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LSU head coach Ed Orgeron gets fired up and tries to fire up the crowd while acknowledging the fans as LSU comes down Victory Hill before LSU's football game against Texas A&M at Tiger Stadium Saturday Nov. 25, 2017, in Baton Rouge.

ADVOCATE STAFF FILE PHOTO BY BILL FEIG

Best of the bunch

Terrace Marshall, WR, Parkway

  • A 5-star prospect and a top-5 receiver nationally, Marshall enrolled in January and may be the most likely of all the high school signees to see significant playing time as a rookie. His speed and length (6-foot-3) makes him dangerous in a variety of ways.

Badara Traore, OL, ASA College

  • The No. 1 junior college prospects in 2018, the 6-7, 300-pounder is expected to immediately plug one of the two holes at tackle, replacing either RT Toby Weathersby or LT KJ Malone. A Massachusetts native, Traore, like Marshall, enrolled in January.

Ja'Marr Chase, WR, Rummel 

  • A top-15 wideout and the No. 1 player in the state according to one outlet, the 6-1, 195-pound Chase provides the Tigers with another receiver who they believe can contribute immediately. Like Marshall, he can stretch the field vertically and gobble up YAC.

Travez Moore, DE, Copiah-Lincoln CC

  • A 6-4, 250-pound fast, rangy athlete, Moore is poised to help K'Lavon Chaisson and crew replace record-setting sack leader Arden Key at LSU's hybrid Buck position. The top-ranked 2018 edge-rusher in junior college, Moore is originally from Bastrop.

Micah Baskerville, LB, Evangel

  • The 12th-ranked middle linebacker nationally, Baskerville signed during the early period and enrolled at LSU last month to get a head start at a deep but young inside linebacker group. The 6-2, 215-pounder is a smart, athletic "field general," his coach said.

By the numbers

9

  • Signees who enrolled at the mid-year in January

5

  • Consecutive top-10 signing classes before this year

11

  • Number of linemen signed in this 25-man class

Advocate Analysis

Roster glance

  • The Tigers stocked up on linemen (11 total: 7 defense, 4 offense). That was the primary need heading into this recruiting cycle. After all, the Tigers lost five O-linemen to transfer last offseason and three starters after this past season. The defensive line, including Arden Key, lost four experienced and veteran members.

Coachspeak

  • "Let’s see what happens with this class. We have some defensive linemen and offensive linemen that are very good. I trust my rankings. I chose this class. I trust my ability to evaluate and develop better than anybody else. I’m not going to trust anybody else’s evaluation. Now, we could have had a higher class. I understand. We missed on some so-called … guys." - on his team's composite ranking of No. 15

Front 7

  • Orgeron's first full signing class as head coach is made in his image. The ex-defensive line coach's first group includes a whopping 10 guys who play on the front seven of the defense, the area in which Orgeron preached the team needed to strengthen when he took over for former coach Les Miles in 2016.

About 2019

  • The 2019 class is expected to be a talented haul from the state of Louisiana, something Orgeron has mentioned several times over this past fall. It includes three 5-star prospects, including Southern Lab tackle Kardell Thomas, an LSU commitment. The state will have, based on current rankings, the nation's No. 1 defensive tackle, No. 2 cornerback, No. 1 guard in Thomas, No. 6 running back and No. 7 receiver. 

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