LSU Signs No. 1 JUCO Linebacker for 2021 Season

The LSU Tigers take their college football recruiting seriously.

Winning a national championship gives a team a certain cachet, and the Tigers have used that to their advantage by inking some of the best high school prospects.

LSU even delved into the junior college market for 2021. As a result, JUCO linebacker Navonteque Strong will be playing in Baton Rouge next season.

After playing for Scott Central High School, Strong enjoyed two successful seasons with Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College.

He has proven that he’s ready for the next step in his career.

Navonteque Strong Commits to LSU

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Navonteque Strong was committed to the Mississippi State Bulldogs for months before having a change of heart.

That move may draw the ire of Bulldogs’ head coach Mike Leach, but Strong asked for everyone to respect his decision and signed with head coach Ed Orgeron.

In addition to MSU, other programs made offers as well, including Arkansas, Colorado, Jackson State, Florida State, Louisiana, South Alabama, South Carolina, Texas Tech and Washington State, among others. Ole Miss also reached out with interest.


LSU’s recruiting class definitely gets a boost with their new signee. Strong is considered to be the best JUCO inside linebacker in the country.

Navonteque Strong Highlights

Navonteque Strong is a ferocious ILB.

At Mississippi Gulf Coast, he burst onto the scene in his freshman year, during which he totaled 104 tackles and 8.5 sacks. He’s able to follow running backs shooting up the middle, and he possesses the athleticism to keep up with wide receivers in coverage if needed.

LSU has had to replace key talent on both sides of the ball in recent years, so stocking up on recruits is one method to help them return to glory.

Navonteque Strong is set to make his long-awaited NCAA debut in 2021. If he can keep up his tackling prowess, he has a chance to be an NFL Draft selection.


For now, he should focus on measuring up against the tough SEC competition he is about to face.

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Matt is a recent graduate of New York University with a degree in Sports Management. He is a passionate New York Yankees, New York Islanders, and Minnesota Vikings fan. He also has a podcast about minor league baseball called "On the Farm."
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