When a major program loses a key employer, Rivals.com looks at its impact on the respective school, analyzing it from the local and national levels. To quantify the “pain” of each uncommit, we give it a score of 1 to 10, with 1 being no big deal and 10 being a catastrophic hit.
At the end of a four-star defense from Indianapolis (Ind.) Lawrence Central commits to LSU North Carolina, the state of Michigan, Purdue and others over the summer, Mickens cites his relationship with those coaches as the main reason he came to the South.
But things have changed recently when Ohio State became more involved in his recruitment, and Mickens visited Columbus.
The four-star has returned to the market after reneging on his commitment in recent days and it looks like the Buckeyes are now the team to beat.
LSU lost its second line of defense in the past two weeks when Joshua Mickens dropped his pledge on Monday. The four-star star was recommended earlier this month by Ohio State then made an official visit and that seems to be the way he is headed at this point, and one can’t blame Mickens for wanting to be closer to home if that’s the direction he’s going.
As for the tigers, they still have a solid group with Dashawn Womack, Jaxon Howard and dylan carpenterbut Jamar Cain & Co. will look elsewhere to find some additions in attack, especially in defence. Portals can play a huge role in filling those spaces. – Julie Boudwin, TigerDetails.com
Stinging factor: 6
Mickens was a very talented runner who did an excellent job of escaping the blocks and chasing the ball carrier to bring him to the ground. The Midwest four-star has great power and speed, and excels at moving in and out. It’s no wonder Ohio State is making a serious run with him and it seems inevitable that he’ll end up in Columbus.
The heartbreaking thing is that LSU has lost not only Mickens but also Darron Reed, who switched to Auburn. However, the tigers will be fine. There are still plenty of top targets that LSU can pick up or transfer from other schools, and there’s always port forwarding to accommodate immediate needs. Mickens is very good but he can be replaced. – Adam Gney, Country Recruitment Manager
Stinging factor: 7