Ranking LSU’s top receiver commits since 2000

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LSU’s claim to fame as a program may be as “DBU” thanks to the large number of talented defensive backs it has put into the league, it has made a strong claim as “WRU” in recent years, as well.

The last decade or so has seen the team produce players like Odell Beckham Jr., Jarvis Landry, Justin Jefferson and Ja'Marr Chase. Not all of those players were elite prospects — namely Jefferson, a former three-star recruit who sat outside the top 2,000 nationally — but many of them were.

LSU has already landed one elite pass-catcher in the 2022 recruiting cycle in Jalen Brown, a high-rated four-star who ranks 39th overall in the nation, and it could be about to land a five-star inShelton Sampson Jr., a Baton Rouge native.

Brown ranks as the 11th-best receiver commit the Tigers have ever landed, per the 247Sports Composite. The top 10 were all five-stars coming out of high school. Here’s where each of them stands going back to 2000, which is when the 247Sports recruiting rankings began.

Tyron Johnson (2015)

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247Sports Composite Rankings

National: No. 28  

State: No. 1

WR: No. 5

Overview

The New Orleans native originally signed with LSU out of high school, and he made nine catches for 150 yards as a true freshman in 2015. However, he transferred to Oklahoma State following that season. He had 845 yards and seven touchdowns in his final season with the Cowboys in 2018.

Johnson was ultimately undrafted in 2019 and has since bounced around the league and had several practice squad stints. His most productive season came in 2020 when he totaled 398 yards and three touchdowns with the Chargers. He currently plays for the Las Vegas Raiders.

 

Kayshon Boutte (2020)

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247Sports Composite Rankings

National: No. 24  

State: No. 1

WR: No. 2

Overview

The only active player on this list, Boutte could be in for a massive season in 2022. As a sophomore last fall, he finished with over 500 yards and a team-high nine touchdowns despite playing in just six games as a broken ankle ended his campaign prematurely.

If healthy, Boutte should be one of the best wideouts in college football. He’s a preseason First Team All-SEC selection and is seen by many as a likely first-round pick next spring.

Malachi Dupre (2014)

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247Sports Composite Rankings

National: No. 17

State: No. 4

WR: No. 2

Overview

Another New Orleans native, Dupre had solid production in three seasons at LSU. His best campaign came during his sophomore season in 2015 when he had 698 yards and six touchdowns. He decided to enter the draft and forgo his final season in 2017, and he was a seventh-round pick by the Green Bay Packers.

He never saw game action, spending several seasons bouncing between practice squads. He most recently played for the XFL’s DC Defenders in 2020 before the league ceased operations.

Jarvis Landry (2011)

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247Sports Composite Rankings

National: No. 15  

State: No. 3

WR: No. 2

Overview

Of all the players on this list, Landry has certainly been the most successful since leaving LSU. Forming a formidable pass-catching duo with Beckham while in Baton Rouge, Landry led the team in 2012 with 56 catches and five touchdowns while finishing second with 573 yards.

His best season came as a junior in 2013, however. He finished with 1,193 yards and 10 touchdowns on a team-high 77 catches. He was a Second Team All-SEC selection and was ultimately a second-round pick for the Miami Dolphins.

Landry’s NFL career, which has featured stints with both Miami and the Cleveland Browns, has seen him finish with 1,000 yards three times and just shy of that mark twice. He’s a five-time Pro Bowler and led the league in receptions in 2017 with 112.

He signed with the New Orleans Saints this offseason as he returns home.

Michael Clayton (2001)

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247Sports Composite Rankings

National: No. 19  

State: No. 3

WR: No. 4

Overview

Clayton is indisputably one of the top receivers in program history for LSU. He finished with 182 receptions for 2,582 yards and 21 touchdowns, the latter mark being a program record at the time (which would later be broken by Dwayne Bowe). He ranks fourth all-time in receiving yards and is the only player in LSU history to finish with at least 700 receiving yards in three straight seasons.

He was drafted 15th overall by Tampa Bay in 2004, and he played six seasons with the Bucs. He finished his career just shy of 3,000 yards with 10 touchdowns. He most recently played for the Giants in 2011.

Xavier Carter (2004)

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247Sports Composite Rankings

National: No. 17  

State: No. 4

WR: No. 4

Overview

Despite being an elite football recruit, he was even more of a standout in track and field and competed in both at LSU. He made a minimal impact in two seasons on the gridiron as a rotational receiver and kick returner, and he ultimately decided to forego his final two seasons to enter the professional track and field ranks.

He had a fantastic career, setting what was at the time the second-fastest time a man has ever registered in the 200-meter in 2006. Now, that time still stands as the ninth-best all-time.

Terrace Marshall (2018)

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247Sports Composite Rankings

National: No. 13  

State: No. 1

WR: No. 3

Overview

After appearing in 13 games as a true freshman, Marshall had to compete for targets among a talented group in 2019 that included Chase and Jefferson. Still, he finished with 671 yards and 13 touchdowns, and as the primary target in 2020, he had 731 yards with 10 touchdowns.

Marshall was ultimately taken in the second round by the Carolina Panthers in 2021, catching 17 passes for 138 yards as a rookie.

Terrance Toliver (2007)

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247Sports Composite Rankings

National: No. 8  

State: No. 2

WR: No. 1

Overview

After two seasons as a rotational receiver, Toliver eventually worked his way into a starting role in 2009, finishing with 735 yards on 53 catches. Though his production dropped to 579 yards in 2010, that was still enough to lead the team in receiving.

Toliver went undrafted in 2011 and bounced around the league on practice squads for a few years. He ultimately ended up in the CFL, where found some success. He last played in 2019.

Rueben Randle (2009)

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247Sports Composite Rankings

National: No. 8  

State: No. 1

WR: No. 1

Overview

Randle was the nation’s top receiver coming out of high school, and though he didn’t exactly live up to that billing at LSU, he still had a very good career. He finished his time in Baton Rouge with 1,634 yards and 13 touchdowns on 97 catches, and he was a First Team All-SEC selection by the coaches as a junior in 2011.

Following that season, he entered the NFL draft and was a second-round pick for the Giants, with whom he had 188 catches for 2,644 yards and 20 touchdowns in four years. He later played offseason stints with the Bears and Eagles while spending a brief period in the CFL.

Early Doucet (2004)

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247Sports Composite Rankings

National: No. 5 

State: No. 1

WR: No. 1

Overview

Even 18 years later, Doucet remains the highest-rated receiver the Tigers have ever signed. He had 257 yards and two touchdowns right out the gate in 2004, finishing as a member of the SEC All-Freshman team.

After another solid season in 2005, he boosted his production considerably in 2006, finishing with 772 yards and eight touchdowns as part of a receiver corps that also included Bowe and [autotag]Craig Davis[/autotag]. He earned Second Team All-SEC honors, though he saw his production dip a bit as a senior the following season.

He was ultimately a third-round pick for Arizona in 2008, and though he saw. a minor role in his first three seasons, he had the most productive campaign of his career in 2011 with 689 yards and five touchdowns. He couldn’t keep that production up the following season however and was released.

Doucet landed with the Seattle Seahawks, but he was released after one practice session for reportedly “failing to disclose” a physical condition. Doucet hasn’t appeared in the league since.

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Story originally appeared on LSU Tigers Wire