Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Eye on the Tigers, a rundown of everything happening in LSU Tigers recruiting, with Sam Spiegelman. In this edition, we discuss how LSU’s 2018 signees will factor into the offensive depth chart ahead of spring practices.
Projecting LSU’s offensive depth chart
LSU notched another top-15 recruiting class in 2018, but how many of the incoming signees will secure a role on offense ahead of the season?
Nine of the aforementioned signees are already on campus, preparing for spring practices, which begin in March. The rest will join them in Baton Rouge in June ahead of fall camp. That’s when the real battles begin.
Let’s examine the Tigers’ projected depth chart on offense, including where the newly minted signees fit in.
- Saahdiq Charles, 6-foot-5, 321, sophomore
- Jakori Savage, 6-foot-5, 317 pounds, redshirt sophomore
- Austin Deculus, 6-foot-6, 324 pounds, sophomore
Skinny: Charles wound up starting half of the 2017 season in place of an injured KJ Malone (left knee). The sophomore should have a leg up on the competition, which includes another 2017 signee in Deculus and Savage.
- Garrett Brumfield, 6-foot-3, 300 pounds, senior
- Donavaughn Campbell, 6-foot-4, 343 pounds, junior
Skinny: Brumfield is a key returning piece of LSU’s offensive line, which lost three starters, including both tackles. Brumfield should stabilize this new-look line and be a major asset in the running game.
- Lloyd Cushenberry III, 6-foot-4, 316 pounds, redshirt sophomore
- Cole Smith, 6-foot-4, 280 pounds, freshman
Skinny: For the first time in years, Will Clapp won’t be anchoring the line. In his stead is Cushenberry, who saw significant action in place of Clapp last spring. Cushenberry nearly won a starting guard job a year ago, signaling that he’s ready for his increased role.
- Ed Ingram, 6-foot-4, 315 pounds, sophomore
- Damien Lewis, 6-foot-3, 326 pounds, junior
Skinny: Ingram was thrust into the starting lineup Week 1 a season ago and is one of the returning members of the line. He continued to improve throughout the year.
- Badara Traore, 6-foot-8, 315 pounds, junior
- Adrian Magee, 6-foot-5, 323 pounds, junior
Skinny: Traore is the newcomer here, but the top-rated junior college tackle was deemed a priority for coach Ed Orgeron in the 2018 class. Under first-year line coach James Cregg, Traore should emerge as the starter. Magee, an inexperienced swing tackle, should push him, though.
- Foster Moreau, 6-foot-6, 255 pounds, senior
- Jamal Pettigrew, 6-foot-7, 262 pounds, redshirt sophomore
- Thaddeus Moss, 6-foot-3, 247 pounds, junior
Skinny: Moreau brings a wealth of experience and could be in line for an increased role under first-year play caller Steve Ensminger. Pettigrew is anxious for more targets in the passing game, which is a possibility. Moss, who was recruited by former offensive coordinator Matt Canada at N.C. State, transferred in last season and could push for snaps.
- Stephen Sullivan, 6-foot-6, 235 pounds, junior
- Terrace Marshall Jr., 6-foot-4, 202 pounds, freshman
Skinny: Sullivan emerged as one of LSU’s most reliable receivers down the stretch last season, though there will be a competition here to replace DJ Chark’s No. 1 role in the lineup.
- Jonathan Giles, 6-foot, 193 pounds, junior
- Derrick Dillon, 5-foot-11, 178 pounds, junior
Skinny: Giles should take over Russell Gage’s spot in the slot. A former 1,000-yard receiver at Texas Tech, Giles is already the most seasoned receiver of this group and is a strong bet to lead the team in receiving for 2018.
- Drake Davis, 6-foot-4, 218 pounds, junior
- Dee Anderson, 6-foot-6, 223 pounds, junior
- Racey McMath, 6-foot-3, 215 pounds, sophomore
Skinny: You can probably add Ja’Marr Chase and Justin Jefferson into the race here as the other outside receiver. It’s also conceivable that there’s opportunity for snaps for all of these receivers. Davis and McMath could be possession receivers, while Anderson is a deep threat. This is one position battle to monitor.
- Myles Brennan, 6-foot-4, 193 pounds, sophomore
- Lowell Narcisse, 6-foot-2, 231 pounds, redshirt freshman
- Justin McMillan, 6-foot-3, 210 pounds, redshirt junior
Skinny: All eyes will be on the quarterback battle this spring and in fall camp. Brennan is the presumptive favorite, but don’t discount Narcisse or McMillan. Narcisse, the top dual-threat option, could add a whole new element to this offense that has been lacking for years. McMillan had a fantastic spring a year ago and is the most experienced of the group.
- Tory Carter, 6-foot-1, 258 pounds, sophomore
- David Ducre, 6-foot, 236 pounds, senior
Skinny: Carter was a major contributor as a freshman and is a tenacious blocker and good receiving option.
- Nick Brossette, 6-foot, 218 pounds, senior
- Clyde Edwards-Helaire, 5-foot-8, 208 pounds, sophomore
- Chris Curry, 5-foot-11, 210 pounds, freshman
Skinny: Expect Brossette to get the first crack at the starting job. Edwards-Helaire should demand a heavy dose of action, especially as a change-of-pace runner and a threat in the passing game. Curry has a chance to cut into Brossette’s carries as the season goes on.
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