NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) -The 2019 LSU recruiting class is now complete, and by most accounts, it’s a top-five haul. Every player wants to make an immediate impact upon arrival. Here are my three most likely candidates to contribute right away. This is not a list on who will have the best career, although some of them very well could, but the ones that will make the quickest impact on the team
Derek Stingley Jr.
With the departure of Greedy Williams, Derek Stingley should slide right in and not just be a contributor but a starter in the Tigers secondary. Coach Orgeron even said he would have started in the bowl game had he been eligible. Stingley should be the next great cornerback at DBU, and they shouldn’t have to wait long for his impact.
No player should excite Tiger fans more when it comes to the addition of Joe Brady on the coaching staff than Emery. He’s built nearly identical to Alvin Kamara and has similar attributes in terms of his smooth running style and pass-catching ability. My hunch is Brady will identify those similarities immediately and find ways to use him all over the field to create mismatches. Plus, other than Clyde Edwards Helaire, the Tigers don’t return much in terms of running back experience. Emery should have an immediate impact on LSU’s offense in 2019.
Count the numbers: York and Conner Culp are the only two scholarship kickers on the roster. Culp’s past struggles have been well-documented. That’s why LSU went out and got Cole Tracy last year. York has a stronger leg than Tracy, but can he match Tracy’s accuracy in the clutch that literally won LSU games last year? If he can, the Tigers should have no qualms about a true freshman kicker.
- The perception of losing Ishmael Sophser is tough, but the reality of losing him won’t have nearly as much of an impact. I watched a lot of Sophser and, in my opinion, he did not play up to his ranking. When I think of dominant defensive linemen over the past decade at the prep level, the first player that I think of is Anthony Johnson in 2011. Say what you want about his collegiate career, but Johnson absolutely destroyed 5A competition for O. Perry Walker. He jumped off the tape every single game. Sophser did not do the same against much smaller competition in 2A. It was painful to listen to the ESPN commentators try to spin the fact that he doesn’t play hard every down while also praising him. They alluded to it four times right before his announcement.
- LSU wanted three prospects out of Tangipahoa parish and landed two of them: Trey Palmer and Devonta Lee. To say LSU is struggling in that part of the state is simply inaccurate.
- By my count, LSU now has 92 players on scholarship meaning they will have to shed seven to get the team down to the mandated 85.
- Some other potential impact true freshmen: Marcel Brooks, Kardell Thomas, Tyrion Davis and Lee.