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LSU Football: Is Current Depth Hurting Les Miles' Recruiting?

BATON ROUGE, LA - SEPTEMBER 01:  Head coach Les Miles of the LSU Tigers before the game against the North Texas Mean Green at Tiger Stadium on September 1, 2012 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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Sean MerrimanCorrespondent IFebruary 4, 2013

It's a question that you have to always ask when it comes to recruiting—does a team's current depth hurt its chances of landing certain prospects?

In LSU's case, that is a glaring question.

Since arriving in Baton Rouge back in 2005, LSU head coach Les Miles has been an outstanding recruiter. He has brought in top-10 classes year-in and year-out at LSU, and this year should be no different.

But did Les Miles and the LSU Tigers miss out on some top-notch recruits because of the exceptional depth this program has built over the years?

First off, let's get one thing straight—missing out on recruits because your team already has exceptional depth really isn't such a bad issue to have.

Now, when you look at what this 2013 LSU roster should look like, there are a few things that stand out.

This team is very deep at quarterback and running back on offense.

The Tigers have verbal commitments from two quarterback recruits in Hayden Rettig and Anthony Jennings. Both are 4-star prospects and both are considered among the top quarterback recruits in the nation for 2013.

Keep in mind that the Tigers already have Zach Mettenberger, Rob Bolden and Stephen Rivers on their current roster. So the fact that LSU plans to bring in two more mega quarterback recruits goes to show that the current depth isn't hurting Les Miles' recruiting at the quarterback position.

Running back could be another story though. LSU currently does not have a single running back recruit in its 2013 class. Now, of course, that could be by design since LSU had such great depth at that position this past season. But after Michael Ford and Spencer Ware bolted early to the NFL, you would think that maybe Miles and the LSU coaching staff would go after a running back.

On the defensive side of the ball, the Tigers lost a ton of talent on the defensive line, but in return, they are bringing back a ton of talent at those positions.

Now at linebacker, this team is filled with depth, so the Tigers have just one linebacker recruit in 3-star prospect Melvin Jones.

In the secondary, LSU lost two of four members in its 2012 starting defensive backfield, and in return, the team has five defensive backs who have made verbal commitments. 4-star prospects Priest Willis and Tahaan Goodman were both strongly considering LSU, but they both committed to UCLA. Could that have been because of the depth the Tigers already have at the position?

The conclusion should be that if the team's current depth does affect recruiting, that's really not such a bad issue to have. That means that coaches are doing an exceptional job of developing current players, and that right there should serve as one heck of a recruiting tool, if you ask me.  

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