Sunday, January 10, 2010

Class of 2011 Recruiting Update; 2010 Commitment


Junior College defensive end Ken Adams committed to LSU on Friday.  Adams will be a mid-term graduate and will be at LSU this spring.  He has already signed his paperwork.  Adams is 6'5" 240 pounds and is a former tight-end.  His addition may allow LSU to move defensive ends Michael Brockers and Pep Levingston inside to defensive tackle.  That is just speculation by me, but it will be something to look for this spring. 


In the past, I have refrained from getting into the recruitment of juniors until after National Signing Day.  But I simply can't fail to mention the positive momentum that LSU has going for the Class of 2011.   While the coaching staff is putting the finishing touches on the Class of 2010 (Signing Day is February 3), they're off to a blazing early start for 2011. 

I've touched on it some in the past, but the state of Louisiana is loaded with top talent for the Class of 2011.  It may be the state's most talented class since 2001 which saw stars such as Michael Clayton, Marquise Hill, Marcus Spears, Andrew Whitworth, and Rudy Niswanger.  LSU has already issued 12 offers to players from the state of Louisiana and on Saturday, they invited them all to campus for a small junior day.   Many of the players were able to attend, and the results were very good for LSU. 

The biggest news of the day came when Lutcher wide receiver Jarvis Landry gave his verbal commitment to LSU.  Landry is the state's top receiver prospect and will be ranked as one of the top prospects in the entire nation.  He doesn't have great size at just 5'11" 185 pounds, and he doesn't have great speed.   But he reminds many of Josh Reed by always getting open and making plays.   At both Tennessee's and LSU's camps over the summer, he outperformed all of the receivers there despite being a year younger.  Here are some highlights of Landry:

Landry makes LSU's sixth commitment for the Class of 2011.  DT Anthony Johnson, OL La'El Collins, RB Kenny Hilliard, and RB Jeremy Hill were the other commitments in attendance on Saturday.  OL Corey White was the only commitment who could not attend. 

So who else was there? 

Franklinton athlete Terrance Magee was there, and he sounds like he's on the verge of joining LSU's class.  Magee is being recruited as a running back, and he's awfully good.  Magee is smaller in stature than Kenny Hilliard of Jeremy Hill at 5'9" 190 pounds, but he's got a very strong lower body and reminds some of Dalton Hilliard or Kevin Faulk. 

South Plaquemines speedster Bradley Sylve attended and judging from his comments after the visit, LSU is way out in front.  Sylve projects as a receiver in college and he's seriously fast.  We're talking Trindon Holliday fast.  Also a track star, he has run a 10.35 in the 100 meters.  He reminds a lot of folks of Skyler Green.  He actually has better size than either Holliday or Green at 5'11" 175 pounds. 

Breaux Bridge defensive tackle Quentin Thomas was also there.  Thomas is a very versatile defensive lineman.  He is a very athletic 6'4" 265 pounds and carries his weight very well.  He looks to have the frame to add more weight without losing any athleticism.  Thomas maintains that he wants to wait before making his decision, but he also made it clear that LSU is his big leader. 

Lastly, Newman athlete Odell Beckham Jr. attended the Junior Day.  Beckham is a receiver / defensive back who just recently received his LSU offer.  Beckham admitted that he thought about committing to LSU on the visit so LSU is obviously in a good place here. 

LSU also has in-state offers to receiver Alonzo Lewis from St. James and offensive lineman Greg Robinson from Thibodaux.  Both guys were at the US Army All-American junior combine in San Antonio and therefore could not attend.   Lewis is a bigger receiver at 6'2" 190 pounds.  Robinson earned rave reviews at the junior combine and made a statement to be a National Top 100 type of prospect next year. 

Shreveport defensive end Jermauria Rasco holds an LSU offer but was unable to attend. 

I spent a good part of the weekend watching more film of these juniors, and I feel comfortable ranking the Top 12 players at this point.  This is certainly subject to change and it usually does after the summer camp circuit where a few guys make names for themselves.  Names in bold are ones that have LSU offers. 

1. Anthony "Freak" Johnson DT O.Perry Walker HS (LSU Commitment)
2. La'El Collins OT Redemptorist HS (LSU Commitment)
3. Jarvis Landry WR Lutcher HS  (LSU Commitment)
4. Jermauria Rasco DE Evangel HS
5. Kenny Hilliard RB Patterson HS (LSU Commitment)
6. Greg Robinson OL Thibodaux HS
7. Terrance Magee Magee RB  Franklinton HS
8. Bradley Sylve WR  South Plaquemines HS
9.  Alonzo Lewis WR St. James HS
10.  Jeremy Hill RB Redemporist HS (LSU Commitment)
11.  Chuck Hunter DT West Monroe HS
12.  Corey White OL Capitol HS (LSU Commitment)
Here are a list of other guys that will be in the picture next year:
WR Odell Beckham Jr.  Newman HS
ATH Ryan Byrd St. Helena Central HS (WR or S)
WR Rod Davis  Many HS
QB Brian Ensminger Hahnville HS
QB Zach Oliver  Catholic HS
QB Stevie Douglas
ATH Daniel Sams Salmen HS (probably a S)
OL Chester Hebert  Shaw HS
WR Leavander Liggins


Rusty Shackleford said...

Good article. The 2011 class looks like a monster. After a lackluster 2010 class (not that it isn't a good class) this 2011 class is what LSU needed. My only concern is that they have over a year to change their minds. I am curious to know what you think or what you are hearing about Zach Oliver. I know his family, I was childhood friends with his older brother (who was also a Catholic High quarterback but obviously less talented... but he followed Major Applewhite - big shoes to fill) although I have been out of touch with them for a while. It is my understanding that his dad played tight end for LSU in the 70s. Anyway, I would assume that if LSU wants him, they will get him. By the way, Anonymous (the original one) told me when you went to college.

Saturday Night Slant said...

One of the sites recently posted highlights of Oliver and I'm pretty impressed. He looks like a guy that may earn some SEC offers. I haven't heard much in terms of Oliver's recruitment yet. I think LSU is shooting for the big-timers to start, nationally ranked QBs. But in the end, Oliver may be their guy for this class. Good to know that he's got some LSU blood in his family. Miles seems partial to offering legacy recruits.

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