The way Brian Kelly and his staff know where they need to recruit to win the SEC. The Tigers went hard at receiver, defensive back, and the offensive line. Kelly and his staff continue to add talent depth to a roster that was gutted after the departure of Ed Orgeron. Expect three defensive backs to compete for snaps for the Tigers.
Duece Chestnut (Syracuse), Denver Harris (Texas A&M), JK Johnson (Ohio State), and Zy Alexander (Southeastern Louisiana) are all going to compete for their place in the defensive back rotation. The defensive backfield is not the only place the Tigers upgraded this off-season.
LSU signed Oregon State linebacker Omar Speights and Texas EDGE rusher Ovie Oghoufo; both players should crack the starting rotation this fall. Keep an eye on two high school players, wide receiver Shelton Sampson, Jr. and EDGE rusher Dashawn Womack. Sampson has length at 6-foot-4 and elite ball skills.
With Kayshon Boutte off to the NFL, Sampson could see the field as a red zone threat with his large hands and leaping ability. Womack is a five-star with college ready size. He has a significant first step off the ball with tremendous dip and speed to power. Womack is polished, considering he’s so young, and could give the Tigers an instant pass rush across from Harold Perkins in certain situations.