LSU has begun to piece together its 2017 recruiting class, but it remains far from complete.
The Tigers’ new-look coaching staff has secured commitments from a defensive tackle, a running back and two athletes that could be used all across the field.
Moving forward, LSU will need to address the quarterback position, the secondary, defensive line and linebacking corps, and continue to restock at a handful of other spots.
Here are five prospects that have been in touch with the LSU coaches and could earn offers from the school in the coming weeks:
Bryan Jones, four-star DE, 6-foot-5, 240 pounds (Baton Rouge, La.)
Jones is days removed from his second unofficial visit to LSU, where he met with coach Les Miles face-to-face after he requested the chance to speak with the Jones Family.
The nation’s No. 6 strongside defensive end maintains a strong relationship with defensive line coach Ed Orgeron, a coach he has holds tremendous admiration for given his track record of producing success college and NFL talent.
At 6-foot-5 and 240 pounds, Jones boasts tremendous size and the ability to compete in the SEC — so much so that Miles told the prospect he has what it takes to a lineman at LSU.
If and when an offer comes from the Tigers, don’t expect an immediate commitment. Jones told SEC Country he would consider all of his options before making a pledge, but conceded LSU would hold a favorable advantage.
Rayce McMath, three-star WR, 6-foot-3, 200 pounds (New Orleans)
One of the premier prospects out of New Orleans, McMath could pick up an offer from LSU at conceivably any moment.
The LSU coaches are extremely high on the big, physical wide receiver, and have told him as much.
McMath told SEC Country that first-year wide receivers coach Dameyune Craig called the prospect’s film “one of the best” he has seen.
McMath remains early in the recruiting process and holds offers from Mississippi State, Colorado State and Memphis, among others. However, many expect LSU, Alabama and Florida to offer in due time.
The receiver admitted that LSU holds a strong advantage given his longtime relationship with running backs coach Jabbar Juluke, but needs to meet Craig in-person. Another visit to Baton Rouge, La., could very likely result in an offer and — possibly — a commitment.
Keldrick Carper, four-star ATH, 6-foot-3, 185 pounds (Plain Dealing, La.)
One of The Boot’s most dynamic athlete in the Class of 2017, Carper has generated interest across the SEC of late.
UGA, Arkansas, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas A&M and Vanderbilt are among the teams that have already extended an offer in Carper’s direction.
The state’s No. 10 prospect, Carper competes at both wide receiver and cornerback. He could fit at a need at either position for LSU, which proves his versatility to the in-state Tigers.
Carper has picked up four SEC offers in as many days, so LSU must be paying attention as it tries to avoid losing one of the nation’s premier athletes from leaving the state.
LSU close be close to offering, but may need to meet with Carper at the next Junior Day event.
He could be a dynamic addition to a 2017 class that’s already loaded with the state’s top athletes, and his versatility gives LSU some wiggle room as it pieces together the rest of the crop.
Josh Clarke, three-star OLB, 6-foot-3, 225 pounds (New Orleans)
There is no denying LSU’s need for linebackers in its 2017 class.
The Tigers have secured a commitment from in-state prospect Patrick Queen, who the coaches envision filling in at outside linebacker next year.
However, LSU has yet to offer one of the state’s top prospects at the position in Clarke.
The three-star prospect is rated as the nation’s No. 39 outside backer. Fittingly, he has already garnered attention from across the SEC.
Arkansas, Florida, UGA, Ole Miss and Tennessee are among Clarke’s 16 reported offers, but one key offer still eludes him.
After attending LSU’s “Boys From The Boot” event in early February, Clarke told SEC Country he’s willing to do whatever he can to try and earn an offer from LSU.
Given the need at the position and the prospect’s budding relationship with Juluke, an offer seems to more of a “when” proposition than an “if” one.
Terrell Bailey, three-star CB, 5-foot-11, 175 pounds (Marrero, La.)
One of the elite prospects in New Orleans this recruiting class, Bailey began to garner interest from the SEC early.
Arkansas and Tennessee were the first two schools to offer the standout cornerback.
Since then, Bailey’s recruitment has begun to pick up, but he remains without an offer from the in-state Tigers.
After meeting with the coaches during LSU’s “Boys From The Boot” junior camp, Bailey told SEC Country he remains resolute on picking up an LSU offer.
The LSU coaches plan to visit Bailey when John Ehret High School’s spring practices get underway and aim to bring him back on campus.
As it currently stands, Bailey is one of Louisiana’s top talents, but isn’t rated accordingly. It would not come as a surprise to see him shoot up multiple rankings into the top 10-12 prospects as 7-on-7 practices start and his senior season begins.
LSU may wait before offering Bailey, but will have to stave off a lot of competition for the budding prospect. However, it seems as if the coaches already have a keen eye on him as perhaps the next component of “DBU.”