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JOSH BOUTTE

6-4 * 324 * Offensive Line
New Iberia, La.
Westgate High School

HIGH SCHOOL: Participated in the 2013 U.S. Army All-American Bowl West Team … Named to the Class 5A All-State Team as a junior and honorable mention all-state as a senior … Earned a four star rating from Rivals.com which named him a Rivals250 member and nation's No. 7 guard … Rivals also ranked him as the 5th-best overall prospect in Louisiana … A member of the Advocate Super Dozen … Coached by Ryan Antoine.

PERSONAL: Mother is Marla Boutte … Born May 20, 1994.


MILE'S TAKE : Offensive linemen are my favorites. Josh is aptly named, very large young man with a big Boutte which will serve him well in the trenches. Eats pancakes with every meal. Shuttles with the best. He will play early.


JOHN DIARSE

6-1 * 205 * Wide Receiver
Monroe, La.
Neville High School

HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from high school in December and enrolled at LSU in January … A participant in the 2013 U.S. Army All-American Bowl where he recorded a catch …Led Neville to the 4A finals as a senior and accounted for 148 yards rushing, 151 yards passing and two touchdowns in the team's 29-22 loss to Karr…Named the 4A Offensive MVP … Named to the 2012 Class 4A All-State football team… Received the Mr. Football Award as voted on by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association… Ranked as the No. 10 prospect in Louisiana by Rivals.com, which made him a Rivals250 member … A member of the Advocate Super Dozen … Threw for 1,685 yards and 18 touchdowns while collecting 1,327 yards on the ground and 21 rushing touchdowns his senior season… Coached by Mickey McCarty.

PERSONAL: Parents are Shelia & John Diarse Sr. … Born Dec. 10, 1994.


MILE'S TAKE : Diarse can play many positions but for us will be a receiver. Catches anything and everything he gets near. Will have to quarantine him during flu season. Another great prospect from Neville. Will offer his brother when the time comes, we are excited about having Neville brothers on our team.


ANDY DODD

6-3 * 330 * Offensive Line
Lindale, Ga.
Pepperell High School

HIGH SCHOOL: One of the top guard prospects in the country … Played offensive tackle during his senior season in 2012 … Wrapped up his high school career as a first-team Class 2A all-state selection … Helped pave the way to a berth in the Class 2A state playoffs for Pepperell High School in 2012 … A four-star prospect by Rivals.com and No. 13 guard … The 19th-ranked prospect in the state of Georgia by Rivals.com … Coached in high school by Jeff Shiflett.

PERSONAL: Born on Nov. 27, 1994 … Parents are Larry and Rebecca Hunter.

FRANK'S TAKE: "Big, athletic guy that will be start off inside at a guard position. We like his feet and his change of direction. Also plays basketball in high school as well as football. We're excited about his opportunity and we think he'll be able to come in and contribute early for us." RECRUITED BY: Greg Studrawa


MILE'S TAKE : Another hog for our o-line. Big country boy from Georgia, looks like a giant howdy doody. Plays basketball for his high school team and has good feet with long, nimble toes. Originally committed to Alabama and we flipped him from you know who.


Fehoko Fanaika

6-6 * 340 * Offensive Line
Sacramento, Calif.
College of San Mateo

PRIOR TO LSU: Graduated from the College of San Mateo and enrolled at LSU in January 2013... A powerful run blocker who started at offensive guard for two seasons at San Mateo ... Earned California Community College Football Coaches Association First-Team All-America honors at offensive guard in 2011 ... Paved the way for a rushing offense that averaged more than 300 yards a game on the ground in 2011 ... Rated as a three-star offensive guard by Rivals.com … Played high school football at Florin High School in Sacramento ... Coached in high school by Mike Morales.

PERSONAL: Born Aug. 15, 1992 ... Represents the first football player in LSU history with Tongan heritage.

FRANK'S TAKE: "Big-time run blocker that hasn't been asked to do a lot of pass protecting. Has great feet and great range. He's a massive human being with a tremendous upside that we're going to count on to play early." RECRUITED BY: Greg Studrawa

MILE'S TAKE : Fanaika is one big Mo-Fehoko. He is a massive human being. We think no one will wish to Fehoko with Fanaika. He is our first Tongan and I hope the first of many, I love the Tongan spirit. Fanaika family gave me ceremonial grass skirt which I proudly wear on special occasions. They made me promise not to eat it.


ANTHONY JENNINGS

6-2 * 205 * QB
Marietta, Ga.
Marietta High School

HIGH SCHOOL: A dynamic dual-threat quarterback who graduated from high school in December … Enrolled at LSU in January … A four-star prospect by Rivals.com and Rivals250 member… Made the finals of ESPN Rise's Elite 11 passing competition … Named the MVP of the Elite 11 Atlanta Region over 86 quarterbacks from 19 states, including 21 with Division I offers … Earned first-team all-state honors as an athlete his junior season and Atlanta Journal Constitution honorable-mention all-state honors as a quarterback his senior season … Rated as the sixth-best dual-threat quarterback by Rivals.com … Considered the 12th ranked prospect in Georgia by Rivals.com … Compiled 2,338 yards passing (166 of 272) for 25 TDs and eight interceptions. … Also rushed 152 times for 673 yards and 10 TDs … Finished as the school's career passing leader, surpassing former Georgia QB Eric Zeier, with 455 of 785 passing for 6,107 yards and 59 TDs … Coached in high school by Scott Burton.

PERSONAL: Parents are Taneisha Raine and Will Jennings … Father played on the defensive line at the University of Georgia from 1990-1993 … Born Oct. 31, 1994.


MILE'S TAKE : One of two top quarterbacks in this class. Anthony has more than one purpose to his game. He is a very versatile player who can throw on the run and run on the throw. His symmetrical arms help provide balance. Is aware of his pockets at all times. We plan to use him this year and will likely redshirt Rettig.


AVERY JOHNSON

6-1 * 180 * WR
Pompano Beach, Fla.
Ely High School

PRIOR TO LSU: Attended Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham, Va., following his senior year of high school where he played in just two games.

HIGH SCHOOL: Enrolled at LSU in January … Amassed 113 catches for 1,752 yards and 20 touchdowns over his three-year stay at Ely High School in South Florida ... Ranked the No. 42 wide receiver prospect in the nation by Rivals.com and a four-star recruit ... Earned All-County honors in 2009 ... Played for the white team in the 2012 Under Armour All-American game ... Played his freshman season of high school at Redemptorist and was teammates with current LSU junior OL La'El Collins and sophomore RB Jeremy Hill ... Coached in high school by Rodney Gray.

PERSONAL: Younger brother of former LSU All-American cornerback and current Arizona Cardinals all-pro Patrick Peterson ... Is currently going through the process to legally change his last name from Johnson to Peterson in Jan. of 2013 … Parents are Shandra and Patrick Peterson ... Born Oct. 7, 1992.


MILE'S TAKE : Avery is a gifted athlete molded much like his brother, Patrick. Following in the footsteps of his brother, Avery will be changing his name from Johnson to Peterson and that should help his game tremendously.


QUANTAVIUS LESLIE

6-4 * 190 * Wide Receiver
Hogansville, Ga.
Hinds (Miss.) Community College

PRIOR TO LSU: A four-star prospect out of Hinds (Miss.) Community College according to Rivals.com … … In 2012 recorded 517 receiving yards and seven touchdowns in six games… Averaged 21.5 yards per catch in 2012… Named to the 2011 National Junior College Athletic Association All-State First Team … Signed with West Virginia out of high school but failed to qualify … Coached by Gene Murphy

HIGH SCHOOL: Led his team to an 8-4 record in his senior season…Coached how Pete Wiggins

PERSONAL: Parents are Barbara Addie and Harold Leslie … Born Feb. 1, 1992.



MILE'S TAKE : A likely descendant of Quantavius Caesar Aurileius III, Leslie gives us the altitude we lack at the receiver position. Is not academically legible yet and has some work to so in the classroom. If he makes the grade he should push our smurfs for playing time early.


K.J. MALONE

6-3 * 307 * Offensive Line
Ruston, La.
Cedar Creek School

HIGH SCHOOL: Had success at left tackle throughout high school … Named to the Class 1A All-State team as a senior … A three-star recruit according to Rivals.com … Listed as the No. 33 prospect in Louisiana by Rivals.com … Led Cedar Creek to a 9-3 record in his senior season…Coached by Ben Haddox

PERSONAL: Parents are Kay and Karl Malone Sr. … Dad played in NBA for 18 seasons and is a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame…Born May 8, 1995.


MILE'S TAKE : KJ has great bloodlines tracing back to Karl and Bugsy. He can play anywhere along our offensive line. Has powerful buttocks which provide great leverage. Will study civil engineering with a minor in roadgrading.


ETHAN POCIC

6-7 * 285 * Offensive Line
Lemont, Ill.
Lemont High School

HIGH SCHOOL: First team Parade All-American as a senior … Graduated from high school in December and enrolled at LSU in January … Named a 2013 Under Armour All-American and first-team USA Today All-American… A four-star prospect according to Rivals.com and Rivals100 member … Rated as the No. 3 offensive lineman in the nation by Rivals.com … Named to the IFCA 6A All-State team … Led Lemont to a state semifinal appearance as a senior… Coached by Eric Michaelsen

PERSONAL: Parents are Kim and Gary Pocic… Born Aug. 5, 1995… Brother Graham played at the University of Illinois where he started 36 games on the offensive line in his four years with the Illini.


MILE'S TAKE : Ethan is a giant bear of a young man measuring 6' 7" when standing on his hind legs. He is a cornfed kid from Illinois who will get bigger once he discovers gumbo and etouffe. Large ears make him a good listener. Pocic rounds out the best
offensive line class I have had at LSU.


HAYDEN RETTIG

6-2 * 201 * Quarterback
Los Angeles, Calif.
Cathedral High School

HIGH SCHOOL: A consensus four-star prospect by all of the major recruiting outlets … Honored as a 2013 U.S. Army All-American … Earned honorable mention All-America honors from Parade Magazine as a senior … The nation's No. 3-ranked pro-style quarterback by Rivals.com … Also the ninth-ranked prep recruit in the state of California by Rivals.com … Wrapped up a stellar senior season at Cathedral High School by passing for 3,424 yards while completing 261 of 485 attempts on the season … Threw for 40 touchdowns with just 18 interceptions on the year … Guided the Phantoms to a 10-3 mark en route to a berth in the semifinal round of the California Interscholastic Federation Southern Section Playoffs … Threw for a season-high of 443 yards on 30 completions in a 37-27 victory over Harvard-Westlake on Oct. 27 … Burst onto the national scene as one of the top prospects at his position as a junior by throwing for a career-best of 508 yards and six touchdowns in the 2011 season opener.

PERSONAL: Born on Dec. 23, 1993 … Parents are Mark and Carol Rettig … Brother, Chase, is the starting quarterback at Boston College.



MILE'S TAKE : Now this is a young man with the chest to play quarterback at LSU. His throws possess velocity. Has surfer boy look with terminator arm. We plan to use him this year and will likely redshirt Jennings.



DeSean Smith

6-4 * 226 * Tight End
Lake Charles, La.
Barbe High School

HIGH SCHOOL: Selected to the 2013 U.S. Army All-American Bowl and played for the West squad … Rated as a consensus four-star prospect and is a Rivals100 member … Regarded as the 68th best player in the nation by Rivals.com and No. 2 in the state … A member of the Advocate Super Dozen … Named to the Louisiana Sports Writers Association Class 5A All-State squad his junior and senior season … Notched 815 yards and 11 touchdowns his senior season … Hauled in 43 passes for 764 yards and seven touchdowns his junior campaign. … Coached by Mike Cutrera.

PERSONAL: Born on Nov. 2, 1994 … Parents are Colleen and Gary Smith


MILE'S TAKE : DeSean is a tall, large tight end with huge, soft hands. Shaking hands with him is like shaking hands with a catcher's mitt. He has a vertical game with impressive angulation skills on his cuts. Not just a receiving tight end, he likes to push people as well. Brings us altitude with just the right amount of attitude to our tight end position.



KEVIN SPEARS

6-3 * 190 * Wide Receiver
New Orleans, La.
Holy Cross High School

HIGH SCHOOL: Caught 60 passes for over 1,100 yards and 11 touchdowns in helping Holy Cross reach the 4A state semifinals in 2012 … Did not play football until his junior year … Rated as a four-star recruit by Rivals.com which also ranks him as the No. 43 wide receiver in the nation … Ranked as the No. 13 prospect in Louisiana by Rivals.com … Coached by Barry Wilson.

PERSONAL: Parents are Stacey Garner and Kevin Spears, Sr. … Born January 29, 1995.



MILE'S TAKE : I have no idea who this is. I am told by staff Spears is good sleeper and certainly adequate rest is essential to his position, whatever position it is he plays.


LOGAN STOKES

6-4 * 240 * Tight End
Muscle Shoals, Ala.
Northeast Mississippi Community College

PRIOR TO LSU: Transfers to LSU after spending two seasons at Northeast Mississippi Community College … Hauled in 10 passes for 80 yards as a sophomore in 2012 … Named to the 2012 National Junior College Athletic Association All Region XXIII Second Team and a Mississippi Association of Community/Junior College All-State honoree … Coached in junior college by Ricky Smither … Prepped at Muscle Shoals (Ala.) High School where he was coached by Scott Basden.

PERSONAL: Parents are Sheila Wimberly and Patrick Stokes … Born Dec. 4, 1992.



MILE'S TAKE : Logan is our pushing tight end. You always need one tight end to catch and one to push and hope over time they can learn to do both. Stokes has hands like Bricks. And Brick Haley has some big hands.
 

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On KJ Malone, Miles also talked of his story being part of the American dream. His dad worked backbreaking hours as a letter carrier to provide his son with the chance to go to college.
 

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