Top 10 recipient commits since 2000

LSU’s claim to fame as a program may pass as “DBU” thanks to the large number of talented defensemen it has brought to the league, it has also held its own strongly as “WRU” in recent years.

Over the past decade, the team has produced players such as 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 of the top 2,000 nationally — but many of them were.

LSU has already landed an elite passcatcher in the 2022 recruiting cycle, Jalen Brown, a highly rated four-star player ranked 39th nationally, and it may be close to doing so with Shelton Sampson Jr., a native from Baton Rouge.

According to 247Sports Composite, Brown is the 11th-best receiver commit the Tigers have ever landed. The top 10 were all five-star high school graduates. Here’s where each of them goes back to 2000, when the 247Sports recruitment rankings began.

10 Tyron Johnson (2015)

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247Sports Composite Rankings

National: No. 28

Federal State: Number 1

WR: No. 5

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The New Orleans native originally signed with LSU out of high school and made nine catches for 150 yards in 2015 as a true freshman. After this season, however, he moved to the state of Oklahoma. In his final season with the Cowboys in 2018, he had 845 yards and seven touchdowns.

Johnson was finally undrafted in 2019 and has since bounced around the league and had several stints on the practice team. His most prolific season came in 2020, when he rushed for 398 yards and three touchdowns with the Chargers. He currently plays for the Las Vegas Raiders.

9 Kayshon Boutte (2020)

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247Sports Composite Rankings

National: No. 24

Federal State: Number 1

WR: No. 2

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As the only active player on this list, Boutte could have a massive season in 2022. As a sophomore, he finished last fall with 500+ yards and nine team-high touchdowns despite playing in just six games after a broken ankle ended his campaign early.

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

8 Malachi Dupre (2014)

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247Sports Composite Rankings

National: No. 17

Federal State: Number 4

WR: No. 2

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Another New Orleans native, Dupre had a 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 opted for the draft and relinquished his final season in 2017, and he was selected by the Green Bay Packers in the seventh round.

He never saw game action and spent several seasons jumping back and forth between practice groups. He last played for the XFL’s DC Defenders in 2020 before the league went out of business.

7Jarvis Landry (2011)

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247Sports Composite Rankings

National: No. 15

Federal State: No. 3

WR: No. 2

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

However, he had his best season as a junior in 2013. He finished for 1,193 yards and 10 touchdowns on a team-high 77 catches. He was a second-team All-SEC pick and was eventually selected in the second round for the Miami Dolphins.

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

He signed with the New Orleans Saints that offseason when he returned home.

6 Michael Clayton (2001)

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247Sports Composite Rankings

National: No. 19

Federal State: No. 3

WR: Number 4

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

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

5Xaver Carter (2004)

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247Sports Composite Rankings

National: No. 17

Federal State: Number 4

WR: Number 4

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Despite being an elite football recruit, he excelled even more in track and field, competing in both at LSU. He had minimal impact on the gridiron in two seasons as a rotation receiver and kick returner, eventually deciding to forego his final two seasons to move up to the professional track and field ranks.

He had a fantastic career and in 2006 set what was then the second fastest time ever set by a man in the 200 metres. Today, that time is still the ninth best of all time.

4 Terrace Marshall (2018)

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247Sports Composite Rankings

National: No. 13

Federal State: Number 1

WR: No. 3

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After appearing as a true freshman in 13 games, Marshall found himself struggling for goals in 2019 in a talented group that included Chase and Jefferson. Still, he finished with 671 yards and 13 touchdowns, and as a main goal in 2020, he had 731 yards and 10 touchdowns.

Marshall was eventually acquired by the Carolina Panthers in the second round in 2021 and caught 17 passes for 138 yards as a rookie.

3 Terrace Toliver (2007)

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247Sports Composite Rankings

National: No. 8

Federal State: No. 2

WR: Number 1

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

Toliver wasn’t drafted in 2011 and bounced around the league in practice groups for a few years. He eventually ended up in the CFL where he found some success. He last played in 2019.

2 Beet Randle (2009)

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247Sports Composite Rankings

National: No. 8

Federal State: Number 1

WR: Number 1

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Randle was the nation’s all-time top receiver graduating from high school, and while he didn’t exactly live up to that tally at LSU, he still had a very fine career. He finished his Baton Rouge streak with 1,634 yards and 13 touchdowns in 97 catches and was selected by the coaches as a First Team All-SEC in 2011 as a junior.

Drafted in the NFL after that season, he 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 with the Bears and Eagles while spending a brief stint in the CFL.

1 Formerly Doucet (2004)

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247Sports Composite Rankings

National: No. 5

Federal State: Number 1

WR: Number 1

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

After another solid season in 2005, he increased his performance significantly in 2006, finishing for 772 yards and eight touchdowns as part of a receiver corps that also included Bowe and Craig Davis. He received second-team All-SEC honors, though he saw his production dip somewhat the following season as a senior.

Ultimately, he was a third-round pick for Arizona in 2008, and though he saw it. He played only a minor role in his first three seasons, but 2011 was the most prolific season of his career with 689 yards and five touchdowns. However, he was unable to maintain that production the following season and was fired.

Doucet ended up with the Seattle Seahawks but was fired after a practice session for reportedly “not disclosing” a physical condition. Doucet has not appeared in the league since then.

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