A look ahead at LSU football

Can LSU keep Joe McKnight at home?

Today we are going to take a look at each position and see who the Top Targets are to fill out the 2007 class as we head into the middle of October. For added benefit, we will also take a look at my 2007 projected depth chart for the Tigers with the current commitments included, along with a look back at what each LSU player was rated by Scout.com coming out of high school.

Recruiting is the key to a program's future success and coaches must bring in the top talent if they are to keep their programs among the nation's elite. LSU is considered by most as one of the nation's Top 10 football programs and much of that credit goes to former Tiger head coach Nick Saban for winning the 2003 BCS Championship and for bringing in some of the top recruiting classes in the country during his five-year tenure in Tiger Town. I say much of that credit goes to Saban because current head coach Les Miles has kept the train rolling along by compiling a 15-4 record during his short stint at the helm and by landing some big-time recruits in 2005 when that class had only a few scholarships to give and by landing a consensus Top-10 class in 2006.

 

Miles has kept that momentum going on the recruiting trail and if the Tigers can finish up strong on the field in 2006 he should reap the benefits and bring in a class that could be more highly acclaimed than the 2006 group. LSU currently has 14 commitments for 2007 but if you count Shomari Clemons, who plans to resign in February after failing to qualify academically for 2006, then that number would be 15.

 

Today we are going to take a look at each position and see who the Top Targets are to fill out the 2007 class as we head into the middle of October. For added benefit, we will also take a look at my 2007 projected depth chart for the Tigers with the current commitments included, along with a look back at what each LSU player was rated by Scout.com coming out of high school. I don't place too big of an emphasis on star ratings but I think some of you will find it interesting to see what some players were rated coming out of high school.

 

Note: Some players were rated for at a certain position coming out of high school but have since moved to another position or they are forecast to do so in the spring. The Wish List contains the guys that LSU is actively recruiting and it will be trimmed down again heading into November.

 

2007 Projected Roster and 2007 Wish List

 

Quarterbacks

Name                           Ht.        Wt.       Exp.     Star Rating & Class

JaMarcus Russell          6-6       250      Sr.        ***** (2003)  

Matt Flynn                    6-3       228      Sr.        ****   (2002)

Ryan Perrilloux             6-3       222      So.       ***** (2005)

Jarrett Lee                    6-2       190      Fr.        ****   (2007)

 

2007 Needs: 1

Commitments: 1

Needs Met

 

Halfbacks

Name                           Ht.        Wt.       Exp.     Star Rating & Class

Alley Broussard               6-0     250      Sr.       ****   (2003)

Charles Scott               5-11     221      So.       ****   (2006)

Keiland Williams            5-11     223      So.       ***** (2006)

R.J. Jackson                  6-0       209      So.       ****   (2005)

Richard Murphy               6-1     198      Fr.       ***   (2006)

 

2007 Needs: 1

Commitments: 0

 

Top Targets                  Ht.        Wt.       40        Star Rating

Joe McKnight                6-0      198      4.4       *****

Noel Devine                 5-8       185      4.3       *****

Caleb King                   5-11     196      4.4       *****

Enrique Davis              6-1       215      4.4       ****

Shawnbrey McNeal      5-10     180      4.4       ***

 

 

Fullbacks

Name                           Ht.        Wt.       Exp.     Star Rating & Class

Jacob Hester                6-0       228      Sr.        ***   (2004)

Shawn Jordan              5-11     241      Sr.        ***   (2003)

Steven Korte                6-1       223      Jr.         ***   (2005)

Quinn Johnson             6-2       238      Jr.         ***   (2004)

Stevan Ridley                6-0       220      Fr.        ***   (2007)

 

2007 Needs: 1

Commitments: 1

Needs Met

 

 

Wide Receivers

Name                           Ht.        Wt.       Exp.     Star Rating & Class

Early Doucet                6-0       207      Sr.        ***** (2004)

Brandon LaFell             6-3       194      So.       ****   (2005)

Jared Mitchell               5-11     192      So.       ***     (2006)

Chris Mitchell                6-0       176      So.       ***     (2006)

Ricky Dixon                   6-2       216      Fr.        ***     (2006)

Trindon Holliday            5-5       159      So.       **       (2005)

DeAngelo Benton           6-2       195      Fr.        ****   (2007)

Toddrick Bajoie              6-2       200      Fr.        ***     (2007)

 

2007 Needs: 4

Commitments: 2

 

Top Targets                  Ht.        Wt.       40        Star Rating

Terrance Toliver           6-4       190      4.5       *****

Deonte Thompson       5-11     186      4.3       *****

Ron Brooks                  6-0       170      4.5       ****

Demetrius Byrd            6-2       195      4.5       *****

Dez Bryant                   6-1       203      4.6       ****

Gabriel Bryant              6-2       190      4.5       ****

Brandon Gibson           6-2       190      4.5       ****

Dion Lecorn                  6-0       205      4.5       ***

Joseph Hills                  6-4       210      4.5       Not Rated Yet

Gilbert Moye                 6-2       200      4.5       ***

Alphonso Bryant           6-1       190      4.5       ****

Co-Eric Riley                 6-2       200      4.5       ****

Lionel Breaux               6-0       185      4.5       ***

                       

 

Tight Ends

Name                           Ht.        Wt.       Exp.     Star Rating & Class

Richard Dickson           6-3       237      So        ****  (2006)

Mit Cole                       6-4       258      Sr.        ***    (2004)

Andrew Wright            6-7       265      Sr.        NR     (2003)

J.D. Lott                       6-4       232      Fr.        ***    (2006)

Mitch Joseph                6-4       230      Fr.        ****  (2007)

Jordan Hammond         6-4       225      Fr.        ****  (2007)

Alex Russian                6-4       220      Fr.        ***    (2007)

 

2007 Needs: 3

Commitments: 3

Needs Met

 

 

Offensive Linemen

Centers                      

Name                           Ht.        Wt.       Exp.     Star Rating & Class

Brett Helms                   6-2       290      Jr.         ***    (2004)

Ryan Miller                    6-6       318      Jr.         ****  (2004)

Matt Allen                     6-3       285      Fr.        ****  (2006)

           

2007 Needs: 1

Commitments: 0

 

Top Targets                  Ht.        Wt.       40        Star Rating

T-Bob Hebert               6-3       270      4.9       ***

 

Guards

Name                           Ht.        Wt.       Exp.     Star Rating & Class

Will Arnold                    6-4       319      Sr.        ***    (2003)

Herman Johnson          6-7       351      Jr.         ****  (2004)

Max Holmes                  6-4       281      So.       ***    (2004)

Steven Singleton          6-3       295      Fr.        ****  (2006)

Andrew Decker             6-3       284      Jr.         *        (2004)

Kyle Anderson              6-5       275      So.       ****  (2005)

 

2007 Needs: 1-2

Commitments: 0

 

Top Targets                  Ht.        Wt.       40        Star Rating

Rishaw Johnson           6-4       300      5.3       ***

Kevin Bryant                 6-6       375      5.8       ****

Nick Fairley                   6-4       265      4.8       ***

Ernest McCoy               6-5       330      5.3       ***

Daniel Montet               6-5       285      5.3       Not Rated Yet

Matt Stone                   6-3       305      5.4       Not Rated Yet

 

Tackles

Name                           Ht.        Wt.       Exp.     Star Rating & Class

Ciron Black                   6-5       314      So.       ****   (2005)

Carnell Stewart            6-5       311      Sr.        ****   (2003)

Zhamal Thomas            6-4       331      Fr.        ***     (2006)

Mark Snyder                 6-7       284      Fr.        **       (2006)

D' Montreal Wilson         6-4       300      Fr.        ****   (2007)

Josh Dworaczyk             6-6       270      Fr.        ***     (2007)

 

2007 Needs: 2-3

Commitments: 2

 

Top Targets                  Ht.        Wt.       40        Star Rating

Jarvis Jones                  6-6       250      5.2       ****

Marquis Franklin           6-6       320      5.5       ***

Phil Loadholt                6-7       330      5.6       *** (2006)

Jatavious Jackson        6-4       270      5.2       Not Rated Yet

 

 

Defensive Ends

Name                           Ht.        Wt.       Exp.     Star Rating & Class

Tyson Jackson              6-5       292      Jr.         **      (2004)

Ricky Jean-Francois      6-3       281      So.       ****  (2005)

Rahim Alem                  6-3       252      So.       ****  (2005)

Kirston Pittman            6-4       254      Jr.         ****  (2003)

Tremaine Johnson        6-2       273      Jr.         ***    (2004)

Tim Washington           6-3       265      Jr.         ****  (2004)

Lazarius Levingston     6-4       258      Fr.        ***    (2006)

 

2007 Needs: 3

Commitments: 0

 

Top Targets                  Ht.        Wt.       40        Star Rating

Luther Davis                 6-3       265      4.8       *****

Will Blackwell                6-4       295      4.8       ****

Jason Peters                6-3       265      4.8       ***

Rae Sykes                    6-4       230      4.6       ****

Brian Coulter                6-5       255      4.6       ****

Frank Alexander           6-5       225      4.7       ***

Wilson Youman            6-5       255      4.8       Not Rated Yet

 

 

Defensive Tackles

Name                           Ht.        Wt.       Exp.     Star Rating & Class

Glenn Dorsey                6-2       299      Sr.        ***** (2004)

Marlon Favorite             6-1       295      Jr.         ****   (2004)

Charles Alexander        6-3       294      Jr.         ***     (2004)

Al Woods                      6-5       295      So.       ***** (2006)

Lyle Hitt                        6-2       284      So.       ****   (2005)

Kentravis Aubrey           6-3       285      Fr.        ***     (2007)

 

2007 Needs: 2-3

Commitments: 1

 

Top Targets                  Ht.        Wt.       40        Star Rating

Charles Deas                6-4       300      5.1       ****  (2006)

John Brown                   6-1       285      4.9       *****

Joseph Barksdale          6-5       315      4.9       ****

Ted Laurent                  6-2       290      4.9       ****

Cameron Hayward        6-6       270      4.9       ****

Rolando Melancon         6-1       270      4.8       ***

Drake Nevis                   6-2       290      5.0       ***

Walter Thomas              6-5       335      5.3       *****

 

 

Linebackers

Name                           Ht.        Wt.       Exp.     Star Rating & Class

Derry Beckwith             6-1       235      Jr.         ***   (2005)

Ali Highsmith                6-1       225      Sr.        ***   (2003)

Luke Sanders               6-5       235      Sr.        **** (2004)

Jacob Cutrera               6-4       227      So.       **** (2006)

Perry Riley                    6-1       220      So.       ***   (2006)

Kelvin Sheppard           6-3       228      Fr.        ***   (2006)

Derrick Odom               6-2       202      Fr.        **** (2006)

Shomari Clemons          6-2       200      Fr.        ***   (2006)

 

2007 Needs: 1- 2

Commitments: 1

 

Top Targets                  Ht.        Wt.       40        Star Rating

Josh Bynes                   6-3       228      4.7       ****

Brandon Hicks              6-2       205      4.6       ****

Chris Walker                6-2       215      4.6       ***

Von Miller                     6-3       218      4.5       ****

Grant Fleming              6-2       205      4.5       Not Rated Yet

Dusty Rust                   6-3       212      4.7       Not Rated Yet

 

 

Cornerbacks

Name                           Ht.        Wt.       Exp.     Star Rating & Class

Jonathan Zenon           6-0       178      Sr.        ***     (2003)

Chevis Jackson             6-0       190      Sr.        ***     (2004)

Chris Hawkins              6-1       181      So.       ***     (2005)

Jai Eugene                    5-11     184      Fr.        ***** (2006)

Tyson Andrus               6-0       170      So.       ***     (2004)

John Williams                5-10     185      Fr.        ****   (2007) 

Delvin Breaux               6-0       185      Fr.        ***     (2007)

 

2007 Needs: 3

Commitments: 2

 

Top Targets                  Ht.        Wt.       40        Star Rating

Christian Scott             6-0       195      4.5       ****

Brandon Paul               5-10     185      4.4       ****

James Scott                 5-10     165      4.5       ****

Moses Jenkins             6-1       175      4.5       ***

Terry Carter                 5-10     170      4.5       **

Josh Victorian              5-10     170      4.5       Not Rated Yet

Kendrick Cellestine      5-10     185      4.5       ***

 

 

Safeties

Name                           Ht.        Wt.       Exp.     Star Rating & Class

Curtis Taylor                 6-3       204      Jr.         ***    (2004)

Craig Steltz                  6-2       204      Sr.        ****  (2004)

Danny McCray              6-1       205      So.       ***    (2006)

Harry Coleman             6-2       205      So.       **      (2004)

Troy Giddens                5-11     185      So.       ***    (2006)

 

2007 Needs: 2

Commitments: 0

 

Top Targets                  Ht.        Wt.       40        Star Rating

Chad Jones                  6-2       220      4.4       ****

Stefoin Francois           6-1       195      4.6       ****

Mark Barnes                6-2       195      4.5       *****

Tarence Calais             5-11     185      4.5       ***

Sam Proctor                 6-1       200      4.5       ***     

 

 

Specialists

Kickers/Punters

Name                           Ht.        Wt.       Exp.     Star Rating & Class

Colt David                     5-9       182      Jr.         NR    (2003)

Patrick Fisher                6-5       253      Sr.        **** (2003)

Brady Dalfrey                6-0       207      Jr.         NR    (2003)

Josh Jasper                    6-0       165      Fr.        **     (2007)

Andrew Crutchfield        6-0       175      Fr.        **     (2007)

 

2007 Needs: 2

Commitments: 2

Needs Met

 

Deep Snappers                      

Name                           Ht.        Wt.       Exp.     Star Rating & Class

P.J. Zimmerman            6-3       269      Jr.         **    (2004)

Jacob O'Hair                 6-2       224      Sr.        ***  (2006)

 

                                                           

 

 

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