LSU pulled off an impressive feat by nabbing five commitments in as many days last month.
In doing so, the Tigers bolstered their 2017 recruiting class with a pair of dynamic offensive linemen (Austin Deculus and Saahdiq Charles), the nation’s top junior college wide receiver Stephen Guidry, versatile defensive lineman Aaron Moffitt and underrated fullback Tory Carter.
So, who’s next?
As the summer heats up and the Class of 2017 prospects near the start of their senior seasons, announcements are about to take place. SEC Country examined four LSU targets that may soon commit to the Tigers before summer’s end:
Grant Delpit, 4-star safety (Bradenton, Fla.)
Delpit has emerged as one of the superstar prospects at his position this spring, and now ranks at the No. 9 safety in the country.
The 6-foot-4, 181-pound defensive back’s recruitment ballooned this spring, soon after he added an offer from LSU.
Since then, that offer sheet expanded to 30 schools, including national powerhouses such as Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Michigan and Texas.
LSU beat the pack by offering the New Orleans native who was displaced by Hurricane Katrina at age 6 in February. Since then, the 4-star prospect made two visits back to his home state during the spring, and recently told SEC Country that he’ll be announcing his decision next month at Nike’s “The Opening” finals.
The LSU coaches have maintained constant communication with Delpit, even bringing him in for their satellite camp in Houston last week to solidify their stance with the elite safety.
Defensive backs coach Corey Raymond began to build a strong rapport with Delpit during the spring and views the talented defender as the next Jamal Adams.
Delpit could be the next elite prospect to commit to LSU in July. He will represent the first secondary target in the class in what should be a small, but elite group of defensive backs.
Racey McMath, 3-star wide receiver (New Orleans)
McMath spent much of the spring waiting on an offer from LSU and finally earned one after impressing the coaches during testing and in one-on-one competition.
The 6-foot-3, 200-pound wide receiver has a longstanding bond with area recruiter Jabbar Juluke, who has known McMath since middle school. This spring, McMath spent time with wide receivers coach Dameyune Craig, who was so impressed with his film that he couldn’t understand why he didn’t hold an offer already.
Days after procuring the offer from the in-state Tigers, McMath remained unsure of what might be next in his recruitment.
Before earning the offer at LSU, the 3-star receiver made a second visit to Alabama and left without an offer, though the Tide coaches are keeping an eye on the New Orleans native. McMath visited Mississippi State for a second time since receiving an offer from the SEC West rival, and plans to visit Florida next to see whether or not the Gators will follow LSU’s lead.
Because of the relationship with the Tigers’ coaches and the fit in the modified passing game, McMath will likely end up at LSU. Along with current LSU wide receiver commit Guidry, the Tigers will have both a physical, possession sort of receiver, as well as an explosive downfield playmaker in their 2017 class.
Expect McMath to solidify his decision closer to the end of summer before his senior season.
Joe Anderson, 3-star defensive end (Wesson, Miss.)
Anderson has recently surfaced on LSU’s radar, and the top-ranked junior college strong-side defensive end is a clear-cut candidate to earn an offer — and commit — at some point this summer.
The 3-star Louisiana native attended LSU’s Bayou Picnic in late May, then returned to campus a few weeks later to test during the team’s first high school camp. The 6-foot-4, 285-pound defensive line fared well, and if and when he returns to camp in July, could finally earn that much-anticipated offer.
Anderson, who played his high school football at Riverside Academy (Reserve, La.), told SEC Country he is confident that he will earn an offer from LSU, who has already jumped to the forefront of his recruitment.
Defensive line coach Ed Orgeron is very high on Anderson, who could be an ideal fit for LSU’s new 3-4 defensive front. A commitment from Anderson also means the Tigers might wind up with the nation’s No. 1 junior college strong-side end and weak-side end, if they nab a commitment from Isaiah Buggs, too.
Anderson has a desire to return close to home and play for the Tigers, and it appears that an offer will be waiting for him in July. The elite defensive lineman is a candidate to commit as soon as that offer rolls in.
Jammal Houston, athlete (Marrero, La.)
Houston is the lone Class of 2018 prospect to crack the list, but certainly fits the criteria.
The rising junior prospect has seen his recruitment taken off since the summer camp circuit got underway. The 6-foot-2, 171-pound athlete shined at Mississippi State’s prospect camp, showing out against 2018 LSU defensive back commit Corione Harris. He drew the attention of both Craig and Raymond the following day, as LSU is now courting him as a defensive back.
Houston boasts blistering speed, which is always something that will get the attention of the Tigers coaches. He clocked in a 4.45-second 40 in Baton Rouge, La., last weekend, then followed suit with a 4.42 at the Tulane/Texas A&M joint camp in New Orleans days later.
The LSU coaches have Houston working out in secondary this summer in order to show out at camp in July, where he could very well land his first SEC offer. The John Ehret High School (Marrero, La.) product is a candidate to commit on the spot if and when the in-state Tigers offer, he told SEC Country.
Houston would give LSU another talented defensive back in its already substantial 2018 class, along with current commits Harris, Kelvin Joseph and Nadab Joseph.
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.