Garrett Brumfield Commits to LSU: What 4-Star OL Brings to Tigers

Andrew KulhaSenior Analyst IIIApril 22, 2013

Via 247Sports
Via 247Sports

The LSU Tigers picked up a very big commitment this past weekend when 4-star offensive tackle Garrett Brumfield joined Les Miles' 2014 class.

Gary Laney of reports on the commitment:

Garrett Brumfield (Baton Rouge, La./University Lab) has spent his high school career on LSU's campus. 

He'll stay there for college. 

The ESPN 150 offensive lineman, whose high school is on LSU's campus, committed to the Tigers on Saturday after LSU's spring game, giving LSU its ninth commitment for the 2014 class.

As Laney reported, Brumfeld is from Baton Rouge, LA and he goes to University Lab. For those who don't know the significance of that statement, University Lab was established by LSU as a K-12 college prep school and it's been operating under LSU's banner for almost 100 years.

Even more significant is the fact that University Lab actually exists on the campus of LSU, so it should provide the ultimate "homefield advantage" for Miles and his staff in regards to recruiting.

The kicker is, the last big-time recruit to come out of University Lab was 2013 4-star defensive end Tim Williams, and he chose to go to Alabama.

Landing Brumfield is just as much as a statement by LSU as is it an important pickup. Highly ranked recruits that go to University Lab should be major LSU leans and the Tigers need to capitalize.

They missed out on Williams last year, but that isn't the case with Brumfield. 

As far as his skill set is concerned, he's a big offensive guard recruit with a ton of potential. He has good size at 6'3.5", 272 pounds and he's ranked as the No. 8 offensive guard in the nation according to the 247Sports Composite Rankings. 

He blocks with good bend and leverage, and he has a quick first step that helps him wall of defenders. He plays with a strong base, displays quick feet, strength and he drives his feet at contact.

Brumfield also has good speed so he'll be able to get to the second level and be effective against linebackers.

Brumfield joins a class that already features 4-star guard Will Clapp, and the Tigers are in the top two (247Sports) for 5-star offensive tackle Cameron Robinson out of West Monroe, LA.

If LSU can retain both Clapp and Brumfield and bring in Robinson, the future of the offensive line looks incredible.

LSU is also in the top two for 5-star running back and No. 1 overall recruit (247Sports Composite) Leonard Fournette, so landing Brumfield could help the Tigers on the recruiting trail with Fournette.

After all, every good running back knows he's only as good as his offensive line allows him to be.

There's a lot to look forward to if you're an LSU fan, as Brumfield's big commitment could end up being the first of quite a few in 2014.

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