Ed Orgeron outlines LSU’s biggest recruiting needs in 2018

With a bye week on the horizon, LSU coach Ed Orgeron’s focus has shifted to recruiting.

The Tigers hold 18 commitments in their 2018 recruiting class, including nine of the state’s top 30 prospects. However, LSU’s goal is to finish strong with some of the top uncommitted targets both in Louisiana and across the country.

During Orgeron’s Tuesday press conference, he outlined which positions the team is focusing in to round out the Class of 2018 recruiting haul.

“Line play, obviously. As many linemen as we can get,” Orgeron said. “We need corners. We think that we’re going to lose two starting corners. We need corners. We need a great safety. We have some spots filled already. We need a [junior college] offensive lineman, maybe two. Those are things that stand out to me: Linemen, cornerbacks. And, obviously, we’re losing two outstanding running backs. So those are the key things.”

Who is Orgeron referring to?

LSU holds verbal pledges from two offensive linemen, including 3-star East Ascension (La.) tackle Cameron Wire and 3-star Mississippi center Cole Smith. Tigers line coach Jeff Grimes spent Monday in New York to visit the No. 1 junior college offensive tackle Badara Traore, who is expected to make an official visit to Baton Rouge sometime in November.

LSU holds a commitment from 3-star Evangel (La.) nickel Ar’Drius Washington, but is aiming to reel in three, maybe four more defensive backs. Five-stars Anthony Cook and Patrick Surtain Jr. sit atop of the team’s wish list at corner, while 4-star Scotlandville (La.) safety Kelvin Joseph is the Tigers’ primary target at safety.

Tae Provens and Chris Curry both committed to LSU in June and look to be part of the Tigers’ solution to replace senior Darrel Williams and junior Derrius Guice in the backfield. LSU remains in a strong position to land 4-star Alabama tailback Harold Joiner, who recently visited for LSU’s comeback victory against Auburn.

Orgeron and secondary coach Corey Raymond spent part of Monday in nearby Houston visiting Lamar Houston (Texas) High School, the home of Cook. The U.S. Army All-American is scheduled to give a commitment on Oct. 30 and is down to LSU, Texas and Ohio State.

LSU currently holds the No. 15-ranked recruiting class in the country, per the 247Sports Composite rankings, but finds itself in a strong position to improve upon those standings as the blue-chip targets begin to fall. The team’s three-game winning streak is certainly part of the equation.

“It was great. I spent the day in Texas, mostly in Houston,” Orgeron said. “We were all over the place identifying needs, going out and seeing specific needs that we need to finish this recruiting class. A lot of guys, a lot of our commitments, we had already seen. It’s only an evaluation, we can’t talk to them at their schools. But I was at four or five different schools. We went out and saw a bunch of players that we needed to see and we’re going to go out again Thursday and go out again Friday.
“Guys are excited. Guys are saying ‘Coach O, I’m proud of your team for fighting back.’ A lot of guys want to be Tigers right now. Obviously, we’ve got to finish very strong. “

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