LSU is set to host its annual “Boys From The Boot” camp on Saturday, an all-day event for current junior prospects that hail from the state of Louisiana.
Less than two weeks removed from National Signing Day, the LSU coaching staff — minus a running backs coach — will have their first chance to get an up-close look at some of the best in-state prospects from the Class of 2017.
Here are 10 juniors to keep an eye on as LSU targets after this weekend:
1. Clyde Edwards-Helaire, three-star RB, Baton Rouge, La.
The nation’s No. 30 running back, Edwards-Helaire picked up an offer from LSU before his sophomore season and has kept the hometown Tigers as his leader ever since.
The 5-foot-7, 191-pound versatile back led Catholic High School to a Division I state championship in December, and LSU coach Les Miles was on hand to watch Edwards-Helaire dominate on the ground and as a receiver out of the backfield.
Edwards-Helaire is close with Miles’ son, Ben, who is a teammate. LSU is the favorite to land the back early in the process, though other major programs are beginning to extend offers his way.
2. Lowell Narcisse, four-star QB, St. James, La.
Last month, the nation’s No. 4 dual-threat quarterback surprisingly de-committed from Auburn, leading many to believe that he could be leaning in another direction.
Even after Narcisse committed to Auburn over LSU and Clemson on his 17th birthday last summer, he maintained a strong relationship with Tigers offensive coordinator Cam Cameron. That coincided with the St. James product making a series of unofficial visits to LSU during the fall.
Narcisse is expected to attend the “Boys From The Boot,” despite sustaining a knee injury in the Class 3A state title game. He will be a prime target for LSU in 2017 despite signing Lindsey Scott in this year’s class.
3. Al’dontre Davis, three-star WR, Lutcher, La.
Expect Davis to add another star soon, because the 6-foot, 190-pound speedster has seen his recruitment rapidly pick up in recent days.
Davis recently picked up an offer from LSU, which comes a few months after he told SEC Country that Auburn and Ole Miss had successfully garnered his attention.
Davis is close friends with the aforementioned Narcisse, and the two stud prospects from neighboring towns have spoken about the possibility of playing at the next level together.
4. Devonta Smith, four-star WR, Amite, La.
The nation’s No. 14 wide receiver, Smith currently has LSU out of his top three, which is comprised of Ole Miss, Alabama and Miami.
The 6-foot-1, 155-pound speedster is working to distinguish himself not only as Louisiana’s top receiver, but arguably the top overall prospect.
Smith told SEC Country that LSU remains in the mix, but would have to show signs of a spread offense this fall.
5. Brad Stewart, four-star S, New Orleans
The McDonogh 35 High School (New Orleans) standout defensive back was a key cog in a dynamic defense this past season. That led to numerous SEC teams, including Mississippi State, Florida, Texas A&M, Arkansas, South Carolina, Alabama and UGA, either offering or showing some interest.
One noticeable team that did not extend an offer to Stewart is LSU.
That could change during the “Boys From The Boot” event, as the Tigers will see firsthand the 6-foot, 193-pound cornerback in action.
6. Bryan Jones, four-star DE, Baton Rouge, La.
The nation’s No. 9 strongside defensive end, Jones is just beginning to see his recruitment take off.
In the past week, both Ole Miss and Colorado State made offers to the Baton Rouge, La. native. The Rebels were the first SEC school to offer Jones.
LSU’s offer to the 6-foot-5, 240-pound defensive end could come as early as Saturday.
7. Josh Clarke, three-star LB, New Orleans
Clarke has drawn interest from numerous SEC teams, so it is only a matter of time before LSU begins to make its push, too.
The 6-foot-3, 225-pound New Orleans product already boasts offers from Florida, UGA, Ole Miss and Tennessee, among others, but more are certainly on the way.
LSU is going to need to address the linebacker position heavily in its 2017 recruiting class, and Clarke will be a top target in doing that.
8. Terrell Bailey, CB, Marrero, La.
One of the rising stars in the New Orleans area, Bailey has already picked up a pair of SEC offers from both Arkansas and Tennessee.
As LSU usually does, it will attempt to collect the best defensive back talent within the state, and the John Ehret High School product certainly fits that criteria.
At 5-foot-11 and 175 pounds, Bailey will finally have a chance to show off in front of the LSU coaching staff. It could go a long way in the cornerback eventually pulling in an offer.
9. Amik Robertson, CB, Thibodaux, La.
Another rising star at the cornerback position, Robertson’s skill-set may outweigh his size (5-foot-9, 165 pounds).
Robertson has successfully slowed down some of Louisiana’s top wide receiver prospects during The Bootleggers’ 7-on-7 showcase, and in the process has drawn the attention of schools such as Tulane and Nicholls State.
Robertson’s playmaking ability will certainly be on display during the “Boys From The Boot,” and while an offer may not come right away, the cornerback should put himself on the LSU coaches’ radar.
10. Jontre Kirklin, ATH, Lutcher, La.
A dual-threat quarterback that led Lutcher High School (La.) to a Class 3A state championship this season, Kirklin picked up an offer from LSU in late January.
Kirklin, who is teammates with the aforementioned Davis and a friend of Narcisse, is being targeted by LSU as a defensive back. It would not be the first time the Tigers try to land a multidimensional athlete and line him up in the secondary.
The 5-foot-11, 166-pound may get his chance to play cornerback during “Boys From The Boot,” or perhaps fill in at other positions across the field. Regardless, LSU has shown a keen interest in the state title-winning quarterback.