LSU’s three-day high school prospect camp over the weekend lived up to the billing.
Talented prospects from Louisiana and across the country showed up and showed out, including members of the 2017, 2018 and 2019 classes.
Offers were handed out and commitments were procured, and in the process the LSU coaches got a firsthand look at some of the prospects they will need to monitor in the following months.
While many prospects shined, here’s 13 that certainly stood out on Thursday, Friday and Saturday:
Nadab Joseph, 2018 defensive back (Miami, Fla.)
The first offered dished out over the weekend went to Florida defensive back Nadab Joseph. The Class of 2018 product worked out at both cornerback and safety, and caught the attention of defensive backs coach Corey Raymond. Joseph shined in front of Les Miles, which led to a private meeting with LSU’s head coach following the Thursday session. Two days later, the 6-foor-2, 173-pound prospect committed to LSU.
Myles Brennan, 2017 quarterback, LSU commit (Bay Saint Louis, Miss.)
Myles Brennan wasn’t sure whether or not he would attend LSU’s high school camp, but the Magnolia State product showed up on Thursday and impressed. The 3-star pro-style quarterback displayed some of the lessons he learned while competing in the Elite 11 Finals with some of the elite wide receivers on hand. Brennan showed tremendous arm strength and touch, wowing his future offensive coordinator Cam Cameron. Brennan also spent time speaking with some of the top talent in attendance.
Derek Stingley Jr., 2019 defensive back (Metairie, La.)
LSU made its first mark on its 2019 recruiting class by offering — and procuring a commitment — from defensive back Derek Stingley Jr. The young prospect stood out as a cornerback in front of Raymond and then Miles, but also has lined up at receiver and as a return specialist in high school. A rising sophomore, Stingley is already 6-feet-tall and weighs in at 170 pounds. He is the son of former Arena Football League player Derek Stingley, and seems to have a very bright future ahead of him.
Christopher Allen, 2017 outside linebacker (Baton Rouge, La.)
One of the most sought-after linebackers in the 2017 class, Christopher Allen made his presence felt during the Thursday practice. The four-star backer displayed improved coverage skills and wowed those watching in the process. The Southern Lab (Baton Rouge, La.) product has the attention of defensive coordinator Dave Aranda, who views Allen as a three-down player, one that could eventually fill the shoes of Kendell Beckwith. We already knew that Allen can defend the run and rush the passer, but factor in that he can also drop back into coverage and he looks the part of the ideal fit in Aranda’s defense.
Jadon Haselwood, 2019 wide receiver (Ellenwood, Ga.)
One of the most tantalizing prospects in attendance for the first two days of camp was rising sophomore receiver Jadon Haselwood. The Peach State native garnered Dameyune Craig’s attention in May, then managed to earn several private meetings with the Tigers’ wide receivers coach again on Friday morning. Even current LSU wideout Malachi Dupre was impressed with Haselwood, who boasts seven offers, including ones from Georgia, Michigan and Kentucky. A source told SEC Country Haselwood is very high on LSU after meeting Miles. The feeling is mutual, too, as Craig was wildly infatuated with Haselwood’s speed, size (6-foot-3, 190 pounds) and nose for the football.
2019 wide receiver Jadon Haselwood pic.twitter.com/d14RHHEcjw
— Sam Spiegelman (@samspiegs) June 10, 2016
Patrick Queen, 2017 athlete, LSU commit (Livonia, La.)
LSU linebacker commit Patrick Queen cemented the fact that he may be the most underrated prospect in the nation. The 4-star Louisiana native committed to the in-state Tigers at the start of the spring on Junior Day, and since then has been fine-tuning his skills. Queen displayed outstanding agility, coverage skills and size that should translate seamlessly into LSU’s linebacking corps. The 6-foot-1, 209-pound prospect has won MVP honors at a regional camp for Nike’s “The Opening” already, and looked even sharper during LSU’s Friday evening session.
— Sam Spiegelman (@samspiegs) June 11, 2016
Tre’ Swilling, 2017 defensive back (New Orleans)
Tre’ Swilling is rated as one of Louisiana’s premier cornerbacks, but just as he has started to do in his high school practices, the 3-star prospect lined up at safety during the Friday morning practice. Raymond was offering advice to Swilling, while area recruiter Jabbar Juluke spent a lot of time with the Brother Martin High School (New Orleans) product as well. Swilling fared well against some of the elite competition on hand during the session and is one of the most coveted prospects LSU is targeting in the 2017 class.
Racey McMath, 2017 wide receiver (New Orleans)
It would be easy to make a case that Racey McMath had the most to gain at LSU’s camp this weekend. The 3-star prospect had been courted by numerous members of the Tigers’ staff throughout the spring, including Craig, Juluke and Cameron, who worked out the wide receiver last month. The 6-foot-3, 200-pound prospect impressed Juluke in late May when he dominated the competition in his spring game, then tested equally as well in the 40-yard dash, vertical jump and broad jump. That culminated in the Edna Karr High School (New Orleans) product finally earning his long-awaited offer.
Trent Gordon, 2018 defensive back (Manvel, Texas)
One surprise from the weekend was that Texas defensive back Trent Gordon did not leave Baton Rouge, La., with an offer in hand. However, that doesn’t mean the LSU coaches have not put the 5-foot-11, 160-pounder on their radar. Raymond was quite impressed with Gordon. Area recruiter Bradley Dale Peveto told Gordon that “he (Raymond) loves you.” Gordon expected an offer, but seems resolute on earning one in the future. Gordon performed well against some speedy wide receivers during practice Saturday and has both the size and speed that Raymond prefers. Expect the LSU coaches to be paying Gordon a visit the next time they’re in the Lone Star State.
2018 Manvel S Trent Gordon going thru the gauntlet pic.twitter.com/BbRmCw3GxK
— Sam Spiegelman (@samspiegs) June 11, 2016
Kelan Walker, 2018 running back (DeSoto, Texas)
One player that Juluke spent much of Friday occupied with was Class of 2018 Texas running back Kelan Walker. The rising junior, who is teammates with 2017 LSU offensive line commit Edward Ingram, wowed the LSU coach with his combine testing. The 6-foot, 200-pound prospect clocked in a 4.5-second 40-yard dash and then posted a 9.9-foot broad jump. Juluke is keen on the budding running back, who early on has already earned offers from Colorado, New Mexico, SMU, and most recently, Louisiana-Monroe. The LSU coaches will be in DeSoto, Texas, on Monday for a satellite camp and could get another look at Walker before eventually extending an offer his way.
Jeremiah Holloman, 2017 wide receiver (Covington, Ga.)
One of the stars of LSU’s camp was 2017 Georgia receiver Jeremiah Holloman. Making his first visit to LSU and Louisiana for that matter, the 4-star prospect stole the attention of Craig for much of his stay, and for good reason. Holloman, who measures in at 6-foot-2 and 191 pounds, clocked an impressive 4.47-second 40, a 40-inch vertical and 10 feet, 11 inches in the broad jump. Those physical gifts translated onto the field, where it looked as if no defensive back could keep pace with Holloman or stop him from hauling in passes. Both Craig and Miles had nothing but praise for the Peach State product. Expect the Tigers to go after Holloman very hard in the next few months.
Elite matchup between WR Jeremiah Holloman and Tre' Swilling pic.twitter.com/6d8xLFpZSc
— Sam Spiegelman (@samspiegs) June 10, 2016
Trey Palmer, 2019 wide receiver (Kentwood, La.)
Another 2019 prospect to garner an offer from the LSU coaches was Trey Palmer. The long, athletic wide receiver impressed during 1-on-1 and 7-on-7 workouts in front of Craig, then followed suit with Miles on hand. LSU’s head coach made an offer, then met privately with the rising sophomore in his office. The Kentwood (La.) High School product is 6-foot-1 and 163 pounds, and recently picked up an offer from SEC West foe Mississippi State. With LSU now targeting him, expect more schools to put Palmer on their radar, though LSU may have already made a lot of early progress.
Kyrin Jones, 2018 linebacker (Marrero, La.)
A lesser-known rising junior, Kyrin Jones is being hyped as the next great linebacker to come through John Ehret High School (Marrero, La.). The Class of 2018 prospect has been on Aranda’s radar for some time, and LSU’s defensive coordinator was paying close attention to Jones for much of the final practice session Saturday. Jones is going to replace LSU’s Michael Divinity Jr. on the Ehret defense this fall and will have an opportunity to sharpen his skill set even more. He already has good size and quickness and covered well against opposing wide receivers. He’s a name that should begin to draw a lot of interest during his junior year when he looks to take advantage a greater workload.
Sam Spiegelman covers LSU football recruiting for SECCountry.com and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Follow him on Twitter for the latest on who’s on their way to play in Tigers Stadium.