Some of LSU's 2017 signing class started school Wednesday.
The school announced the enrollment of five mid-year enrollees: tackle Austin Deculus, defensive backs Jacoby Stevens and Grant Delpit, quarterback Lowell Narcisse and defensive end Justin Thomas.
Texas receiver Mannie Netherly, expected to be a sixth mid-year enrollee, has not yet been cleared by the NCAA. This is not uncommon.
For instance, receiver Dee Anderson, a rising sophomore, enrolled a week into classes last January as he needed to pass an internet course for clearance.
Netherly's father told SECCountry.com on Wednesday night that his son would be ready to enroll in classes Friday following a snafu regarding his high school contract.
The mid-year enrollees are expected to all participate in spring football, even Narcisse, who's scheduled to complete his rehabilitation from a second ACL injury in February.
Here's more about each, including Netherly:
QB Lowell Narcisse
Hometown (high school): St. James (St. James)
National position rank: 9th (dual-threat)
Other notable offers: Auburn, Alabama, Clemson, Florida, Michigan
How they’d get’em: Narcisse de-committed from LSU in December in an attempt to speed up the Tigers’ offensive coordinator search. They hired Matt Canada 3 days later.
The dish on Narcisse: Despite missing most of his junior season and his entire senior year while rehabbing from ACL surgeries, Narcisse remained one of the nation’s top dual-threat quarterbacks. The 6-2, 225-pounder led the team to three postseason wins as a junior, returning from ACL rehab to account for 10 touchdowns during that stretch.
OT Austin Deculus
Hometown (high school):Cypress, Texas (Cy-Fair)
National position rank: 9th
Other notable offers: Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Miami, Notre Dame
How they’d get’em: He might be a Texas boy, but Deculus has family from the Mamou area, Opelousas, Lake Charles, Breaux Bridge, and Lafayette.
The dish on Deculus: The 6-6, 330-pounder set a school record by squatting 585 pounds over the summer. He’s a thick and strong player, a massive body who could compete at a position of need for the Tigers – tackle. LSU will return Toby Weathersby and K.J. Malone, but grooming Deculus as a potential future left tackle begins this spring.
S Jacoby Stevens
Hometown (high school): Murfreesboro, Tennessee (Oakland)
National position rank: 1st
Other notable offers: Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, Auburn, Clemson
How they’d get’em: The Tide fought hard to flip Stevens, but the Tigers held on – in part because of them resigning DBs coach Corey Raymond, Stevens said.
The dish on Stevens: The top-ranked safety in the nation might have the best shot of any mid-year enrollee to play early as a true freshman. He picked off nine passes during his junior and senior seasons, returned kicks and caught 55 passes as a receiver, racking up more than 1,000 in his final two years at Oakland High.
S Grant Delpit
Hometown (high school): Bradenton, Florida (IMGAcademy)
National position rank: 10th
Other notable offers: Notre Dame, Miami, Alabama, Auburn, Florida State
How they’d get’em: Delpit originally comes from LSU’s most fertile recruiting area outside of the state of Louisiana – Houston.
The dish on Delpit: The 6-3, 190-pounder finished his senior season at IMG with four interceptions and 47 total tackles. He twice returned interceptions for touchdowns. Like Stevens, Delpit could find himself on the field early, but he’ll have to battle returning players like Cam Lewis, Eric Monroe, Xavier Lewis and presumed starter John Battle.
DE Justin Thomas
Hometown (high school): Spanish Fort, Alabama (Spanish Fort)
National position rank: 18th (strong-side)
Other notable offers: Alabama, Arkansas, Tennessee, South Carolina
How they’d get’em: The Tigers stole one from the Crimson Tide’s backyard. WRs coach Dameyune Craig’s Mobile ties were partly behind landing him.
The dish on Thomas: Thomas rolled up seven sacks and 57 total tackles during his senior season. His 6-5, 260-pound frame allows room for significant growth, and he’s got a head start in spring in the competition to replace two starting defensive ends – Davon Godchaux and Lewis Neal.
WR Mannie Netherly
Hometown (high school): Crosby, Texas (Crosby)
National position rank: 37th
Other notable offers: Texas, Texas A&M, Alabama, Florida
How they’d get’em: Many projections had Netherly leaning toward A&M and Texas, but he remained with LSU after his June commitment.
The dish on Netherly: The 6-2, 185-pounder played quarterback in high school, but he projects as a receiver on the college level, and he enters a receivers room that could lose as many as three players. Travin Dural is gone, and draft-eligible juniors D.J. Chark and Malachi Dupre continue to decide about their future.