Make it two in a row for LSU’s Lake Charles pipeline, as the Tigers received a big commitment Monday from Barbe tight end DeSean Smith.
Smith (6-foot-4, 225 pounds) is LSU’s 18th commitment for the Class of 2013 and one of the highest-rated players in the Tigers class so far and in the nation.
Smith is ranked No. 67 on the Rivals 100, No. 102 on the 24/7 Sports Top 247, No. 143 on the ESPN 300 and No. 232 on the Scout 300. He is rated as the No. 2 prospect in Louisiana by Rivals, the No. 3 prospect in state by 24/7, and No. 5 in the state by ESPN.
A four-star prospect across the board, Smith’s commitment has given a big boost to LSU’s national recruiting rankings. According to 24/7 Sports, LSU now ranks No. 3 behind only Alabama and Michigan. And Rivals now ranks LSU at No. 4 behind Michigan, Alabama and Texas A&M.
Just last week, LSU picked up another four-star commitment from Lake Charles in Washington-Marion linebacker Melvin Jones (6-3, 245).
Rivals and ESPN do rate New Orleans Karr tight end Standish Dobard, an early commitment to Miami, ahead of Smith in terms of in-state prospects.
2013 COMMITMENTS (18)
Chuck Baker, WR, 6-1, 190, Slidell Salmen
Josh Boutte, OG, 6-4, 305, New Iberia Westgate
Jeryl Brazil, ATH, 5-9, 180, Loranger (HS)
Jeremy Cutrer, S, 6-2, 180, Kentwood Jewel Sumner
John Diarse, ATH, 6-0, 210, Monroe Neville
Frank Herron, DE, 6-4, 245, Memphis (Tenn.) Central
Anthony Jennings, QB, 6-2, 205, Marrietta, Ga. (HS)
Melvin Jones, LB, 6-3, 245, Lake Charles Washington-Marion
Tevin Lawson, DT, 6-4, 275, Denham Springs (HS)
Quantavius Leslie, WR, 6-3, 185, Hinds (Miss.) Community College
K.J. Malone, OG, 6-4, 290, Ruston Cedar Creek
Michael Patterson, DE, 6-3, 235, Winnfield (HS)
Ethan Pocic, OT, 6-6, 285, Lemont, Ill. (HS)
Hayden Rettig, QB, 6-4, 222, Los Angeles Cathedral
DeSean Smith, TE, 6-4, 225, Lake Charles Barbe
Logan Stokes, TE, 6-4, 240, Northeast Mississippi Community College
Kennard Swanson, FB, 6-0, 250, Lakeland (Fla.) Lake Gibson
Tre’Davious White, ATH, 5-11, 170, Shreveport Green Oaks