LSU didn't wait until Saturday night's spring game to start the fireworks.
The Tigers reeled in commitments from a trio of defenders from Rome, Georgia, hours before the 7 p.m. kickoff at Tiger Stadium. DE Jamarcus Chatman, DT Ja'Quon Griffin and OLB Adam Anderson simultaneously announced their verbal pledges to LSU from their Twitter accounts Saturday morning.
LSU coach Ed Orgeron fired off a tweet after the players committed to him during a visit: "Hold that Tiger! Hold that Tiger! Hold that Tiger!" the tweet read.
Dave Scheib is to blame.
Two of the three players are ranked inside the top 15 at their position for the 2018 class, Anderson and Chatman. Anderson, a Georgia commitment until flipping Saturday, is the fourth-best outside linebacker prospect for 2018, according to 247Sports.com's composite rankings. He's the 12th-best prospect in Georgia.
The commitments are reminiscent to the three Evangel players who committed on the same day earlier this year. The Tigers' 2018 class, with 16 total non-binding pledges, is now ranked No. 2 in 247Sports.com's team rankings. LSU on trails Miami, which has 17 commits.
Outside linebackers coach Dennis Johnson, a first-year assistant on Orgeron's new staff, is the primary recruiter on the trio.
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LSU 2018 commitment class (16)
- DE Jamarcus Chatman, Rome, Ga. (Rome)
- DT Ja'Quon Griffin, Rome, Ga. (Rome)
- OLB Adam Anderson, Rome, Ga. (Rome)
- DE Jarell Cherry, Dallas (Carter)
- ILB Micah Baskerville, Shreveport (Evangel)
- ILB Damone Clark, Baton Rouge (Southern Lab)
- DT Davin Cotton, Shreveport (Evangel)
- G Chasen Hines, Marshall, Texas (Marshall)
- WR Jaray Jenkins, Jena
- DT Nelson Jenkins, Plaquemine
- CB Kelvin Joseph, Baton Rouge (Scotlandville)
- S Nadab Joseph, Miami (Edison)
- DE Travez Moore, Wesson (Copiah-Lincoln CC)
- OL Cole Smith, Pontotoc, Miss. (Pontotoc)
- S Caden Sterns, Cibolo, Texas (Steele)
- S ArDarius Washington, Shreveport (Evangel)
Tigers hosting NC State transfer
LSU isn't done searching for late additions to the 2017 class.
The Tigers are hosting N.C. State tight end transfer Thaddeus Moss over the weekend a few days after landing a commitment from Texas Tech transfer defensive lineman Breiden Fehoko.
Moss, the 18th-ranked tight end in the 2016 class, will watch LSU's spring game Saturday night before spending Sunday with the staff, Geaux247.com reported. Moss, the son of former NFL star Randy Moss, started three games last season as a true freshman. He announced his transfer from N.C. State just last week.
The 6-3, 240-pound North Carolina native was previously recruited by LSU offensive coordinator Matt Canada while he coached at Pitt last year and N.C. State the year before.
The Tigers have room left in a 2017 signing class that stands at 24. Moss, like Fehoko, would have to sit out the 2017 season before having three years of eligibility remaining. LSU's tight end depth isn't strong. Foster Moreau is the only tight end who's seen significant playing time.