Keanu Koht committed to LSU on Saturday afternoon, adding another highly-regarded prospect to the Tigers' growing 2021 class. His pledge continued a wave of recent verbal commitments and pushed LSU into the top 5 of national rankings.
Despite increased recruiting restrictions during the coronavirus pandemic, LSU has received a bevy of commitments over the past few months. It now has 15 players in its 2021 class, leaving 10 open spots.
Near the beginning of the week, LSU's class was ranked No. 9 in the country. Three commitments later, LSU has the nation's No. 5 class, according to 247Sports, making it the highest-ranked group without a five-star recruit.
Koht, a four-star defensive end from Vero Beach, Florida, announced his decision on social media. He picked LSU over offers from Auburn, Florida and Oregon.
One Zoom call with LSU wide receivers coach Mickey Joseph over a month ago truly had it all for Zachary High’s Chris Hilton Jr.
"First I would like to thank God for everything he has guided me to foresee and work through; I thank him for the people he has blessed to be a part of my life and journey up to this point," Koht wrote. "They are a pivotal factor in me becoming the young man I am today. My path so far has made me wiser, humble, self-demanding and hard working.
"I give God all the glory for what I have accomplished and will continue to achieve. I am blessed and honored to announce I'm committing to Louisiana State University."
Koht is the No. 240 player in the country, according to 247Sports' composite rankings. His pledge gave LSU four defensive ends in the 2021 class.
As another out-of-state recruit, Koht also continued a trend within this LSU recruiting class. The Tigers have built the majority of their class on national recruiting; only three of the 15 commitments are from Louisiana.
With about one month until college football leaders must decide the fate of the 2020 season, cases of the novel coronavirus have spiked across the country and emerged in athletic departments, casting doubt on the feasibility of playing the sport this fall.
LSU 2020-21 commitments (15)
Name / Hometown / Pos. / Ht. / Wt. / Rating Notes
Keanu Koht, Vero Beach, Florida (Vero Beach) WDE 6-4, 215 **** Nation's No. 18 weak-side DE
Chris Hilton Jr., Zachary, La. (Zachary) WR 5-11, 169 **** Nation's No. 8 WR, No. 65 overall player
Naquan Brown, Virginia Beach, Va. (Ocean Lakes) DE/OLB 6-3, 205 **** No. 11 weak-side DE
Zavier Carter, Atlanta (Hapeville Charter) OLB 6-4, 193 **** Nation’s No. 15 OLB
Raesjon Davis, Santa Ana, Calif. (Mater Dei) OLB 6-1, 215 ***** Nation’s No. 3 OLB
Garrett Dellinger, Clarkston, Mich. (Clarkston) OT 6-5, 280 **** Nation’s No. 12 OT
JoJo Earle, Aledo, Texas (Aledo) WR 5-9, 170 **** No. 69 recruit overall
Khari Gee, Atlanta (Woodward Academy) S 6-3, 185 ****
Anthony Hundley, Miami (Booker T. Washington) DT 6-3, 270 *** Nation’s No. 30 DT
Landon Jackson, Texarkana, Texas (Pleasant Grove) DE 6-6, 240 **** No. 4 weakside DE
Corey Kiner, Cincinnati (Roger Bacon) RB 5-10, 205 **** Nation’s No. 10 RB
Saivion Jones, St. James (St. James) DE 6-5, 240 **** No. 19 weakside DE
Garrett Nussmeier, Flower Mound, Texas (Marcus) QB 6-1, 182 **** No. 7 pro-style QB
Deion Smith, Jackson, Miss. (Provine) WR 6-1, 172 **** No. 1 in Mississippi
Peyton Todd, West Monroe (West Monroe) P 6-5, 210 N/A Kohl’s top national P