Recruiting: LSU continues to work on 2020 top 100 national talent

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There has been significant buzz both locally and on a national scale about the success LSU football has had recruiting coast-to-coast. Ed Orgeron has vowed to take all measures to locate and secure the very best players. Tiger fan should be pleased at how his program is keeping his word.

If you are keeping score (and who isn’t?), the Purple and Gold have five top 40 rated players in 2020 class as commitments: #15 CB Elias Ricks from Santa Ana, Calif.; #19 WR Rakim Jarrett from Washington D.C., #32 ILB Antoine Sampah from Woodbridge, Va., #35 WR Jermaine Burton out of Calabassas, Calif. and #40 WR Kayshon Boutte from New Iberia, La.

Would you believe me if I told you that, despite already being ranked No. 1 in the 2020 recruiting class, LSU has a whopping 10 top 100 players in the country still on the radar?

the highest rated player in the nation for ’20, Houston area running back Zachary Evans, is a 5-foot-11, 200 pounder with 4.5 speed. His current top choices are LSU, Alabama, Texas, Georgia and Texas A&M.

A consensus top five overall recruit, Sav’ell Smalls (6-3, 230) from Buren, Washington, has visited home-state UW and likes Oregon and Washington State as well. However, he has maintained that he has interest in playing college football in the south. Smalls is looking at LSU, Alabama, Texas A&M, Florida State, Miami, Florida, Clemson and Texas.

The top ranked offensive tackle in the 2020 class is Cincinnati’s Paris Johnson (6-7 1/2, 295). More than any position, LSU would love to secure premium offensive tackle talent to bolster the roster. Johnson is currently committed to Ohio State but he visited LSU in late March. He has also dropped in on Georgia more than once and given a look to Alabama as well. Tennessee, Clemson and Michigan State have also been mentioned as possible landing spots for Johnson is he commits elsewhere.

The vibes coming out of Johnson’s camp are that he could be coming back to LSU again. Buckeye onlookers feel like he will stay put but the school that causes the biggest threat maybe LSU. The Tigers’ staff has done a great job throughout the process.

The No. 44 rated prospect, running back Daniyel Ngata (5-9, 180), hails from Folsom, California. His top five consists of LSU, Michigan, Alabama, Clemson and Washington.

University High of Baton Rouge defensive tackle Jaquelin Roy (6-4, 290), rated No. 65 overall in the class, is a one-time pledge to LSU who may still stay in his hometown.

No. 66 rated Lathan Ransom (6-2, 200), a safety out of Tucson, Arizona, is being hotly pursued by LSU’s Bill Busch. LSU, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Notre Dame, Texas, USC and UCLA comprise his top options.

Defensive tackle McKinnley Jackson (6-2, 330), the No. 76 overall prospect from Lucedale, Miss. has interest in LSU, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Alabama and Florida State.

At No. 85 overall, outside linebacker Demouy Kennedy (6-2, 204), from Theodore, Alabama favors LSU slightly over Auburn, Florida State and Mississippi State at this point.

Chattanooga, Tenn. defensive end Jay Hardy (6-5, 265), No. 86 overall, visited LSU in late March along with Paris Johnson. Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Oklahoma and LSU are battling it out

No. 92 rated Darin Turner (6’3 1/2, 205), wideout from Memphis, is getting a ton of offers, but it seems the most attention is coming from LSU and Alabama.

There are many battled on the trail yet to be won but it appears the best might be yet to come for LSU.

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Rene Nadeau

Rene Nadeau

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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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