LSU finishes Natl. Signing Day with No. 2 class
BATON ROUGE - LSU capped an impressive National Signing Day by finishing with the second-ranked recruiting class in the nation, including top prospects in several key positions.
Besides landing the top-ranked high school recruit in the nation, St. Augustine running back Leonard Fournette, the Tigers also scored an offensive asset in Malachi Dupre from River Ridge, who some scouting services called the best wide receiver in the country.
Dupre said part of the reason he picked LSU over national champion Florida State was due to state pride.
"I got a good relationship with all the coaching staffs, I just felt it was right to stay home and play football in the state of Louisiana and try to bring a championship back to the state," Dupre told Sports 2.
LSU gained 23 in all Wednesday, with 10 offense standouts, 11 defense recruits and a kicker rounding out the list. Nine of those players are from out of state, including from Texas, Mississisppi, Florida and Illinois, where the Tigers picked up that state's player of the year, linebacker Clifton Garrett.
LSU will make one more recruit official on Thursday. Oklahoma's Deondre Clark faxed in his paperwork, but didn't hold a signing ceremony because he school is out due to icy weather.
Rivals.com ranked Alabama as the No. 1 recruiting class in the nation Wednesday, the fourth consecutive year for the Crimson Tide. Rashaan Evans, a linebacker from Auburn, gave them a late nudge by choosing the Tide instead of Auburn and UCLA.
Other schools in the state are picking up solid signees as well. Southern University gained Central QB Jarrad Hayes as a commitment, along with East Feliciana High's multi-talented Danny Johnson.
Jaylon Ferguson, a defensive end for West Feliciana, was one of the first to sign Wednesday morning, inking his financial aid agreement with Louisiana Tech.
"They just made it feel like family," said Ferguson about his commitment to the Bulldogs. "I'm going to focus mainly on defensive end or outside linebacker [there]."
Here's a full list of LSU signees from the university:
1. Brandon Harris QB Bossier City, La. Parkway HS 6-3 180
2. Ed Paris Jr. CB Arlington, Texas Mansfield Timberview HS 6-0 190
3.John Battle S Hallandale, Fla. Hallandale HS 6-0 179
4. 7:18 a.m. Donnie Alexander LB New Orleans, La. Edna Karr HS 6-1 201
5.Jacory Washington TE Westlake, La. Westlake HS 6-5 2156
6. William Clapp OL New Orleans, La. Brother Martin HS 6-4 275
7. 7:38 a.m. Garrett Brumfield OL Baton Rouge, La. University HS 6-3 285
8. 7:45 a.m. Tony Upchurch WR Pearland, Texas Glenda Dawson HS 6-2 228
9. 7:51 a.m. D.J. Chark WR Alexandria, La. Alexandria HS 6-1 176
10. 7:58 a.m. Clifton Garrett LB Plainfield, Ill. Plainfield South HS 6-3 220
11. 8:15 a.m. Trey Quinn WR Lake Charles, La. Barbe HS 5-11 192
12. 8:19 a.m. Jamal Adams S Carrollton, Texas Hebron HS 6-0 207
13. 8:36 a.m. Cameron Gamble PK Flower Mound, Texas Flower Mound HS 5-9 182
14. 9:05 a.m. Sione Teuhema DE Keller, Texas Keller HS 6-3 215
15. 9:08 a.m. Darrel Williams RB Marrero, La. John Ehret HS 5-11 209
16. 9:16 a.m. Devin Voorhies S Woodville, Miss. Wilkinson County HS
17. 9:49 a.m. Trey Lealaimatafao DT San Antonio, Texas Warren HS
18. 10:25 a.m. Travonte Valentine DT Hialeah, Fla. Champagnat Catholic HS
19. Russell Gage ATH Baton Rouge, La. Redemptorist HS
20. Malachi Dupre WR New Orleans, La. John Curtis Christian Academy
21. Davon Godchaux DE Plaquemine, La. Plaquemine HS
22. Leonard Fournette RB New Orleans, La. St. Augustine HS
23. Deondre Clark 6'3" 235 DE, Oklahoma City, OK (Douglass)