LSU football enters 2016 loaded with returning starters and star players, but Tigers still have holes to fill _lowres

IMG Academy photo by Casey Brooke Lawson -- IMG Academy's Saivion Smith

ORLANDO, Fla. — As good as the LSU recruiting class is supposed to be, it could get even better Saturday.

LSU already has five commitments playing in the Under Armour All-American Game, but one of them hinted there may be more to come.

“We’ve got a lot of talent,” said Saivion Smith, who is committed to LSU as the nation’s second-rated cornerback by 247Sports. “I feel like we’ve got more coming. Honestly, I know we have more coming, but you all will have to wait on that. It’s a surprise, you’ll see. You’ll see a couple on Saturday.”

There will only be time for five recruits to make their commitment live on air, but three of the five are considering LSU. Rahshaun Smith (No. 2 inside linebacker), Jean Delance (No. 10 offensive tackle) and Drake Davis (No. 13 receiver) will all have LSU caps on the table.

Rahshaun Smith, a 6-foot-3, 239-pound linebacker is expected to choose between LSU, Auburn, and Clemson.

Delance, a 6-5, 275-pound offensive lineman is considering LSU, Texas, and Michigan.

Davis (6-4, 215) is from Baton Rouge but played this past season at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida. He’ll decide between LSU and Ole Miss.

The Tigers already have the No. 2 class in both the ESPN and 247Sports team rankings. Eric Monroe (No. 2 safety), Ed Alexander (No. 6 defensive tackle), Rahssan Thornton (No. 13 weakside defensive end), Andre Anthony (No. 26 weakside defensive end) and Saivion Smith, are all Under Armour All-Americans and headline a class expected to grow.

There is the potential for a couple more decisions to be made Saturday. Michael Divinity (John Ehret) and Willie Allen (John Curtis) are two to keep an eye on. Divinity, the No. 4 rated outside linebacker, was committed to LSU until the uncertainty surrounding Les Miles job security caused him to back out in mid-December.

“They (the Tigers) have a need at linebacker, it’s an opportunity for a good education, and it’s close to home,” said Divinity, who is expected to choose between LSU and Texas A&M. “They’ve been putting a lot linebackers in the (NFL), but it’s going to be what is the best decision for me. I have to think about myself, and where I want to be at for the next three or four years.”

Allen, the No. 11 ranked offensive tackle, is expected to make visits in January, but didn’t rule out making a decision at the game.

“I have all my family here, so it’s possible that I could commit on Saturday,” Allen said. The 6-7, 300-pounder is scheduled to visit LSU, Ole Miss, and Auburn in January.

There are a lot of expectations placed on these young men, but all the stars next to their name won’t matter once they step on campus. When the lights go on, it’s time to play football, and Saturday’s game will be a preview of what is to come at Death Valley over the next four years.

“The rankings are just hyped up,” Smith said. “We have to get on the field first. That’s all on paper.

“I feel like we’re going to come in and make an early impact for the team. It’ll show next season.”