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Let’s Talk about LSU Receiving Core! Who & How Good are They?

LSU’s wide receiver room heads into spring stocked with talent. Whether it be returning players or youngsters via the transfer portal and high school ranks, there is no shortage of gifted weapons heading into camp next month.

The Tigers lost both Kayshon Boutte (NFL Draft) and Jack Bech (NCAA Transfer Portal) this offseason, but after restocking once again, there should be no fear from a depth perspective.

Boutte, who took on more of a leadership role in 2022, played a big factor in the success this unit had, but with highly-touted members of the 2023 class set to enroll early and get a full spring camp under their belt, this room has the chance to reload in a major way.

Here’s a look into the state of the LSU wide receiver room with spring camp inching closer:

Malik Nabers

Nabers will enter his junior season for LSU in 2023. The Tigers’ WR1 did not disappoint in his sophomore campaign. Leading the team with 72 receptions for 1,017 yards, Nabers took over this wide receiver room. Still a youngster with room to grow, Year 3 has all the makings of being special.

But it’s important to focus on what Nabers accomplished this season. After a disappointing first game of the year against Florida State, he bounced back to prove what he’s capable of. Moving forward, it’s clear the expectations this program has for the sophomore wideout with NFL Draft hype coming into 2023.

Nabers is the clear cut WR1 heading into next season.

Brian Thomas Jr.

Like Nabers, Thomas Jr. burst onto the scene this season. With 31 receptions for 361 yards and five touchdowns, the sophomore wideout displayed what truly makes him such a lethal red zone threat.

The ability to go up and catch virtually any ball thrown his way, it was a wakeup call for this receiving corps knowing the talent Thomas Jr, has. Playing with tremendous physicality, Thomas Jr. has the chance to be a key piece to this offense in 2023 if he plays his cards right during camp.

Look for Thomas Jr. come out of his shell even more this offseason as he looks to assert himself as the Tigers’ WR2.

Kyren Lacy

At 6-foot-3, 212-pounds, Lacy has the size and strength to hang with the best of them in the SEC, boosting his stock during his time in Lafayette under head coach Billy Napier. In his first year with LSU after transferring from Louisiana, Lacy showed flashes, but proved there is still room to grow.

Choosing the Tigers over Oklahoma, Auburn, Ole Miss and many others, Lacy believed in the vision head coach Brian Kelly has for this program, knowing he can play his cards right and make an impact soon.

In his two years at the University of Louisiana, Lacy totaled 50 receptions for 668 yards and 10 touchdowns for the Cajuns, bursting on the scene quickly as a true freshman.

Landon Ibieta

Don’t sleep on Ibieta heading into next season. A player who was banged up in 2022, the freshman didn’t have the opportunity to see the field, but a player of his caliber has the chance to make a statement next season.

With a full year under his belt in Baton Rouge, and volume sure to come his way next season, look for Ibieta to turn some heads in 2023. The Louisiana native should be ready to make a statement during camp as he prepares for next season. 

Aaron Anderson – Redshirt Freshman

The Alabama transfer will come to LSU with an even bigger role than expected with Boutte’s departure. Anderson redshirted in his lone season with the Crimson Tide, giving the Tigers a weapon for the future.

Along with taking on a major role in the receiving game, Anderson is a special teams threat where he will likely be LSU’s specialist from the jump heading into next season.

Coveted freshmen coming in:

Shelton Sampson Jr. (5-star)

Jalen Brown (4-star) – Early Enrollee 

Kyle Parker (4-star) – Early Enrollee