Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Eye on the Tigers, a rundown of everything happening in LSU Tigers recruiting, with Sam Spiegelman. Today, we discuss the next wave of offers that could be dished out by LSU as junior day events begin to pop up.
Which new 2019 offers being dished out?
There are merely three spots remaining in LSU’s 2018 recruiting class, so as Ed Orgeron and Co. look to close out the current class strong, they are also beginning to turn the page onto the much-anticipated 2019 class in Louisiana.
LSU already holds commitments from four of the top-20 2019 in-state prospects and offers have been made to nine of the top-10.
Could more be dished out in the next few days?
As LSU’s elite junior day events rapidly approach, new overtures are expected to be distributed. Keep in mind that last year at this time, Orgeron offered a wealth of the Class of 2018 prospects leading up to the annual “Boys From The Boot” recruiting function. That includes Nelson Jenkins, who pounced on the offer and flipped from Kansas right away.
Who could be next?
Quinton Torbor, 4-star WR, uncommitted (Destrehan, La.)
LSU is putting the finishing touches on an impressive four-receiver haul in 2018, which will likely be sealed with 4-star wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase on National Signing Day on Feb. 7. The team already has offers out to the top two in-state wideouts in 2019, including 4-stars Devonta Lee and Trey Palmer, not to mention a handful of out-of-state targets.
Once the attention is officially on the 2019 group, expect Mickey Joseph and Jerry Sullivan to take a hard look into Quinton Torbor at Destrehan. One of the best prospects in the state, Torbor is a yards-after-catch specialist with a big frame. He has visited a handful of times and remains in contact with Joseph. The timing of the offer is critical, too, as Torbor may look to shut things down early.
Chester Kimbrough, 4-star CB, uncommitted (New Orleans)
Much like the circumstances with Torbor, LSU has already put its horse in the race for top in-state corners Derek Stingley Jr. and Devin Bush. Chester Kimbrough is a long, athletic man-to-man specialist that defensive backs coach Corey Raymond is a huge fan of, but may be waiting before extending an offer.
Kimbrough camped out at LSU last June and was by far one of the top performers. No offer was extended, though.
Kimbrough has seen his recruitment take off in recent months and has solidified himself as one of the best lockdown corners in the state. However, with an early commitment from 4-star corner Maurice Hampton Jr., and being in the lead spot for both Stingley and Bush, that may prevent LSU from offering Kimbrough this early in the process.
It will be interesting to see what Raymond has in store for Kimbrough this spring. Too late of an offer would certainly hurt the Tigers’ chances of keeping the Warren Easton standout in-state. However, with offers out to out-of-state targets such as Bobby Wolfe, Erick Young and Marcus Banks, among others, it could get interesting.
Jordan Clark, 4-star DB, uncommitted (Baton Rouge, La.)
Jordan Clark put together an impressive junior campaign for state champion University High School. The versatile defensive back sees action at corner, safety and in the nickel, and the latter may be where Raymond targets the 4-star prospect if and when he extends an offer.
Clark has been a regular inside Tiger Stadium and Raymond has been courting him for months. LSU seems resolute on taking only one safety in 2018 in Kelvin Joseph, but will lose John Battle and Ed Paris Jr. after the season. Clark is fully capable of being the nickel safety that the Tigers did not bring in for this current class.
Charvis Thornton, 4-star ATH, uncommitted (Baton Rouge, La.)
It remains unclear what position best suits electric 4-star athlete Charvis Thornton, but his ability to play both sides of the ball and return both kicks and punts has garnered the attention of both Orgeron and running backs coach Tommie Robinson early on.
Thornton remains one of the more under-the-radar prospects in The Boot for 2019, but the 6-foot, 180-pound athlete is squarely on LSU’s radar. He can work in the slot and out of the backfield, not to mention to secondary. He may garner an offer early, but will certainly be a prospect that will camp at LSU in the summertime to find his best spot on the field.
Two of Thornton’s teammates at Southern Lab — 5-star offensive guard Kardell Thomas and 4-star running back Tyrion Davis — are already committed to the Tigers. Thornton is one of the top uncommitted prospects in the state and one of several Southern Lab players sitting on LSU’s watch list along with athlete Tyler Guidry and defensive backs Anthony Shaffer and Kendarius Moses.
Billy Sonnier, 3-star DE, uncommitted (Lafayette, La.)
Billy Sonnier drew a visit from Orgeron during the December contact period and has expressed a desire to shut down his recruitment sooner rather than later. The 6-foot-6, 225-pound athlete is a pure pass-rusher, but is still raw. LSU would prefer for him to camp there to get a better gauge of his abilities, much like Dantrieze Scott did a year ago before committing.
Sonnier has already been open about his interest in staying in-state and will certainly be among the notable visitors for junior day functions in the weeks to come.
Christian Harris, 3-star ATH, uncommitted (Baton Rouge, La.)
One of the best pure athletes in the state, Christian Harris can play a multitude of different roles at the next level. That includes wide receiver, tight end, H-back or linebacker. At 6-foot-2 and 230 pounds, it will be up to a prospective coaching staff to decide where he best fits.
Harris has worked out at LSU for several summers in a row, but has drawn the attention of Joseph in recent months. With his speed, strength and incredible natural athleticism, Harris could be taken as the athlete in the Tigers’ 2019 class with a position to be determined down the line.
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