BATON ROUGE - LSU started off the early national signing day Wednesday with a double espresso, so to speak.
The Tigers landed a commitment from Siaka Ika, the No. 5 defensive tackle in the nation by Rivals.com out of East High in Salt Lake City, Utah, and the No. 1 prospect in that state. Ika (6-foot-3, 330) is expected to sign today as well. He chose LSU over Florida, Oregon, Utah, USC, Alabama, Arizona, Arizona State and Brigham Young, among others. Ika, who is the No. 121 overall prospect in the nation by Rivals.com, brings LSU's commitment total to 20.
"Incredible," is how TigerBait.com's Michael Scarborough described the commitment and imminent signing from Ika.
The Ika commitment alone bumped LSU's 2019 signing class from No. 7 to No. 4 in the Rivals.com rankings behind only labama, Georgia and Texas A&M and ahead of Clemson.
The Tigers expect to sign most of that 20 today and already had eight as of 9 a.m.
The first signee of the day came shortly after 8 a.m. from north Louisiana - Joseph Evans of Haynesville High in Haynesville. Evans (6-1, 300) is the No. 22 prospect in Louisiana and No. 40 defensive tackle in the nation.
The No. 2 signee was from Lafayette. Thomas Perry (6-6, 300) of Teurlings Catholic High is the No. 16 prospect and the No. 36 offensive tackle in the nation.
Six more followed - deep snapper/offensive guard Quentin Skinner (6-0, 245) of Buford High in Buford, Georgia, tight end T.K. McClendon (6-3, 240) of Copiah-Lincoln Community College in Mississippi and offensive tackle Anthony Bradford (6-5, 320) of Muskegon High in Muskegon, Michigan, inside linebacker Kendall McCallum (6-3, 235) of Oxford High in Oxford, Alabama, offensive tackle Charles Turner (6-5, 260) of IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, via Canton, Ohio, and kicker Cade York (6-2, 190) of Prosper High in Prosper, Texas.
Bradford is the No. 67 prospect in the nation and No. 11 offensive tackle. Mcallum is the No. 33 inside linebacker, and Turner is the No. 40 offensive tackle