Four true LSU freshmen likely to see the field in 2012
Jeff Palermo Reporting
LSU Coach Les Miles has shown over the last couple of years, he's not afraid to play true freshmen. Even though some analysts didn't rank the Tigers latest recruiting class in the top ten, there are a few newcomers that will be counted on this season.
1. CB Jalen Mills 6-0 180 Desoto, Texas
Mills could be in the starting line-up when the Tigers line-up against North Texas on September first. Mills will get the chance to start right away, because of Tyrann Mathieu's suspension. Miles has been praising Mills throughout fall camp and he believes the Texas prep star is ready to play college football. When practices were open to the media, Mills looked smooth and a guy new defensive backs coach Corey Raymond is excited to develop.
2. Safety Corey Thompson 6-2 185 Missouri City, Texas
The suspension of Mathieu and injury concerns involving starting strong safety Craig Loston will likely force Thompson to the field this season. Thompson is described as an aggressive and physical defensive player, who is versatile and quick to the ball. He's expected to be a standout on special teams and one of those guys who will see more time on defense as the season goes on.
3. LB Deion Jones 6-2 200 Jesuit High School
LSU's latest recruiting class was filled with standout linebackers, but it looks Jones could have the biggest impact right away. Miles complimented Jones sideline-to-sideline style of play during the preseason and the New Orleans product has not disappointed during fall camp. Defensive Coordinator John Chavis likes his speed and he could be used in a variety of ways.
4. OL Vadal Alexander 6-6 315 Buford, Georgia
Fall camp injuries to starting tackles Alex Hurst and Chris Faulk allowed Alexander to get some significant snaps with the first-team offense. Based on what the coaches saw in August, they'll feel confident playing Alexander if there's an injury to Hurst and Faulk in the regular season. Expect Alexander to get a lot of playing time especially in the second-half in expected blow-out games against North Texas, Idaho and Towson State.