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Amite defensive lineman Ishmael Sopsher celebrates a play against Welsh during a Class 2A championship game Dec. 7, 2018, at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

National signing day is Wednesday, and LSU has a handful of recruits it's hoping to land.

Below is breakdown of where things stand.

ON CAMPUS ALREADY

Derek Stingley 

CB · 6-1 · 195 · Baton Rouge (Dunham) · 5***** 

Siaki Ika 

DT · 6-4 · 347 · Salt Lake City (East) · 4****

Charles Turner

TE · 6-4 · 245 · Canton, Ohio (IMG) · 3***

TK McLendon

TE · 6-5 · 241 · Soperton, Ga. (Copiah-Lincoln CC) · 3***


SIGNED IN DECEMBER, STILL IN HIGH SCHOOL

John Emery

RB · 5-11 · 210 · Destrehan (Destrehan) · 5*****

Marcel Brooks

OLB · 6-2 · 187 · Flower Mound, Texas (Marcus) · 5*****

Kardell Thomas

OG · 6-3 · 358 · Baton Rouge (Southern Lab) · 4****

Trey Palmer

WR · 6-1 · 177 · Kentwood (Kentwood) · 4****

Tyrion Davis-Price

RB · 6-1 · 223 · Baton Rouge (Southern Lab) · 4****

Donte Starks

ILB · 6-1 · 212 · Marrero (John Ehret) · 4****

Anthony Bradford

OG · 6-5 · 367 · Muskegon, Mich. (Muskegon) · 4****

Peter Parrish

QB · 6-1 · 199 · Phenix City, Ala. (Central) · 4****

Raydarious Jones

CB · 6-2 · 160 · Horn Lake, Miss. (Horn Lake) · 4****

Thomas Perry

OT · 6-6 · 328 · Lafayette (Teurlings Catholic) · 3***

Cordale Flott

CB · 6-0 · 155 · Saraland · Ala. (Saraland), 3***

Kendall McCallum

ILB · 6-3 · 247 · Oxford, Ala. (Oxford) · 3***

Joseph Evans

DT · 6-2 · 302 · Haynesville (Haynesville) · 3***

Cade York

K · 6-1 · 182 · Prosper, Texas · 3***

Quentin Skinner

LS · 6-1 · 260 · Buford, Ga. (Buford) · 3***

ANALYSIS: Ed Orgeron could finish the recruiting season with his highest-rated class at LSU. The talent that signed in December ranked the Tigers’ 2019 class No. 7 nationally according to 247Sports, tied with Orgeron’s first class in 2017. Major needs were met: Stingley will fill in for All-American corner Greedy Williams, who left early for the NFL draft; Emery and Davis-Price will help build depth with the loss of LSU’s senior leading rusher Nick Brossette; and Thomas, who dropped to a four-star since signing, will step into a line that was marred by injury, suspension and the expired eligibility of left guard Garrett Brumfield. With Parrish, LSU signed its first high school quarterback since 2017. Ika was a signing day surprise, although Orgeron stated he still wants more defensive linemen in the class. Orgeron made it clear after the 29-0 loss to Alabama the Tigers needed to be more physical in the trenches.


COMMITMENTS WHO MIGHT SIGN WEDNESDAY WITH LSU

Soni Fonua

DE · 6-4 · 264 · Mesa (Arizona) Community College · 3***

Maurice Hampton

CB · 6-0 · 205 · Memphis, Tenn. (University) · 4****

Ray Parker

OT · 6-5 · 250 · Ruston (Ruston) · 4****

ANALYSIS: Hampton and Fonua are expected to sign with LSU on Wednesday, and complications have surrounded Parker's signing. According to 247Sports, Parker may not qualify academically and could end up playing junior college. Parker was expected to excel at tackle, but he played tight end for Class 5A Ruston and caught 22 passes for 360 yards and three touchdowns. There were a few schools that pitched Parker the opportunity to play tight end in college; but he is expected to play tackle at LSU. Tackle is still a need for the Tigers. Parker would have been the highest-rated tackle since Austin Deculus (No. 10) signed with the Tigers two classes ago. Pass protection was an issue for LSU in 2018, when the school ranked 106th nationally with 35 sacks allowed. Deculus and Saahdiq Charles became the standard tackles when JC transfer Badara Traore struggled to transition to FBS play. Hampton is also a star baseball player, and MLB.com has the five-tool outfielder ranked No. 27 in its top 50 players available for the 2019 MLB draft. He’ll play both football and baseball at LSU if he doesn’t turn pro, and he’s a talented cornerback, too — named Mr. Tennessee Football at the Class 3A level in 2018. Hampton would join LSU linebacker Jacob Phillips, a former Mr. Tennessee Football himself.


HARD TARGETS BY LSU BUT AREN'T COMMITTED TO TIGERS

George Pickens

WR · 6-3 · 190 · Hoover, Ala. (Hoover) · 5*****

Ishmael Sopsher

DT · 6-3 · 334 · Amite (Amite) · 4****

Devonta Lee

ATH · 6-2 · 212 · Amite (Amite) · 4****

Charles Moore

SDE · 6-4 · 268 · Louisville, Miss. (Louisville) · 4****

John Rhys Plumlee

QB · 6-1 · 185 · Hattiesburg, Miss. (Oak Grove) · 4****

ANALYSIS: At the end of last year’s recruiting cycle, Orgeron said LSU was going to “stay close to home” in the future and lock down the top talent in Louisiana. After December’s early signing period, Orgeron said the Tigers didn’t lose a single in-state player to another school that they had offered a scholarship. Well, the top remaining talent is at Amite High between Sopsher and Lee, and there’d be hardly any larger recruiting statement if the LSU coaching staff is able to haul in both of them. It’s no secret that LSU is in tussle with Alabama over both of those recruits, and a win over the Tide in recruiting would be just as much a symbolic victory as it would be tangible. Although Sopsher has dropped a star in recruiting rankings, he’s still a potential force on the defensive line — something that would aid the Tigers significantly in the trench wars against Alabama. Lee is a big, physical receiver that reminds some of former Lutcher High and LSU star Jarvis Landry.