Ask Farrell: Could LSU win a title on the field and in recruiting?
LSU proved again on Saturday night that it’s one of the top teams in the country with a 42-28 win over previously-unbeaten Florida as the Tigers' offense is humming and the passing game has taken flight.
Recruiting in Baton Rouge is also going extremely well as the Tigers have the second-best class in the country, behind Clemson, led by five-stars WR Rakim Jarrett, LB Antoine Sampah and DB Elias Ricks.
The thought of having Ricks and former No. 1 overall recruit Derek Stingley Jr. as LSU’s starting cornerbacks should be worrisome for the Tigers’ future opponents.
And coach Ed Orgeron is not done yet with the 2020 class.
High four-star defensive end Donell Harris has narrowed his list to LSU and Texas A&M and he plans to make his commitment in November. There are whispers that five-star running back Zachary Evans is now more focused on LSU and Alabama than previously thought.
Four-star DT Jacobian Guillory was at the LSU win this weekend and he loved the environment as the Tigers are expected to be a front-runner. There are many other targets as well as five-star TE Arik Gilbert and four-star LB Phillip Webb expected in Baton Rouge this past weekend.
With LSU dominating on the field and in recruiting, we ask Rivals National Recruiting Director Mike Farrell if he’s warming up to the idea that the Tigers could pull off the double win – a team recruiting title and a national championship?
“LSU is now No. 2 in the AP Top 25 and No 2 in the Rivals.com Team Recruiting Rankings, and I am now a firm believer that the Tigers could finish No. 1 in both. Clemson has the edge in recruiting for 2020 right now and will likely finish on top with a strong close, but you can’t count out LSU. The wins over Texas and Florida have been very impressive so far and the Tigers have me thinking this could be the year they break through and beat Alabama.
"There is a direct correlation between finishing No. 1 in recruiting and winning national titles so LSU could certainly do it like it did back when Nick Saban was in charge.”