To gear up for 2013 national signing day, GeauxTigerNation's Gary Laney will break down every commitment in the Tigers' 2013 recruiting class.
Vitals: TE Logan Stokes, Muscle Shoals, Ala./Northeast Mississippi CC
Committed: May 28, 2012
ESPN Grade: No grade, three stars
Picked LSU over: The Tigers got on Stokes early, but he has received subsequent interest from Alabama.
State of the Position: There might not be a more depleted position on the team after this season. Starter Chase Clement will depart and his heir apparent, Nic Jacobs, did not play late in the season because of a supension. Travis Dickson figures to contend for starting time along with Dillon Gordon, who saw playing time as a true freshman. But the chance for Stokes to make an immediate impact is certainly there.
Pros: Stokes had a reputation for being a run-blocker type in the mold of Clement, but scouts have been impressed by what he might bring to a passing game. The ESPN scouting report noted that he has played as a flexed-out WR, a fullback and a true tight end in junior college and showed natural athleticism and good hands along with his reputation as a physical blocker.
Cons: Stokes is a work in progress. A high school defensive end, Stokes went the junior college route after his defensive end play did not yield him elite offers. He projects better as a tight end -- a fact LSU recognized -- but is also still somewhat new to the position. If LSU can add polish to what he learned in junior college, he could be a productive SEC player.
Similar to/potential role: The ESPN scouts compared him to former LSU tight end Richard Dickson for his ball skills. It is notable that Stokes is bigger than Dickson, the older brother of Travis Dickson. If Stokes can contribute to the passing game like Dickson and provide the blocking of Clement, whose build is comparable to Stokes, the Tigers could have the ideal TE for their offense.