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ESPN 300 LSU commits/prospects (fap worthy)

  • Pretty impressive if you are an LSU fan...even if it is the devil site. Players are listed by "National Rank" Please pardon the name spelling... I'm sure I butchered a few.

    1. Leonard Fournette
    5. Adoree Jackson
    7. Cam Robinson
    8. Speedy Noil
    14. Lorenzo Carter
    21. Hootie Jones
    27. Tony Brown
    28. Malachi Dupree
    31. Gerald Willis III
    39. Trey Quinn
    53. Ed Paris
    59. Clifton Garrett
    64. Cameron Simms
    98. Garrett Brumfield
    103. Devin Voorhies
    105. Gerald MacDowell
    108. Saeed Blacknaal
    111. Justin Thorton
    119. Jacory Washington
    129. Sharieff Rhaheed
    158. Brandon Harris
    160. Mason Rudolph
    162. Jermaine Roberts
    258. Donnie Alexander
    272. Tony Upchurch
    286. Chris Hardeman

    Notable Misses: (5) Will Clapp, Darrell Williams, Anthony Jones, Kenny Young, Davon Godchaux

    This post has been edited 3 times, most recently by tigerinatx 12 months ago

  • Thanks for the post...and I think D. Williams will get his due before this list goes final for the 2014 cycle.

  • ESPN consistently does the worst job of covering recruiting, IMO. Good to see they got it right for once cool

  • Today at 5:00 pm Central, ESPNU has an hour long show where they plan to talk about their Top 150.
    Hope they talk about a few of the Louisiana kids.lsutiger

    http://espn.go.com/college-sports//football/recruiting/playerrankings/_/view/espnu150/sort/rank/class/2014

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  • I know that ESPN/Luginbill consistently produce the worst/least reliable recruiting rankings, but one thing I do like is that they grade these prospects each year so you can see how the the 5-stars in one class compare to 5-stars from previous years. For instance, Fournette and Peppers are #1 and #2 and both are graded at 95, which is even more impressive when you consider that only 3 other players (Jadeveon Clowney, Da'Quan Bowers, and Julio Jones) have ever received a 95 grade since they started covering recruits in 2006.

    I had a slow afternoon at work so I looked at how this year stacks up against previous classes and elite prospects (with the criteria being only prospects with a grade of 90 or above). The thing that immediately jumps out is that this year's class is up there with the best; ESPN has 11 players graded at a 90 or above in 2014; the only other years with that many prospects rated so highly were 2013 (11) and 2006 (15). On the flip side, there were only 2 players graded at a 90 or above from 2010 through 2012. Obviously this is great for LSU who has the inside track on 3 of these 11 players (plus an outside chance at Adoree Jackson and a longshot with Peppers).

    Anyway, I broke it down by year and grades, in case anyone else is interested.

  • 2014 (11 total players graded 90 or above)
    - 95 (2): Leonard Fournette (RB) and Jabrill Peppers (CB)
    - 94 (1): Andrew Brown (DT)
    - 93 (1): Da’Shawn Hand (DE)
    - 92 (1): Adoree’ Jackson (CB)
    - 91 (1): Myles Garrett (DE)
    - 90 (5): Cameron Robinson (OT), Speedy Noil (ATH), Marlon Humphrey (CB), Lamont Gaillard (DT), and Quin Blanding (LB)

    2013 (11)
    - 94 (1): Robert Nkemdiche (DE – Ole Miss)
    - 92 (1): Carl Lawson (DE – Auburn)
    - 91 (3): Vernon Hargreaves (CB – UF), Mackensie Alexander (CB – Clemson), Laremy Tunsil (OT – Ole Miss)
    - 90 (6): Matthew Thomas (OLB – FSU), Jaylon Smith (OLB – ND), Kelvin Taylor (RB – UF), Derrick Henry (ATH – Alabama), Eddie Vanderdoes (DT – ND), and Eli Apple (CB – Ohio St)
    **LSU Note: Kendell Beckwith (#41 overall) graded out at 87

    2012 (1)
    - 90 (1): Mario Edwards (DE – FSU)
    **LSU Note: Kwon Alexander (#29 overall) graded out at 83

    2011 (1)
    - 95 (1): Jadeveon Clowney (DE – USCe)
    **LSU Note: Anthony Johnson (#2 overall) graded out at 87; La’El Collins (#8) had an 85.

    2010 (0)
    **Note: Ronald Powell (ATH – UF) was #1 overall that year with a grade of 89

    2009 (7)
    - 93 (2): Matt Barkley (QB – USC) and Manti Te’o (OLB – ND)
    - 92 (2): Russell Shepard (ATH – LSU) and Dre Kirkpatrick (CB – Alabama)
    - 91 (2): Jacobbi McDaniel (DT – FSU), Trent Richardson (RB – Alabama)
    - 90 (1): Craig Loston (S – LSU)
    **LSU Note: Rueben Randle (#10 overall) graded out at 86

    2008 (8)
    - 95 (2): Da’Quan Bowers (DE – Clemson) and Julio Jones (WR – Alabama)
    - 94 (1): Will Hill (S – UF)
    - 93 (1): Terrelle Pryor (QB – Ohio St)
    - 92 (1): AJ Green (WR – UGA)
    - 90 (3): Arthur Brown (OLB – Miami), Jermie Calhoun (RB – OU), and Patrick Peterson (CB – LSU)
    **LSU Note: Chancey Aghayere (#14 overall) graded out at 86

    2007 (3)
    - 92 (1): Joe McKnight (RB – USC)
    - 90 (2): Chris Galippo (ILB – USC) and Mark Tyler (RB – USC)
    **Note: Terrance Tolliver (#7 overall) graded out at 86

    2006 (15)
    - 94 (1): Myron Rolle (CB – FSU)
    - 93 (4): Percy Harvin (WR – UF), Vadal Hazelton (WR – USC), Andre Smith (OT – Alabama), and Matthew Stafford (QB – UGA)
    - 92 (3): DeMarco Murray (RB – OU), Sergio Kindle (LB – UT), and Taylor Mays (S – USC)
    - 91 (5): Micah Johnson (ILB – UK), Antwine Perez (S – USC), Maurice Evans (DE – Penn St), Mitch Mustain (QB – Ark), and Jevan Snead (QB – UT)
    - 90 (2): Stafon Johnson (RB – USC) and Tim Tebow (QB – UF)
    **Note: Jai Eugene (#16 overall) and Al Woods (#17) both graded out at 89

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  • Thanks for the post SMUtigah. I don't know if some years are just much stronger across the board or if ESPN arbitrarily changes the actual rating they give from year to year. Probably the latter. I have a hard time believing that the 51st rated recruit in 2013 was an 87 and the 2nd ranked recruit in 2012 was an 86. They seem inflated the last two years.