LSU football looks to dig deep into talented Class of 2022 crop in Louisiana | Detillier

Mike Detillier
Special to The Courier

The Class of 2022 football crop in Louisiana is considered one of the strongest groups to come out of our state in quite some time.

Many believe it is the very best unit of players available in the past 15 years.

“No doubt, it’s a great group of young men, a thicker group at a number of places than we have seen in the past,” LSU coach Ed Orgeron said. “It’s one-stop shopping in Louisiana for 2022. We will always emphasize getting the best of Louisiana and keeping them in state and at LSU. We are a national recruiting team and we will go outside the state if through our evaluation we feel there are players we believe are future NFL players and fit our culture. But Louisiana is where we will always concentrate and the Class of 2022 is really strong.”

Orgeron said he is looking forward to meeting many of the recruits in person once the NCAA’s dead period ends on June 1.

“We feel very good about our relationship with the players and coaches here in-state and the month of June is important because we will have players from in-state and also out of state here visiting our campus,” Orgeron said. “We have some players we recruited last season I didn’t get to see one-on-one other than on Zoom meetings. Things are much better today with the COVID virus and we ready to welcome those young men and their families to LSU and see our campus and the type people we are here.”

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LSU has 13 commitments in the Class of 2022 with nine from Louisiana. The four out of state players are cornerback Marcus Scott (College Park, Texas), offensive guard Lucas Taylor (St. Paul’s Episcopal, Alabama), cornerback JaDarian Rhym (Valdosta, Georgia) and tight end Jake Johnson (Oconee County, Georgia), the younger brother of LSU quarterback Max Johnson, who many consider the top tight end in the nation.

The Tigers have a commitment from Walker Howard of St. Thomas More, one of the top quarterbacks in the nation. Walker is the son of former Tigers quarterback Jamie Howard.

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There are three top-rated halfbacks in the state of Louisiana that LSU has offered in Le’Veon Moss from Istrouma in Baton Rouge, TreVonte’ Citizen from Lake Charles College Prep and Trevor Etienne from Jennings. Trevor is the younger brother of former Clemson and 2021 Jacksonville Jaguars first-round pick halfback Travis Etienne.

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The wide receiver group is one of the best in the nation as usual and LSU already has commitments from Decoldest Crawford from Green Oaks in Shreveport, Aaron Anderson from Edna Karr in New Orleans and AJ Johnson from Isidore Newman in New Orleans.

But the biggest wide receiver catch has yet to commit. Shazz Preston of St. James is heavily pursued not only by LSU, but also by Texas A&M, Texas, USC, Alabama Georgia and Mississippi State.

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Offensive line is an area that will be watched. LSU has a commitment from offensive guard Lucas Taylor from Alabama and two Louisiana players in offensive tackle Will Campbell from Neville in Monroe and Bo Bordelon from Newman.

Campbell is considered one of the top five offensive tackles in the nation. Bordelon is the son of former LSU offensive lineman Ben Bordelon. While he has played tackle in high school, Bordelon is projected to play center in college.

LSU is heavily pursuing offensive guard Emery Jones from Catholic High in Baton Rouge and will try to land another offensive tackle from outside Louisiana.

Along the defensive line, LSU has a commitment from Edna Karr defensive tackle Tygee Hill, but they are also heavily pursuing in-state players like defensive end J’mond Tapp from Ascension Catholic, defensive end Quency Wiggins from Madison Prep and Shone Washington from Warren Easton.

One in-state linebacker LSU has interest in is Amite’s Javae Gilmore, but it looks as though LSU will try and land its group of linebackers mostly out of state.

LSU has been known as DBU and Louisiana has produced a huge amount of defensive backs over the past 12 seasons. LSU has already landed three commitments from cornerbacks, including two out of state players in Marcus Scott II and JaDarian Rhym. They also have one of the state’s top cornerbacks in Laterrance Welch from Acadiana in Lafayette.

The Tigers have a commitment from one of the nation’s top projected safety prospects in Jacoby Mathews from Ponchatoula.

But it doesn’t stop there as LSU is heavily pursuing cornerback/safety Kendrick Law from Captain Shreve in Shreveport and will have a number of the top out of state defensive backs visit in June.

“I learned a lot of things from Jimmy Johnson coaching for him at Miami (Fla.) and one of them was the fact that you win with players,” Orgeron said. “Get the best players that fit what your team does and then coach them up. It’s what we do here at LSU.”

For the Class of 2022, many of them are right here in Louisiana.

NFL analyst Mike Detillier is based in Raceland.