Ed Orgeron: LSU's 2020 class is one of bests 'since I’ve been here'


LSU wrapped up its 2020 recruiting class Wednesday with three signees that Tigers head coach Ed Orgeron is very excited about.

“We filled some needs to come up with what we fill is one of our top classes since I’ve been here,” Orgeron said Wednesday. “Character, great athletes, guys that wanted to compete at the highest level at LSU. We feel that we found three great fits.”

The Tigers added cornerback Dwight McGlothern, running back Tre Bradford and receiver Alex Adams to their group of incoming freshman. 

McGlothern , a 6-foot-2, 185-pound All-American out of the Houston area, logged four interceptions and caught 66 passes for 1,307 yards and 18 touchdowns, as a senior.

Lancaster (Texas)’s Bradford, 6-foot, 195 pounds, rushed for 1,563 yards and 23 touchdowns as a senior. And Mississippi’s Adams, 6-foot-1, 190-pounds, tallied 34 catches for 859 yards and 10 touchdowns as he helped his South Pike team to the Class 4A semifinals.

With those prospects, LSU finished with the No. 4 recruiting class in the country, although Orgeron said those rankings won’t matter once the incoming freshmen hit the practice field. 

“One year we were ranked 15th and we signed the Heisman trophy winner out of that class,” Orgeron said “And Cole Tracy. We’re ranked fourth, it sounds good and it looks good. I think it’s the highest recruiting class that we had here points wise at LSU but we gotta make sure those guys can play. 

“After about two days those go out the window. ButI do believe we have some great players in this class. I do believe these guys can continue to help us win championships.”

LSU could have potentially landed even higher in the recruiting rankings but the Tigers missed out on a couple defensive line targets.

Orgeron said he thought the recent coaching changes at LSU, including defensive coordinator Dave Aranda’s move to become Baylor’s head coach, may have played a factor. 

“Obviously those relationships were built with some very very good football players that we didn’t get,” he said. “I think losing Dennis Johnson made a difference. Dennis was an excellent recruiter. He went to Baylor and I’m happy for him. He got a hefty raise so I’m proud of him. 

“I don’t know if that was the deciding factor in not getting the final two defensive linemen. I can’t say that. I can’t not.”

However, Orgeron said he and the rest of the LSU staff said they were very excited about the six defensive linemen the Tigers did sign including two highly touted prospects from Louisiana, Jacobian Guillory and Jaquelin Roy.

“Jaquelin Roy and Jacobian Guilloury could’ve went anywhere in the country but they decided to stay in the state of Louisiana,” he said. 

Orgeron added that the number of defensive linemen signed was even more important as LSU will be switching to a 4-3 under new defensive coordinator Bo Pelini.

The Tigers have three scholarships remaining and Orgeron said those could be filled potentially by transfers.