LSU football recruiting on a roll with its high octane offense amid a very special season
BATON ROUGE — LSU's commitment crush has been so busy lately, coach Ed Orgeron could not even get away from it on game day.
Malcolm Greene, the No. 27-ranked safety in the country from Highland Springs, Virginia, committed to Orgeron on Saturday morning over Alabama, Clemson, Penn State and Notre Dame, among others. Hours later, Orgeron coached his No. 2 Tigers to a 23-20 victory over No. 10 Auburn in Tiger Stadium, and then watched his team move to No. 1 in the nation on Sunday.
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Also on Sunday, B.J. Ojulari, who is the No. 12 outside linebacker in the country and No. 145 overall prospect according to Rivals.com, committed to Orgeron over Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida and Georgia.
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Ojulari is from Marietta High School in Marietta, Georgia, which is where Arik Gilbert — the No. 1 tight end in the nation and No. 2 prospect in Georgia — also goes to school. Gilbert committed to LSU last Wednesday. A five-star prospect with five the highest possible, Gilbert chose the Tigers over Alabama, Georgia, Auburn, Clemson, Florida and Ohio State.
And then on Monday, LSU got a commitment for its Class of 2022 — wide receiver De'Coldest Crawford of Green Oaks High School in Shreveport. That was four commitments in six days.
LSU's Class of 2020 is ranked No. 1 in the nation by Rivals.com and has 24 commitments with room for only one more, unless there is some juggling of the numbers. Clemson is No. 2 with 20 commitments, followed by Ohio State at No. 3 with 24, Alabama in fourth with 23, and Georgia in fifth with 16.
The 2019 season is helping with recruiting for the Tigers (8-0, 4-0 Southeastern Conference), who next play on Nov. 9 at No. 2 Alabama (8-0, 5-0 SEC) at 2:30 p.m. on CBS. LSU's offense is particularly opening eyes among recruits as new LSU passing game coordinator Joe Brady has quarterback Joe Burrow at No. 2 in the nation with 350.6 passing yards a game. Burrow is also in the lead for the Heisman Trophy among USA TODAY Network voters.
"I think they have a bright future with him there," Gilbert said of Brady on the "Off The Bench" morning radio show on 104.5 FM in Baton Rouge last week. "With Coach Brady, I think you'll see a whole different offense."