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Why LSU will compete next year

4/20/2013

UPDATE: Joining a top 10 2013 recruiting class in Baton Rouge is three-star power forward Brian Bridgewater (Baton Rouge, La./Scotlandville Magnet), who signed with LSU on Thursday.

Our recruiting staff speaks highly of Bridgewater's potential.

"He doesn't possess that ideal lengthy frame, but when it comes to strength, bulk, and explosiveness he is peerless," one ESPN Analyst said. "He plays with a "junk yard dog" mentality, but he also has a great feel for this game, especially when operating in the paint area and rebounding."

Bridgewater, along with Martin, Mickey, and Quarterman, are the key parts of a formidable incoming class. The SEC is top-heavy with Kentucky and Florida. LSU, however, is positioning itself well to compete at the top half of the conference and higher in the coming years.

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Impact freshmen sprinkle every incoming college class. It's most interesting, though, when a star newcomer will be on a team that has been either dormant or traditionally mediocre. LSU fits the first category and will welcome in the No. 10 ranked recruiting class in 2013. The Tigers' seven-man recruiting class includes a five-star prospect and two four-star prospects.