Signing Day Central: LSU’s Class of 2023 football signees

Woodlawn quarterback Rickie Collins is expected to be the lone high school signee in the Tigers' Class of 2023. PHOTO BY: 247Sports

Editor’s Note: Here’s a list of LSU’s 2023 signees:

Tyree Adams | Offensive Lineman | 6-6 | 282 | Marrero, Louisiana | St. Augustine

A four-star prospect, ranked No. 14 at his position and No. 11 in Louisiana by On3Sports. … Rivals.com ranks him as the No. 7 offensive lineman and seventh in the state. … Named to the All-District 9-5A first team in 2022 for the Purple Knights which went 7-3 and appeared in the Division I select state playoffs. … Coached in high school by former LSU offensive lineman Elliott Porter. … Attends the same high that produced former LSU great running back Leonard Fournette and defensive back Tyrann Mathieu along with current coaches Frank Wilson, Cortez Hankton and Carter Sheridan.

Christian Brathwaite | Linebacker | 6-1 | 213 | Cypress, Texas | Cypress Ranch

One time Baylor commitment that switched to LSU and signed with the Tigers. … Four-star linebacker per ESPN.com and 247Sports. … The No. 10 rated linebacker per ESPN.com and No. 20 per Rivals.com. … Very productive final season with 104 tackles, 12 tackles for loss and nine sacks. … Also blocked a kick, had an interception and recovered a pair of fumbles. … Had 38 tackles and two TFLs in ’20 and was slowed by injuries during his junior year.

Jalen Brown | Wide Receiver | 6-0 | 185 | Miami, Florida | Gulliver Prep

A consensus four-star prospect ranked as high as No. 11 by ESPN.com. … In six games as a senior, had 22 receptions for 401 yards and three touchdowns and had 111 catches for 2,396 yards and 25 scores during his career. … According to On3Sports’ composite rankings, ranked the No. 62 overall prospect. … Selected to the MaxPrep.com’s second team offense and the Miami Herald’s All-Dade County 5A-IND team…. Gulliver Prep had a 11-2 record and advanced to Florida’s state semifinals in the Class 4A state playoffs in 2021. … State qualifier in the 200 meters (20.98) and was a regional champion in the 100.

Dylan Carpenter | Edge | 6-4 | 234 | St. Amant, Louisiana | St. Amant

A four-star prospect by On3Sports which also ranked him No. 31 nationally at his position … Played defensive end, edge rusher and linebacker in high school, earning All-District 5-5A Defensive MVP honors in 2021 with 29 quarterback hurries, 17 tackles for loss and seven sacks. … He was also selected to the All-District 5-5A team in 2022.

DJ Chester | Offensive line | 6-4 | 315 | Conyers, Georgia | Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy

Dominant offensive lineman that played center, guard and tackle. … Consensus four-star prospect per On3Sports. … Rated No. 9 nationally and No. 9 in Georgia by On3. … Rated No. 57 overall and eight-best at his position by 247Sports. … Two-sport standout in high school who thrived in the shot put and discus … Selected to play in the All-American Bowl

Rickie Collins | Quarterback | 6-2 | 185 | Baton Rouge, Louisiana | Woodlawn

A four-star prospect who was a four-year starter for former LSU quarterback Marcus Randall and three-sport standout (basketball and track) in high school. … The nation’s No. 14 quarterback and state’s No. 12 player by On3Sports. … Accounted for 2,210 yards and 23 touchdowns during his senior season where he led Woodlawn to the Division I select state playoffs … Completed 127 of 209 passes for 1,512 yards and 17 TDs and added 598 yards and six scores on the ground … Passed for 1,930 yards in 2021 and earned All-Metro and Class 5A All-State honorable mention honors. … Had 1,449 yards and 16 TDs passing in a COVID-shortened five-game season in ’20. … Was a finalist at the Elite 11 Quarterback Camp this past summer.

Michael Daugherty | Safety | 6-0 | 170 | Lawrenceville, Georgia | Grayson High School

Rated as high as the No. 23 safety by both 247Sports and Rivals.com. … Rated Georgia’s No. 20 overall prospect. … Was limited to four games during his senior season after getting into an automobile accident, thus limiting him to a three-star prospect. … Was able to register 24 tackles, three pass breakups and a fumble recovery. … Part of Grayson’s Class 7A state semifinalists in 2021 where he racked up 91 tackles, 15 ½ tackles for loss and four sacks. … Member of Grayson’s 14-0 team in 2020 that win the state 7A title, a year in which he had 46 tackles and an interception. … Over his 44-game career, had 184 tackles, 11 pass breakups, four sacks and an interception. … Was invited to play in All-American Bowl.

Lance Heard | Offensive Lineman | 6-6 | 308 | Monroe, Louisiana | Neville
State’s top-rated offensive lineman who earned a five-star rating from On3Sports and 247Sports. … Was the state’s No. 2 overall prospect on On3Sports’ composite list and is the nation’s No. 3 offensive tackle and No. 15 overall player on. … Transferred from Bastrop, where he began as an all-district defensive lineman, to Neville and switched to the offensive line and played opposite of current LSU freshman offensive tackle Will Campbell. … Played in the U.S. Army All-American game where, lined up as a tight end, caught a touchdown pass.

Trey Holly | Running back | 5-7 | 189 | Farmerville, Louisiana | Union Parish

The state’s career leading rusher with 10,523 yards over his five-year career, a mark he broke earlier this season which was previously held by U-High’s and current LSU football support staff member Nic Brossette (8,704). … Had 146 of his 160 career touchdowns on the ground. … Led the Farmers to their third straight state championship game appearance, finishing the season with 2,694 yards and 38 TDs as a senior. … Selected the Class 3A Most Outstanding Player in 2021 with 2,633 yards and 33 TDs. … Had 51 games of 100-plus yards and averaged 159.4 yards per game rushing over his career. … A four-star prospect by On3Sports and consensus No. 15 running back.

Jaxon Howard | Defensive End | 6-4 | 243 | Minneapolis, Minnesota | Robbinsdale Cooper

Top-rated player in Minnesota and regarded as one of the nation’s top edge rushers who played linebacker in 2022 and accumulated 103 tackles. … On3Sports rates him the No. 19 player at his position and No. 115 overall. … Rivals.com ranks him No. 9 at his position. … His father and coach, Willie Howard, was an All-Pac 10 defensive lineman at Stanford and was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in 2001 but his career was cut short because of an injury.

Jeremiah Hughes | Cornerback | 6-0 | 176 | Las Vegas, Nevada | Bishop Gorman

A three-star prospect who is ranked his home state’s No. 5 player by On3Sports. … Rated the No. 47 cornerback on the On3Sports composite. … Had 21 tackles, seven interceptions and broke up three passes in 2022, helping Gorman repeat as Class 5A state championship and win the school’s 13th title in 15 years. … Team peaked at No. 5 in the national MaxPreps rankings.

Kaleb Jackson | Running back | 5-11 | 222 | Baton Rouge, Louisiana | Liberty Magnet

One of Louisiana’s top running backs that had his senior year cut short because of an ankle injury after the season opener. … Was still rated the No. 12 overall running back and state’s No. 10 prospect by On3Sports’ composite list. … Was also rated the No. 190 overall player. … Had breakout 2021 season for Liberty, which played in its first season of varsity football, rushing for 2,031 yards and 29 touchdowns. … Averaged 14.7 yards per carry and 184.6 yards per game, helping team to the District 6-4A championship and trip to the Division II state select regional round. … Also caught 21 passes for 394 yards with four touchdowns. … Was invited to play in the U.S. Army Bowl. … Was a fourth-place finisher in the Class 4A 100 meters with a time of 10.89.

Kylin Jackson | Safety | 6-2 | 196 | Jackson, Louisiana | Zachary High

Local hard-hitting safety that was a big part of his team’s perfect 15-0 season and Class 5A state championship in 2021. … Helped Broncos to a 10-3 record and appearance in the Division I nonselect state semifinals in ’22. … Four-star prospect by On3Sports, nation’s No. 9 safety and state’s ninth-best prospect. … Ranked as high as the No. 143 overall prospect and No. 9 safety by Rivals.com. … Selected to the Class 5A All-State first team and All-Metro squad in ’21 with 74 tackles, 11 pass break-ups, an interception and fumble recovery. … Began career at Class 2A East Feliciana before transferring and starting for three years at Zachary.

Jackson McGohan | Tight end | 6-3 | 213 | Miamisburg, Ohio | Miamisburg High

A consensus three-star prospect and nation’s No. 25 tight end prospect by 247Sports and No. 26 by On3Sports. … Was a selection to the first team on the Greater Western Ohio Conference this season … Led the conference with 52 catches for 941 yards and 11 TDs, including a season-high 11 for 102 yards and two TDs. … Last season had 47 receptions for 699 yards and 10 TDs … Was formerly committed to Cincinnati.

Mac Markway | Tight end | 6-3 | 243 | St. Louis, Missouri | De Smet Jesuit

One of the top tight ends in Missouri, a four-star prospect according to On3’s composite ranking … Rated as high as the No. 3 tight end by ESPN.com and No. 8 by Rivals.com despite missing his entire senior season because of an injury. … Attends the same high school that produced current LSU defensive tackle Mehki Wingo and current Tigers cornerbacks coach Robert Steeples … His father Matt Markway was a former standout tight end at Iowa.

Paul Mubenga | Offensive Line | 6-4 | 291 | Buford, Georgia | Buford High

Part of a three-time state champion from 2019-21. … Three-star prospect on On3Sports’ composite list. … Considered a prospect that could be better suited to play center or guard. … The state’s No. 57 prospect and No. 51 at his position per On3. … Grew up around the game of soccer and moved to United States from the Democratic Republic of the Congo in 2017. … Began playing football for the first time as a freshman at Buford, the same program that produced LSU long snappers Reid and Blake Ferguson.

Kyle Parker | Wide Receiver | 5-11 | 182 | Allen, Texas | Lovejoy High

Consensus four-star prospect, rated as high as the No. 33 wide receiver by Rivals.com and No. 37 by ESPN.com. … Made 72 receptions for 1,091 yards and 13 TDs as a senior, including an astounding 23 catches for 341 yards and 3 scores in the third week of the season against Argyle-Kyle. … Also had 251 yards on kickoff and punt returns and 172 rushing yards for 1,514 all-purpose yards and 19 overall TDs. … A two-time selection on the All-District 7-5A Division II team in 2022 and ’21. … Had 47 catches for 790 yards and 11 TDs as a junior. … Lovejoy went 12-2 record and advanced to the Division II regional finals in ’21. … Has best times of 10.89 in the 100 and 23.04 in the 200.

Ka’Morreun Pimpton | Tight End | 6-6 | 227 | Ft. Worth, Texas | North Crowley High

Former Vanderbilt commitment that jumped to LSU on signing day. … Consensus four-star prospect ranked as high as the No. 6 tight end nationally and No. 55 player in his home state by On3Sports. … Regarded as the No. 135 overall player by On3. … Totaled 49 catches for 951 yards and 16 TDs in his only season at North Crowley in 2022 where he transferred from Brewer High. … For his career, had 85 catches for 1,326 yards and 21 TDs. … Reached the state track and field meet in 2021 in both the discus with a personal best of 160-10 and was second in the Texas UIL Region 5A meet with a 54-10 mark in the shot put.

Khai Prean | Wide Receiver | 6-0 | 193 | Belle Rose, Louisiana | St. James High

A consensus four-star prospect per On3Sports which also listed him as the nation’s No. 15 athlete… Is expected to play wide receiver at LSU and could be part of the special teams units with his ability to return punts and kickoffs. … Ranked as high as the No. 18 wide receiver by 247Sports after making 61 receptions for 1,097 yards and 14 TDs in his only season at Class 3A St. James which reached the Division III nonselect state semifinals … Played the first years of his career at Class 1A Ascension Catholic … Rushed for 897 yards and 14 scores in 2020 at Ascension Catholic. … Had times of 11.14 in the 100 and 22.5 in 200 in the ’21 outdoor state meet, finishing second in both races.

Ashton Stamps | Cornerbacks | 6-0 | 167 | Harvey, Louisiana | Archbishop Rummel High

Three-star prospect ranked as high as No. 34 at his position by On3Sports. … Had 65 tackles, broke up nine passes in 10 targets and blocked two fields. … Selected to the All-District 9-5A first team in 2022 for a Rummel team that went 5-6 and reached the Division I state select regional playoffs.

Shelton Sampson Jr. | Wide Receiver | 6-3 | 187 | Baton Rouge, Louisiana | Catholic High

Top-flight wide receiver who is rated a five-star prospect by On3Sports. … Rated the nation’s sixth best wide receiver, nation’s No. 23 overall player and state’s third-best prospect by On3. … Ranked No. 41 overall on the ESPN300 team. … Concluded his career as the top receiver in Catholic High history with 140 catches for 2,495 yards and 31 touchdowns. …  During his final season, caught 79 passes for 1,152 yards and 18 TDs for a team that reached the Division I state select semifinals. … Added 192 points during his career, seventh best in school history. … Was part of teams that went 44-6 and captured the 2021 state title. … Was a teammate of current LSU offensive tackle Emery Jones Jr. … Invited to take part in the Under Armour All-America game.

Javien Toviano | Cornerback | 6-0 | 186 | Arlington, Texas | Martin High

Considered one of the nation’s top-rated defensive backs, earning a five-star rating and No. 3 position rating from Rivals.com. … In the On3 composite ranking, he’s a four-star prospect with a No. 5 position rating and No. 9 overall player in his home state. … Was considered the top-ranked player in the Dallas Metro area after leading Martin High to a 10-2 record and trip to the second round of the state playoffs. … Martin was the District 8-6A champion in 2022. … Registered 38 tackles, two interceptions and forced two fumbles on defense and rushed 41 times for 415 yards and 8 TDs on offense. … For his career, had 105 tackles, three interceptions, 19 pass break-ups and forced five fumbles.

Whit Weeks | Linebacker | 6-3 | 200 | Watkinsville, Georgia | Oconee County

Younger brother of current LSU linebacker West Weeks … A consensus four-star linebacker on On3Sports’ composite rankings … Rated as high as the No. 11 linebacker and No. 10 player in Georgia per 247Sports. … A two-way player in high school that helped Oconee County to Class 3A state semifinals this past season. … Was the Region 8-3A Player of Year with 104 tackles, 19 TFLs, three interceptions and two sacks on defense. … Also played running back (396 yards), wide receiver and returned kicks and scored a total of 16 TDs. … Invited to play in the All-American Bowl. … Father played football at Georgia.

Da’Shawn Womack | Defensive end | 6-5 | 244 | Parkville, Maryland | St. Frances Academy

Received five-star status from 247Sports and is the No. 1 ranked player in Maryland per On3Sports’ composite rankings. … Consensus Top 40 player nationally per On3 and the nation’s No. 5 overall ranked player. … Credited with 48 tackles, 26 tackles for loss, 15 sacks and five fumble recoveries for national power St. Frances Academy which went 8-1 in 2022. … His team also went 8-1 a year ago, a season that included a 34-24 win over IMG Academy. … Invited to the Under Armour All-American Game.

Ryan Yaites | Safety | 6-0 | 193 | Denton, Texas | Guyer High School

On3Sports’ composite ranking have him the No. 16 safety and a four-star prospect. … Recorded 63 tackles, 11 pass break-ups and two interceptions at both cornerback and safety in 2022 for a team that went 14-1 and reached the state semifinals. … Was all-district in ’21 with 42 tackles and eight break-ups for team that was 14-2 and played in the Texas 6A Division II state title game. … Was an Under Armour All-American selection.

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