Five early LSU enrollees to watch

By scott rabalais

Advocate sportswriter

Advocate staff photoLSU freshman quarterback Anthony Jennings
Advocate staff photoLSU freshman quarterback Anthony Jennings

JOHN DIARSE

Wide receiver, 5-11, 200

Louisiana’s Mr. Football for 2012, Diarse is the multifaceted athletic type LSU has stockpiled in recruiting in recent years. He projects as a receiver after quarterbacking Neville to the Class 4A state championship game. Diarse threw for 1,685 yards and 18 touchdowns and rushed for 1,327 yards and 21 touchdowns.

ANTHONY JENNINGS

Quarterback, 6-3, 205

Les Miles has already mentioned Jennings a couple of times this spring, an indication of how Jennings possesses the dual-threat talents The Hat craves. Showing a lively arm so far, Jennings’ feet could give him a leg up in the backup quarterback race. Jennings took part in the 2012 ESPN Rise Elite 11 passing competition.

AVERY PETERSON

Wide receiver, 6-1, 180

Peterson arrives at LSU after first signing with the Tigers in 2012. Academic issues detoured him to Hargrave (Va.) Military Academy, where he dropped off the football team to concentrate on improving his test score. Like his older brother, former All-American cornerback Patrick Peterson, recently changed his last name from Johnson.

ETHAN POCIC

Offensive lineman, 6-7, 287

Recruited as an offensive tackle, Pocic has been repping at center with projected starter Elliott Porter sidelined by an injury. With his early display of versatility, Pocic seems destined to have at least a supporting role for the Tigers this fall. Pocic was LSU’s only Parade All-American in the Class of 2013.

HAYDEN RETTIG

Quarterback, 6-3, 201

The pocket passing alternative to Anthony Jennings, Rettig generated good reviews when he arrived in January and immediately jumped in and started working with the Tigers’ skill players. Rettig threw for 40 TDs and 3,424 yards as a senior at Los Angeles Cathedral. His older brother, Chase, is Boston College’s starting quarterback.

Scott Rabalais