LSU’s 12th signing class under head coach Les Miles was ranked as high as No. 3 by both ESPN and 247sports. The Tiger class picked up a No. 4 rating from Scout and a No. 6 ranking from Rivals marking the ninth time under Miles that LSU has had a composite Top 10 class nationally.
LSU’s class included three 5-star signees in cornerback Kristian Fulton (New Orleans, La./Rummel HS), defensive tackle Rashard Lawrence (Monroe, La./Neville HS), and cornerback Saivion Smith (St. Petersburgh, Fla./IMG Academy).
LSU’s class included 17 players from the state of Louisiana, three from Texas and one each from Alabama, Arizona and Florida for a total of 23 signees. Five of the 23 signees have already enrolled at LSU and will participate in spring practice, which begins in March.
LSU’s five early enrollees include Smith, wide receiver Dee Anderson, linebacker Michael Divinity Jr., wide receiver Stephen Sullivan, and running back Devin White.
The Tigers signed 10 players on offense, 12 on defense and one kicker.
On offense, the Tigers signed four offensive linemen, including the nation’s No. 2 rated offensive tackle in Willie Allen (River Ridge, La./John Curtis) and the second-best offensive lineman in Louisiana in Donavaughn Campbell (Ponchatoula, La./Ponchatoula HS). The other two offensive linemen to sign with the Tigers are Lloyd Cushenberry III from Dutchtown High School and Jakori Savage from Bay Minette, Ala.
LSU added three wide receivers, one quarterback, one running back and a tight end. LSU picked up both Louisiana’s top running back in White, who accounted for over 5,000 yards and 80 touchdowns during his career, along with the state’s top quarterback in Zachary’s Lindsey Scott Jr. Scott led Zachary High School to the Louisiana 5A title this year and was named the most outstanding offensive player in the state.
Miles called LSU’s group of wide receiver signees – Anderson, Sullivan and Drake Davis – one of the best at that position in the country. Sullivan was listed as the top receiver in Louisiana and No. 7 nationally, while Davis was ranked No. 19 nationally at his position.
Jamal Pettigrew, a versatile 4-star product from St. Augustine High School in New Orleans, is the only tight end in the class.
Defensively, LSU signed five defensive linemen and five defensive backs along with a pair of linebackers. All of LSU’s 5-star signees are on the defensive side of the ball – Lawrence, Smith, and Fulton.
In addition to Lawrence, other defensive line standouts signed by LSU on Wednesday include Edwin Alexander, a 4-star from St. Thomas Aquinas in Hammond, La.; Andre Anthony, another 4-star product from Karr High School in New Orleans; Glen Logan, the nation’s No. 69 overall rated prospect out of Destrehan High School; and Caleb Roddy, a 3-star from Denham Springs High School.
Divinity Jr., who is ranked No. 46 overall nationally by ESPN, and Rahssan Thornton, a 4-star product from Shoemaker High School in Killeen, Texas, are the two linebackers in the class.
LSU’s already outstanding secondary got that much stronger with the addition of 5-star cornerbacks Fulton and Smith. They are joined by safety Cameron Lewis from Wossman High School in Monroe, La., safety Eric Monroe from North Shore High School in Houston, and cornerback Andreaz Williams from Calvary Baptist Academy in Shreveport.
LSU’s lone special teams signee was 3-star kicker Connor Culp from Phoenix, Ariz.
LSU’s 23 signees will add to a Tiger roster that will feature 19 scholarship seniors and 18 returning starters in 2016. LSU, winners of its last two games to finish 9-3 overall in 2015, opens the 2016 season against Wisconsin at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisc., on Sept. 3