LSU entered National Signing Day with a plan and was determined to stick to it.
That plan, as LSU coach Ed Orgeron laid it out Wednesday afternoon, was to extend scholarships to four players to fill four open spots: cornerback Patrick Surtain Jr., safety Kelvin Joseph, wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase and quarterback James Foster.
There was only one contingency plan, according to the coach: cornerback Mario Goodrich, who LSU would target in the event Surtain spurned the Tigers in favor of Alabama. He said that was the only way LSU would consider signing someone other than the four aforementioned targets.
That, in essence, is the story of how LSU found itself only landing two signatures on National Signing Day and why the Tigers will only sign 23 — two below the NCAA-allotted 25 — players in the class of 2018.