LSU finished spring practice in the top five of the team recruiting rankings for the 2015 class, but the Tigers have since dropped to seventh with their 12 commitments, which is only good for fifth in the SEC.
Miles has not had his hottest summer when it comes to reeling in commitments. His most recent commit was 3-star dual-threat quarterback Justin McMillan, which is LSU's lowest-ranked non-special teams player.
In recruiting, though, there are three golden rules to remember:
- It's not how a school starts, but finishes.
- Stars and rankings are not always accurate indicators of talent.
- Nothing is truly official until a prospect signs on the dotted line.
Miles knows this, which is why he and his coaching staff are not in panic mode. They feel their class will be among the best when national signing day comes around in February.
Top Players Currently Committed
LSU currently has two 5-star 2015 commits in cornerback Kevin Toliver II and offensive tackle Maea Teuhema. Tigers fans should feel pretty good about both of them eventually officially signing with the Bayou Bengals.
Toliver II committed to the Tigers back in 2012, which is extremely early for a player in this class. The cover corner has the talent to play right away in defensive coordinator John Chavis' secondary.
Teuhema's older brother, Sione, was a signee in LSU's 2014 class. Both of them made a late flip from Texas right before national signing day last February. Maea and Sione are close, so expect little brother to join big brother next season.
LSU's strongest position thus far has been running back.
Predicting which prospects will commit—much less sign—to any school is an inexact science. However, there are some elite prospects who look like they will eventually get to commit to the Tigers.
New Orleans 5-star receiver prospect Tyron Johnson is the No. 1 prospect in the state of Louisiana. Johnson has Texas Tech, Georgia and Oklahoma State vying for his services, but there are multiple reasons why he will sign with LSU.
Xavier Lewis is the best pure cover corner prospect in the state of Louisiana. Lewis would form a formidable duo alongside Toliver II, but the Tigers are also looking at 5-star corners Iman Marshall and Kendall Sheffield.
Lewis, though, is the likeliest to commit to the Tigers. However, do not be surprised if 4-star defensive back Tarvarus McFadden commits to LSU before Lewis.
Donte Jackson is an electric playmaker that has serious potential as a returner at the college level. Jackson, like Johnson, is a New Orleans prospect that puts potential tacklers on ice skates when the ball is in his hands. Schools such as Georgia and Oregon are other potential landing spots for his services.
Miles and the LSU coaching staff have a knack for flipping prospects late in the process. The previously mentioned Teuhema brothers and 4-star 2014 defensive tackle signee Travonte Valentine are prime examples.
LSU will look to do the same for the 2015 class.
Defensive tackle Daylon Mack is currently committed to Texas A&M. However, Shea Dixon of Geaux247.com (subscription required) reports LSU defensive line coach Brick Haley has been in constant contact with Mack in an effort to eventually get him to Baton Rouge.
Offensive tackle Jerry Tillery plays his high school football at legendary Evangel Christian Academy in Shreveport, Louisiana.
Dixon suggests the Notre Dame commit has been pursued heavily by first-year offensive line coach Jeff Grimes and prominent recruiting analysts are believing Tillery will change his mind from the Fighting Irish to the Tigers.
LSU has work to do.
The Tigers currently have a talented crop, but so do Alabama, South Carolina, Texas A&M and Auburn. Those four schools are currently ahead of the Tigers in the team rankings. Georgia, Mississippi State and Tennessee are also in the top 15.
Miles and the coaching staff's main focus right now is the upcoming season, but expect recruiting coordinator Frank Wilson to be busy while also coaching up the running backs.
The Tigers finished with the second-best class in 2014 and sixth-best in 2013. With Miles' recent streak of finishing strong in the spring, it is not a stretch to say LSU is a lock to finish in the top 10.
However, the bigger question would be where his 2015 class finishes among other SEC schools.