Recruits LSU Must Land to Finish with No. 1 Overall Recruiting Class for 2013

Andrew KulhaSenior Analyst IIINovember 13, 2012

BATON ROUGE, LA - NOVEMBER 10:  Head coach Les Miles of the LSU Tigers reacts to a play against the Mississippi State Bulldogs at Tiger Stadium on November 10, 2012 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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The LSU Tigers currently have the No. 2 recruiting class in the country according to, but they have a great chance to pass the USC Trojans to finish No. 1 overall with the addition of a few elite recruits.

Les Miles has done an excellent job of putting this class together so far, but the the one thing that he's missing is a 5-star recruit.

His 14 4-star commitments are extremely impressive, but being able to land a 5-star would go a long ways towards propelling LSU to the top of the recruiting rankings. USC's class features an equally as impressive 12 4-star recruits, but where they really set themselves apart is with their five 5-star recruits.

Snagging another 4-star would also be a huge boost for their class—having 15 4-star commits is nothing to scoff at—so Miles does have a ton of great options.

With the potential of early enrollment, decommitments or even revoked offers, LSU still has the ability to go after these star recruits and bring them into its class.

If LSU wants to secure the No. 1 recruiting ranking, it is going to have to land these three players:


Priest Willis, 5-star CB, Tempe (AZ)

Priest Willis is one of my favorite recruits in this class, and I think he has the potential to be a superstar defensive back at the college level.

He has great size at 6'2'', 200 pounds (247Sports), and he runs a 4.42 40 according to He plays very aggressive and can get down to the line of scrimmage and deliver a hit against the run, but he's also athletic enough to be a ball hawk in the secondary.

Frankly, he has the size and speed to be a dominant corner in the SEC.

Of course, a ton of programs are interested in securing Willis' commitment, but LSU happens to be amongst the five that he's most interested in. 247Sports has LSU in his Top Five along with Nebraska, Notre Dame, UCLA and Texas.

There's a ton of competition for the 5-star DB, but LSU has a lot going for them.

Willis would fit in perfectly with their aggressive defense, and all Miles has to do is point to either Morris Claiborne or Patrick Peterson to prove to Willis that he can have success with LSU.

If LSU can land Willis, its 2013 class would be phenomenal, and he's definitely a player it will need if it wants to be the No. 1 recruiting team in the land.


Ricky Seals-Jones, 5-star WR, Sealy (TX)

Right off the bat, I have to admit that I do now believe that LSU is an outsider for Seals-Jones, who also has a high interest in Texas A&M.

This is not a knock on LSU as much as it's a testament to how impressive Johnny Manziel and the Aggies have been, especially offensively. It's hard to imagine a wideout of Seal-Jones' caliber not wanting to play with Manziel.

That said, 247Sports does have LSU as the other favorite on his list, so there is a chance the Tigers can get a commitment from the 5-star wideout.

What they do have is a ton of winning tradition in the SEC, a national allure and a traditionally good running game that will only serve to make life easier for Seals-Jones via the play-action pass or just by getting safeties and linebackers to move up into the box a bit more.

Landing Seals-Jones would be huge recruiting win for Miles and his staff, as he has the potential to be an elite receiver.

He'd also bring them one step closer to the No. 1 recruiting class.


Kendell Beckwith, 4-star WDE, Jackson (LA)

Beckwith is only a 4-star athlete recruit (Rivals considers him to be an athlete), but I believe his impact would be huge for LSU.

He checks in at 6'2.5'',  225 pounds and runs a 4.83 40 according to 247Sports. He doesn't have amazing speed, but for a player with his size, that's very good.

He'll be a factor against the run because of his size, but he'll also be very effective off the edges or in space as a defender, and he fits the LSU defensive mold perfectly. 

247Sports has LSU listed as his favorite, but they are followed by Alabama. Considering the fact that he's from Louisiana though, the Tigers have to be feeling pretty good about their chances of landing him.

He'd be a huge boost for their recruiting class.

If the Tigers can land all three of these prospects, I can see them overtaking USC for the No. 1 recruiting class of 2013.

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