2021 College Football Class Review: LSU

By Corey Long - @CoreyLong
Updated Nov. 16, 2020.

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2021 College Recruiting - 16 Commits

Last Player Grade Published on Nov. 16, 2020
LSU logo CB Nathaniel Wiggins (Atlanta, GA) commits to LSU  View Class

Wiggins (6-2, 175) sits at No. 11 on the top cornerbacks list of 2021, and he is the first building block on what is likely to be an excellent secondary class for the Tigers this year. His height and the length should offer up scheme versatility as a safety or a cornerback, and LSU generally like its defensive backs to play both positions at times. Wiggins plays a lot of wide receiver in high school, so the ball skills come to him naturally. He is a twitchy athlete who shows above-average lateral movement and change-of-direction skills. He has the speed to play on the outside and the range to be useful as a safety in the deep middle. Wiggins will need to fill out his frame a little bit, but he's a prospect with blue-chip potential.

Nathaniel Wiggins' Player Grade: B+
LSU logo TE Jalen Shead (Olive Branch, MS) commits to LSU  View Class

Tight end wasn't a huge concern for LSU this season after taking Arik Gilbert and Kole Taylor in the 2020 class, but injuries have made depth a concern for the next couple of years. Shead (6-4, 240) is a good-looking athlete to be a developmental guy behind Gilbert and someone who can provide additional blocking on the inline. He doesn't need to play immediately, and that's a good thing because he is going to have to improve his overall game. Shead looks the part, and I think there's a good chance he'll be a decent player after some seasoning.

Jalen Shead's Player Grade: B-
LSU logo LB Greg Penn III (Hyattsville, MD) commits to LSU  View Class

Penn (6-1, 225) is a good-looking linebacker on the field. He plays a physical and strong game. Moving downhill is where Penn really shows off his skill set. He can fight through the blocks and close in on the ball-carrier quickly. Penn displays good natural instincts, so he can diagnose the play as it develops and make the right decision on how to blow it up. He can also blitz from the middle of the line as a stunt guy or on the outside.

Penn is excellent against the run, but questionable agains the pass. He doesn't look comfortable with his backpedal or at dropping into coverage. Penn should find snaps early in his career in run situations and on short yardage while he improves his ability in space.

Greg Penn III's Player Grade: B
LSU logo DE Keanu Koht (Vero Beach, FL) commits to LSU  View Class

Koht (6-4, 215) should develop into a hybrid type of player who will come off the edge as a defensive end and put his hand in the ground or operate as a stand-up pass rusher. He has very good length, better than his height would even indicate.

Koht is quick-twitch athlete with great explosion off the snap and sudden, quick movements that help him get around the corner quickly. He plays with a level of integrity against the run and reads running plays pretty well. Koht knows how to attack the ball-carrier and has the motor to chase down plays in pursuit. He can run well and has some attributes to drop in coverage as an outside linebacker and operate in space.

Keanu Koht's Player Grade: B
LSU logo WR Chris Hilton (Zachary, LA) commits to LSU  View Class

Hilton (5-11, 170) doesn't have the size of a traditional outside wide receiver, so I think he'll move around on the field quite a bit. He is a natural mismatch with tremendous speed, which is verifiably in the 4.45 range. Hilton can run the deep routes and stretch the field. He has little problem getting separation off the line and is dangerous in space, where his ability to make big plays after the catch is highlighted.

Hilton, the No. 13-ranked wide receiver in the nation, is a state champion in the high jump, and he will show off that ability to use his 37-inch vertical to battle for 50-50 footballs. He is so graceful jumping up to grab high balls that it looks like he's air walking at times. In the history of great wide receivers to come through LSU, Hilton certainly has the potential to be one of them.

Chris Hilton's Player Grade: A-
LSU logo OT Garrett Dellinger (Clarkston, MI) commits to LSU  View Class

LSU pulls Dellinger (6-6, 276) from Big Ten country, beating out home-state school Michigan along with Ohio State and Penn State. One of the better athletes playing offensive line in this class, Dellinger absolutely looks the part; he moves like a good athlete and he has a good base and good footwork and shows good agility getting out to lead on plays. Dellinger is probably best suited as a right tackle, although he could certainly play on the left side. He's a talented prospect who check a lot of the boxes.

I think Dellinger could be a little more of a dog in the trenches though. A little more head banging to go with his high level of skill would likely lead to a ratings bump. Overall, Dellinger has a great foundation from which to build with.

Garrett Dellinger's Player Grade: B+
LSU logo DE Saivion Jones (St. James, LA) commits to LSU  View Class

The Tigers continue their hot run through May with the commitment of Jones (6-5, 240), who is one of the top in-state defensive line prospects. He is a top-end athlete and plays multiple sports in high school. Jones is strong off the ball and makes his presence known at the point of contact. His burst looks good, and his ability to chase down the play and close in on the ball-carrier rates pretty high. He is a pretty balanced defensive end, and, if anything, I'd like to see a little more out of him as a pass rusher. Jones is a big body who can contain the perimeter and stretch plays out. He looks like a player who could see the field in situational play early and eventually become a consistent starter down the road.

Saivion Jones' Player Grade: B+
LSU logo S Khari Gee (Atlanta, GA) commits to LSU  View Class

Gee (6-2, 185) is a long, rangy defender who will play in the secondary, but he has the skill set to be a complement at any of the levels on defense. He is big enough to move closer to the line of scrimmage once he fills out his frame. There he can double as a linebacker or an extra defender in the box to contribute against the run. Gee is also strong in coverage. He reads plays well and can anticipate where the ball is going. Gee can run well. He is fast enough to cover in the slot or stick onto a back coming out of the backfield. Gee can provide a pass rush as well. He can blitz from the outside and chase down a ball-carrier in the backfield. Gee is a versatile player who will probably find a home as the deep safety, but he offers significant scheme versatility.

Khari Gee's Player Grade: B+
LSU logo RB Corey Kiner (Cincinnati, OH) commits to LSU  View Class

Kiner (5-10, 205) is a power back who I believe might become a fullback or be more of a short-yardage back or one used primarily around the goal line. He is a downhill runner with not much shake and bake, but he is tough to tackle one-on-one. Kiner is built well with strong legs and an upper body that will continue to get stronger. He is more of a one-cut type of back and probably doesn't have the speed to mess around too much behind the line, especially in the SEC. Kiner projects as a fullback or a rotational back at LSU, but probably not a full-time starter.

Corey Kiner's Player Grade: C+
LSU logo QB Garrett Nussmeier (Flower Mound, TX) commits to LSU  View Class

Nussmeier (6-1, 178) is part of a football family. His father, Doug, has been an offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for several FBS programs and is current the quarterbacks coach for the Dallas Cowboys. The younger Nussmeier is fun to watch on film because he goes for it. He plays an aggressive game and takes some chances. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't, but in my world, I'd rather a quarterback show the confidence to make the big plays. Nussmeier is comfortable in the pocket, but not a statue. He shows some playmaking ability and can fire the ball down the field on the run as well. Given what LSU did this past season with Joe Burrow and getting the ball downfield, Nussmeier looks to be a good scheme fit.

Garrett Nussmeier's Player Grade: B-
LSU logo LB Zavier Carter (Atlanta, GA) commits to LSU  View Class

Carter (6-4, 190) is a speed rusher with excellent length who is playing well below his ideal weight. He actually plays defensive end in high school; he's going to be more of an outside linebacker/stand-up rush end hybrid in college once he gets to an ideal weight.

Carter is often at a physical mismatch playing on the line, but he uses his hands well to complement his quickness. Carter is a high-effort, high-motor guy who closes well and is good with the backside pursuit. He has some skills that should be able to translate to linebacker and others that are less certain. His coverage skills and ability to work in space are big question marks. The upside to Carter is high, but it all depends on how well he can adjust to playing linebacker, be it off the ball or in the middle.

Zavier Carter's Player Grade: B
LSU logo DE Landon Jackson (Texarkana, TX) commits to LSU  View Class

Jackson is another long, wide athlete who will develop into a big defensive end with the athleticism to also be a hybrid stand-up edge rusher. The 6-foot-6, 240-pounder is a double tough player who will play anywhere on the defensive line in high school and then play tight end where he used almost exclusively as an extra blocker.

Jackson is a LARGE prospect, and his listed height of 6-foot-6 might be cheating him of a half inch or so. He fires off the snap and gets to the boundary quickly to close in on the play. Jackson plays all out and is particularly good with his backside pursuit, often making stops behind the line of scrimmage on plays designed to go away from him. Jackson's aggressive play is usually a reward, but it can be a curse. I don't know exactly where he will line up once he fills out, but LSU is one of the few places where a 285-pound edge rusher isn't out of the question.

Landon Jackson's Player Grade: B+
LSU logo WR JoJo Earle (Aledo, TX) commits to LSU  View Class

Earle (5-9, 167) is possibly the most explosive, dynamic playmaker from the slot in the 2021 recruiting class. Calling Earle a quick-twitch athlete almost feels like an understatement; he's a blur and a player who has crisp, smooth route-running abilities, plus-level hands and the talent to take any ball and turn it into a big play or a touchdown. Earle has a skill set similar to Steve Smith in the way he'll elevate for passes and can run after the catch. Earle can line up on the outside, but that's unlikely at LSU because the team has much bigger receivers to fit those roles.

Earle is lightning in a bottle, and with the ball in his hands, anything is possible. He will have to get bigger and stronger to play in the SEC and deal with the physicality, but he is an impactful player for the college game.

JoJo Earle's Player Grade: A-
LSU logo S Dakota Mitchell (Winter Park, FL) commits to LSU  View Class

Mitchell (5-11, 175) gives LSU its first verbal commitment since December for the 2021 class. Mitchell was setting up an LSU-Alabama recruiting battle, but the Tigers prioritized him in recruiting. Mitchell does a good job of dropping into the coverage and then making a play on the football or the ball-carrier. He also plays wide receiver in high school, which helps his ball skills. Mitchell can run, though there is not a reliable time on record. It looks like he can run around a 4.55 or better. Mitchell is a physical player on defense and plays a big-man's game. That's surprising to see when you compare it to his offensive sights where Mitchell is so agile, quick and shifty. With his speed, I could see him playing on either side of the ball.

Dakota Mitchell's Player Grade: B
LSU logo WR Deion Smith (Jackson, MS) commits to LSU  View Class
Smith was one of the more hotly pursued prospects in the 2021 class for his position after he made an early commitment to Mississippi State. When the offers started coming, they didn't stop as Kentucky, Louisville, Tennessee, Auburn and Ole Miss were among the schools. But the LSU offer was the one Smith (6-1, 175) was waiting for, and on Sunday, he decided to flip from the Bulldogs to the Tigers and become the third commitment in the 2021 class. Deion Smith's Player Grade: A
LSU logo DT Anthony Hundley (Miami, FL) commits to LSU  View Class
Hundley committed to Miami back in May, and even back then, it was thought to be more of a placeholder commitment than a strong pledge. After a summer of looking around, Hundley (6-3, 270) backed off of his Miami commitment before the start of high school football season. He has offers from most of the top programs and is widely considered one of the five best defensive line prospects in Florida for the 2021 class. He is the second verbal commitment in the 2021 recruiting class for LSU. Anthony Hundley's Player Grade: A

All Commitments - 17

Most recent Commitment on Aug. 30, 2020
  • 8/30 - Jalen Shead TE
  • 8/29 - Nathaniel Wiggins CB
  • 7/12 - Greg Penn III LB
  • 7/4 - Keanu Koht DE
  • 7/3 - Chris Hilton WR
  • 6/24 - Garrett Dellinger OT
  • 5/20 - Saivion Jones DE
  • 5/18 - Khari Gee S
  • 5/11 - Corey Kiner RB
  • 5/4 - Garrett Nussmeier QB
  • 5/1 - Zavier Carter LB
  • 4/26 - Landon Jackson DE
  • 4/23 - JoJo Earle WR
  • 3/19 - Dakota Mitchell S
  • 1/2 - Raesjon Davis LB
  • 12/1 - Deion Smith WR
  • 11/18 - Anthony Hundley DT

Last Season's Roster:

  • Seniors: 14
  • Juniors: 32
  • Sophmores: 17
  • Freshmen: 44
: 2 Players | 8 games played
Sr:0 Jr:0 So:0 Fr:0
Player Class Games|Starts
Marcel Brooks N/A 5|0
Evan Francioni N/A 3|0
DB: 16 Players | 94 games played
Sr:1 Jr:7 So:2 Fr:6
Player Class Games|Starts
Grant Delpit Jr 8|8
Kristian Fulton Sr 8|8
Jacoby Stevens Jr 8|8
Derek Stingley Jr. Fr 8|8
Kary Vincent Jr. Jr 8|5
Lloyd Cole Jr 8|0
Cameron Lewis Jr 8|0
Eric Monroe Jr 8|0
Cordale Flott Fr 7|0
Maurice Hampton Jr. Fr 7|0
Jay Ward Fr 6|0
Raydarious Jones Fr 4|0
Todd Harris Jr. Jr 3|1
Kenan Jones So 2|0
Cade Comeaux Fr 1|0
Treven Kately So 0|0
DL: 13 Players | 59 games played
Sr:3 Jr:3 So:1 Fr:6
Player Class Games|Starts
Tyler Shelvin So 8|7
Breiden Fehoko Sr 8|4
Neil Farrell Jr. Jr 8|3
Siaki Ika Fr 6|0
Rashard Lawrence Sr 5|4
Glen Logan Jr 5|4
Dare Rosenthal Fr 5|3
Justin Thomas Jr 5|1
Joseph Evans Fr 4|1
Jarell Cherry Fr 3|0
Travez Moore Sr 2|0
Nelson Jenkins III Fr 0|0
Ray Parker Fr 0|0
K: 4 Players | 16 games played
Sr:0 Jr:1 So:1 Fr:2
Player Class Games|Starts
Avery Atkins So 8|0
Cade York Fr 8|0
Connor Culp Jr 0|0
Preston Stafford Fr 0|0
LB: 18 Players | 67 games played
Sr:1 Jr:5 So:7 Fr:5
Player Class Games|Starts
Jacob Phillips Jr 8|8
Patrick Queen Jr 8|5
Damone Clark So 8|2
Ray Thornton Jr 7|0
KLavon Chaisson So 6|6
Micah Baskerville So 6|0
Michael Divinity Jr. Sr 5|3
Andre Anthony Jr 5|2
Carlton Smith So 4|0
Jared Small So 3|0
Donte Starks Fr 3|0
Kendall McCallum Fr 2|0
Hunter Faust So 1|0
Derian Moore So 1|0
Aaron Benfield Fr 0|0
Soni Fonua Jr 0|0
Taytle Langley Fr 0|0
Desmond Little Fr 0|0
LS: 2 Players | 9 games played
Sr:1 Jr:0 So:0 Fr:1
Player Class Games|Starts
Blake Ferguson Sr 8|0
Quentin Skinner Fr 1|0
OL: 16 Players | 69 games played
Sr:3 Jr:7 So:1 Fr:5
Player Class Games|Starts
Lloyd Cushenberry Jr 8|8
Austin Deculus Jr 8|8
Damien Lewis Sr 8|8
Adrian Magee Sr 8|8
Badara Traore Sr 6|1
Chasen Hines So 6|0
Jakori Savage Jr 6|0
Saahdiq Charles Jr 4|4
Edward Ingram Jr 4|0
Donavaughn Campbell Jr 3|0
Charles Turner Fr 3|0
Cameron Wire Fr 3|0
Anthony Bradford Fr 2|0
Austin Harden Fr 0|0
Thomas Perry Fr 0|0
Michael Smith Jr 0|0
P: 1 Players | 8 games played
Sr:0 Jr:1 So:0 Fr:0
Player Class Games|Starts
Zach Von Ronseberg Jr 8|0
QB: 6 Players | 13 games played
Sr:1 Jr:0 So:1 Fr:4
Player Class Games|Starts
Joe Burrow Sr 8|8
Myles Brennan So 5|0
AJ Aycock Fr 0|0
Walker Kinney Fr 0|0
John Gordon McKernan Fr 0|0
Peter Parrish Fr 0|0
RB: 6 Players | 33 games played
Sr:1 Jr:1 So:0 Fr:4
Player Class Games|Starts
Clyde Edwards-Helaire Jr 8|8
Tyrion Price-Davis Fr 8|0
Chris Curry Fr 7|0
John Emery Fr 6|0
Lanard Fournette Sr 4|0
Josh Williams Fr 0|0
TE: 10 Players | 42 games played
Sr:1 Jr:4 So:1 Fr:4
Player Class Games|Starts
Stephen Sullivan Sr 8|2
Aaron Moffitt So 8|0
Jamal Pettigrew Jr 8|0
Thaddeus Moss Jr 7|7
Tory Carter Jr 6|0
TK McLendon Jr 3|0
Brandon Hubicz Fr 2|0
Stephen King Fr 0|0
Jack Mashburn Fr 0|0
Jansen Mayea Fr 0|0
WR: 15 Players | 65 games played
Sr:2 Jr:3 So:3 Fr:7
Player Class Games|Starts
Justin Jefferson Jr 8|8
Derrick Dillon Sr 8|3
JaMarr Chase So 7|7
Jontre Kirklin So 7|0
Devonta Lee Fr 7|0
Racey McMath Jr 7|0
Trey Palmer Fr 6|0
Terrace Marshall Jr. So 5|5
Jaray Jenkins Fr 5|0
Colby Brunet Jr 4|0
Michael Martin Fr 1|0
Dee Anderson Sr 0|0
Alex Aucoin Fr 0|0
Thomas McGoey Fr 0|0
Clyde Townsend Fr 0|0


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