11-25-17 LSU vs. A&M Pregame

Coach Ed Orgeron pumps up the crowd on Victory Hill before the LSU vs. A&M football game on Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017.

Dilyn Stewart

Ed Orgeron's first full recruiting class at LSU is officially coming together.

The Tigers are expecting the vast majority of their class to sign during the early signing period this week.


7:20 a.m.

3-star TE Zach Sheffer | Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida

The 6-foot-3, 230-pound, tight end is not the flashiest of commits but has quite the offer sheet. Sheffer was heavily recruited by Ohio State before committing to LSU last summer.

Sheffer, the no. 26 ranked tight end according to 247sports.com, is projected as H-back and will help offset the loss of JD Moore in the Tigers' offense.

7:30 a.m.

4-star RB Chris Curry | Lehigh Acres, Florida

Curry is one of the top running backs in the state of Florida and the No. 15 ranked back in the country. 

Curry, who's nickname is "Beastmode," has enough speed to separate in the secondary, but also the power to run through tackles at 5 foot 11, 200 pounds.

He is a big piece in filling up what looks to be a depleted LSU backfield in 2018. 

8:00 a.m.

4-star WR Kenan Jones | Berwick, Louisiana

Jones is a part of a group of receivers in the Louisiana that are viewed as some of the best in the country.

The 6-foot-3, 205-pound, receiver brings a physical presence to a group that already features multiple receivers over six feet tall.

Jones is the No. 56 ranked receiver and held offers from Florida State, Oregon and Arkansas.

3-star DT Dominic Livingston | Houston, Texas

The former Texas A&M commit flipped to LSU in early December, and adds much needed size to the trenches for the Tigers.

Livingston is a prototype nose tackle in defensive coordinator Dave Aranda's 3-4 defense at 6 foot 3, 350 pounds.

He is the No. 33 ranked defensive tackle in the country, and was a huge get for LSU out of Texas.

3-star OL Damien Lewis | Senatobia, Mississippi

Orgeron made it his priority to beef up the depth along the offensive and defensive lines this cycle, and Lewis does just that. The 6-foot-3, 320-pound, guard was named a JUCO All-American.

Lewis shows the quickness to pull out in front of running backs and reach the second level. Lewis will compete for a starting spot at guard if freshman Saahdiq Charles is moved to left tackle permanently.

He was ranked the No. 3 guard at the junior college level.

4-star DT Chasen Hines |Marshall, Texas

Hines was originally projected to play guard at LSU, but is now set on playing nose tackle for the Tigers.

The switch for the 6-foot-3, 335-pound, Hines was a bit of a surprise; however, he is more than suited to play on defense. He brings another big body to a defensive line that struggled with depth at all three positions.

Hines chose LSU over Texas, who made a late run for his signature.

9:30 a.m.

3-star DL Nelson Jenkins | Plaquemine, Louisiana

Jenkins is the third Plaquemine recruit to sign with LSU since 2014, and is similar to former Plaquemine standout Davon Godchaux. 

Jenkins is a quick, agile defender who can play on either inside or outside in a 3-4 defense. However, he lost most of his senior season due to a knee after a strong junior year that netted him an offer from Alabama.

The 6-foot-3, 290 pound, Jenkins adds another body in the trenches for LSU.

3-star OL/DL Dare Rosenthal | Ferriday, Louisiana

Rosenthal was once an Alabama commit and a top player in the state of Louisiana. Now, he is a Tiger.

Recruiting services have the 6-foot-7, 330-pound, Rosenthal ranked as a 3-star, but he boasts the offer sheet of a 5-star.

The tallest player in LSU's class can play either offensive or defensive tackle, but it is not exactly quite clear on what position he will play in Baton Rouge. Either way, Rosenthal is a big get for Orgeron.

9:45 a.m.

4-star LB Micah Baskerville | Shreveport, Louisiana

Baskerville is a highly-touted inside linebacker and has been invited to play in the Army All-American game.

He is athletic and fast with good size at 6 foot, 210 pounds. Baskerville will probably make his mark on special teams early in his career before sliding into the rotation at linebacker.

11:15 a.m.

4-star DL Davin Cotton | Shreveport, Louisiana

Cotton joins Baskerville from Evangel High School in this year's class, and the two teammates are both highly ranked.

While Baskerville is the top linebacker in the state, Cotton is the top defensive lineman in the state. Cotton is an interesting prospect due to his size, 6 foot 1, 262 pounds, but is terrific at shooting gaps.

The biggest issue with Cotton is a leg injury he suffered in his senior year.

4-star DL Travez Moore | Bastrop, Louisiana

Moore is the second of three junior college players that have signed with LSU and is the highest ranked.

He is one of the premier pass rushers at the junior college level and is ranked the No. 6 overall JUCO player in the country.

Moore adds another element to LSU's defensive front.

4-star WR Jaray Jenkins | Jena, Louisiana

Jenkins is a true deep threat with play-making ability in the return game as well.

He provides speed to pair with the current size in LSU's receiver room.

However, Jenkins is another signee who suffered a leg injury during his senior year. The 6-foot-1, 180-pound, receiver is still expected to be ready for the fall.

4-star OT Badara Traore | Brooklyn, New York

The final of three junior college signees brought in by LSU, and he may be the most important.

Traore is 6-foot-8, 320 pounds, and is the No. 1 JUCO offensive tackle. The addition of Traore to the offensive line is huge, and he may end up starting at left or right tackle in 2018.

3-star TE/OLB Dantreize Scott | Ferriday, Louisiana

Scott was not highly recruited by elite schools, but he is a favorite of Orgeron and defensive line coach Dennis Johnson.

Scott is the teammate of Rosenthal and both can play on either side of the ball, but it appears Scott is likely going to play on defense.

He has the length and size at 6 foot 5, 245 pounds to be a rush linebacker, and Scott also possess the speed and athleticism to drop back in coverage if necessary.

11:50 a.m.

3-star OT Cameron Wire | Gonzales, Louisiana

Wire is the top ranked tackle in Louisiana and is another player who holds offers from top schools around the country.

LSU beat out schools Oklahoma, Alabama and Florida State for the 6-foot-6, 280 pound, tackle.

He has the perfect size and length to be LSU's left tackle of the future.

1:10 p.m.

4-star LB Damone Clark | Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Clark is the stereotypical, downhill inside linebacker. He will find the hole and punish running backs.

At 6 foot 3, 218 pounds, Clark is big and fast enough to play either position on the inside of Aranda's defense.

The No. 18 ranked inside linebacker chose LSU over Texas.

1:30 p.m.

3-star C Cole Smith | Pontotoc, Mississippi

Smith is one of the top centers in the country, but he was reportedly close to flipping to Mississippi State.

Luckily for LSU, Smith decided to stick with the Tigers. Of LSU's 16 signees, he is the 10th offensive or defensive lineman.

Smith will have a chance to compete for playing time, especially if junior center Will Clapp decides to go pro.


4 p.m.

3-star RB Tae Provens | Gurley, Alabama

Oregon promised he would sign another running back, and he did just that. Provens is the Tigers' 19th commitment and 2nd running back commitment. 

LSU will lose senior running back Darrel Williams and junior Derrius Guice is expected to go to the NFL draft. 

He is listed as "athlete", but given that the Tigers are slim at the running back position, thats where he will be needed most. 


4-star DE Jarrell Cherry | Dallas, Texas

One of the Tigers' biggest targets will head to Baton Rouge next season.

At 6-foot-3, 224 pounds, Cherry is expected to make an instant impact upon the decision for junior edge rusher Arden Key to leave for the NFL. 

Cherry is the No. 12 ranked weakside defensive end in the country and had offers from Alabama, Michigan, Texas A&M and others. 

5-star WR Terrace Marshall | Bossier City, Louisiana

The Tigers' final signee of the early signing period was perhaps the most important one. 

Marshall is the No. 1 player in Louisiana and the top ranked receiver in the country. Marshall will have a chance to earn a generous amount of playing time with the teams' top two receivers, DJ Chark and Russel Gage, graduating. 

At 6-foot-2, 192 pounds, Marshall's size and athleticism will prove to be a major threat that the Tigers' should take advantage of. 

Marshall will enroll in January. 

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