2012 LSU Scouting Report

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  1. Hunt0716

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    Incoming Freshman - Class of 2012

    Coming in before the bowl game, the class already had 10 commitments and I had only had 15 scholarships to work with. I was able to add four more recruits to produce a top 25 class, but some of the questionable signings made by the previous administration lowered the classes rank.

    1. Chris Hodge (#4 RB) - 5 star - redshirt
    2. Marshall Moore (#3 QB) - 5 star
    3. Jon Culver (#15 QB) - 4 star - Moved to WR - redshirt
    4. Gemara Spicer (#3 DE) - 4 star - redshirt
    5. Brandon Bates (#2 CB) - 4 star
    6. Joe Davis (#4 SS) - 4 star - redshirt
    7. Daniel Dennis (#5 T) - 4 star - redshirt
    8. Jason Williams (#5 DE) - 4 star - redshirt
    9. Dan Matthews (#17 DT) - 4 star - redshirt
    10. Dustin Frank (#57 WR) - 3 star - redshirt
    11. Danny Fitch (#47 QB) - 3 star - redshirt
    12. Michael Stevens (#17 G) - 3 star
    13. Kellen Whitehead (#2 P) - 3 star
    14. Joe Moore (#38 ATH) - 3 star - Moved to RB

    Miles and Co. obviously decided that the loss of quarterbacks Jordan Jefferson and Jarrett Lee to graduation warranted the signing of three quarterbacks. Moore could be a stud and will enter as the second string while Culver moved to WR and it's unlikely Fitch will ever work his way up the depth chart.

    Whitehead will come in and take over both kicking and punting duties as a freshman.

    Bates received the highest overall rating in this class and will see time in Dime packages this season.

    Joe Moore was the lowest rated player. As an athlete, his ideal position was quarterback (65 OVR) but the last thing I needed in this class was another quarterback. I moved him to his second best position (RB) where he will likely be buried on the depth chart for his entire career.
     
  2. Hunt0716

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    2012 Season Preview - 14 seniors - 15 scholarships available

    Offense: The loss of quarterback Jordan Jefferson means that redshirt freshman Billy Coles will take over as signal caller for the No. 7 LSU Tigers. He has a strong, accurate arm and enough speed to make plays with his feet. Wide receiver Reuben Randle (99 OVR) decided to put the NFL off and return for his senior year and will be joined Russell Shepard (98 OVR) and Chris Tolliver (94 OVR) to create one of the strongest receiving corps in the nation. The experience and skill at WR should help ease Coles into the offense. The running game shouldn't experience too much of a drop off with the departure of Stevan Ridley and will be led by junior Michael Ford (92 OVR). The offensive line returns some of the best linemen in the nation anchored at the tackles by Alex Hurst (96 OVR) on the left and Greg Shaw (97 OVR) on the right. PJ Lonergan (96 OVR) as the starting center.

    Defense: The traditionally powerful LSU defense may take a minor step back this year as some players will be getting their first significant playing time. Returning sack leader Sam Montgomery (94 OVR) and Lavar Edwards (93 OVR) will return to their positions at defensive end, but will be joined by five junior defensive tackles rated between 82 - 86. Should be interesting to see who emerges from that pack and makes their mark on the defense. LSU's leading tackler in 2011, Kevin Minter, returns as the MLB but will be joined by newcomers Tahj Jones and Lamin Barrow on the edges. Senior Morris Claiborne (97 OVR) will head a group of young cornerbacks including two freshmen who will see time in nickle and dime packages. Both junior Craig Loston (92 OVR) and senior Karnell Hatcher (89 OVR) will return as starting safeties.

    Special Teams: True freshman Kellen Whitehead will assume all kicking and punting duties as senior kicker Billy Matthews has failed to improve past his 54 overall rating. The return game should be dangerous as speedsters Randle and Shepard will handle kickoffs and punts.

    Prediction: The success of this team hinges on Coles' ability to adjust to the speed of SEC defenses. If he learns quick, this could be a BCS caliber team, if not, LSU could be facing another four-loss season.
     

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