LSU Football Recruiting: Looking Ahead to 2015 Class
If Les Miles keeps recruiting like he has been, his criticisms will continue to quieten (yes, that includes being escorted into the stadium by someone holding an umbrella). Quite frankly, 2015's prospects are trending like his 2014 signing class.
Let's see—the top overall national player? Yeah, that's a fat check. Um, a big lineman commit and a solid pickup at running back? Check. And the secondary too? Yes, sir. Hmm, it's safe to say 2015 is mirroring 2014 thus far.
It's early in the recruiting game for 2015, though. With players changing their minds almost every day (Michigan State commit Darius Slade changed his mind to Ohio State on signing day, and Treon Harris flipped from Florida State to Florida), you never know who's a solid commit until the papers are faxed.
But still, early in the game, LSU is putting together a fine list of commits, and here's an early-bird preview of that 2015 class.
Note: Star rankings and recruit information courtesy of 247Sports.
Kevin Toliver II
5-Star Cornerback (Trinity Christian Academy, Jacksonville, Fla.)
The bloodlines of the Toliver family have paid dividends for LSU early in the recruiting process.
Because Kevin Toliver's cousin, per Scout, Terrence played at LSU as a wide receiver, the Tigers have scored a commitment with the top-rated prospect of 2015.
As it turns out, DBU is a school that keeps on giving. Should Toliver remain committed to the Tigers, LSU will add yet another great defensive back to its roster.
Xavier Lewis, who recently decommitted but said the Tigers are still his favorite, per Shea Dixon at 247Sports, is a 4-star cornerback who would become the Tigers' next one-two punch in the secondary with Toliver if he were to join.
5-Star Offensive Tackle (Keller High School, Keller, Texas)
The Toliver family isn't the only family base that's helping LSU out with its 2015 commits.
It turns out the 2014 signing of Sione Teuhema will benefit LSU greatly next year in the form of his 5-star brother.
"Massive" is the best way to describe Sione's brother Maea. He is a 6'5", 348-pound offensive guard, and with that frame as a junior in high school, it's safe to say he's already eligible to play with the big boys in the SEC.
His size and motor at the guard position are what Les Miles dreams about at night.
4-Star Running Back (University Lab High School, Baton Rouge, La.)
So far, the 2015 commitments all have to deal with ties. Nick Brossette isn't changing the theme.
Les Miles had the inside track on another prospect because this running back is a featured player for the University Lab's Cubs. Miles' son Manny is a quarterback/defensive back/pitcher for the Cubs. Score one more for the Hatter.
So what is Miles (hopefully) getting in Brossette? He would be gaining a straight-line, physical mauler at the running back position.
When you watch tape of him, like the video embedded in the slide, he often looks like a man amongst boys. He doesn't seem to have the flare of a guy who can make linebackers and defensive backs miss at this point of his development, but he's a bruiser, no doubt.
4-Star Safety (Central High School, Baton Rouge, La.)
You would think four quality safeties in the 2014 signing class would be enough to satisfy the Tigers at the position for next year, right? Not so fast, my friend.
LSU has taken the liberty to recruit yet another safety in the ensuing class, and the Tigers are looking at a talented 4-star to further add depth to the position.
Kevin Henry has the makings to be a physical prospect, as he delivers blows in a violent downhill fashion. With that said, it should come as no surprise that Henry is an impressive run-stopper.
He also possesses good ball skills that help him snatch interceptions in the secondary.
3-Star Tight End (Marble Falls High School, Marble Falls, Texas)
No, Hanner Shipley is not the brother of Jordan and Jaxon Shipley. He is, however, their cousin.
The bloodlines of football in this 2015 recruiting class are a bit ridiculous, no? It's actually fun, and it could work in LSU's advantage, since most of these commitments are familiar with the recruiting process.
Unlike his cousins, Hanner has some beef to him (6'5", 275 pounds), which projects him as either a big tight end or a lineman.
If he wants to play tight end, he'll have to improve his speed. Otherwise, his athleticism should allow him to transition well into a lineman role.
2-Star Long Snapper (Buford High School, Buford, Ga.)
LSU recruiting 2015—"Band of Brothers." Yes, another recruit has ties to a brother who has played with Miles and LSU.
Blake Ferguson, the brother of current long snapper Reid, rounds out the list of LSU's current commits.
He is a special player because he was diagnosed with new onset type 1 diabetes at the age of 13 in January 2011.
His courage and willingness to participate in research study should be admired, and Tigers fans will enjoy rooting for this young man as a long snapper.