LSU football welcomes six early enrollees

Having trouble turning the page from the end of LSU’s last football season?

The LSU football program already has.

Just two weeks removed from LSU’s frustrating last-second loss to Clemson in the Chick-fil-A Bowl, the program welcomed six early enrollees into the fold Monday, the first day of spring semester classes.

The early enrollees include athlete John Diarse (6-foot, 210 pounds) from Monroe Neville; offensive tackle Fehoko Fanaika (6-6, 340), a junior-college transfer from the College of San Mateo in California; quarterback Anthony Jennings (6-2, 205) from Marietta, Ga.; defensive end Christian LaCouture (6-5, 267) from Lincoln (Neb.) Southwest; offensive tackle Ethan Pocic (6-6, 285) from Lemont, Ill., and tight end Logan Stokes (6-4, 240) from Northeast Mississippi Community College.

Stokes has already signed his national letter of intent with LSU, the only member of the 2013 class to do so.

All of LSU’s early enrollees are eligible to participate in spring practice, which is expected to begin in March.

LSU is still waiting on two other early enrollees: quarterback Hayden Rettig (6-4, 222) of Los Angeles Cathedral and wide receiver Avery Johnson (6-2, 180) of Hargrave Military Academy in Virginia and Pompano Beach, Fla.

Rettig’s issue is believed to be a minor paperwork matter. Johnson, younger brother of former LSU All-American cornerback Patrick Peterson, is waiting for the NCAA Clearinghouse to approve his test score.

Johnson’s father, Patrick Peterson Sr., said Monday he remains confident his son will be able to enroll at LSU for the spring semester.

“For sure,” Peterson said in a text message.

LSU has a total of 26 commitments/signees for its Class of 2013.

Aside from Stokes, the rest of LSU’s class may sign their national letters of intent beginning Feb. 6.

Meanwhile, LSU has picked up its first five-star prospect for 2013 without adding another commitment.

Tre’Davious White (5-11, 170), a cornerback/athlete prospect from Shreveport Green Oaks, earned a fifth star from 24/7 Sports after his impressive performance Jan. 5 in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio.

The game was a showcase for White’s coverage and kick return skills, allowing him to rocket from No. 83 to No. 9 on the 24/7 Sports Top 247 list of the nation’s best prospects.

The new ranking makes White 24/7’s No. 1 prospect in Louisiana, a distinction he also earned from Rivals and Scout.

Meanwhile, Rivals.com reported new Louisiana Tech commitment Kevin Spears (6-2, 191) of Holy Cross has received a scholarship offer from LSU despite his pledge to the Bulldogs. He is scheduled to visit LSU this weekend.

LSU’s recruiting class is ranked No. 5 by Scout, No. 6 by Rivals, No. 7 by 24/7 Sports and No. 8 by ESPN.