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Coach Les Miles addresses fans at the LSU Tigers pep rally on Sunday, Dec. 27, 2015, in Houston. (Photo: Thomas B. Shea/For the Advocate)

LSU football is poised to sign arguably the best class in the modern era of college football recruiting, ESPN recruiting writer Jeremy Crabtree said on ESPN radio Sunday morning.

“It certainly helps that this is arguably the best recruiting class I Louisiana in 10-15 years. ... The class in Louisiana is just amazing,” Crabtree said on the ‘Dari and Mel’ show.

Louisiana’s banner recruiting year — 21 four- and five-star players, the most in at least a decade — has pushed the Tigers’ 2016 haul into unchartered territory.

LSU’s current group is ranked No. 1 by three of the four major recruiting outlets: Scout.com, 247Sports.com and ESPN.com. The Tigers are No. 2 in Rivals.com’s team rankings.

LSU has finished No. 1 in three recruiting outlets since the rankings began in 2002: 2009 (247Sports and ESPN) and 2003 (Rivals.com). The school has never been the consensus No. 1 team.

The Tigers are heading for that mark — and it’s all because of that Louisiana talent.

Five of LSU’s 14 Louisiana commitments hail from New Orleans, a recruiting hotbed that LSU didn’t exploit, many say, until Nick Saban took over in 2000.

Three more are from the River Parishes, and two are from the North Shore. There’s one from the Baton Rouge area and three from north Louisiana.

Six of those 14 Louisiana-based commitments are ranked in the top 10 at their position nationally, and just one of them isn’t in the top 20 at his position, according to 247Sports’ composite rankings.

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