LSU coach Ed Orgeron's second recruiting class at LSU has shaped out to be even better than the first.
The class is set to conclude the early signing period with a top-5 ranking. Orgeron said he expects the majority of LSU's 19-commit class class to sign during the early signing period this week.
Hold That Tiger!— Coach Ed Orgeron (@Coach_EdOrgeron) December 19, 2018
We Comin’ 😏🐯 #LSU— LSU Football Recruiting (@LSUFBrecruiting) December 19, 2018
Wednesday, Dec. 19
4-star DT Siaki Ika | Salt Lake City, Utah
LSU started the early signing period with a bang as Ika picked the Tigers over the Florida, Oregon and Utah.
According to 247Sports Composite, Ika is the No. 159 overall prospect in the country, No. 11 overall defensive tackle and No. 1 player in the state of Utah
The 6-3, 351-pound defensive tackle totaled 89 tackles and 14 sacks in only seven games during his senior year.
Ika was a big get for the Tigers, as they only had one other defensive tackle commit previously.
The moment Siaki Ika chose his school. pic.twitter.com/a2tk8AGGmd— Alex Vejar (@AlexVReporting) December 19, 2018
3-star OL Thomas Perry | Lafayette, La.
Perry is a 6-foot-5, 325-pound lineman is the nation's No. 36 offensive tackle according to 247Sports Composite.
Perry's father, Adam, was an offensive tackle at LSU from 1993-97.
3-star DL Joseph Evans | Haynesville, La.
The 6-foot-3, 305-pound Evans is the No. 27 defensvie tackle in the nation. He was LSU's lone defensive lineman commit before Siaki Ika signed this morning.
Evans played on both the offensive and defensive lines during his high school career, but is expected to remain on the defensive side of the ball for the Tigers.
2-star LS Quentin Skinner | Buford, Ga.
Skinner, ranked the third-best long snapper in the nation, is the third LSU long snapper to come from Buford, Ga., the hometown of Reid and Blake Ferguson.
3-star TE TK McLendon | Soperton, Ga.
McLendon is one of the top junior college prospects in the nation, listed as the No. 3 tight end by 247sports.
McLendon has both size and speed that LSU will need with the loss of senior tight end Foster Moreau. He totaled five receptions for 43 yards with one touchdown in his sophomore season at Copiah-Lincoln Community College.
McLendon will enroll in January and participate in spring practices.
4-star OG Anthony Bradford | Muskegon, Mich.
Bradford is a a physical lineman that excels in run-blocking due to his tremendous upper body strength.
He is ranked the No. 11 offensive tackle prospect in the nation and No. 3 overall prospect from the state of Michigan according to Rivals.
3-star ILB Kendall McCallum | Oxford, Ala.
McCallum is the ranked as the No. 32 inside linebacker in the nation by 247Sports.
McCallum will bring added depth to LSU's defense, especially if junior Devin White opts to go to the NFL Draft.
3-star C Charles Turner | Bradenton, Fla.
LSU struggled with depth on the offensive line this season and Turner is a versatile lineman with the ability to play any position along the offensive line.
The 6-foot-4, 237 pound lineman was ranked the sixth-best center in the nation by 247Sports.
Turner will enroll at LSU in January and attend spring practices.
Dream come true!! Thanks to the man up above.🙇🏽♂️ https://t.co/w7U5p7MXJm— C.TURNER III (@turner_cha75) December 19, 2018
3-star K Cade York | Prosper, Texas
York was one of the nation's top kicking prospects, ranked second nationally by ESPN and sixth by 247Sports.
With the loss of senior Cole Tracy, York will bring a strong and accurate leg to an LSU team that became used to the automatic nature of Tracy in his only season as a Tiger.
York can also do punts and kickoffs.
York connected on 9-of-11 field goals with a long of 47 yards as a senior.
✅ SignedThe No. 2 ranked kicker in America for the #KohlsKicking Class of 2019 makes it official with the #LSU Tigers. York will take a trip to the Under Armour @AllAmericaGame before arriving on campus.🎥 EVAL: https://t.co/kfiVguONKi#GeauxTigers #NSD pic.twitter.com/IkqQtDMUTX— Kohl's Kicking Camps (@KohlsKicking) December 19, 2018
4-star ILB Donte Starks | Marrero, La.
Starks chose LSU over other SEC powerhouses like Auburn, Arkansas and Florida.
The No. 6 prospect in Louisiana totaled 129 tackles, 17 tackles for loss and 7.5 sacks during his senior season at John Ehret High School outside of New Orleans.
4-star WR Trey Palmer | Kentwood, La.
The 6-foot-1, 177 pound receiver is rated as high as the No. 4 player in the state of Louisiana, the No. 29 prospect in the nation and the No. 2 wide receiver.
Palmer put up 1,008 yards with nine touchdowns on 39 receptions as a senior in 2018, averaging 25.8 yards per catch.
Palmer also played on the defensive side of the ball for Class 1A state champions Kentwood High School, totaling 195 tackles, eight tackles for loss, one sack and one interception as a safety.
5-star CB Derek Stingley | Baton Rouge, La.
Stingley is the crown jewel of LSU's 2019 signing class, as the 5-star defensive back is set to become the next great part of "DBU."
Stingley is a lock down cornerback that many believe is the top overall player in the 2019 class. The 2018 Louisiana Gatorade Player of the Year led the Dunham School to back-to-back district titles in his junior and senior years and Louisiana Division-III quarterfinals during his senior season.
Stingley has spent time in all three phases of the game. He earned MVP honors on both offense and district for his district and was named first team all-district on both sides of the ball
As a senior, Stingley had four interceptions in limited targets, returning one for a touchdown as both a cornerback and safety. On the offensive side of the ball, he had 24 receptions for 678 yards receiving and eight touchdowns, as well as 192 yards rushing and 4 rushing touchdown.
Stingley also stood out as a return specialist on both punts and kickoffs.
Stingley will enroll at LSU in January and participate in spring practices.
Derek Stingley Jr. signs pic.twitter.com/otOF7wC2fm— Robin Fambrough (@FambroughAdv) December 19, 2018
4-star OLB Marcel Brooks | Flower Mound, Texas
Brooks is a solid all-around athlete who will also bring added depth to Dave Aranda's defense.
The 6-foot-2, 187 pound recruit is rated as the No. 2 outside linebacker by 247Sports, the No. 3 prospect in Texas and the No. 23 national prospect.
On the offensive side of the ball, Brooks caught 31 passes for 635 yards in his primary position of receiver during his senior season.
4-star QB Peter Parrish | Phenix City, Ala.
The dual-threat quarterback from Alabama threw for 2,920 yards and added another 1,312 yards rushing throughout his final two season at Central-Phenix High School.
Parrish led Central-Phenix to an undefeated season his senior season, capping it off with 178 total yards with two touchdowns in 52-7 win in the Alabama State Championship Game.
5-star RB John Emery Jr. | Destrehan, La.
Emery comes to LSU as the highest rated running back since Leonard Fournette in the class of 2015. He is one of the best running backs in the nation, as well as a top-three player in the state of Louisiana and the No. 2 running back nationally by 247sports.
The one-time Georgia commit rushed for 1,693 yards and 26 touchdowns while leading Destrehan High School to the 5A state semifinals as a senior.
Destrehan 5-star RB John Emery announcing he will sign with LSU pic.twitter.com/wed3uffl1R— Andrew Doak (@AndrewDoak_WWL) December 19, 2018
5-star OG Kardell Thomas | Baton Rouge, La.
The first of two Southern Lab signees has been vocal throughout his recruiting process about his commitment to LSU.
“I’ve been committed to LSU, y’all already know where I’m going," said Thomas at his signing ceremony. "It ain’t no question.”
Thomas is the best offensive lineman to come out of Baton Rouge in years and is the top-rated offensive guard in the nation.
4-star RB Tyrion Davis | Baton Rouge, La.
Davis adds to an already loaded LSU backfield with sophomore Clyde Edwards-Helaire, freshman Chris Curry and fellow signee John Emery.
The 223-pound back was ranked as high as the No. 8 running back in the nation according to 247Sports.
3-star CB Cordale Flott | Saraland, Ala.
Flott put up 31 tackles, three forced fumbles, six pass break ups and one interception as a senior in 2018 as he helped lead Saraland High School to the Alabama Class 6A State Championship.
Flott also played receiver in high school, racking up 180 yards on 12 carries with two touchdowns and recorded 28 receptions for 502 yards and one touchdown his senior season.
The "smothering" cornberback brings even more depth to LSU's secondary.
4-star CB Raydarious Jones | Horn Lake, Miss.
The 6-foot-2, long 170-pound cornerback chose LSU over Ole Miss in a decision that reportedly went down to the very last minutes.
The additions on Jones and Baton Rouge-native Derek Stingley will help an LSU secondary that is losing two-time All-American Greedy Williams to the 2019 NFL Draft.
As a dual-threat quarterback at undefeated Horn Lake, Jones rushed for 1,075 yards and threw for 1,496, with 27 touchdowns.
Jones' signature pushes LSU into the No. 3 recruiting class in the country, according to 247Sports.