LSU is in a position to build for the future in every position and on Wednesday the Tigers got a third addition to the 2023 class. Safety Michael Daugherty stepped into the purple and gold, scoring also the top defensive player in the class.
Daugherty, a safety from Loganville, Georgia, is a tall, 6-foot-1 defensive back who has excellent ball skills and will fill an immediate need for a secondary looking to retool for his future. Of course, the Tigers’ most immediate need this season is cornerback, but safety is a position the team could certainly improve its depth for next season with some veterans likely to move on after 2022.
The Tigers have always been at the top of Daugherty’s list and what tipped the scales was an April 1 visit to Baton Rouge.
LSU has also added Mac Markway and wide receiver Omarion Miller to the program to lead the start of the 2023 recruiting cycle. Speaking recently with recruiting coordinator Brian Polian, he expected a flurry of activity in the coming weeks. and Daugherty is the beginning of this movement.
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Polian says the program has had no “cattle hauling” on campus, referring to the huge number of visitors from the Class of 2023 in the first few weeks of the opening period. Instead, the program has been very selective of players who have come for visits over the past three weeks, with a heavy emphasis on the top echelon, targeted players the program pursues like Daugherty.
“I’m not freaked out that we only have a handful of commitments right now,” Polian said. “I think things will pick up speed here over the next four to six weeks. We’re ready for a few summer visits, but I feel like we’re on the pace. The assessment process has been really thorough and the coaches have been fantastic.”