. Finley from Ponchatoula. He plays for legendary head coach Hank Tierney, who has seen some talented signal callers during his time on the sideline.

“He is a pocket passer, smart, IQ off the charts,” declared Tierney about Finley. “He calls the protections.”

Right now, Finley is still a bit raw rather than developed for a college spread system. His stats indicate that he is making strides. In 2018, he had 2,736 yards with 25 touchdown passes and five interceptions while adding five scores as a runner. However, Finley is not a serious running threat with a 4.8 to 4.9 forty time.

“We spent a lot of time to change the offense to suit him,” Tierney added. “He ran an option double-slot offense as a sophomore (in 2017). He can run, pitch or throw. His throwing motion is good. He had a long throw of 68 yards in the Elite Eleven. He can make every throw. With a high IQ, he goes through progressions.”

Even though he committed to the Tigers in 2018, Finley and the LSU staff has maintained a great relationship. “They are watching him closely. They really like him. He can do a lot of things that Joe Burrow does,” said Tierney.

One opposing coach echoed one part of Tierney’s assessment. “(Finley) can throw it through a brick wall. He can really spin it.”

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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…

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