Da Boot Sports
By: Terrill J. Weil
BATON ROUGE, LA - The Tigers 2023 early signing day went as expected, landing loads of talented players in key positions.
LSU's top needs were at tight end, the secondary and the offensive and defensive line. Brian Kelly and his staff have done a great job addressing those positions in this class.
The two surprises of the day came when LSU lost 4-star cornerback Daylen Austin to Oregon, but then flipped Vanderbilt commit Ka'Morreun Pimpton, a 4-star 6-6, 220 pound tight end from Fort Worth, Texas.
Brian Kelly's class of 25 signees was rated 6th at the end of the first day of the early signing period
by 247Sports, On3 and Rivals, but that ranking could change if Desmond Ricks a 5-Star cornerback out of IMG Academy (Bradenton, FL) commits to LSU on Thursday. Losing Austin to Oregon may be just the blessing that the Tigers need to land Ricks, who most believe LSU is the favorite for his services.
“We are super excited about the 25 freshman we have signed,” Brian Kelly said. “We focused strictly
on recruiting to LSU the players we want here, ones that we believe will be successful here and players that we can develop. That was our mindset. We recruited those players that we believe understand our mission to graduate champions. We are excited about developing them in the classroom, in the community and on the football field.”
2023 LSU Football – December Signees
Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Hometown (High School)
Tyree Adams OL 6-6 282 Marrero, La. (St. Augustine)
Christian Brathwaite LB 6-1 213 Cypress, Texas (Cypress Ranch)
Jalen Brown WR 6-0 165 Miami, Fla. (Gulliver Prep)
Dylan Carpenter JACK 6-4 234 St. Amant, La. (St. Amant)
DJ Chester OL 6-4 315 Conyers, Ga. (Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy)
Rickie Collins QB 6-2 185 Baton Rouge, La. (Woodlawn)
Michael Daugherty S 6-0 171 Lawrenceville, Ga. (Grayson)
Lance Heard OL 6-6 308 Monroe, La. (Neville)
Trey Holly RB 5-7 189 Farmerville, La. (Union Parish)
Jaxon Howard DE 6-4 243 Crystal, Minn. (Robbinsdale Cooper)
Jeremiah Hughes CB 6-0 176 North Las Vegas, Nev. (Bishop Gorman)
Kaleb Jackson RB 5-11 222 Baton Rouge, La. (Liberty Magnet)
Kylin Jackson S 6-2 196 Clinton, La. (Zachary)
Mac Markway TE 6-3 243 St. Louis, Mo. (De Smet Jesuit)
Jackson McGohan TE 6-3 231 Miamisburg, Ohio (Miamisburg)
Paul Mubenga OL 6-4 291 Buford, Ga. (Buford)
Kyle Parker WR 5-11 182 Allen, Texas (Lovejoy)
Ka’Morreun Pimpton TE 6-6 227 Fort Worth, Texas (North Crowley)
Khai Prean WR 6-0 193 Belle Rose, La. (St. James)
Shelton Sampson Jr. WR 6-3 187 Baton Rouge, La. (Catholic)
Ashton Stamps CB 6-0 167 Harvey, La. (Archbishop Rummel)
Javien Toviano CB 6-0 186 Arlington, Texas (Martin)
Whit Weeks LB 6-3 200 Watkinsville, Ga. (Oconee County)
Da’Shawn Womack DE 6-5 244 Parkville, Md. (St. Frances Academy)
Ryan Yaites Jr. S 6-0 193 Denton, Texas (John H. Guyer)
“We were looking for balance on offense and defense, which I think is what we got,” Kelly said. “You are always looking for players to impact immediately. This is a class that I believe, when we recruit them, we are asking them to immediately impact LSU football. That means represent LSU in a positive way in the classroom, in the community and as it relates to football, so be ready to compete immediately.”
The Tigers are not finished yet as Brian Kelly is expecting LSU to end up with right under 40 new players on the roster by the end of this offseason.
Below is video of Brian Kelly's press conference at the conclusion of the day.
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