NSD Preview: Offensive Commits
Leonard Fournette, the No. 1 overall recruit
Leonard Fournette, the No. 1 overall recruit
TigerSportsDigest.com
Posted Feb 4, 2014


To get you ready for National Signing Day, TSD's providing an overview of the committed prospects that will sign with LSU on Wednesday. In this piece, we take a look at the offensive side, where the Tigers have the nation's No. 1 overall prospect.

National Signing Day is finally upon us. Within in the next 24-36 hours, the LSU Class of 2014 will reach completion and the future of LSU football will be set.

Too often though in these final days we forget about the players already committed. So much of the focus shifts to those with decisions left to make, that the recruits that pledged long ago get lost in the shuffle.

So to get you ready for NSD from every angle, TSD’s going to provide you with a thorough overview of the committed prospects that will sign their National Letters of Intent on Wednesday. In this piece, we’ll take a look at the offensive side of the ball.

(Don’t worry though. We’ve got you covered with all those uncommitted prospects as well. Make sure you check out the TSD predictions for all the recruits that will make their final decisions on NSD.)

Any discussion of LSU’s offensive commits has to start with the No. 1 overall prospect in the country. The Tigers planned their last two recruiting classes around ensuring they bring in Leonard Fournette in 2014. That obviously paid off as LSU secured his commitment at the Under-Armour All-American Game on Jan. 2, and boy did the Tigers strike gold.

Fournette’s ability is undeniable. He has every trait an elite running back could possibly possess. He’s a once-in-a-generation talent, and he’ll be sporting the purple and gold this summer.

But Fournette’s future running mate isn’t so bad either. Darrel Williams doesn’t get near the publicity that Fournette does, but Williams is a powerful four-star running back. Pairing these two gives LSU one of, if not the best RB tandem in the country, and once they get their feet wet, Fournette and Williams could prove to be a nightmarish duo for opposing defenses.

Of equal importance in this class were pass catchers. After losing their top three receivers from 2013, LSU desperately needed to restock the cupboards. Though the Tigers still have elite prospects like Malachi Dupre and Emanuel Porter still on the board, LSU has already assembled a strong WR class.

It’s headlined by Trey Quinn, the national record holder for career receiving yards. Quinn may not elite speed or insane jumping ability, but there are few receivers in the country as solid across the board as him. Tony Upchurch is another versatile athlete that can do several things for the LSU offense and is an imposing specimen that could even be a safety if that’s what he wanted to do. He’ll be an offensive weapon though and can fulfill several roles for the Tigers. D.J. Chark’s the third WR in the class. A camp standout this summer, Chark has great length and raw athleticism, and he could prove to be a hidden gem down the road.

Trey Quinn
Trey Quinn holds the national record for career receiving yards
Jacory Washington will come in to LSU as a tight end, but his primary responsibility will be pass catching. Washington spent most of his high school career as a flexed out receiver, and his elite athleticism is apparent. Washington won the skills competition at the Under-Armour game this year, and that’s not a title that usually goes to tight ends.

Someone has to throw them the ball, and that’s where Brandon Harris comes in. He’s been on campus since January as an early enrollee, and he’ll get a head start on learning the offense during spring practices. Harris is the highest rated quarterback to come out of Louisiana since Ryan Perriloux, and Cam Cameron made securing his commitment his first priority upon taking the job.

Harris not only has one of the strongest arms in the country, but he’s also a threat to make plays with his feet. He should bring a special wrinkle to the offense once his time comes.

Now anybody will tell you the offense can’t have success without the big uglies up front. LSU only has two committed so far, but Derrick Kelly could certainly become the third if he picks the Tigers on NSD. But the two LSU does have are two of the better guard prospects in the country.

Both Garrett Brumfield and William Clapp rank in the top 15 among interior offensive linemen, and both will bring a solid blend of strength and agility to the position, a must in LSU’s blocking scheme. Though both players spent their high school careers as left tackles, both will likely start on the inside while they learn the craft.


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