So far, LSU football has been putting together recruiting classes beyond the initial expectations of Head Coach Ed Orgeron. Which is saying something, because the expectations of Orgeron's recruiting abilities was pretty high.

One of the factors driving the success of LSU's recruiting has been their in-state recruiting success. One of the biggest recruits from Louisiana they secured over the last few years was Derek Stingley, Jr.

How good is he?

LSU commit Derek Stingley has been named the Louisiana Gatorade Player of the Year. For his career at Dunham High School, Stingley had 27 interceptions and returned 15 kicks and punts for touchdowns.

Stingley is a 5-star recruit from every major college football recruiting publication. According to 24/7 Sports, Stingley is one of the 7 best recruits LSU has ever landed, since college football recruiting grades have been tracked. The number one recruit grade in LSU history is Leonard Fournette. Others ranked above Stingley are Early Doucet, La'el Collins, Patrick Peterson, and Russell Shepard.