BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The early period of National Signing Day started across the country Wednesday and LSU landed some recruits that many believe will provide a deep future for the Tigers.
The No. 3 national recruit, cornerback Derek Stingley Jr. from Dunham, led the next wave of 19 signees to DBU, giving Ed Orgeron a top 5 national recruiting class, according to 24/7 Sports and Rivals, as Stingley and Southern Lab offensive lineman Kardell Thomas actively recruited prospects to Baton Rouge.
The quarterback in this class is one of three Alabama recruits. The 4-star dual threat quarterback, Peter Parrish from Phenix City, AL, out-dueled Tua Tagovailoa’s little brother in the state championship game. With 4.6 speed and 4,200 yards of total offense, he was named the MVP of a 52-7 beat down.
And, there’s another dual threat quarterback from Mississippi who just picked LSU over Auburn and Ole Miss. But Raydarious Jones, who was recruited as an athlete, said he will play cornerback with Stingley for DBU. He’s another 4-star talent crossing state lines, just as Greedy Williams says goodbye.
LSU was also able to keep some Louisiana defensive talent at home to play for Dave Aranda. Like Stingley, John Ehret linebacker Donte Starks chose to remain close to home and suit up for the Tigers. He said former Michael Divinity, another former Patriot, had a big role in landing him.
The LSU Tigers still have a few more big fish they’d like to get in the boat, but so far, so good.
“You have to build a strong foundation,” said head coach Ed Orgeron. “The winds are going to blow. You have to trust. People have all sorts of tactics. You have to stay there and you have to believe.”
That foundation began with the 5-star phenom Stingley.
“I don’t think we ever signed the number one recruit in the country. I think Jesse Armstead was the last one back in 1988. It’s been a long time,” Orgeron added.
And what does Stingley bring as a punt returner?
“Touchdowns. I wish we could play him in the bowl,” Orgeron explained.
At 6-foot-3 and 356 pounds, Thomas arrives with a personality as big as his frame.
“I think he’s going to be governor one day. I told him that. He has it. He has charisma. He’s intelligent. He’s a leader. He’s trustworthy. He’s fun to be around. He lights up the room,” said Coach O.
Thomas opened holes in high school for Tyrion Davis, a powerful running back.
“He’s one of the first guys committed to us. He’s stayed committed to us for a long time,” Orgeron added.
And, 5-star running back John Emery from Destrehan was committed to Georgia, but flipped and eventually signed with the Tigers.
“You could have your family here. You can have that crowd and you can be running touchdowns for LSU. You don’t have to go all the way to Georgia. Your family isn’t going to be there,” Orgeron explained.
This is the second year of college football’s early signing period and it promises to be busy one. Most teams are expected to lock up the bulk of their 2019 classes.
However, a few recruits will still wait until the traditional February signing period to announce their choices.
The early signing period runs through Friday.