Top Commit: Running back Leonard Fournette (New Orleans, La./St. Augustine) is the No. 1 overall prospect in the Class of 2014 according to 247Sports Composite Rankings and thus is the 247Sports Composite National Player of the Year. Fournette is considered to be the best running back prospect since Adrian Peterson.
Class Strength: Definitely at safety. The Tigers have two of the top three prospects in the country committed- both from the state of Texas- in Edward Paris (Mansfield/Timberview) and Jamal Adams (Carrollton/Hebron). Paris, who could also be a big cornerback, has already enrolled. Also, Devin Voorhies (Woodville, Miss./Wilkinson County) and John Battle (Hallandale, Fla.) are certainly talented, particularly Battle who the LSU coaches think can be elite.
Sleeper: With a 247Sports Composite rating of 0.8801 (three stars), Battle is undervalued a bit by the recruiting industry. He is instinctive in coverage and will take your head off against the run. It would not be a surprise at all to see him contend for All-SEC honors and possible enjoy a higher-profile career in Baton Rouge than Paris, Adams or Voorhies. Like Paris, Battle could also realistically play cornerback in college.
Top Remaining Target: Five-star wide receiver Malachi Dupre (River Ridge, La./John Curtis) is the nation's No. 2 overall prospect at his position and has high athletic upside. Being that he's in-state and that LSU lost the No. 1 receiver- Speedy Noil from New Orleans Edna Carr- to SEC West rival Texas A&M- it would be a big miss if Dupre opted for Alabama, UCLA or even Florida State. The top cornerback prospect in the country, Adoree' Jackson (Gardena, Calif./Serra) has the Tigers in the mix and is ranked higher than Dupre, but Dupre is the “biggest” target that remains. Currently, 247Sports Crystal Ball, which measures recruiting prediction trends from analysts across the country, has LSU at 98 percent for Dupre.
Remaining Needs: LSU would like to sign a defensive tackle or two down the stretch and has its eye on two good ones. Travonte Valentine (Hialeah, Fla./Champagnat Catholic) is a former Miami commit who is the No. 3 prospect at his position nationally. The 6-foot-4, 337-pound Valentine was a load at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl and one of the top performers at the event. Another senior year riser also is on LSU's radar- Ole Miss commit Breeland Speaks (Jackson, Miss./Callaway). The 6-foot-3, 270-pound Speaks officially visited Baton Rouge last weekend and the Tigers are pushing the Rebels hard. He will be in Oxford this weekend for an official and then closes out his visits with a trip to Arkansas on Jan. 31.
Top Recruiter: Secondary coach Corey Raymond is the primary recruiter of record for Paris, Adams, Battle and four-star defensive end/tackle Davon Godchaux (Plaquemine, La.) and was the secondary recruiter of record for Voorhies. Raymond, an LSU alum and native of New Iberia, La., currently ranks No. 6 nationally and No. 5 in the SEC in the 247Sports Recruiter Rankings and could go even higher- he's the primary on Jackson and Valentine.