LSU head coach Les Miles has never been bashful about playing true freshmen.
Last year was no different, as the Miles utilized his 2014 class early and often. Names like Leonard Fournette, Malachi Dupre, Davon Godchaux and Jamal Adams made a splash in their debut seasons for LSU.
There are multiple players from LSU's 2015 class that will be asked to play right away. But the one most likely to start is Kevin Toliver II.
Why Toliver II
Toliver II is LSU's top-rated prospect Miles has hauled in this recruiting cycle. The 5-star cornerback is one of four defensive back prospects coming to Baton Rouge. The others include 5-star athlete Donte Jackson, 4-star cornerback Xavier Lewis and 4-star JUCO safety Jeremy Cutrer.
Toliver will have a head start on the others, as he will participate in spring practice as an early enrollee. His speed and 6'2" frame will have him ready to compete for playing time immediately in the Tigers' immensely talented secondary.
One starting cornerback slot is locked up by returning starter Tre'Davious White, who performed spectacularly last season. The other side will be up for grabs. Ed Paris and Dwayne Thomas will both get looks there to start the spring.
Toliver has the tools to beat either Paris or Thomas for the starting role this spring. Even if he doesn't, he can earn a spot somewhere in new defensive coordinator Kevin Steele's "Nickel" and "Dime" packages, which puts five and six defensive backs on the field respectively.
Special teams coordinator Bradley Dale Peveto will also utilize Toliver as a starter on multiple special teams units. It is not out of the question for him to get some looks as a kick or punt returner as well.
Toliver is not the only Tiger that will get some looks as a starter. Here are a few other names to keep an eye on next season.
The Tigers will return their top four receivers from last season, but that does not mean 5-star Tyron Johnson cannot work his way into the starting lineup.
Travin Dural led LSU in receptions, yards and touchdowns last season and will likely remain the No. 1 option. But Dupre, a 5-star recruit from the 2014 class, could overtake him next season. He showed flashes of being a deep threat all secondaries should fear.
It will be tough for Johnson, the No. 1 prospect in Louisiana, to overtake either Dural or Dupre. But he could jump returnees John Diarse and Trey Quinn, who registered a combined 10 starts and 32 receptions in 2014.
Johnson is a technically gifted receiver with great hands and elusiveness. He has more than enough natural ability to jump Diarse and Quinn on the depth chart as a starter at slot receiver.
David Ducre is not the sexiest name of LSU's 2015 class. But of all the incoming freshmen the Tigers will have, Ducre's path to being the starter at fullback is the clearest.
The Tigers lost senior starter Connor Neighbors this offseason. Melvin Jones, his projected replacement, was dismissed from the team due to academic reasons, per The Advocate's Ross Dellenger.
This now leaves the door wide open for Ducre to take the job. He is an early enrollee, which will certainly help his case.
Ducre is a violent downhill runner who rushed for over 1,300 yards and 16 touchdowns as a senior. He will bring the same physicality as lead blocker with his 5'11" 238-pound tree-stump frame.
Ducre's biggest competition will be John David Moore, who is the only LSU returnee with experience at fullback as a primary lead blocker. Running back Darrel Williams also played some fullback last season, but mainly carried the ball when in the game. Moore and Williams will be getting some looks there this spring.
With that said, Ducre is the No. 1 rated fullback prospect in the country for a good reason. He can easily walk away from spring practice with a starting role.
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Kyler Murray, a 5-star quarterback from Allen, Texas, decided once and for all that College Station is the place for him.
Despite committing to the Texas A&M Aggies last May, Murray recently allowed other teams to throw their names in the hat. On Thursday night, 247Sports' Brian Perroni reported that the blue-chip QB will stick with A&M.
Murray then confirmed the news:
According to 247Sports' composite rankings, he's the best dual-threat quarterback in the 2015 recruiting class and 33rd-best player overall.
ESPN.com's Derek Tyson didn't downplay the significance of Murray's decision:
Aggies offensive coordinator Jake Spavital was also thrilled with the news:
Murray's commitment goes beyond Texas A&M. The Texas Longhorns were hot on the Aggies' heels in pursuit of the talented signal-caller. Murray himself only fanned the flames when he posted a photo on Twitter of a Longhorns jersey with his number Jan. 21:
Instead, A&M wins out, dealing a tough blow to Charlie Strong as he attempts to get Texas back into the national title picture. Getting Murray would've been a major moment early in Strong's tenure in Austin.
Fox Sports' Stewart Mandel added that the Longhorns are still woefully lacking at quarterback:
Texas A&M, meanwhile, gets a player perhaps ideal for head coach Kevin Sumlin's system. Murray is a mobile quarterback who can make a variety of throws.
Given Sumlin's past success with Johnny Manziel and Case Keenum, the sky is seemingly the limit for Murray at the college level. The Aggies will be a very dangerous team going forward when he gets under center.
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