Les Miles' impressive 2015 recruiting class should provide some immediate results on the field this fall
What college football fans have become accustomed to with LSU under head coach Les Miles, the Tigers again brought in a ridiculous amount of talent in the 2015 recruiting class, landing one of the top-rated groups in the nation. With four 5-star recruits and eight 4-stars, one can easily guess a couple of those guys with that much talent will make an impact this year on the field.
With the season opener against McNeese State just days away, a few true freshman will see the field early and often in 2015 but which ones will make an impact this season?
No. 1 Maea Teuhema, OG
Teuhema (6-5, 327) has come into camp ready to play and has picked up the playbook quickly while showing his ability to move, pull, use leverage, and open holes for the running backs. LSU wrapped up a scrimmage on Aug. 25 and the former Keller (Texas) High School 5-star prospect is already in the two-deep. As Miles put it, “He’s in the top five or six (offensive linemen).”
No. 2 Derrius Guice, RB
LSU now has a legitimate one-two punch in the backfield with sophomore Leonard Fournette and true freshman Guice. Fournette is a little bit heavier than his backfield mate at roughly 230 pounds but the 5-foot-11, 222-pound, former Catholic High School star from Baton Rouge is bringing a punch and exploding through holes in practice giving offensive coordinator Cam Cameron multiple options in the running game this season. This 5-star recruit is living up to the hype.
No. 3 George Brown Jr., OT
George Brown has already put on 20 pounds over the offseason but still might be a little light at 290 going against elite SEC talent. The former 4-star recruit has everything else needed to contribute, starting with his six-foot-7 frame, and should be on the field gaining valuable experience for the possible departure of junior left tackle Jerald Hawkins and the inevitable loss of senior right tackle Vadal Alexander at the end of the season.
No. 4 Kevin Toliver II, CB
Toliver was another one of the 5-star commitments new defensive coordinator Kevin Steele inherited upon his arrival from Alabama. Toliver has been pushing for playing time and is listed on the two-deep at second string. Tough to see anyone beating out Tre’Davious White, leaving three guys to fight for time on the other boundary — Dwayne Thomas, Ed Paris and Toliver.
No. 5 Arden Key, DE
Key has solidified his spot as a back up to Tashawn Bower and Lewis Neal. An injury or a needed breather and Key is in the game. LSU pulled the former 4-star recruit out of Hapeville Charter in Atlanta and he has quickly paid off dividends for the Tigers. Can Key work his way on to the field as a starter by the end of the season?
No. 6 Jazz Ferguson, WR
Die-hard LSU fans are gasping for air but after the Aug. 25 scrimmage Ferguson might actually be outplaying former 5-star recruit Tyron Johnson. LSU is loaded at the receiver position with a lot of talent. Ferguson, a 4-star out of in-state West Feliciana High School, and Johnson, out of Warren Easton Senior, will both get time on the field this season but seeing which player emerges from the pack will be fun to watch.
— Written by Ryan Wright, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network and an established media professional with more than two decades' worth of experience. Over the years, Wright has written for numerous sites and publications and he recently started his own recruiting site, www.recruitingnewsguru.com. Follow him on Twitter @HogManinLA.