LSU coach Ed Orgeron is attempting to lock up the north part of Louisiana, and he believes this is a strong start.
The Tigers signed six players from that area on Wednesday and hope to secure a seventh. It all comes in a region that has given the purple and gold trouble in the past. Alabama and coach Nick Saban routinely swipe highly touted prospects from north Louisiana.
Since 2012, Alabama has signed four players out of north Louisiana who have ranked in the top 20 in Louisiana.
“We have six players that are signed from north Louisiana, which has been something we’ve had to overcome,” Orgeron said. “Hopefully we get to seven.”
Evangel players Micah Baskerville and Davin Cotton, Jena receiver Jaray Jenkins, Ferriday prospects Dare Rosenthal and Dantrieze Scott and Bastrop native Travez Moore all signed with the program during Day 1 of the three-day early signing period. Baskerville, Cotton and Moore plan to enroll in January, giving the Tigers an immediate impact from a somewhat distant region for this program.
Orgeron expects to sign one more north Louisiana product. Parkway High’s Terrace Marshall, the top-ranked receiver in the nation, is set to announce between LSU, Texas A&M and Texas on Friday.
Meanwhile, Moore could help replace edge rusher Arden Key, Orgeron suggested Wednesday in comments on the school’s national signing day show.
“Probably going to lose Arden Key,” the coach said when speaking about Moore, a 6-6, 250-pounder who spent the past two years at Copiah-LincolnCommunity College.
The two Evangel players were recruited by F-backs coach Steve Ensminger.
“They work hard,” Ensminger said of the pair. “When we saw Davin Cotton, just getting out of his hips as a defensive linemen and playing hard. Micah Baskerville is probably 6-2, 210 pounds and can really run. You go out there and watch them practice and they practice a lot like we do and try to get better every day. They committed to us last year and they never wavered.”
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The Tigers aren’t done shopping for running backs just yet, coaches say.
Florida running back Chris Curry, the 15th-ranked tailback prospect in the nation, signed with LSU on Wednesday, and Tae Provens, an Alabama native specified as an “athlete,” plans to sign with the Tigers on Thursday. But LSU is after even more tailbacks, coach Ed Orgeron said.
“We are going to sign another running back, maybe two more,” he said. “We need running backs. We’re looking for playmakers. Have our eyes on some guys that are dynamic. We’re going to get them.”
Another Alabama back, Harold Joiner, and Hanhville’s Pooka Williams are potential targets. LSU will lose senior Darrel Williams and expects to lose junior Derrius Guice to the NFL draft.
“We’re very encouraged by Chris Curry,” recruiting coordinator and running backs coach Tommie Robinson said. “He brings a lot to the table as far as his energy and style of running, things he’s able to do. We’re going to lose Darrel. We’ll see what happens after that. We need a running back and Chris fulfilled the need. Got to continue to press on. Running back was a need. We addressed it with Chris Curry.”
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Will LSU sign a QB?
That remains a mystery, and Orgeron did not shed too much light on it Wednesday.
The Tigers do not have a commitment from a quarterback nor did they sign any on Day 1 of the early signing period. They have three returning QBs: redshirt sophomore Justin McMillan and freshmen Myles Brennan and Lowell Narcisse.
“There’s a possibility we do sign a quarterback,” Orgeron said. “Again, these next four or five (open) slots will be by need basis and best guy on the board. There’s going to be some tough decisions that have to be made, but that’s what we have to do.
“I always feel like you need a quarterback in a recruiting class, but that’s not saying we’re going to sign one. It depends on the right one coming along.”
Arden Key has likely played his final college game, and the Tigers will be down three defensive starters for the Citrus Bowl.