LSU’s freshmen, at glance

Immediate impact: This is the year

RB Leonard Fournette: The headliner to LSU’s No. 2-ranked signing class, Fournette is a thick-framed runner out of St. Augustine High School who is expected to see substantial playing time. Named the No. 1 recruit in the nation, Fournette has enough speed and strength to see the field right away. Coach Les Miles said, despite his 230-pound size, Fournette is one of the fastest players on the team.

WR Malachi Dupre: The tall, slender receiver should see significant time on the field. LSU is light on experience at the position with the departures of Jarvis Landry and Odell Beckham Jr. Dupre doesn’t have experience, but he does bring talent. The 6-foot-2, 187-pounder’s speed and pass-catching skills made him to some the No. 1 receiver recruit in the 2014 class.

S Jamal Adams: As preseason camp stretched on, it became more and more evident that this five-star Texas safety will see loads of time on the field. Adams is working as LSU’s dime, or sixth, defensive back. He’s a smart player who possesses one of the most important, non-athletic skills a safety needs: communication. A speedster, he was rated by most recruiting sites as a top-five safety nationally.

QB Brandon Harris: The No. 3 dual-threat quarterback recruit in the nation, Harris might develop into LSU’s starter. That’s how impressive the rookie has been. A Shreveport native, he enrolled early and participated in spring practice. The four-star player has solid vertical passing skills and an ability to escape from the pocket. He’s fast, too, and has good communication skills.

Possible impact: Maybe this year

LB Clifton Garrett: Here’s another player ranked in the top five nationally at his position. The 6-foot-2, 228-pound Garrett has a lot of work to do to see the field at linebacker. He’s behind starter D.J. Welter and backup Kendell Beckwith. Still, his skills might be used on special teams and in other areas. It’d be surprising if he doesn’t step on the field in 2014.

CB Ed Paris: This rookie from Texas is listed as the backup to cornerback Rashard Robinson. He’s one injury away from seeing significant time on the field. A four-star recruit who entered spring practice as a safety, Paris was moved to cornerback. The Tigers are deep at safety, so the move gives Paris a better shot at playing.

WR Trey Quinn: Here’s a guy who set the national record for high school receiving yards while at Barbe. He’s a 6-foot-1, 200-pound, quick-footed and sure-handed receiver who likely will see time at the slot position. LSU has so many inexperienced receivers that Quinn probably will see a good amount of playing time.

RB Darrel Williams: All of the chatter is about Fournette, but Williams is a highly touted guy, too. A four-star prospect and the No. 20 running back recruit in the nation, he’ll get some carries — if not just because of the Tigers’ depth at the position. LSU has just four running backs on scholarship. The Marrero native is one.

Future impact: Likely not this year

OL Garrett Brumfield: The University High graduate is a top-10 guard recruit. He might be buried on the depth chart now, but LSU could lose its entire starting line next season. He may be one of the next men up.

DE Davon Godchaux: The Plaquemine grad didn’t have a great start to his LSU career — he received a misdemeanor citation for tossing a firework into an apartment — but he’s talented enough to shine in the future.

S John Battle: Battle was not the most highly rated guy in this class, but he impressed coaches during the summer. He’s being trained at safety and cornerback. He’s versatile and could see time in 2014.

WR Tony Upchurch: At 6-foot-2 and 230 pounds, he’s a big, strong receiver who gives the QB a large target. The four-star recruit could see time this season, but it’s likely he’ll be used more down the road.

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