LSU's coaching staff surely has more important issues to worry about than ESPN's most recent recruiting rankings. But it's at the very least a funny coincidence that the day the Tigers landed the No. 13 spot in this year's rankings, they added yet another four-star prospect to their class -- the 17th overall.
Anthony Jennings (Marietta, Ga./Marietta) is the new name, and he comes to Baton Rouge as the No. 13 dual threat quarterback in the country. Jennings also ranks No. 259 in the ESPN 300, giving LSU a whopping nine members of the ESPN 300 (with two of those ranking in the ESPN 150). Jennings' commitment maintains a torrid pace for LSU as the program heads into the summer. The quarterbacks is LSU's third commitment of this week, its third four-star commitment from out-of-state and its eighth commitment since the beginning of May.
At the rate the Tigers keep adding four-star prospects, they should continue to climb into the upper reaches of this year's class rankings.
The big news also emphasizes a recent trend for the Tigers. Is it starting to become obvious that LSU coach Les Miles wants as many options under center as possible? For basically the entirety of Miles' tenure at LSU, the Tigers have steadfastly tried to land a collection of pocket passers and dual-threats under center. From Matt Flynn and Ryan Perrilloux to Jarrett Lee and Jordan Jefferson, the Tigers always seem to have a specialist on both the running and throwing sides of the position.
The current roster features the same diversity, with pro-style prospects Zach Mettenberger and Stephen Rivers sharing the backfield with speedster Jerrard Randall, and year's class is no different. Before securing Jennings, LSU added four-star quarterback and No. 13 pocket-passer Hayden Rettig (Los Angeles/Cathedral) to the mix back in mid-May.
None of this even accounts for the enigmatic form of 6-foot-3, 270-pound quarterback Jeremy Liggins, who will be with the team as a freshman for fall camp. Assuming there are no early departures, the Tigers could have as many as six scholarship quarterbacks on the roster in 2013. There'll be no shortage of talent in the quarterback spot for quite a while, but how the Tigers juggle it all is another issue.