LSU started off National Signing Day with a miss.
Four-star cornerback Mario Goodrich will sign with Clemson over finalists LSU and Georgia, the Lee’s Summit, Mo. native announces at a ceremony early Wednesday morning.
Ed Orgeron and his staff were considered the leaders to land Goodrich through much of the recruitment process, provided space allowed, but the Tigers had to hold off a strong late push from Clemson, which closed the gap after extending a late offer.
Goodrich would have been the first cornerback in LSU’s 2018 class. Four-star safety Kelvin Joseph will still be signing a bit later on this morning, but missing out on Goodrich further underscores the importance of LSU landing five-star cornerback Patrick Surtain Jr. He’ll be deciding between LSU, Alabama and Miami around 9 a.m.
Surtain is considered the most ready-to-start cornerback in the class, but Goodrich could have competed for immediate playing time on a roster that’s suddenly thin at the position.
Greedy Williams returns off an All-American season, but he’s one year away from NFL Draft eligibility, and LSU lost Donte Jackson and Kevin Toliver. to the draft this winter. LSU’s current depth behind Williams at the position is Kristian Fulton, Kary Vincent and Jontre Kirklin.