It's early, but the LSU staff is making a huge splash on the recruiting trail, and now the Tigers hold the No. 1 overall spot in the 247Sports team rankings for 2015.
Five-star cornerback Kevin Toliver II headlines an impressive commitment list for LSU
LSU wrapped up the 2014 recruiting calendar with a bang, finishing as the No. 2 team in the 247Sports team rankings.
Now, the Tigers are wasting no time getting a head start on the 2015 class, which now has nine commitments (tied for most in the country) thanks to Wednesday's double-dose of pledges from Mandeville's David Ducre, who is ranked as the No. 1 fullback in the country, and four-star Jazz Ferguson, who is already a top 200 prospect.
The commitment list is headlined by Florida cornerback Kevin Toliver II, who is ranked by the 247Composite as a five-star and both the No. 1 cornerback and No. 1 prospect in the Sunshine State.
The next highest-rated commitment also comes from outside the state: five-star offensive tackle Maea Teuhema. The Keller, Texas native committed to LSU on National Signing Day (when his brother, Sione Teuhema, signed with the Tigers). At 6-foot-5 and 346 pounds, Teuhama is ranked by 247Sports as the No. 3 offensive tackle in the class, the No. 3 player in Texas and No. 18 overall prospect in the country.
LSU tight ends coach Steve Ensminger is credited with flipping Teuhema into LSU's corner. He had previously been a longtime commitment to Texas. Ensminger has also already landed a commitment for his blocking tight end in the 2015 class: 6-foot-5 and 260 pound Marble Falls, Texas standout Hanner Shipley.
The Tigers also have secured the long snapper for the future with a commitment from Blake Ferguson. His brother, Reid Ferguson, is currently LSU's long snapper. Ferguson, who attends Buford High in Georgia, is tabbed by long-snapper guru Chris Rubio as the No. 1 prospect in the country.
Then there's the boys from the Bayou State.
LSU currently has five commitments from Louisiana prospects, headlined by an early pledge from Baton Rouge standout running back Nick Brossette. The U-High rising senior saw a jump in the latest 247Composite as Brossette is now ranked as the No. 5 running back in the country, the No. 2 player in Louisiana and the No. 63 overall prospect in the class.
In the past few weeks, the staff added commitments from Central High four-star safety Kevin Henry and Karr High defensive lineman Isaiah Washington, who is ranked as the No. 23 weak side defensive end in the country. Henry gave the Tigers a second commitment out of Baton Rouge, while Washington became the first pledge out of New Orleans, with the bonus being that he suits up for Karr, a school that LSU has attempted to tap into in each recruiting class the past few cycles.
On Wednesday, good news came twice. First, it was David Ducre who joined the fold when he committed to the Tigers after picking up an offer this past Saturday. The same story played out again when Jazz Ferguson, the No. 21 wide receiver on the 247Composite, got on board with the Tigers.
With nine commitments, LSU's 2015 class has moved up to No. 1 in the 247Sports team rankings.
LSU recruiting coordinator Frank Wilson is the highest-rated coach on staff, sitting at No. 3 in the 247Sports recruiter rankings with six commitments already in. Defensive backs coach Corey Raymond sits at No. 9 in the country thanks to commitments from Toliver and Henry. With Teuhema and Shipley, tight ends coach Steve Ensminger is ranked at No. 20, while Ferguson's and Ducre's commitments helped offensive coordinator Cam Cameron catapult up 57 spots to No. 16, putting four LSU coaches in the top 20.
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