LSU freshman RB Derrius Guice on Brandon Harris' 'cannon,' his transition to college football, 'crushing' workouts _lowres

Advocate staff photo by JOHN OUBRE -- Catholic High's Derrius Guice eludes Brother Martin's Adam Henderson on a punt return for a touchdown last season.

HEAD OF THE CLASS

Kevin Toliver II, Jacksonville/Trinity Christian, CB, 6-2, 185

Ranked second-best CB in nation; was committed 820 days

Maea Teuhema, Keller, Texas/Keller, OG, 6-4, 340

No. 2 guard in the nation and brother of DE Sione

Tyron Johnson, New Orleans/Warren Easton, WR, 6-1, 191

State’s No. 1 player and Louisiana’s only composite five-star

Derrius Guice, Baton Rouge/Catholic, RB, 5-10, 213

Nation’s No. 5 RB and second-best prospect in the state

Arden Key, Atlanta/Hapeville Charter, DE, 6-5, 230

4th-ranked weakside DE previously committed to South Carolina

THE FULL CLASS

Nick Brossette, RB, Baton Rouge/University, 6-0, 207, four stars

George Brown Jr., OT, Cincinnati/Winston Woods, 6-6, 253, three stars

Jeremy Cutrer, S, Perkinston, Miss./MGCCC, 6-2, 170, three stars

Derrick Dillon, WR, Franklinton/Pine, 5-11, 173, four stars

David Ducre, FB, Mandeville/Lakeshore, 5-11, 238, four stars

Blake Ferguson, LS, Buford, Ga./Buford, 6-1, 235, two stars

Jazz Ferguson, WR, St. Francisville/West Feliciana, 6-2, 205, four stars

Lanard Fournette, ATH, New Orleans/St. Augustine, 5-9, 170, three stars

Josh Growden, P, Australia, 6-2, 190, two stars

Derrius Guice, RB, Baton Rouge/Catholic, 5-10, 213, four stars

Donte Jackson, CB, New Orleans/Riverdale, 5-11, 164, four stars

Tyron Johnson, WR, New Orleans/Warren Easton, 6-1, 191, five stars

Arden Key, DE, Atlanta/Hapeville Charter, 6-5, 230, four stars

Xavier Lewis, CB, Reserve/East St. John, 6-0, 207, four stars

Adrian Magee, OG, Franklinton/Franklinton, 6-5, 315, three stars

Brandon Martin, WR, Dallas/Prime Prep Academy, 6-4, 200, three stars

Justin McMillan, QB, Cedar Hill, Texas/Cedar Hill, 6-1, 170, three stars

Foster Moreau, TE, New Orleans/Jesuit, 6-5, 225, three stars

BryKeithon Mouton, TE, Lafayette/Acadiana, 6-1, 230, three stars

Hanner Shipley, TE, Marble Falls, Texas/Marble Falls, 6-5, 283, three stars

Maea Teuhema, OG, Keller, Texas/Keller, 6-4, 340, four stars

Kevin Toliver II, CB, Jacksonville/Trinity Christian, 6-2, 185, five stars

Chidi Valentine-Okeke, OT, Ludowci, Ga./Faith Baptist, 6-6, 306, four stars

Toby Weathersby, OT, Houston/Westfield, 6-4, 295, four stars

Isaiah Washington, DE, New Orleans/Edna Karr, 6-4, 240, three stars

BRIEFLY ...

NEEDS ADDRESSED: LSU signed five offensive linemen, a key area of need for this signing class. The Tigers lost three senior offensive linemen from last season and will likely lose two to three more after this season. Recruiting coordinator Frank Wilson said the line was LSU’s “greatest need” and “biggest emphasis.” Three of the five O-linemen the Tigers reeled in are ranked in the top five at their position nationally. And that includes two of the top offensive linemen from the state of Texas: Maea Teuhema and Toby Weathersby.

WHAT’S NEXT: Recruiting never ends. LSU’s staff will get started on next year’s class immediately. The Tigers will host a junior day on Saturday, where multiple offers will likely be doled out. “Saturday, it’s show time,” Wilson said.

Lagniappe: Coach Les Miles admitted there were some guys who surprised him by saying ‘no’ to LSU during the recruiting process. LSU thought it would get a signature from Mississippi LB Leo Lewis, but he signed with Mississippi State on Wednesday. “Certainly, we missed on a linebacker we thought we had,” Miles said. ... The Tigers might be one of the only teams in the nation to sign two players who are from another country. Punter Josh Growden is Australian and OL Chidi Valentine-Okeke is Nigerian.

COACH MILES SAYS: “It’s a class where character and quality people, as well as talent, are throughout. This is a class that can help us compete for championships and certainly for the College (Football) Playoffs.”