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DandyDon.com Q&A with Mike Detillier on LSU Spring Football 2019, Part 3
Scott: We’ll go with a series of rapid-fire quick-hitters to close this out. Let’s start with this: Which offensive player or players would you say benefited the most from this spring?
Mike: Myles Brennan and this super deep wide receiver unit. But the addition of Joe Brady has put a hard emphasis on the short, quick passing game and you got the trigger guy also in Joe Burrow.
Scott: Likewise, which defensive player or players benefited the most?
Mike: Michael Divinity, Jr., making that transition from OLB to ILB. Michael is a stud player. And the safety tandem of JaCoby Stevens, who they will move all around, and Todd Harris, Jr. Those two guys really are impressive and you have a star performer in Grant Delpit as the “roamer” guy all over the field.
Scott: Your biggest concern on offense?
Mike: The left side of their offensive line. They have to get better on that side in protecting the QB at both tackle and guard. Ed Ingram’s possible return would really help at left guard.
Scott: Biggest concern on defense?
Mike: Getting everyone back healthy on defense. And I mean star type players in OLB K’Lavon Chaisson, ILB Jacob Phillips, CB Kristian Fulton, and DE Rashard Lawrence. All those guys are difference makers.
Scott: The player or players who you think will have the most surprising impact?
Mike: Not that it’s a huge surprise, but how quickly the two freshman players in Ika and Stingley adapt to college football. Those guys look like seasoned veterans. The unit is at wide receiver where there is a great amount of size, speed and big-play skills, and now this team has a QB who knows what to do with the ball in Joe Burrow and another in waiting in Myles Brennan.
Scott: We will get into specifics about recruits for 2020 on another day, but you brought up early this year about LSU’s tentacles reaching out of state for recruit in this coming class. That has come to pass with all these recruits out of state committing to LSU. Was that something Coach Orgeron spoke about to you?
Mike: He has connection in California and no dominant team in the state and so you see how many of these top players love to play in the SEC and LSU. And they know this staff will give freshmen a chance to play early, if they are good enough.
Recruiting California was not a surprise, but what jumped out was the reach from players on the East Coast out in Maryland and the Washington D.C. area to LSU.
That had never been there for the Tigers and already we see how well that has been received and you will see a few more from California and Maryland very interested in LSU.
Texas has always been a spot for LSU to heavily recruit and certainly the talent level in the state of Louisiana. Getting better and more talented big men along the offensive and defensive lines are key. That’s where Alabama and Georgia along with Clemson have sort of pulled away from the pack, upfront along the lines.
It’s why getting those pass rushers or big interior players, and offensive tackles, becomes a point of emphasis. And it’s DBU and so those top defensive backs from across the United States want to play at LSU.
There’s more to come, but the hard thing is keeping them committed and then ultimately signing them on Signing Day. Those out-of-state players are pulled pretty hard to stay in state or the region. So, getting them to commit is really good, but getting them to sign in December or next February is great.
Scott: Thanks, Mike. Always appreciate your input and know my readers do, too.
Mike: Always my pleasure, Scott, and I appreciate what you do daily to give good information to LSU fans across the world.
Mike Detillier, based in southern Louisiana, is editor and publisher of Mike Detillier’s NFL Draft Report. He’s also the college and pro football analyst for WWL 870 AM Radio in New Orleans, a sports columnist for several newspapers and Web sites, and a frequent guest on radio and television programs across the country. Visit Mike’s website at mikedetillier.com and follow @MikeDetillier on Twitter.
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