LSU landed a massive piece to its recruiting class in 2020 Baton Rouge (La.) U-High defensive tackle Jaquelin Roy last month and the four-star prospect is also fresh off a big rise in the latest 247Sports rankings updates for the class. The 6-4, 289-pounder is now the No. 46 overall prospect in the country, No. 5 defensive tackle and No. 1 prospect in Louisiana.
247Sports recruiting analysts Charles Power and Greg Biggins were breaking down Roy’s commitment last month and Power said that it was Roy’s huge spring that brought on his massive jump in the rankings from just outside the Top 100.
“He’s one who we recently moved up to the No. 1 player in the state of Louisiana. Looked really good in the spring,” Power said on the 247Sports recruiting podcast. “We basically got rave reviews across the board from everybody who saw him during the evaluation period. He was really good at the New Orleans regional, where Barton saw him in the camp setting.”
For Biggins, who covers the West region for 247Sports, he hadn’t seen as much of Roy. When he turned on the tape though of the four-star prospect, he could see why so many college coaches were working on landing his commitment.
“I watched his film for the first time on Monday night. I like this kid a lot,” Biggins said. “He’s a naturally powerful kid with a first step and some lateral mobility. Don’t see guys like that out West. Just looks like a grown man right now. I like that combination of speed, power and just looks like he’s ready to go right now.”
As Roy dropped weight and improved overall, Power saw a prospect that will fit wherever he goes at the next level. At LSU, Roy could play all up and down the lines.
“He’s got really active hands. You put him in these camp settings and he eats up these offensive linemen that he goes against. He’s just really solid,” Power explained. “It’s something where we don’t care where the kid is going, but we do lean on information from college staffs and try to triangulate it where we aren’t just getting this myopic opinion that might be really biased, but we’ve heard from multiple top college programs that saw him in the spring that said he’s as good as any defensive lineman that we’ve evaluated in-person. Everything we’ve seen backs that up.”
The push from Ed Orgeron and the Tigers is a part of a bigger trend of college football teams pushing for defensive linemen to improve their depth.
“You look at the best teams in college football and they’re loading up on defensive linemen. They’re always strong up front and these are the type of coveted defensive linemen in SEC country that you see these teams fight for. LSU landing him would be really big.”
Looking ahead to the future, it wouldn’t be a shock to see Roy rise into a five-star prospect on 247Sports with a strong senior year.
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