LSU Football Recruiting Wish List: 10 Players To Watch

    LSU football recruiting wish list as of Dec. 23, 2015. Here are 10 players Tigers fans should watch as National Signing Day approaches.

    December 23, 2015

    LSU football recruiting wish list as 2016 National Signing Day approaches.

    About a month ago, we had absolutely no idea if Les Miles would be the head coach of the Tigers in 2016, and that’s pretty insane. For a guy who has won a national championship and led LSU to a 111-32 record, you’d think he’d be safe.

    Even with LSU announcing Miles would return as the head coach, the Tigers still lost out on 4-star quarterback Feleipe Franks, who flipped to the Florida Gators as an early enrollee.

    LSU currently has the No. 6-ranked recruiting class with 16 total commitments, but the Tigers still have some work to do.

    Donaldson, La. prospect Stephen Sullivan is one of the top wide receiver targets in the nation, however TCU appears to be on the verge of plucking him right out of the Tigers’ backyard. The good news as of now: the Tigers did make Sullivan’s final three cut.

    There are plenty of other high-profile recruits on LSU’s big board, it’s just a matter of closing the deal — something Miles has mastered over the years.

    With signing day quickly approaching, we’ve compiled an LSU football recruiting wish list for 2016. The list is comprised of five-star and four-star prospects, as well as a few three-star athletes flying under the radar who could turn out to be steals.

    Note: 247Sports Composite rankings and star ratings used in this article.

    2016 LSU Football Recruiting Wish List

    1. Rashan Gary, 5-star DT

    He’s a 6-foot-5, 293-pound beast who plugs running lanes and eats offensive lineman for breakfast. The crazy thing is, he’s athletic enough to slide up and down the line and attack from different techniques. He fires off the ball and is violent when it comes to using his hands. He’s just as effective rushing the quarterback as he is stopping the run.

    2. Ben Davis, 5-star ILB

    Davis is a droid of a middle linebacker. He’s very decisive in dissecting the run, and he executes with precision. He maintains gap control and hits running backs like a ton of bricks. Davis can make plays in pass coverage, too. He has the reactions and technique to bait quarterbacks into throwing it over the middle, and he has the hands to make them sorry for doing so.

    3. Kristian Fulton, 4-star CB

    Fulton could excel in zone coverages because reacts very well to the ball in the air. He wraps up and drives through his tackles into the ground while many cornerbacks rely on arm tackles or tossing shoulders into ball carriers. His ball skills are high-quality, but he needs to work on footwork and shadowing receivers. One thing is certain though: he has pick-six written all over him.

    4. Lyndell Wilson, 5-star OLB

    Wilson is quick, has quality speed and is a freak athlete. His run-stopping ability jumps out on film. He has a real knack for plugging gaps and is relentless in pursuing the ball carrier. Wilson knows how to lay the wood on anyone unlucky enough to have the ball near him. He’s definitely a big-time playmaker. He has Alabama and Florida as his top-two choices, but you can never doubt Les Miles’ ability to recruit.

    5. Rashard Lawrence, 5-star DT

    He’s 6-foot-3, 305 lbs, and there isn’t a soul alive who would want to try and block him. Lawrence fires through gaps and will win one-on-one battles with ease. He plays with his numbers to the sky (most of the time), and that makes it very hard for offensive linemen to get leverage against him. He’ll be most effective in stopping the run, but he’ll definitely affect quarterbacks regularly.

    6. Trayvon Mullen, 4-star CB

    His ball skills need some polishing, but Mullen can keep pace with just about any wide receiver he goes up against. He’s quick in reacting to screens, but at 172 pounds, needs to bulk up a bit. Mullen has the athleticism to be very good at the next level.

    7. Deontay Anderson, 4-star FS

    At 6-foot-1 and floating around 200 lbs, Anderson definitely brings the lumber from the safety position. He has a knack for bruising running backs and making his presence felt in the box. When he drops back he scans the field, and at that point, basically everyone out for a route is a sitting duck because Anderson brings the wood. He’s the prototypical heavy-hitting safety.

    8. Stephon Taylor, 4-star DT

    Taylor is just a bully. That’s the best way to describe him. He’s flirting with the 300-pound mark, and makes his living off of bull rushing interior offensive linemen. He doesn’t tackle running backs — he eats them alive. The thought of him putting on more weight and muscle should scare offensive line coaches.

    9. Clifford Chattman, 3-star ATH

    With he and Taylor being from the same high school, there’s a chance LSU could bring them in as a package deal. His ultimate role at the next level is still in question, but he has the talent to make an impact.

    10. D’Andre Christmas-Giles, 3-star DT

    He has good size for the defensive tackle position at 6-foot-3, 290 lbs, but he needs to develop his form on the line. His free arm on his swim moves tends to float, and a good collegiate offensive lineman should take advantage of that and put him on his back. Christmas-Giles does fire off the ball well, and he has a quick first step. He just needs to put it all together.

    MORE: LSU Football Recruiting Update


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