Recruiting: LSU lands three 2018 commitments from Evangel

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LSU always fairs well in recruiting during this time of the year, which is their collection from Boys from the Boot, some of the very best from around Louisiana.

Today it looks like the Tigers hit a trifecta with three pledges, all products of Evangel Christian.

A trio of Evangel players — defensive tackle Davin Cotton, inside linebacker Micah Baskerville and safety ArDarius Washington — committed to LSU at the event, meant mostly for in-state prospects.

Cotton, a 4 star defensive tackle, maybe the most notable . The 6-foot-1, 268 pounder has offers from Tennessee, Mississippi State, Tulane and UTSA while Alabama and Florida State have been observing with interest. Steve Ensminger and defensive coordinator Dave Aranda gave Cotton the Tigers’ sales pitch.

Used as a nose tackle at Evangel, Cotton has a super first step with a great burst at the snap. He pushes the pocket and plays with juice and disengages quickly from opponent.

Former LSU defensive tackle Byron Dawson is the head coach at Evangel. Following a season best performance of 8 tackles, 4 tackles for loss and a pair of sacks against Parkway High, Dawson said that Davin is “the heartbeat of the team.”

Dawson is rated the third best defensive lineman from Louisiana in the 2018 class.

Evangel defensive back ArDarius Washington (5-10, 175) camped at both TCU and Alabama last summer. He fielded offers from LSU, TCU, Notre Dame, ULL and UTSA. Kansas and La. Tech have been monitoring. The Fightin’ Irish showed great interest with defensive backs coach Todd Lyght’s handling duties.

Washington grew up following LSU closely. The 3 star rated player has drawn comparisons to Tyrann Mathieu due to size and skill. Washington is very fluid, super ball skills, good reactions and timing on pass deflections. He covers a lot of ground as a free safety. He will come up and deliver a big hit on ball carrier.

Micah Baskerville, (6-2, 218) among the top linebackers in the state for ’18 class, plays mostly on the inside but could slide outside if necessary. He fills running lanes very well, stone walls ball carriers and shows impressive open field tackling form. He stops runners in their tracks. His pass drops may need some fine tuning but Baskerville is very instinctive at snap of the ball.

The Tigers now have 10 overall commitments for the class of 2018, hauling in five in the past couple of days.

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Rene Nadeau

Rene Nadeau


Born and raised in the New Orleans area, Rene Nadeau has been involved in sports ever since his earliest memories. Rene played basketball, wrestled, ran track, and was an All-District running back in football at John F. Kennedy High School. He went on to be a member of the LSU football program, developing a passion for the game in even greater fashion while in Baton Rouge. Nadeau played semi-pro football for two seasons with the New Orleans Blue Knights. He has been a prominent sports figure in the New Orleans area for 29 years. Nadeau currently serves as a color…

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