The LSU Tigers are fresh off a national championship which saw QB Joe Burrow put together one of the greatest seasons by a college quarterback in the games history, all the while, continuing to show they are one of the few programs to be a legitimate owner of the DBU (Defensive Back University) moniker. With that said, the Bayou Bengals lost an innumerable amount of talent to the NFL following 2019s championship run and are now forced to reload - emphasis on reload.
Already featuring a top ten class in 2021 with 16 commits (to date), the 2022 class is already off to a great start with the commitments of five of the nation's top prospects, filling needs at quarterback, wide receiver, and the defensive backfield. As ranked by The Prototyp, the following prospects will make for a dynamic offense and a formidable defensive backfield for years to come, adding to what Head Coach Ed Oregeron has been able to build in his time in Baton Rouge.
Beginning on the offensive front, QB Walker Howard and WR Decoldest Crawford will pose incredible problems for opposing SEC defenses due to Howard's polished skill set as a signal caller and Crawford's immense athleticism. Both hailing from the state of Louisiana, Howard currently ranks as the 14th-best QB (No. 1 QB in Louisiana) while Crawford comes in as the 23rd-best WR (No. 2 WR in Louisiana) prospect in the class. In addition, the sought after prospects currently boast a combined 28 FBS scholarship offers with two seasons remaining in their prep careers. For Crawford, he's most excited at the oppotunity to suit up with the game-changing quarterback to continue LSU's latest run on success.
"I'm ready to build that bond/connection with Walker. We could make huge things happen. I am most excited about winning a national championship with the best quarterback in the class of 2022."
On defense, is where things get even scarier for those not on the LSU bandwagon. With current commitments from CB Khamauri Rogers, S Bryce Anderson, and S Bryan Allen Jr, each find themself well within the top ten in the nation at their respective positions and also why the trio combine for over 70 FBS scholarship offers prior to the start of their junior seasons. In other words, these defensive backs would warrant offers from every FBS program in the land had it not been for pledging their allegiance to LSU early in the recruiting process.
The nightmare begins with each prospect featuring the ability to match up one-on-one and cover vast amounts of area due to their speed, awareness, and intellect in positioning themselves for success on any given play. The physical traits possessed by these prospects help to set them apart, but the game played between the ears is what makes them elite. And the Tigers are fortunate to have secured their commitments early on in order to focus their attention at hauling in even more pieces to the National Championship puzzle. And for Allen, he cannot wait to join forces with the talent being assembled at LSU to strive for that ultimate prize.
"I'm excited about the opportunity to get to play with those guys. (Rogers, Anderson) are both great players. You put us all together and that will be one special defense."
There is no doubting LSU's current 2022 commitments are special and why they currently lead the pack as the top class in the country. The post-Les Miles era has been an unbridled success for Ed Orgeron and it's hard to believe it's essentially in its infancy. When the 2022 season finally rolls around, expect to see these five stars in the making gracing the field in Death Valley as true freshman, 'cause in this day in age, talent is talent and there is no shortage with this group committed to LSU.