2014 position preview: Defensive line

Sure, LSU is making the defensive front a priority in its 2013 recruiting class. The Tigers boast four pass rushers in this year's class, and they look likely to add at least one or two more. But with the upcoming losses this year's squad is going to suffer on the defensive line, it's bound to be a priority again in 2014. It doesn't hurt that there's some strong talent to choose from.


DE Gerald Willis (New Orleans/Edna Karr): Willis' family is one LSU fans will be familiar with. His older brother, Landon Collins, opted for Alabama over LSU as one of the top recruits in the class of 2012. Willis' recruitment might be every bit as dramatic, as the 6-foot-3, 260-pound prospect is racking up offers -- with LSU, Alabama and Florida among them -- and is on the ESPN Watch List. Karr uses its star pass rusher at both defensive tackle and defensive end, and he's plenty disruptive in both spots.

ATH Deondre Clark (Oklahoma City/Douglass): It's pretty unusual to see LSU drawing high interest from a guy like Clark, located in the heart of Sooner/Longhorn territory. But the Tigers are one of many schools to offer Clark so far, and the 6-foot-3, 235-pound athlete made the trip from Oklahoma to work out at LSU's July recruiting camp. Clark could play either linebacker or defensive end, but he worked out exclusively with the defensive linemen in Baton Rouge, and he looked dominant doing so. The junior racked up four sacks at defensive end last weekend for Douglass.

DE Davon Godchaux (Plaquemine, La./Plaquemine): Godchaux remains under the radar in plenty of recruiting circles, but certainly not LSU's. The Plaquemine standout doesn't hold an offer from the Tigers, but LSU's staff is looking hard at the junior. Godchaux was on the sidelines for LSU's 23-21 win against South Carolina two weeks ago, and it's a likely bet he'll be back Nov. 3 for the Alabama game. A scholarship offer could be in his near future.

DT Gerrald McDowell (Covington, La./Covington): Another lesser known prospect, McDowell isn't bound to catch a lot of attention too far outside his immediate area -- for now. McDowell has caught LSU's attention with an impressive start to his junior season. Having little outside attention has never mattered much to the Tigers' coaches, who have a reputation for finding talent in unheralded places.

ATH Deldrick Canty (Baton Rouge, La./Scotlandville Magnet): Another versatile prospect, Canty projects at both defensive tackle and linebacker depending on who you ask, but he plays defensive end for Scotlandville. At 6-foot-2, 260 pounds, it's easy to see Canty as a run-stuffer at the college level. Canty doesn't hold any offers as of yet, but that could be due for a change by the spring -- if not sooner.