Many of LSU's best athletes in 2015-16 will be freshmen and sophomores. Here's a quick primer on some young men and women who made headlines before they made it to campus:
Freshman, golfer, Shreveport
The consensus world No. 1 junior golfer leaving high school. … Ranked as the world’s No. 4 male amateur player in June. … Three-time AJGA Rolex Junior All-American and the 2014 AJGA Rolex Junior Player of the Year. … Won two major junior events in 2014: AJGA Rolex Tournament of Champions and the Junior PGA Championship. … Won three straight state high school golf titles. … Qualified for 2015 U.S. Amateur in August.
Sophomore, running back, New Orleans
Came to LSU as the nation’s No. 1 prospect out of St. Augustine High School. … Rushed for an LSU freshman record 1,034 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2014. … Led the SEC in all-purpose yards with 137.4 per game. … Goes into 2015 regarded as a top Heisman Trophy candidate. … Named to preseason watch lists for the Maxwell, Walter Camp, Doak Walker and Paul Hornung awards. … Earned first-team preseason All-SEC honors.
Sophomore, pitcher, Lee’s Summit, Missouri
Coming off one of the best seasons ever by an LSU pitcher. … The 6-foot-3 right-hander was 12-0 with a 1.97 ERA in 17 starts, with 131 strikeouts in 114.0 innings. … Threw both of LSU’s complete games, including a 5-3 win over Cal State Fullerton in the College World Series, striking out 10. … Earned multiple first-team All-America honors and was named national freshman pitcher of the year by Collegiate Baseball and the NCBWA.
Freshman, gymnast, Cincinnati
The headliner of LSU’s stellar fall 2014 recruiting class. … Took silver in all-around in 2012 Pacific Rim Championships. … Was a strong contender to make the 2012 U.S. Olympic team before suffering an injury. … Sat out most of 2014 with an injury as well, leading her to abandon her Olympic hopes and concentrate on club and college gymnastics. ... “When she’s healthy,” LSU coach D-D Breaux said, “she’s the total package.”
Freshman, forward, Melbourne, Australia
The nation’s consensus No. 1 recruit and LSU’s most celebrated basketball prospect since Randy Livingston. … A 6-10 forward noted for his passing and ability to run the floor. … Was named Naismith National Boys Player of the Year and Gatorade National Male Basketball Player of the Year and won the Morgan Wootten Award. … Came to the U.S. three years ago and led Montverde Academy in Florida to three straight national high school championships.