LSU’s elite prospect camp will get going Thursday, July 21 and last through Saturday, July 23.
During that time, some of the nation’s top prospects in the 2017, 2018 and 2019 classes will be on hand to compete against one another in front of the entire LSU coaching staff.
This week’s crop of attendees yet again features the best of the best, with nationally sought-after talents in addition to current commits and targets way up on LSU’s wish list. Some of those targets have yet to procure an offers from the LSU coaches. The staff may have watched them at a recent camp, during a summer unofficial visit or discovered them during a satellite camp tour in June.
As always, the LSU coaches will dish out a handful of scholarship offers to some of the top prospects they encounter. While there will be hundreds of quarterbacks, skill players and linemen in Baton Rouge, La., here are six prospects that are likely to leave camp with an LSU offer:
Kyrin Jones, 2018 linebacker (Marrero, La.)
Jones made an appearance at LSU’s June camp on the final day, but was immediately thrust into action with Dave Aranda’s linebacker group. The 6-foot-1, 205-pound rising junior impressed, too, and has since been in contact with Aranda and some of the other LSU coaches leading up to this week’s camp.
The Class of 2018 standout is preparing to start for the John Ehret High School (Marrero, La.) defense in place of now-LSU linebacker Michael Divinity Jr. Jones already boasts a high football IQ, which was on display during the June camp in one-on-one drills.
If Jones is able to replicate that performance against some of the higher-caliber talent that will be on campus this week, consider the outside linebacker a likely candidate to earn an offer from the in-state Tigers.
Jalen Mayden, 4-star quarterback, 2018 (Sachse, Texas)
Rated as the country’s No. 6 dual-threat quarterback in the Class of 2018, Mayden has been in contact with LSU offensive coordinator Cam Cameron for some time now. The 6-foot-2, 208-pound signal-caller did not attend the team’s first prospect camp last month, but weeks later attended its satellite camp at North Shore High School (Houston).
Mayden spent a large portion of the afternoon working one-on-one with Cameron, who is believed to love the Texas quarterback. The rising junior also spent a good chunk of time chatting up coach Les Miles after the Houston event, where he was privately asked to visit Baton Rouge, La., for this week’s camp.
LSU already holds a commitment from another Texas quarterback, Zadock Dinkelmann, for its 2018 class, but there has been little contact between the two sides for quite some time. The LSU staff is very inclined to target another big arm like Mayden, especially if he continues to impress with his arm and athleticism like he did last month in Houston.
Brad Stewart, 4-star defensive back, 2017 (New Orleans)
Stewart already boasts one of the most impressive offer sheets of any defensive back in the country, and for good reason. The 4-star defensive back, who is largely considered a corner, is physical, but can also lock down the toughest of wide receivers.
The 6-foot, 194-pound New Orleans native is set to compete at LSU’s elite prospect camp to round out his summer tour, where he made stops Miami, Florida, Florida State, Auburn, Mississippi State and, most recently, Alabama. Stewart boasts 39 offers, but Louisiana’s No. 7-rated prospect does not hold one from the in-state power.
That could change quite quickly during camp once defensive backs coach Corey Raymond gets a chance to watch Stewart hold down some of the top receiving talent that will be on hand. Raymond tends to flock toward speedy defensive backs, but there’s a good chance he walks away rather impressed with Stewart’s game as well.
The McDonogh 35 High School (New Orleans) standout has made several visits to LSU’s campus since the spring, including “Junior Day” and the Tigers’ spring game. He has always had interest in the in-state program, but was slighted by the fact that he didn’t have an offer. Stewart has continued to explore options other than LSU, but an offer this week could certainly shake things up as he establishes himself among the nation’s elite defensive backs.
Juan Monjarres, 3-star defensive end/outside linebacker, 2018 (New Orleans)
Much of LSU’s 2018 class has been centered around defensive backs, wide receivers and other skill players, but Monjarres could be the first in-the-trenches prospect embedded in the class.
The 6-foot-2, 204-pound edge-rusher plays both defensive end and outside linebacker for St. Augustine High School (New Orleans). The rising junior is rated as the No. 11 weak-side end in the country for the Class of 2018 and proved as much during Nike’s regional camp for The Opening in New Orleans when he beat Alabama tackle commit Alex Leatherwood and Ole Miss tackle commit Ben Brown to earn defensive line MVP honors. And yeah, LSU 5-star defensive tackle commit Tyler Shelvin participated in that same camp.
Monjarres made an unofficial visit to LSU’s campus earlier this month and met with defensive line coach Ed Orgeron, area recruiter Jabbar Juluke and strength and conditioning coach Tommy Moffitt. During the stop, the LSU coaches asked Monjarres to return to Baton Rouge, La., and compete in the camp to further discuss earning an offer.
This spring, the raw, athletic edge-rusher earned offers from Tulane, Troy, Jackson State and Kentucky Christian following an impressive spring. If the New Orleans native can utilize the strength and speed he displayed at The Opening regional this spring against some of the top offensive linemen at the camp, he’ll be a prime candidate to land an offer and potentially commit on the spot.
Terrell Bailey, 3-star cornerback, 2017 (Marrero, La.)
Raymond has been keeping track of Bailey dating back to the spring. Bailey, rated as the No. 14 overall prospect in Louisiana in this current recruiting cycle, made a handful of visits to LSU in February before his offer sheet began to swell up.
The 3-star New Orleans cornerback reports 16 offers, including ones from SEC schools Texas A&M, who is the prohibitive favorite, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, South Carolina, Tennessee, Arkansas and Vanderbilt. While he doesn’t hold an offer from the in-state Tigers, a strong outing at camp could certainly change things.
The 6-foot, 175-pound corner based his top nine around which schools had been showing the most interest in him. While he doesn’t hold an offer from LSU, Raymond has remained in touch with Bailey and his coaches, trying to lure the talented in-state prospect up to the camp to compete.
LSU could add another cornerback to its 2017 class this week, but may elect to offer Bailey as well if he shows out against some of the top wide receiver talent. Bailey has held a strong view of LSU despite considering his other options, and an offer could definitely alter the direction of his recruitment.
Fabian Franklin, 4-star running back, 2018 (Hattiesburg, Miss.)
LSU may be able to secure two — perhaps three — running backs from the Class of 2017. Either way, the team may be more inclined to include more prospects at the position as it looks ahead to the Class of 2018.
Juluke has his sights set on a number of rising junior running backs, including Franklin, the 4-star back from Mississippi. The 5-foot-11, 195-pound prospect is rated as the No. 5 running back in the nation for next year’s class and the Magnolia State’s No. 1 overall player. LSU has done a fine job of recruiting its neighboring state, evident by the commitment by 3-star lineman Saahdiq Charles and 3-star quarterback Myles Brennan, not to mention the strong relationship with fellow 5-star Mississippi native Cam Akers.
Franklin holds offers from Alabama, Georgia, Ole Miss, Mississippi, Tennessee and Michigan, but remains resolute on procuring one from the Tigers. He’ll head to Baton Rouge, La., after participating in The Vols’ prospect camp Thursday and Friday.
An offer to Franklin may certainly be on the way, assuming he shows out when he arrives at camp. The LSU coaches are already well aware of the talented back, but may be electing to hold out on extending the overture until they get a better picture of their 2017 running back class. Nonetheless, Franklin is a name to keep an eye on for both an offer and subsequent commitment either at camp or a little further down the road.
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.