Recruiting: LSU 2021 target Tristan Leigh picks Clemson

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LSU was left at the altar today with coveted five-star target, offensive tackle Tristan Leigh of Robinson Secondary School in Fairfax, Virginia.

Leigh picked Clemson over LSU, Oklahoma and others. He is rated the fourth-best offensive tackle in the Class of 2021.

The 6-foot-6, 295-pound Leigh was long thought to be LSU bound. He and his mother were a big part of organizing 20 of the top recruits on a trip to LSU for a visit to the campus in September. He also took a trip to Florida to take in the Florida-LSU tilt in December. Assistant coach James Cregg was the primary recruiter for the LSU Tigers.

Clemson really amped up their attention to Leigh in the late stages of the process. Leigh cited Clemson family culture and his relationship with head coach Dabo Swinney.

Leigh was one of several high-profile prospects to make announcements on Saturday, on what would have been the day of the annual nationally televised All-America game in San Antonio. The biggest of those names was California defensive end Korey Foreman, ranked by some as the nation’s top prospect, who chose USC over Clemson, Arizona State and others.

LSU’s Ed Orgeron has vowed to focus on adding depth to the Tigers’ offensive line for the 2021 season. After signing only one lineman in the early period in December, he may be forced to go the junior-college or transfer portal route.

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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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