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LSU had a successful Early Signing Period and signed a total of 19 players this week. The class currently ranks No. 4 in the country but there is still room for the Tigers to improve before National Signing Day in February.

Only two commits, four-star cornerback Maurice Hampton and four-star offensive lineman Ray Parker chose not to sign with LSU this week and will wait until February. Their final decisions will determine how many spots LSU will have left to fill (likely 4-6 spots).

Head coach Ed Orgeron said this week that he will focus on defensive linemen to fill out those remaining spots.

While recruiting is always changing around this time of year, here are five names to pay attention to between now and National Signing Day.

At the top of LSU's big board is uncommitted five-star defensive tackle Ishmael Sopsher from Amite, LA who will likely end up at either LSU or Alabama. Sopsher is rated the No. 1 defensive tackle in the country and has a strong desire to play alongside his older brother Rodney in College. Rodney spent last season playing at Ellsworth Community College in Iowa and holds an LSU offer.

Four-star strong-side defensive ends Nathan Pickering (Mississippi State commit) from Seminary, MS and Bryon Young (Alabama commit) from Laurel, MS are two more names to pay attention to as both players chose not to sign this week and will wait until February.

In the secondary, LSU is currently in the mix for uncommitted three-star cornerback Jay Ward from Moultrie, GA. Ward was a one-time Kentucky commit but reopened his recruitment shortly after a visit to LSU.

While defensive players are a priority for the Tigers, four-star wide receiver Devonta Lee from Amite, LA is a major target the coaching staff would like to secure in this class. Lee is an elite athlete that hold offers from most SEC schools. LSU has been one of his top schools since early on in his recruitment.

You can track all of the 2019 signees, commits, and targets and our 2019 Recruiting Tracker.


LSUs problem isn't recruiting, it's coaching. Until they open up the offense more than they have, they will never be national championship contenders.
Reply20 months
Offensive linemen Ed. We need a shitload of offensive linemen.
Reply20 months
Everybody keep saying Nick Saban controls Northern Louisiana but I remember last year he came out of Louisiana basically empty handed. Well he did get 2 prospects the APB Bolden and that 3* CB Eddie something neither of them were very high on LSU board. And Saban and his cronies came after LSU committed kids hard and came away with nothing so when Coach O and the Tigers land both kids from Amite everybody will then believe Coach O has officially put a fence around Louisiana. GEAUX TIGERS!!!!!!!!!!!!PURPLEREIGN????????
Reply20 months
he needs a real OT, and not just another overweight guard that has to be plugged into the tackle slot because we just can't seem to recruit one. Alabama has 3 or the top 5 OT in the country. You want to know why they win.....look to the trenches.
Reply20 months
They actually have a very highly rated one that RS. Rosenthal was a potential 5* OT that wanted to play DL. We took him as a DT but he has since moved back to OT. He is an athletic 6’8” 333. Ideal LT measurables.
20 months
Big Ed doing a great job reloading LSU...
Reply20 months
Devonta Lee is going to LSU.
Reply20 months
"defensive end's" - Defensive end's what? Don't leave us hangin'.
Reply20 months
I can't wait until he uses the phrase "petal to the medal."
19 months
We gotta get Amite back
Reply20 months
It's happening.
20 months
"We will get the best defensive linemen in the country. I'm sure about that." I like his confidence.
Reply20 months
hope it’s more confidence than the “we coming” declaration.
20 months
Well, it's a lot more specific than "we comin'"
20 months
He also said he was going to get the best offensive coordinator in the country and we all are aware of how that played out.
20 months
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