Recruiting: LSU looking to lock down more in-state talent for 2019

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LSU is in the midst of securing an outstanding recruiting class for 2019. Believe it or not, things could actually take an upswing from here.

There are quite a few uncommitted in-state talents trying to figure out their future. LSU has interest in a few prized recruits.

With the recent de-commitment of Destrehan’s John Emery, Jr. from Georgia may mean good news for the Tigers. Keep an eye on that development.

LSU does hold pledges from eight of Louisiana’s top 20 rated players – #1 CB Derek Stingley, #5 OG Kardell Thomas, #5 OT Ray Parker, #6 RB Tyrion Davis, #7 LB Donte Starks, #12 WR Trey Palmer, #18 OT Thomas Perry and #19 DT Joseph Evans.

Interestingly, three of the top 30 are currently committed to SMU – wide receiver Jha’Quan Jackson, cornerback Donald Clay and outside linebacker Ni’Kendrick Carter.

As for other top uncommitted players in Louisiana, #31 OT Dylan Rathcke, a 6-5, 290 pounder out of University High, is a 3 star drawing interest from a host of schools. Kentucky looks like the team to beat, but Colorado State, Southern Miss, Tulane and Arkansas are giving it a go. The Green Wave may be the darkhorse.

Others:

#35 Bertrand Carrell, safety from Madison Prep, is considering offers from Colorado State, Arkansas State, Arizona, LSU, Kentucky, ULL, Memphis, Missouri, Tulane, Southern Miss and Southern University.

John Ehret defensive end Earl Barquet (#26) is a force off the edge. Oklahoma looks to be his current favorite. Florida State, Georgia, Ole Miss, La. Tech, ULL, Kansas, Miss. State and Texas A&M are in the race.

#25 Charvis Thornton (5’10-180), RB from Southern Lab, has Memphis, Tulane and Kansas as his top three, but Arkansas, Colorado, Oregon State and South Alabama are plugging away.

#24 Mike Hollins, RB out of University High, is attracting a lot of attention, mainly from Virginia, SMU and Alabama. The Cavaliers hold the lead.

#22 DE Myron Warren from Many may come down to a Texas-TCU battle with Nebraska, Ole Miss, Oregon, Tennessee, Arkansas, Arizona State, Colorado and FIU in the mix.

#16 CB Devin Bush, 4 star Edna Karr product, has Arkansas as his leader with Clemson, Virginia and Tennessee in the fray.

#15 is QB Lance LeGendre from Warren Easton is a dual threat many schools would love to sign. Texas A&M, LSU, Florida State, Georgia, Houston, Kentucky, Indiana, ULL, Memphis, Tulane, Tennessee, Virginia, Southern Miss, Oregon State, Oklahoma State, Alabama and Missouri are his considerations.

#11 WR Reginald Johnson, 4 star from Southern Lab, has been anticipating an offer from LSU that has yet to arrive. ULM, Oregon State, SMU, Tennessee Texas A&M, La. Tech and ULL are his current options.

#9 Amite WR Devonta Lee appears to be a big lean to LSU but Alabama, Ole Miss and Texas A&M trail.

His teammate at Amite, DT Ishmael Sophsher, is a 5 star with LSU as the current favorite and Alabama not far behind.

As for the Emery, Jr. situation, the number two overall prospect in Louisiana plays a position of dire need for the Tigers. His de-commitment from Georgia demonstrates hope for the Purple and Gold. LSU has ratcheted up the recruiting on Emery, the type of player Ed Orgeron and company cannot afford to see slip away.

Orgeron has vowed to build a “wall” around the state to keep the best talent at home. We’ll see if that promise comes to fruition in this year’s class with several big fish yet to be caught.

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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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