Recruiting: LSU secures commitment from OG Marlon Martinez, works trail for other 2020 talents on offense

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LSU gained their 15th overall pledge for the 2020 recruiting class and their second offensive lineman Saturday.

Marlon Martinez, an offensive guard from St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale, committed to the Tigers over finalists Penn State and Auburn. Other major programs interested include Arkansas, UCF, Vandy, Arizona, Florida, FSU, Georgia, Ga. Tech, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Missouri, North Carolina State, Ohio State, Pittsburgh, Syracuse, Purdue and West Virginia.

The 6-foot-4 1/2, 287 pound prospect cited a strong bond with LSU offensive line coach James Gregg as a major reason for his commitment.

Martinez, who plays predominately at right guard, is good at finishing blocks and maintaining a good pad level. He moves very well in space, plays a very physical game with a good base and holds great positioning during blocks. He is only 16 years old, so he has plenty of time to add strength, grow physically and mature.

This pledge may help lead to another by proximity.

Martinez’s high school teammate, coveted offensive tackle Marcus Dumervil (6-5, 300), visited LSU on April 5 as Cregg is also in on his recruitment. Dumervil has LSU, Oklahoma, Alabama, Ohio State and Louisville as his current top five but he is a a very high priority for LSU’s 2020 recruiting class. Plus, he is on campus this weekend as an official visit with his family.

Another big offensive line prospect is in Baton Rouge this weekend as well.

Paris Johnson has been committed to Ohio State since June 28, 2018, but LSU has stayed the course for the elite tackle prospect and has maintained a good relationship. He is SEC ready to play.

The 6-foot-7, 295 pound Johnson stopped by Georgia on April 19. A trip to Ohio State awaits on June 21. We may know something soon after.

Meanwhile, running back Keyvone Lee (6-0, 223) from Clearwater, Florida is someone with which LSU is smitten. He is a power runner with a little wiggle plus good hands as a receiver. Lee, who attacks the defense and gets the tough yards, is also an SEC ready talent who can contribute year one on the next level.

An example of persistence may eventually pay dividends for the Tigers in their efforts to secure tight end Darnell Washington, the top ranked player in the nation for 2020 at his position. The Las Vegas product is a little closer to deciding to move to the bayou than originally thought. LSU has nudged their way into the fray and and earned visit from Washington (6-7 1/2, 248), who has a current top six of Alabama, Miami, Georgia, Ohio State, Tennessee and UCLA.

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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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