Coach Les Miles has done it once again for LSU in recruiting a top-notch signing class. The 2010 signing class at LSU has been ranked No. 6 by Rivals.com, No. 7 by ESPN and No. 8 by Scout.com. This is the fourth year of having a signing class rank in the Top 10 out of six for Miles at LSU. The signing class recruited in 2009 was ranked as high as No. 1.
The newly signed freshmen number 27 in all and Les Miles said they are a talented group of athletes. In a statement to the press on Wednesday, February 3, 2010 Miles said, “I think we improved our team; this is a very talented class. I think the last day certainly benefitted us. We didn’t get everybody that we wanted, but we got those guys that we had to have and ones that will really come in and have an effect on this team.”
LSU had several recruits that had given verbal commitments to LSU that didn’t come through for the Tigers. This can be expected when you have a disappointing season that included a couple of losses that could have been avoided. I won’t mention the game where the clock ran down, leaving the Tigers with no time to kick a winning field goal. This was very upsetting for Tiger fans and a mistake that should not have happened.
The new signing class includes 14 new offensive players, 11 defensive players, one punter and one listed as only an athlete. So who did the Tigers get?
Spencer Ware from Cincinnati, Ohio, a five-star athlete who played quarterback on the Princeton High School team will be a running back for LSU. He threw for 2,200 yards, 17 touchdowns, and rushed for 982 years during his senior year. He also had 18 scores to his credit.
Four-star defensive end Jordan Allen from West Monroe, LA will also be an athlete to watch in the future. Allen was a member of the Parade All-America team.
The Tigers also signed a new quarterback to the team. Zach Lee, who also plays the position of pitcher in baseball, threw 31 touchdowns and over 2,500 yards during his senior year. Lee is from McKinney, Texas.
Filling the vacant spots for running backs are Alfred Blue from Hahnville High School, Hahnville, LA, Jakhari Gore from Miami, FL. Brandon Worle signed on as a fullback from Troup County High School in LaGrange, CA.
The complete 2010 signing class for the LSU Tigers are as follows:
1. Kendrick Adams, Defensive End from Enterprise, LA
2. Evan Washington, Offensive Lineman from DeSoto, TX
3. Spencer Ware, Running Back from Cincinnati, OH
4. Cameron Fordham, Offensive Lineman from Duluth, GA
5. Jakhari Gore, Running Back from Miami, FL
6. D.J. Welter, Linebacker from Crowley, LA
7. Luke Muncie, Linebacker from Klein, TX
8. Justin Maclin, Linebacker from Memphis, TN
9. Brandon Worle, Fullback from LaGrange, GA
10. Elliot Porter, Offensive Lineman from Waggaman, LA
11. Tyrann Mathieu, Defensive Back from New Orleans, LA
12. Zach Lee, Quarterback from McKinney, TX
13. Kadron Boone, Wide Receiver from Ocala, FL
14. Alfred Blue, Running Back from Boutte, LA
15. J.C. Copeland, Defensive Tackle from LaGrange, GA
16. Nic Jacobs, Tight End from Many, LA
17. Armand Williams, Wide Receiver from Slidell, LA
18. Ronnie Vinson, Defensive Back from New Orleans, LA
19. James Wright, Wide Receiver from Belle Chasse, LA
20. Jordan Allen, Defensive End from West Monroe, LA
21. Sam Gibson, Athlete from Prattville, AL
22. Travis Dickson, Tight End from Ocean Springs, MS
23. Tharold Simon, Defensive Back from Eunice, LA
24. Brad Wing, Punter from Melbourne, Australia
25. Jarrett Fobbs, Wide Receiver from Shreveport, LA
26.J.R. Ferguson, Defensive Lineman from Frederick, MD
27. Eric Reid, Defensive Back from Geismar, LA
J.C. Copeland at defensive tackle will be another player to watch. Copeland was rated No. 31 in the nation by Rivals.com. During his senior year playing at Troup County High School, he racked up 27 sacks for the season. That’s pretty incredible for a high school athlete.
Overall, seven of the new recruits were listed on ESPN’s top 150 list. They are Travis Dickson, Eric Reid, Kadron Boone, Tharold Simon, J.R. Ferguson, Justin Maclin and Evan Washington.
I’m wondering what position Sam Gibson will be playing. Gibson is the new signee listed only as an “athlete”. Can he be a secret weapon?
Miles commented about the class overall as saying, “I think it’s a very talented group. “I think there is speed and size. I think they give you physical play. It’s difficult to predict how good they are. I just believe this group has character, and this group will compete for a championship. I’m pleased.”
Now that’s the kind of confidence we like to hear down in Louisiana. It’s obvious that Les Miles is pleased with his recruiting results and is ready to get on with spring training. Geaux Tigers!
Miles Recaps Highly Ranked Signing Class
The Official List of 2010 LSU Football Signees