This is part of a 10-part series counting down to the start of LSU's preseason camp on July 31. One part is being published each day beginning July 21 and running through July 30.
ILB Jacob Phillips
Position Rank/Overall Rank: No. 1/No. 62
Get to know'em: The Tennessee native was one of three inside linebackers the Tigers signed in February, and according to 247Sports' rankings, he was the best — in the nation. Phillips, listed at 6-foot-3, 235 pounds, joins Tyler Taylor and Patrick Queen as players who defensive coordinator Dave Aranda plans to count on in the middle. The trio will challenge projected starters Devin White and Donnie Alexander. They'll add to depth to a position that had a total of three healthy scholarship bodies in the spring (and one of those, Michael Divinity, is expected to move back outside linebacker).
DE/OLB K'Lavon Chaisson
Position Rank/Overall Rank: No. 4/No. 37
Get to know 'em: A 5-star athlete according to some outlets, Chaisson draws comparison to record-setting sacker Arden Key. He's long and quick, a versatile player Orgeron may use early on in a rotating role at the Buck, an outside linebacker/defensive end hybrid. Chaisson is likely in competition for playing time with a pair of redshirt freshmen, Andre Anthony and Ray Thornton. He's gained more than 20 pounds since finishing his senior season of high school, up to about 235.
S Grant Delpit
Position Rank/Overall Rank: No. 9/No. 65
Get to know 'em: You might know Delpit already. The Houston native and IMG Academy product enrolled in January and participated in preseason camp. He saw time with the starting unit during the spring game, replacing injured presumed starting safety John Battle, and making plays from the very start of the rain-shortened affair. The Tigers often play five and six defensive backs, so they'll need more than Battle and Ed Paris. Delpit, along with freshman Todd Harris, are new guys to keep an eye on in the secondary.
- July 21: Three offensive starting battles
- July 22: Three defensive starting battles
- July 23: Three defensive rookies you should know
- July 24: Three offensive rookies you should know
- July 25: Three defensive seniors to count on
- July 26: Three offensive seniors to count on
- July 27: Three defensive reserves pushing to play
- July 28: Three offensive reserves pushing to play
- July 29: Strongest and weakest position groups
- July 30: Three bold predictions