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LSU Introduces 2024 Incoming Recruiting Class

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LSU commit OLB Luke Boswell at the 2024 US Army All-American Bowl


Making it a record four for four in top five classes the last four years the LSU Tigers have again signed an outstanding class after winning the SEC West and playing for an SEC Title and Playoff bid. The 2024 class is lead by three 5-star defensive standouts included only three incoming scholarship offensive players. Despite the team having less success than is expected on the Bayou the previous two seasons the LSU coaches have rode the success of the 2023 season to garner the third overall class in the 2024 class.


Class Information
Total Scholarship Recruits - 17
Players 4.0 potential or better - 15
Overall Class Rank - 3rd
SEC Class Rank - 2nd


Incoming Freshman

RB Amari King 5-11 186 Fr Mandeville (Mandeville LA) 2.5 of 4.0 [Speed]
One of two highly skilled running backs headed to the Bayou in 2024, Amari King looks to fit into the Tiger offense behind Marcus Branch and Ezekiel Perry with fellow recruit Justin Fisher. While the current Tiger offense takes sees Branch getting a majority of the carries the Tigers love the versatility the current duo provides in the backfield. LSU coaches King can fill the role of Branch in future seasons with the ability to get outside quickly and take advantage of the edge of opposing defenses.


RB Justin Fisher 5-8 194 Fr Pineville (Pineville LA) 2.0 of 4.0 [Power]
Fisher will be King’s counterpart on the offense playing as a more traditional brusing style of running back. Fisher and Perry both provide excellent burst between the tackles even without the breakaway speed of Branch or King. The Tigers will look to evolve the offense week to week playing between the strengths of the two running backs and feeding the hot hand.  


WR Janoris Starks 6-5 234 Fr Mesquite (Mesquite TX) 1.0 of 3.5 [Target]
After signing multiple 5-star wideouts the past two seasons, the Tigers did not bring in the elite talent at the receiver position that some expected. Instead the Tigers focused in on the Monstrous Janoris Starks out of Texas as their only receiver in the class. At a shade under six and a half feet tall Starks can create mismatches against smaller defensive backs despite not demonstrating the ability to get a lot of separation in camps. While Starks will likely never be a primary option for the Tigers his ability to create mismatches is something the Tigers love in a third or fourth option.


DE Najeem Kelley 6-0 259 Fr Port Sulphur (Port Sulphur LA) 1.0 of 5.0 [Blitz]
The first 5-star of the class is a standout edge rusher from Port Sulphur. Kelley’s speed and size meant many thought he would fit best in a 4-3 defense in college but the hybrid front seven employed by the LSU defense makes for an intriguing fit. It is likely you will seem Kelley used in a 3 down linemen front opposite a speed rushing OLB. The Tiger staff will hope to help Kelley bulk up a bit and improve against the run but his uncanny ability to get off the ball and after the quarterback is something you can’t teach.


DT Keyshon Battle 6-0 290 Fr False River (New Roads LA) 1.0 of 4.5 [2-Gap]
Keyshon Battle is a dominating defensive tackle out of False River HS. A little undersized for a nose tackle, Battle has proven over and over again during the camp circuit that he cannot be blocked one on one in the trenches. On 90% of plays Battle will look to eat up blockers and free up Kelley and the linebackers to rush the quarterback, but every now and then the coaching staff will look to turn him upfield to collapse the pocket and disrupt the quarterback.


ILB Natrone Pruitt 6-1 246 Fr Farmerville (Farmerville LA) 1.0 of 5.0 [Mike]
The first of four professional caliber linebackers signed by the Tigers in the 2024 class Pruitt will look to compete for the starting Mike linebacker position once current starter Kameron McClain graduates after next season. He and currently redshirting freshman Dillon Fontenot will fight it out in practice for the next year and the winner will likely come down to, not only who is the most talented, but who can call the defense and act as the on field leader for the Tiger defense.


ILB Allvince Walton 5-11 214 Fr Archbishop Rummel (Metairie LA) 3.0 of 4.5 [Will]
Whoever happens to win the starting Mike linebacker position will likely have Allvince Walton next to him for most of their college career. Walton provides a unique combination of speed, smarts, and power to do whatever is needed on any play. Walton can cover tight ends one-on-one, close down on space and communicate well in zone coverage, read the offensive line and fill his run gap, or rush the passer. Walton’s biggest knock in the recruiting process has been his size, he has all the tools to be a top tier inside linebacker, but his size may hold him back some at the next level.


OLB Luke Boswell 6-0 234 Fr Northwest (Opelousas LA) 1.5 of 5.0 [Blitz]
The star of the 2024 class, Luke Boswell looks to be the next in the great history of great outside linebackers at LSU. He and his twin brother Jake, were both recruits in the 2024 class. However, the twins decided to part ways for their college careers as Jake elected to go to the University of Houston where he is likely to see the field earlier in his career. As for Luke, his elite speed and pass rushing technique may be the best of any outside linebacker when enrolling at LSU. His pass coverage ability, while above average, will likely be the focus of the LSU coaching staff once he gets on campus. Once Star linebacker Leonard England leaves the Bayou to dominate in the pros look for Boswell to step up in his place.


OLB Jerraud Houston 6-2 243 Fr Donaldsonville (Donaldsonville LA) 1.0 of 4.0 [Coverage]
The last of the linebackers signed to the Tigers in 2024, Jerraud Houston will compete for the starting strong-side outside linebacker position for the Tigers. Houston is a hard hitting linebacker that can cover tight ends and running backs out of the backfield. Houston struggles tracking receivers coming across the middle and doesn’t have the speed to keep up with them in man coverage. Look for him to come off the field in passing situations but he will thrive on first and second down for the Tigers.


CB Benton Griffin 5-10 165 Fr Eunice (Eunice LA) 1.5 of 4.5 [Zone Coverage]
The two corners signed by the Tigers in the 2024 class signal the current shift by the LSU defense into a zone coverage scheme. Many in Baton Rouge have speculated the Tigers would make a switch to take better advantage of star corner Samir Martin’s talents beginning in 2024 but the signing of Griffin is the strongest indicator the Tigers intend to make the switch. While Martin has been large enough to become a star in the Tigers’ press-man scheme, Griffin is too small for the Tigers to expect the same. So, while it is unlikely the Tigers will completely stop pressing, expect to see LSU in zone coverage more often in the coming seasons.


CB Nathaniel Smallwood 5-11 179 Fr Whiteface (Whiteface TX) 1.0 of 3.5 [Zone Coverage]
The second corner in the LSU class Smallwood will need to significantly develop during his time in Baton Rouge to see the field often. Currently he projects as an occasional contributor to rotate in situationally against pass heavy teams. He may shift into a safety roll during his time with the Tigers as his strongest asset is his ability to track the ball in the air and make plays. If he can focus on providing others help, he may end up being a more regular fit in the defense.


SS Dean Hammonds 6-1 181 Fr Albany (Albany LA) 1.0 of 4.5 [Zone Coverage]
Dean Hammonds, like Pruitt will be competing against a redshirt freshman for his place on the LSU roster in the coming seasons. However, unlike Pruitt, Hammonds has one edge in the competition: he is the more natural fit for the new Tiger defense than his competition 2023 5-star Terrence Burnett. Burnett excels in man coverage and coming into the box playing more like a linebacker than a safety while Hammonds is best sitting in zone coverage. However if the 2023 season is any indicator look for both to be on the field together a lot. Strong safety Kingsley Jackson has been a standout on defense this year despite Nicholas Colbert earning the starting strong safety job. Look for Hammonds to play the traditional strong safety role and Burnett play in the box and hopefully be the playmaker Jackson has been for the Tigers.


K Michael Scott 5-8 198 Fr Alcee Fortier (New Orleans LA) 1.5 of 4.0 [Power]
Kicker Michael Scott looks to join the Tigers in 2024 and compete against the highly touted 2023 kicking recruit Alexander LeRoux. He has more leg than LeRoux but has had some accuracy issues at times. Scott may have the leg to kick a 50 yard field goal, he will need to develop more consistency to win the job in 2024. However, he will likely be able to contribute for the Tigers as a kickoff specialist as soon as he walks on campus.


P Harrison Keene 5-8 178 Fr Lutcher (Lutcher LA) 3.0 of 4.0 [Accuracy]
Harrison Keene has demonstrated an amazing ability to place punts inside the 20 yard line in high school. Having downed the ball inside the twenty yard line 22 times and only punted for a touchback 3 times during his senior campaign. While he doesn't quite have the power some previous LSU punters have had, the Tigers hope his directional punting can help them in the coming seasons.


LS Ryder Thayer 6-2 239 Fr Ringgold (Ringgold LA) 1.0 of 4.5 [Traditional]
The final incoming freshman of the Tigers’ 2024 class is long snapping specialist Ryder Thayer. Thayer fills probably the most overlooked roll on a football team but an important one nonetheless. The LSU staff are confident in Thayer’s ability on special teams both in getting the ball to the specialists and in getting downfield to make tackles on punts and kickoffs, but they also have said they feel Thayer can fill in as depth on the offensive line as needed.


Junior College Transfers

TE Teez Currie 6-0 227 (Jr) Louisburg (Louisburg NC) 3.0 of 4.0 [Blocking]
The Tigers got some much needed help at the tight end position in JuCo transfer Teez Currie. Currie will join the Tigers for the next two years and will be the only other tight end on the Tiger’s roster behind current Sophomore Joshua Robledo. Currie will provide some extra bulk to the LSU tight end room and will likely see the field more as a sixth offensive lineman than a receiving threat, but if teams get lulled into not taking account of Currie his strong hands can make defenses pay.


OT Nathaniel Stack 43622 305 Jr Baton Rouge Community College (Baton Rouge LA) 4.0 of 5.0 [Pass Blocking]
While Junior College players are often overlooked in recruiting classes the LSU staff may be as excited for two years of the Nathaniel Stack as four to five years of any incoming freshman. Stack looks to slide straight into the left tackle position for the Tigers next Fall. While the Tigers have made a playoff push this season they have done so without a true left tackle on the roster. Brian Vandyke has done a great job there for the Tigers this season. However Stack joining the Tigers from down the road at BRCC will allow Vandyke to slide over to his projected NFL position, right tackle, for his senior season in Baton Rouge.


Prior Class Articles

2023 - http://cfbhc.com/index.php?/topic/25483-lsu-introduces-2023-incoming-recruiting-class/
2022 - http://cfbhc.com/index.php?/topic/22252-2021-lsu-introduces-incoming-freshmen-class/
2021 - http://cfbhc.com/index.php?/topic/19661-2020-lsu-introduces-incoming-recruiting-class/


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Christ that class is good. 

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1 hour ago, cmcgill said:

TE Teez Currie 6-0 227 (Jr) Louisburg (Louisburg NC) 3.0 of 4.0 [Blocking]


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