LSU gets LB help in Kwon Alexander

LSU is returning plenty of star power from its 2011 defense next season, but linebacker was the one area where the Tigers needed help.

They lost all three starters from a year ago, which makes the addition of Kwon Alexander a huge pickup.

The 6-foot-2, 215-pound Alexander is ranked as the No. 3 outside linebacker prospect in the country and became the sixth ESPNU 150 prospect to choose LSU when he announced Wednesday that he would sign with the Tigers. Alexander, who's from Oxford, Ala., picked LSU over Auburn.

LSU now has at least six players in this class that could end up playing linebacker in college. Alexander has the skill set to be an every-down linebacker. LSU defensive coordinator John Chavis puts a premium on speed at the linebacker position and wants guys who can cover in space, and Alexander is athletic enough to do that.