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GeauxTigerNation signing day recap

2/6/2013

LSU landed the No. 7 class in the nation on signing day. Here's a look at each signing as the LOIs rolled into Baton Rouge.

11:50 a.m. CT -- DE Tashawn BowerESPN 150
Somerville, N.J./Immaculata

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A highly regarded defensive end who could fit right in with LSU. Made a signing-day decision after considering Auburn, Florida and Florida State, among others.

10:42 a.m. CT -- DT Maquedius BainESPN 150
Fort Lauderdale, Fla./University New School of Nova South

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Part of a deep defensive tackle class, Bain has raw athleticism and size. During his prep career, he also showed a willingness as a team player, taking on the offensive line to fill a team need as a senior.

10:14 a.m. CT -- CB Rashard Robinson

Pompano Beach, Fla./Ely

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At 6-foot-3, Robinson continues LSU’s trend of signing big corners who can matchup with the SEC’s bigger receivers. In that regard, he’ll remind LSU fans of the recently departed Tharold Simon. Barely over 160 pounds, Robinson will have to add weight.

9:22 a.m. CT -- DB Rickey JeffersonESPN 300
Destrehan, La./Destrehan

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The younger brother of former LSU quarterback Jordan Jefferson, Rickey’s future role may either as a safety or a cornerback. LSU took his commitment as a corner, but a need at safety and Jefferson’s size (6-foot, 190 pounds) makes him a candidate.

9:17 a.m. CT -- CB Tre'Davious WhiteESPN 300
Shreveport, La./Green Oaks

The god brother of Dallas Cowboy Morris Claiborne, another Shreveport native, White has the potential to play with similar ability at cornerback. Fast and with the ability to change direction in a heartbeat, many think White will push for immediate, and significant, playing time.

9:04 a.m. CT -- DE Michael Patterson

Winnfield, La./Winnfield

Patterson is one of those players who commits early, then falls out of the limelight. But those in the know think he can make his mark in LSU’s talented defensive end class.

9:01 a.m. CT -- LB Kendell BeckwithESPN 150
Jackson, La./East Feliciana

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The ESPN 150 athlete figures to play outside linebacker for the Tigers. He gave LSU fans a reason to cheer at the Under Armor All-American game by picking LSU over Alabama.

8:57 a.m. CT -- CB Jeryl BrazilESPN 150
Loranger, La./Loranger

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Is there a faster football player in the country? Considering his 4.32 40-yard dash at The Opening and his nation’s best prep 55-meter time this season (6.28, at a recent meet at LSU), probably not. Brazil, an ESPN 150 pick appears headed for CB and may return kicks.

8:49 a.m. CT -- WR Kevin SpearsESPN 300
New Orleans/Holy Cross

He tried out for football as a high school junior and as a senior had a over 1,000 yards receiving playing in Louisiana’s highly competitive Class 4A. At 6-foot-3, the former basketball player gives LSU young size at receiver.

8:36 a.m. CT -- LB Melvin Jones

Lake Charles, La./Washington-Marion

A big-bodied linebacker, Jones has impressive straight-line speed for a player who easily carries 250 pounds or more. How he develops at his size will be fun to watch.

8:33 a.m. CT -- WR Quantavius Leslie

Hogansville, Ga./Hinds CC

Leslie was supposed to be at LSU already, but he did not graduate in time at his junior college. When he arrives, at 6-foot-4, he’ll give LSU the big receiver it currently lacks.

8:21 a.m. CT -- OG Josh Boutte

New Iberia, La./Westgate

The big-bodied guard gave LSU a minor scare when he visited Louisiana-Lafayette over the weekend. But safely in the class, Boutte is part of a deep offensive line class.

8:21 a.m. CT -- OL Andy DoddESPN 300
Lindale, Ga./Pepperell

The ESPN 300 lineman flipped from Alabama during the summer and has a chance to make an impact as either a future guard or center for the Tigers.

8:10 a.m. CT -- DT Greg GilmoreESPN 150
Hope Mills, N.C./South View

LSU might need immediate help at defensive tackle and many see the big, strong Gilmore as the player most ready to step in. At 285 pounds and with some polish on his game, the ESPN 150 pick looks game ready.

8:07 a.m. CT -- TE DeSean SmithESPN 150
Lake Charles, La./Barbe

The ESPN 150 tight end will give LSU its most dangerous pass catching threat at the position since Richard Dickson, if not longer. At 6-foot-5 and with soft hands and good speed, he has the ability to give LSU a true TE-WR hybrid.

7:32 a.m. CT -- DE Frank HerronESPN 300
Memphis, Tenn./Central

Herron gave LSU a scare when he visited Texas over the weekend, but then on Tuesday matched his impressive skills with an impressively funny tweet: In purple and gold letters, it read: "Keep Calm, I’m going to LSU."

7:19 a.m. CT -- LB Duke Riley

River Ridge, La./John Curtis

The defensive leader of one of American’s top prep teams, Riley brings track athlete speed to the linebacker position and projects as an outside linebacker who will have the ability to cover passes like a safety.

7:19 a.m. CT -- DE Lewis Neal

Wilson, N.C./James B. Hunt

Not the tallest defensive end out there, but Neal plays with a high motor and athleticism. Had the distinction of being the only player to announce his pledge between innings at a baseball game.

7:19 a.m. CT -- OL K.J. Malone

Ruston, La./Cedar Creek

The son of Basketball Hall of Famer Karl Malone, K.J. quietly pledged to LSU early in the process, then slipped out of the limelight. But he brings the size and strength that made his dad an imposing NBA figure.


Early enrollees

TE Logan Stokes

Muscle Shoals, Ala./Northeast Mississippi CC

A former high school defensive lineman, Stokes has developed nicely as a tight end in junior college. He comes to LSU with tremendous size and the reputation for having good hands despite modest statistics at a pass-challenged juco. He’s already enrolled for the spring semester and should challenge for the starting tight end job left vacated by the graduation of Chase Clement.

OG Fehoko Fanaika

Sacramento, Calif./College of San Mateo

A 2012 signee, Fanaika had to stay at his junior college in the fall semester to complete course work needed to graduate. A powerfully-built guard, he should contend for playing time and possibly start at one of the guard positions.

WR Avery Johnson

Pompano Beach, Fla./Hargrave Military Academy

The younger brother of Patrick Peterson, Johnson signed with LSU in 2012, but was an academic non-qualifier and attended Hargrave in the fall. He resigned and enrolled in the spring.

QB Anthony JenningsESPN 300
Marietta, Ga./Marietta

One of two ESPN 300 quarterbacks in the class, both already enrolled. Jennings and Hayden Rettig will provide each other with competition as the possible QB of the future.

QB Hayden RettigESPN 300
Los Angeles/Cathedral

The other ESPN 300 QB in the class, Rettig bounced back from a knee injury for a big senior year. He comes to LSU with a reputation as being one of the best pure passers in the country.

OT Ethan PocicESPN 150
Lemont, Ill.

The ESPN 150 comes to LSU with tremendous length and good feet. As an early enrollee, he’ll get to immediately contend for playing time at tackle, where LSU lost three of the four players who started games last season.

WR John Diarse

Monroe, La./Neville

A high school quarterback, Diarse will move to wide receiver, where he showed tremendous potential during the summer camp and 7-on-7 circuit. He’ll have work to do on his technique and he enrolled early at LSU to get started on it.

DT Christian LaCouture

Lincoln, Neb./Southwest

A Texan, LaCouture moved to Nebraska for his senior season. He didn’t stay in the Midwest long, opting to commit to LSU, then enroll in January.