Brian Kelly and his staff’s recruiting process give no signs of this being their first season in Baton Rouge. The Tigers currently hold the No. 4 recruiting class in the country, according to 247sports. The only SEC programs ranked ahead of them are Alabama and Georgia, but the Tigers aren’t done with their 2023 class, giving them the opportunity to potentially move up in the ranks.
With Early Signing Day still about a month away, here’s my prediction on how the LSU class will look by the start of the new year. For uncommitted recruits, I will provide reasoning as to why I think they will ultimately be committing to LSU.
Rickie Collins- 4-star, Woodlawn High School, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
No. 14 QB, No. 12 in Louisiana, No. 225 overall
Kaleb Jackson- 4-star, Liberty Magnet High School, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
No. 5 RB, No. 8 Louisiana, No. 150 overall
Trey Holly- 4-star, Union Parish High School, Farmerville, Louisiana.
No. 16 RB, No. 16 Louisiana, No. 272 overall
Ashton Stamps was surely reminded why he committed to LSU after the program’s win over Alabama. Stamps committed to LSU in July.
Shelton Sampson Jr.- 4-star, Catholic High School, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
No. 6 WR, No. 3 Louisiana, No. 38 overall
Jalen Brown- 4-star, Gulliver Prep High School, Miami, Florida.
No. 9 WR, No. 13 Florida, No. 56 overall
Kyle Parker- 3-star, Lovejoy High School, Lucas, Texas.
No. 63 WR, No. 74 Texas, No. 466 overall
Mac Markway- 4-star, DeSmet High School, St. Louis, Missouri.
No. 12 TE, No. 7 Missouri, No. 213 overall
Zalance Heard- 4-star, Bastrop High School, Bastrop, Louisiana.
No. 6 OT, No. 4 Louisiana, No. 55 overall
DJ Chester- 4-star, Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy, McDonough, Georgia.
No. 13 OT, No. 10 Georgia, No. 138 overall
Tyree Adams- 4-star, St. Augustine High School, New Orleans, Louisiana.
No. 16 OT, No. 11 Louisiana, No. 183 overall
Paul Mubenga- 3-star, Buford High School, Buford, Georgia
No. 51 OT, No. 60 Georgia, No. 649 overall
Dashawn Womack- 4-star, St. Frances Academy, Baltimore, Maryland
No. 4 DL, No. 1 Maryland, No. 49 overall
Jaxon Howard- 4-star, Robbinsdale Cooper High School, Minneapolis, Minnesota.
No. 15 edge rusher, No. 1 Minnesota, No. 108 overall
Joshua Mickens- 4-star, Lawrence Central High School, Indianapolis, Indiana.
No. 18 edge rusher, No. 2 Indiana, No. 136 overall
Darron Reed- 4-star, Carver High School, Columbus, Georgia.
No. 31 DL, No. 18 Georgia, No. 199 overall
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Dylan Carpenter- 3-star, St. Amant High School, St. Amant, Louisiana.
No. 60 edge rusher, No. 26 Louisiana, No. 641 overall
Whit Weeks- 4-star, Oconee County High School, Watkinsville, Georgia.
No. 27 LB, No. 30 Louisiana, No. 329 overall
Christian Brathwaite- 3-star, Cy Ranch High School, Cypress, Texas.
No. 41 LB, No. 74 Texas, No. 466 overall
Desmond Ricks- 5-star, IMG Academy (Florida), Chesapeake, Virginia.
No. 2 CB, No. 4 Florida, No. 15 overall
After the win against Alabama, LSU seemed to emerge as the leader for five-star cornerback, Desmond Ricks. As it always seems to be, LSU will have to compete against Alabama and Florida for one of the best cornerbacks in the country. If he commits to LSU, Ricks, who recently reclassified to the Class of 2023 from the Class of 2024, would certainly be a centerpiece of the class. Ricks is set to announce his commitment on December 23.
Javien Toviano- 4-star, Arlington Martin High School, Arlington, Texas.
No. 7 CB, No. 9 Texas, No. 43 overall
Javien Toviano’s recruitment has also been competitive, but LSU has emerged themselves as a leader, especially following the Alabama game. It seems that LSU’s biggest competitor for Toviano will be Michigan, but other schools to watch out for are Texas, Texas A&M and Georgia. Toviano does not have a commitment date set, but it’s expected that he will announce by early signing day.
Daylen Austin- 4-star, Long Beach Poly High School, Long Beach, California.
No. 13 CB, No. 10 California, No. 128 overall
Out of everyone in the class, I feel Austin is most likely to flip. Although I think the chances of him actually doing so are low, he recently took a visit to the University of Oregon, meaning he could potentially still be looking at other schools. For LSU fans, I wouldn’t be worried, it’s just something to keep an eye on.
Jeremiah Hughes- 3-star, Bishop Gorman High School, Las Vegas, Nevada.
No. 58 CB, No. 5 Nevada, No. 565 overall
Ashton Stamps- 3-star, Archbishop Rummel High School, Metairie, Louisiana.
No. 84 CB, No. 35 Louisiana, No. 896 overall
Kylin Jackson- 4-star, Zachary High School, Zachary, Louisiana.
No. 12 S, No. 10 Louisiana, No. 177 overall
Ryan Yaites- 4-star, Denton Guyer High School, Denton, Texas.
No. 23 S, No. 49 Texas, No. 265 overall
Michael Daugherty- 4-star, Grayson High School, Loganville, Georgia.
No. 36 S, No. 38 Georgia, No. 367 overall
Khai Prean- 4-star, St. James High School, St. James, Louisiana.
No. 13 ATH, No. 14 Louisiana, No. 259 overall
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