With the SEC season less than three months away, here’s a look at the potential impact freshmen for each team. Recruiting rankings are based on the 247Sports Composite which calculates the average of all four major recruiting websites (247Sports, Rivals, ESPN and Scout.)
8-5 (4-4 SEC); 5th SEC East
2015 Team Ranking
National Rank No. 5
SEC Rank: No. 3
Top Incoming Prospects
- CB Kevin Toliver II- 5-star, Trinity Christian Academy (Jacksonville, FL), 6-2, 185 lbs, No. 2 CB, No. 8 overall
- WR Tyron Johnson- 5-star, Warren Easton (New Orleans, LA), 6-1, 191 lbs, No. 5 WR, No. 27 overall
- OG Maea Teuhema- 4-star, Keller (Keller, TX), 6-4.5, 340 lbs, No. 2 OG, No. 37 overall
- RB Derrius Guice- 4-star, Catholic (Baton Rouge, LA), 5-10.5, 213 lbs, No. 5 RB, No. 46 overall
- ATH Donte Jackson- 4-star, Riverdale (New Orleans, LA), 5-11, 164 lbs, No. 3 ATH, No. 56 overall
Once again, LSU reaped the benefits of the large talent pool in its home state with the nation’s No. 5 recruiting class, which consisted of 13 players from the state of Louisiana. The Tigers signed seven of the state’s top 10 prospects, including the three highest ranked players.
Tyron Johnson was the No. 1 player from the Bayou State. The five-star prospect also ranked No. 27 overall and fifth among 2015 wide receivers.
As a senior, Johnson had 94 receptions for 1,589 yards and 17 touchdowns for Warren Easton High School. Despite kicking off his college career with one of the SEC’s top receiving corps, the freshman is still expected to see plenty of playing time.
NFL.com’s Bryan Fischer named Johnson one of 15 impact freshmen in the website’s “15 of ’15” series. Fischer wrote, “Malachi Dupre came in as a true freshman last season and immediately became a playmaker. This year it will be Johnson’s turn.
“Like Dupre, Johnson is a blue-chipper from New Orleans who should immediately be in the fold at receiver due to his terrific quickness and hands. There have been plenty of Odell Beckham, Jr., comparisons for Johnson, and while he might not live up to that hype, he’ll help a young offense grow.”
The Tigers also added a major piece to the unit that helped earn the nickname “DB U.” Kevin Toliver II joins a group that already includes Tre’Davious White, Jalen Mills and Jamal Adams.
Toliver, who enrolled in January, has the luxury of playing early in a stellar pass defense. Though he’ll play a vital role, the pressure isn’t on the freshman to be the No. 1 cornerback with plenty of veteran standouts already on the roster. His maturation process will be ideal as he’ll in-game experience while not being forced to do too much.
Top offensive lineman signee Maea Teuhema should feel right at home at LSU. The four-star prospect joins his older brother Sione, a sophomore defensive end in Baton Rouge.
The younger Teuhema ranked as the nation’s No. 2 offensive guard and boasts a 555 pound squat max and 405 bench press, according to LSU’s official website. His power helps him at the point of attack and he is best known for delivering pancake blokes and opening running lanes, which should continue playing alongside a veteran LSU o-line blocking for Leonard Fournette.
Les Miles has once again put together an impressive recruiting class. The Tigers return several standouts from last year’s class and look to continue that success in 2015. LSU continues its dominance on the recruiting trail and will follow suit on the field this fall.