Ed Orgeron's 2020 recruiting class is moving toward capacity, as another defensive lineman announced his commitment to LSU on Monday.
Three-star John Ehret defensive tackle Patrick Jenkins announced his commitment to LSU on Twitter, becoming the sixth defensive lineman to commit to the Tigers in the current recruiting cycle.
"I've thought long and hard about my decision," Jenkins wrote on Twitter, "and I will be playing my next 3-4 years at Louisiana State University."
The 6-foot-2, 285-pound Jenkins, is the nation's No. 46 defensive tackle recruit of his class, according to 247Sports; he joins Haynesville's CamRon Jackson (nation's No. 44 DT) and Jordan Berry of Harbor City, California, (No. 53) as the third defensive tackle committed to the 2020 class.
LSU walk-on quarterback Andre Sale has entered the NCAA transfer portal, the junior confirmed with The Advocate on Tuesday.
LSU's 2020 class has 18 commitments, inching closer toward the 25 the NCAA permits per year. The Tigers rank No. 3 nationally, behind No. 1 Clemson and No. 2 Alabama.
Defensive line was a major focus for Orgeron in the 2019 class, when LSU signed four total linemen (two tackles, two defensive ends), though the Tigers lost their recruiting battle to Alabama for highly coveted tackle Ishamel Sopsher from Amite High.
Following LSU's 29-0 loss to Alabama on Nov. 3, when the Crimson Tide outgained the Tigers 576-196, Orgeron made it clear he wanted change on the line of scrimmage.
"We've got to recruit better defensive linemen," Orgeron said then. "I got to get defensive linemen like them. I've got to recruit better offensive linemen. Same old thing: you've got to beat Alabama on the line of scrimmage."
It's been a productive few days on the recruiting trail for Ed Orgeron and the LSU Tigers.
Along with defensive end commitments Demon Clowney (No. 8 weak-side defensive end; Baltimore), Alec Bryant (No. 11 weak-side defensive end; Pearland, Texas) and Ali Gaye (No. 4 JUCO strong-side defensive end; Garden City (Kansas) Community College) Jenkin's commitment makes six defensive linemen in the 2020 class.
If Jenkins follows through and signs with LSU, he would become the third player on the Tigers roster from John Ehret High. Starting linebacker Michael Divinity (Class of 2016), tied for the team lead with five sacks in 2018, and inside linebacker Donte Starks (Class of 2019) signed with LSU during the early signing period in December.
Jenkins helped lead John Ehret to the Class 5A state semifinals in 2018, where the Patriots lost to eventual state runners up West Monroe 28-0.
LSU has added its second four-star safety of the week to its 2020 recruiting class.
LSU has added another top defensive back to its 2020 recruiting class.
LSU's 2020 commitments
|Elias Ricks||Santa Ana, Calif. (Mater Dei)||CB||6-2||180||*****||Nation's No. 1 CB|
|Kayshon Boutte||New Iberia (Westgate)||WR||5-10||175||****||Louisiana's No. 1 overall recruit|
|Alec Bryant||Pearland, Texas (Shadow Creek)||WDE||6-3||230||****||Nation's No. 9 WDE|
|Major Burns||Baton Rouge (Madison Prep Academy)||S||6-2||176||****||Nation's No. 6 S|
|Jermaine Burton||Calabasas, California (Calabasas)||WR||6-1||193||****||Nation's No. 7 WR|
|Demon Clowney||Baltimore, Maryland (St. Frances Academy)||WDE||6-4||225||****||Nation's No. 5 WDE|
|TJ Finley||Ponchatoula (Ponchatoula)||PRO||6-6||233||****||Nation's No. 8 pro-style QB|
|CamRon Jackson||Haynesville (Haynesville)||DT||6-5||271||****||Nation's No. 24 DT|
|Rakim Jarrett||Washington, DC (St. John's College HS)||WR||6-0||190||*****||Nation's No. 2 WR|
|Lorando Johnson||Lancaster, Texas (Lancaster)||CB||6-0||181||****||Nation's No. 11 CB|
|Max Johnson||Watkinsville, Ga. (Oconee County)||PRO||6-3||214||****||Nation's No. 5 pro-style QB|
|Antoine Sampah||Woodbridge, Va. (Woodbridge)||ILB||6-3||220||****||Nations No. 2 ILB|
|Jordan Toles||Baltimore, MD (St. Frances Academy)||S||6-3||190||****||Nation's No. 9 S|
|Josh White||Houston, Texas (Cy Creek)||OLB||6-1||200||****||Nation's No. 20 OLB|
|Jordan Berry||Harbor City, Calif. (Narbonne)||DT||6-2||323||***||Nation's No. 33 DT|
|Ali Gaye||Edmonds, Washington (Garden City C.C.)||SDE||6-6||270||***||No. 5 JUCO SDE|
|Patrick Jenkins||Marrero (John Ehret)||DT||6-2||285||***||Nation's No. 46 DT|
|Marlon Martinez||Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (St. Thomas Aquinas)||OG||6-4||287||***||Nation's No. 34 OG|