Just a few weeks removed from “Boys From The Boot,” LSU is set to host another Junior Day.
Unlike the previous camp, which helped the Tigers land commitments four commitments, this event has a major out-of-state flair to it.
The number of prospects on LSU’s campus this Saturday is expected to reach triple digits.
Here are five recruits to keep an eye on:
1. Todd Harris, 4-star safety, Plaquemine, La. (undecided)
The nation’s No. 5 safety, Harris did not attend LSU’s “Boys From The Boot” camp, because he instead opted to visit Mississippi State’s Junior Day.
Earlier this year, Harris told SEC Country that LSU, Mississippi State and Ole Miss as his top three, in no particular order. He added that he’s a huge fan of LSU coach Les Miles and the way he treats his players.
Now Harris will get a chance to meet the Mad Hatter firsthand and see if Miles’ reputation holds.
Don’t expect the highly regarded safety to make a commitment this weekend, but his first unofficial visit could give the Tigers the upper hand, if everything goes according to plan.
The 6-foot, 180-pounder is one of Louisiana’s premier talents in the Class of 2017 and will be a major target in LSU’s recruiting class.
2. Alex Leatherwood, 4-star OT, Pensacola, Fla. (Alabama commit)
LSU fans are likely chomping at the bit to get the Alabama offensive tackle commitment in Baton Rouge, La., this weekend for Junior Day.
The 6-5, 297-pound Leatherwood, the nation’s No. 9 prospect at the position, opted to head to LSU instead of attending the Tide’s Junior Day, adding a hint of intrigue in the visit.
The four-star tackle told SEC Country that he is curious about LSU’s facilities and conceded that he is considering the Tigers. While he’s considered a solid Alabama commit, it appears as if Leatherwood’s recruitment is far from over at this stage in the game.
LSU has a need for tackles and is prioritizing the position in the 2017 class again. The 2016 crop delivered two tackles in Willie Allen and Jakori Savage, with one being a potential starter and another more of a developmental project.
LSU offered Leatherwood in January and continues to make a strong push for the Florida native, and this weekend will go a long way in doing so.
3. Marvin Wilson, 5-star defensive tackle, Bellaire, Texas (undecided)
There will be no prospect on LSU’s campus this weekend bigger than Wilson, both literally and figuratively.
Wilson is the nation’s No. 4 overall prospect,the top player in Texas and at his position. He is making his second trip to Baton Rouge, La. Previously, he visited LSU in October 2015 for the Eastern Michigan game.
LSU defensive line coach Ed Orgeron is running point on Wilson’s recruitment, as expected, but this visit will give the defensive tackle a chance to speak firsthand with Miles.
The 6-4, 316-pound Wilson already told SEC Country that he anticipates LSU will be involved in his recruitment until the end, and that’s a credit to Orgeron’s diligence.
Again, do not expect any sort of commitment out of the No. 1-rated defensive tackle this weekend, but the importance of the relationships forged between prospects and coaches early in the process cannot be overstated.
4. K’Lavon Chaisson, 4-star defensive end, Houston, Texas (undecided)
A teammate of LSU signee Eric Monroe, Chaisson is making his first trip to LSU after attending Junior Days at Houston and Texas A&M late last month.
The nation’s No. 6 weakside defensive end is already high on LSU, which also faces stiff competition from Baylor for the Texas native. Chaisson’s father played for the Bears.
LSU cannot be discounted in the race, though, because the Tigers were the first school to extend an offer Chaisson’s way last summer.
Chaisson’s interest in LSU could be heightened after this unofficial visit and a chance to meet with Orgeron, Miles and first-year defensive coordinator Dave Aranda.
It would not be a surprise to see LSU make major strides if the visit goes entirely well.
5. Patrick Queen, 4-star athlete, Livonia, La. (undecided)
One of the top in-state athletes attending Junior Day this weekend, Queen is the prospect most likely to be on commitment watch over the weekend.
Rated as the No. 13 prospect from The Boot, Queen has received scholarships offers from other in-state colleges such as Louisiana Tech and Tulane, but is anxiously awaiting one from LSU.
Queen previously took an unofficial visit to LSU in October, so this will be his second trip to campus.
Last season at Livonia High School (La.), the highly touted athlete spent time in the backfield as a running back, but has generated college interest at safety and linebacker. Of course, the latter two positions are considered more pressing needs for the Tigers, particularly in their 2017 recruiting class.
Expect those types of conversations to take place between Queen and the LSU coaches this weekend, and do not be surprised to see the in-state prospect not only pick up an offer but potentially commit.
Here’s a rundown of the some of the other prospects that will be on hand:
- Mikhail Hill, three-star DT, 6-foot-3, 300 pounds (Harvey, La.)
- Damien Degruy, TE, 6-foot-3, 215 pounds (Harvey, La.)
- Tasmine Walker, FS, 6-foot-3, 185 pounds (Baton Rouge, La.)
- Javin Meyers, RB, 5-foot-9, 170 pounds (Baton Rouge, La.)
- Tank Jenkins, four-star OT, 6-foot-4, 315 pounds (Montgomery, Ala.)
- Damion Daniels, three-star DT, 6-foot-1, 300 pounds (Dallas, Texas)
- Montaric Brown, S, 6-foot-1, 175 pounds (Ashdown, Ark.)
- Malik Cunningham, three-star ATH, 6-foot-1, 185 pounds (Montgomery, Ala.)
- Jaquan Henderson, three-star S, 6-foot-1, 195 pounds (Covington, Ga.)
- Kedrick James, four-star TE, 6-foot-4, 245 pounds (Waco, Texas)
- Tony Gray, four-star OT, 6-foot-4, 282 pounds (Lawrenceville, Ga.)
- Levi Jones, four-star OLB, 6-foot-3, 215 pounds (Austin, Texas)
- Grant Delpit, three-star S, 6-foot-3, 185 pounds (Houston, Texas)