Brian Kelly And his staff scored another big recruitment win on the trail Thursday, Monroe (La.) Neville Zalance Hurd announced a pledge to the Tigers, That’s because the first-year staff continues to address perhaps the greatest need in the 2023 offensive line.
The 6-foot-5-inch, 300-pound Hurd chose the intra-state program over Florida, Nebraska, Florida, and Houston, making him Kelly and company’s 22nd commit. Thanks to Heard, LSU maintains the 7th highest hiring class in the country. Brad Davis and Joe Sloan handled this.
Hurd is one of the few off-the-shelf players in this 2023 class offensive line and could be playing for Baton Rouge right away. He’s athletic, imposing, can turn, has good legs, and already understands the nuances of position.
“Ideal size and athleticism for an offensive tackle position,” wrote 247Sports National analyst Cooper Petagna in an evaluation. “Her transition from the defensive side of the ball to the right tackle position as a junior has shown the size, athleticism and playing temperament to grow into an elite-level collegiate prospect at the next level. A wing span and nearly 37 inches of arms, combined with length and natural athleticism, make Neville’s standout player one of the most interesting players in this year’s cycle.”
LSU adds hard to the already included aggressive linehaul Tyree Adams When Paul Mbengaand they want to end this class with a Top247 blue chipper dj chesterLSU has a talented but inexperienced offensive line and this is the group you can join alongside the current starters Will Campbell When Garrett Dillinger And lay the foundation for future championship-level teams. We can certainly see LSU making a massive push to strengthen their line of scrimmage. Shelton Sampson Jr. and run back Caleb Jackson And you can be very powerful in your attacks.
LSU still has some opportunities to stay strong on the trails. We already talked about Chester being a pivotal target, but the Tigers also have him in the middle of a five-star athlete. Nicholls Harbor Advertised as a defensive back Javien Tobiano When bravion rogers Along with another interesting linebacker edge player tausiri acanaAll four of these guys are set to make official visits this fall, with LSU at or near the top of their respective lists.
As for Harbor, I think LSU is the perfect place for Archbishop Carroll of Washington (DC), who holds South Carolina and Michigan in high esteem.
For Rogers, the recent Texas A&M decommittee, LSU has been a factor for months and La Grange (Texas)’s outstanding high was a big reason for restarting the process.
We’ve heard rumors that Tobiano may be in LSU’s next home game against Southern, but it may have to be rescheduled. LSU is undoubtedly the school that fascinates him, competing against the likes of Texas and Texas A&M.
Besides LSU, Akana’s upcoming official visits include Texas, Oklahoma and Texas A&M.
If Kelly and his staff can round out Chester, Harbour, Tobiano, Rodgers and Akana, a top 5 finish for the Bayou Bengals is assured. And a hell of a foundation to bring the program back to national power.