Micah Baskerville

New LSU inside linebacker Micah Baskerville

The highest rated player in the highly vaunted group of recruits coming out of Evangel in Shreveport this year, inside linebacker Micah Baskerville is headed to LSU.

The No. 12 inside linebacker in the country, Baskerville is part of the group of three recruits from of the North Louisiana powerhouse who made verbal commitments to join the Tigers back in February following the Boys From the Boot event. All three teammates committed together almost immediately.

Baskerville was recruited by LSU coaches Steve Ensminger and defensive coordinator Dave Aranda and was a big score for a coaching staff trying to prove it could pull talent out of that region of the state. Evangel made it to the semifinals of this year's LHSAA Division I playoffs.

After a strong senior season in which he recorded 78 tackles and had two interceptions, Baskerville is headed to the U.S. Army All American game next month.

Baskerville stuck with LSU despite a late in-home visit from TCU coach Gary Patterson a little more than a week before signing day, according to a tweet from Baskerville. He also received offers from Oklahoma State, UCLA and Tulane.

Name: Micah Baskerville

Position: Inside Linebacker

Measurables: 6-foot-2, 215

High School: Evangel

Hometown: Shreveport, Louisiana

Committed: February 18, 2017

247Sports Position Rank: 12

247 Composite rating: 4 stars

At a Glance:

The U.S. Army All American committed to the Tigers back in February and never wavered. Baskerville is one of three recruits out of Evangel to sign with LSU in the class after making a late surge in 247Sports' recruiting ratings with a big senior season.

What They’re Saying:

“I would say he’s the field general. He plays middle linebacker for us and he’s the one that makes all the calls and all the checks. He’s the quarterback on defense. He’s played on every unit in the defense. He played up front at defensive end, he played at middle linebacker this year and the year before and he’s played back deep in the secondary in some situations. He’s a very diverse athlete.” - Evangel coach Byron Dawson

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