Happy Friday, LSU fans.
From basketball to football to recruiting, it was quite a week for the Tigers fans. Thursday, in particular, was quite busy.
Here are six things to know:
- During a visit to McKinley High School (Baton Rouge, La.), President Barack Obama gave a shout out to LSU freshman sensation Ben Simmons. To entice the crowd, the president called Simmons “an OK basketball player.”
- LSU offensive coordinator Cam Cameron made a trip to Maryland to visit with Dwayne Haskins. The four-star Terrapins quarterback commit has yet to waver from his commitment, but Cameron and LSU are continuing to try to bring Haskins to LSU’s campus for an official visit before National Signing Day arrives.
- LSU defensive end Lewis Neal announced he will return for his senior season. Neal led the Tigers with eight sacks in 2015, and is the second LSU defensive lineman to indicate he will be back for 2016.
- LSU cornerback Tre’Davious White will reportedly also return in 2016. White led the Tigers in pass breakups with seven and finished fifth on the team in tackles.
- LSU target Rashard Lawrence was visited in-home by members of both the LSU and Ohio State coaching staffs on Thursday. LSU sent defensive line coach Ed Orgeron and special teams coordinator Bradley Dale Peveto to Monroe, La. to meet with the state’s top-ranked prospect.
- LSU running backs coach and recruiting coordinator Frank Wilson was named the next head coach of the University of Texas at San Antonio. Wilson was previously considered a candidate for the Tulane job, and creates a difficult void to fill for the Tigers, particularly in recruiting.
Other LSU news from around the Internet
- The Advocate’s Scott Rabalais wrote that Antonio Blakeney and Tim Quarterman saved the day for LSU against Ole Miss. Despite a huge night out of Rebels standout Stefan Moody, Quarterman came through with 13 of his 14 points in the final 11 minutes, and Blakeney scored 10 of his 15 points in that same span.
- NOLA.com’s Julie Boudwin reported that former LSU commit Dylan Moses will transfer from University Lab to IMG Academy. University Lab, located in Baton Rouge, La., is seconds away from LSU’s campus. IMC Academy in Bradenton, Fla. is has become a hot spot for the nation’s top recruits.