LSU early enrollees since 2008

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIGLSU running back Jeremy Hill, left, and defensive tackle Anthony Johnson were both early enrollees. Show caption
Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIGLSU running back Jeremy Hill, left, and defensive tackle Anthony Johnson were both early enrollees.

2013

John Diarse : Wide receiver.

Fehoko Fanaika : Offensive tackle. Junior-college transfer who could be immediate contributor.

Anthony Jennings : Quarterback.

Christian La Couture : Defensive end. Could see quick playing time considering LSU’s losses at defensive end.

Avery Peterson : Wide receiver.

Ethan Pocic : Offensive lineman.

Hayden Rettig : Quarterback.

Logan Stokes : Tight end. Junior-college transfer who will provide depth at his position.

2012

Vadal Alexander : Offensive lineman. Forced to grow up quickly, making nine starts at right tackle. Cemented as LSU’s starter there for 2013.

Ronnie Feist : Linebacker. Played five games in 2012. Has seen early looks at defensive end in spring practice.

Reid Ferguson : Deep snapper. Immediately came in and became LSU’s starting deep snapper in 2012.

Jeremy Hill : Running back. After originally signing with LSU in 2011, Hill became LSU’s leading rusher last season with 142 carries for 755 yards and 12 touchdowns.

Lamar Louis : Linebacker. Played 11 games with five starts in 2012, recording 13 total tackles. In mix for starting role at strongside linebacker with Tahj Jones and Kwon Alexander.

2011

Kenny Hilliard : Running back. Enrolled early despite NCAA Clearinghouse issues, blossomed late in 2011 with eight touchdowns, three total touchdowns in SEC championship game. Relegated to more of a backup role in 2012 but still second on team with 82 carries for 464 yards, six touchdowns.

Anthony Johnson : Defensive tackle. One of the nation’s top prospects, Johnson earned freshman All-America honors in 2011. Part of LSU’s rotation in 2012 (13 games, three starts, 30 tackles, three sacks), he is set to be a starter in 2013.

Zach Mettenberger : Quarterback. A junior-college transfer, Mettenberger played a backup role in 2011 behind Jordan Jefferson and Jarrett Lee before becoming LSU’s undisputed starter for the 2012 season and going into 2013.

2010

Kendrick Adams : Defensive end. A junior-college transfer, started 23 games in two seasons (49 tackles) before signing a free-agent contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2012.

2009

Drayton Calhoun : Running back. Played one game in two seasons before transferring to Middle Tennessee in 2010.

Chris Garrett : Quarterback. Never played at LSU, transferring to Northwestern State in 2010.

Derek Helton : Punter. Became LSU’s two-year starter out of junior college with a career 42.5-yard average, third-best in school history.

Kevin Minter : Linebacker. Became a two-year starter at middle linebacker and an All-Southeastern Conference standout before turning pro after the 2012 season.

Russell Shepard : Wide receiver. One of the nation’s top prospects, Shepard was a four-year contributor for the Tigers but never became the star he was projected to be.

2008

Patrick Peterson : Cornerback. Turned pro after three seasons, earning All-America honors and winning 2010 Bednarik and Thorpe awards.

Scott Rabalais