On Wednesday, LSU racked in the No. 7 ranked recruiting class in the country on National Signing Day, but there was no doubt some big names got away from Ed Orgeron.

In fact, Tuesday night, Louisiana’s top defensive linemen, Phidarian Mathis, committed to Alabama at the graveyard of a slain childhood friend. Mathis had been a clear favorite to land at LSU for a while, but Nick Saban’s success in Louisiana wouldn’t stop there.

Four of Saban’s twenty-six signees came from Louisiana soil, all highly-touted prospects that were considering staying home. One of the four was Dylan Moses, a 5-star linebacker who had been committed to LSU and Les Miles since the eighth grade. Another target, four-star linebacker Chris Allen, who attended University Lab High School in Baton Rouge, signed with the Crimson Tide shortly after.

The fact of the matter is, LSU must build a metaphorical wall around Louisiana. They can’t afford to lose their top prospects in the first place, especially to their biggest competitor. How long can they sustain these blows?