National Signing Day is merely a week away.
With that being said, LSU is looking to put the finishing touches on the nation’s No. 1 recruiting class. However, it cannot be overstated just how important those final three to four pieces are.
Here’s a look at LSU’s small, but critical big board for defensive targets:
TOP REMAINING TARGETS
Kristian Fulton, five-star, Metairie, La.
Where LSU stands: Arguably the last and most critical piece remaining in LSU’s 2016 recruiting class, Fulton will essentially be a game-day decision. The five-star prospect will choose from LSU, Arkansas and Florida, as he continues to be courted by South Carolina and Texas A&M. However, LSU remains in the best position after making major headwaves during his official visit to Baton Rouge, La. on Jan. 15. Fulton is fond of the vision that defensive backs Corey Raymond has for him, but the Gators continue to put the full-court press on the New Orleans native. Fulton is the No. 2 cornerback in the nation.
Shyheim Carter, four-star, Kentwood, La.
Where LSU stands: LSU was seemingly out of the mix for the Louisiana native, but a twist earlier this week came when Carter took an unofficial visit up to the LSU campus. Alabama, Ole Miss and Miami have long been leading the way for the former Alabama commit, but it’s hard to count out LSU just yet. LSU is working on bringing Carter back on campus again before signing day, and the fact that the cornerback has two children may factor into his decision. While LSU is not out in front for Carter, the Tigers are inching closer. Carter is the No. 9 cornerback in the nation.
Trayvon Mullen, four-star, Pompano Beach, Fla.
Where LSU stands: Coming off the official visit, LSU seems to be one of the favorites for Mullen, who continues to say that his five finalists — LSU, Florida State, Clemson, Louisville and TCU — are all in the mix. The four-star prospect is finished taking official visits, which bodes well for the Tigers, who had the last chance to make a lasting impression. LSU has only one cornerback commit in its 2016 class in Saivion Smith, and even if the Tigers land Fulton, they may want to pad their depth with Mullen or Carter, too. LSU faces tough competition from both Florida State and Clemson for the Florida corner. Mullen is the No. 6 cornerback in the country.
Deontay Anderson, four-star, Manvel, Texas
Where LSU stands: Anderson wrapped up his official visit to LSU last weekend, and the safety will head off to Ole Miss for the final weekend of the recruiting season. Ole Miss has long been considered the favorite for the Texas native, though LSU is not completely out of the running. However, with two safeties already included in the 2016 class, Anderson is more inclined to chose the Rebels. He is the No. 2 safety in the nation.
D’Andre Christmas-Giles, four-star, New Orleans
Where LSU stands: One of the fastest-rising prospects across the nation, Christmas-Giles has been courted by numerous schools in both the SEC and the Big 12 before finally narrowing down his top three to LSU, Texas and TCU. The four-star defensive tackle is set to take his fifth and final official visit to Ole Miss this weekend after stops at Texas A&M on Jan. 22 and LSU the weekend prior. Christmas-Giles has expressed a lot of admiration for LSU, his hometown team, and is unfazed by the fact that the Tigers have three other commitments at the same position in their 2016 class. As it stands today, Christmas-Giles could further bolster LSU’s defensive line by throwing on a purple and gold hat come signing day. Christmas-Giles is the No. 34 defensive tackle in the country.
Stephon Taylor, four-star, New Orleans
Where LSU stands: LSU may have cracked Taylor’s top five, but the Tigers were unable to bring the New Orleans prospect onto its campus for an official visit. Instead, the four-star defensive tackle visited Texas and Florida State, and is set to end January with an official visit to South Carolina. Over the past few weeks, both Texas and Florida State have gained major traction with Taylor. LSU is likely a distant third or fourth on his list. Taylor is the No. 29 defensive tackle in the nation.
All player ranking and ratings are from the 247Sports Composite.