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'Hold That Tiger!' LSU welcomes 2018 early signees


With Wednesday's National Signing Day, Coach Ed Orgeron and the LSU Tigers have added some talent to its roster.  

The first player to sign with the Tigers for the class of 2018 was tight end, Zach Sheffer from Ponte Vedra Beach, FL. Sheffer is a 3- star recruit from Allen D.Nease High.

The next player the Tigers welcomed was 3-star running back Chris Curry from Lehigh Acres, FL. He is the No. 26 tailback in the 2018 class and the No. 76 overall recruit from the Sunshine State, according to the 247Sports composite rankings.

In his senior year, Curry had 764 total yards on 112 carries and scored 5 touchdowns. As a junior, he ran the ball for 1,158 yards on 105 carries, scoring 13 touchdowns.

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Next up is Louisiana's own Kenan Jones out of Berwick. Jones is a big-framed receiver who's comfortable lining up wide or in the slot. A 4-star recruit, Jones was heavily recruited and received offers from Auburn, Florida State, Ole Miss, Kansas, ULL, Louisville, and Tulane. 

The first Tiger out of the state of Texas for the class of 2018 was Dominic Livingston, one of the top defensive tackles in the nation. Livingston is a 3-star nose guard standing at 6'3" and 350 pounds. He has a vertical of 21.4 inches.

Damien Lewis was the first offensive lineman signing in the class of 2018. Lewis, the class' first commitment from JUCO, is a Mississippi native who is wrapping up his junior college stay at Northwest Mississippi Community College, is ranked as the No. 4 offensive guard in all of JUCO. 

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A versatile player who is moving to the defensive line with early enrollee Chasen Hines. Hines is a 4-star recruit who is a top-300 prospect nationally, had been pushed by schools such as Texas and Texas A&M for a flip. Hines is now one of three interior defensive line in LSU’s 2018 class and should be in line to eventually succeed rising junior Ed Alexander and split time with redshirt freshman Tyler Shelvin next fall.

The Tigers added another lineman with Louisiana native Dare Rosenthal. Once an Alabama commitment, Rosenthal chose to stay home as the No.18 defensive tackle and No. 193 player overall in 2018.

Nelson Jenkins, one of the top defensive linemen in the state and Plaquemine native also decided to stay near home. Jenkins ranks as the No. 47 defensive tackle in the 2018 class and the No. 26 prospect in the state. The 3-star defensive lineman who has battled hand and leg injuries dating back to the spring. Jenkins is the latest in a growing list of LSU recruits and targets who will miss their season, joining 3-star Jena (La.) receiver Jaray Jenkins and Evangel (La.) defensive lineman Davin Cotton.

Michah Baskerville is headed down to Baton Rouge from Shreveport.The Evangel athletic linebacker is a 4-star recruit and U.S. Army All-American who hasn't wavered his pledge to LSU since verbally committing since the spring.

 "Coach O, Coach Aranda, Coach Ensminger, they have all come to meet me and laid it out,” Baskerville said to 247sports. "We talked about football, but they all hit hard on life after football. The people I meet at LSU are great people, and they can help start a life with your family after college by making those connections and graduating and getting a good job."

"We just talked about the culture and being down at LSU, and being a Tiger," Baskerville said.

Another Shreveport native and Evangel Eagle is heading down to Baton Rouge. Defensive tackle Davin Cotton will join the Tigers in January. Cotton is one of  Louisiana’s top defensive line prospects and received an offer from Alabama first before committing to the Tigers in February.

The fifth defensive lineman of the class and another Louisiana native is heading to Baton Rouge. Travez Moore, a top JUCO defensive end, another large body that could fill the role of Arden Key at Buck linebacker after his expected departure for the NFL this season.

The seventh signee from Louisiana is the versatile wide receiver, Jaray Jenkins. Jenkins' senior season did not get off to a good note as he suffered a fractured tibia in the season opener. Jenkins showed the LSU staff that he was electric with the ball in his hands when he caught 44 passes for 797 yards with 12 touchdowns as a junior. 

LSU also landed one of the top kickers in NCAA Football. Graduate transfer Cole Tracy is heading down to Baton Rouge. While at Assumption College, Tracy became the only player in NCAA Division II history to make six or more field goals twice and just one of two in any division who made six field goals in consecutive years. He will be eligible for the fall. 

Top JUCO offensive lineman Badara Traore will be heading down to Baton Rouge. Transferring from Asa College in Hyde Park, MA, Traore fulfills Orgeron's promise of finding junior college's top offensive linemen.

“He has everything you’re looking for with a kid in regards to technique and football IQ,” ASA College coach Joe Osovet told 247Sports. “He has all those things along with being 6-8, 315-pounds.”

Louisiana native and Ferriday defensive end Dantrieze Scott is staying home. Scott is a 6-'4, 210-pound wide receiver who Coach Ed Orgeron offered Scott as a sophomore when he was the Tigers’ defensive line coach. 

Another offensive lineman is heading to LSU. Gonzales native Cameron Wire is staying close to home. Wire is the 40th-ranked tackle in the 2017 class and the 23rd-best player in the state, according to 247Sports.com's composite rankings. The 6-foot-6 270-pounder chose to stay home, rebuffing more than 30 other offers including those from Alabama and Auburn. 

Tigers get a hard-hitting linebacker that was part of two state title teams during his prep career. Southern Lab LB Damone Clark is rated as a four-star prospect by 247sports and Rivals.

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