There is only one weekend remaining before National Signing Day arrives on Feb. 3.
After LSU hosted eight prospects last weekend and 15 on Jan. 15, the Tigers will meet first hand with a smaller, yet still integral group of talented prospects this weekend.
Here’s a breakdown of where some of the top committed prospects, as well as LSU’s top targets are heading this weekend.
Uncommitted national prospects
- Lindsey Scott, three-star QB, 5-foot-11, 205 pounds, Zachary, La.
- Scott Lashley, four-star OT, 6-foot-6, 300 pounds, West Point, Miss.
Analysis: Alas, LSU is bringing a quarterback onto campus. Scott, Louisiana’s Mr. Football in 2015, will take his final official visit of January to LSU after visiting Maryland, Rutgers and Tulane in recent weeks.
Scott is LSU’s best shot at nabbing a talented quarterback prospect, one that resides a few short minutes from the school’s campus. The dual-threat prospect helped lead Zachary High School (La.) to a state championship this past season while putting up video game-like numbers.
The issue is whether LSU’s oft-criticized offense will be a fit for Scott, a dynamic athlete that has thrived in a spread system over the years. Scott could be leaning toward the offenses at Maryland or Rutgers, which may be more conducive to his skill-set. That amps up the importance of this weekend, as the LSU coaches try to sell the quarterback on the school and land a quarterback commitment in its 2016 class.
For Lashley, LSU is making a late push to fill out one of its final spots with a third offensive tackle. The Tigers are strongly eyeing both Lashley and four-star Jauan Williams (Washington, D.C.), two big-bodied tackles that could potentially earn early playing time. Lashley is receiving a lot of interest from both Alabama and Mississippi State, but LSU will have a chance to make the final pitch to the four-star prospect.
Current LSU commits
- Andraez Williams, four-star CB, 6-foot-2, 166 pounds, Shreveport, La.
- Connor Culp, three-star PK, 5-foot-10, 185 pounds, Phoenix, Ari.
Analysis: The timing of Williams’ visit is quite fitting, as other SEC schools are making a late push for the four-star cornerback.
Last weekend, Williams officially visited Texas A&M, and it’s believed that the Aggies remain in the hunt to flip the longtime LSU commit. A potential flip could be detrimental, as Williams boasts a big frame and ball skills to be a key contributor in the Tigers’ secondary.
Williams remains a critical piece in the 2016 class. While there is still a feeling that the corner will remain solid with LSU, this weekend is of the utmost importance for solidifying that.
Culp is the lone placekicker in LSU’s class and is rated as the nation’s No. 9 prospect at the position. While solid with LSU, Culp also holds an offer from Army.
LSU commits heading elsewhere
- Memphis — Andre Anthony, four-star DE, 6-foot-3, 214 pounds, New Orleans
- Georgia Tech — Donavaughn Campbell, four-star OG, 6-foot-4, 347 pounds, Ponchatoula, La.
- Ole Miss — Drake Davis, four-star WR, 6-foot-4, 215 pounds, Bradenton, Fla.
Analysis: Campbell’s and Davis’ official visits have been planned for quite some time. Campbell’s older brother, Christian, is a quarterback at Georgia Tech, but fear not, LSU fans, as the four-star guard is solid with the Tigers.
Davis has previously admitted that a flip is possible, and the four-star wide receiver already visited Alabama earlier in January. Davis committed to LSU over Ole Miss at the start of the month in the Under Armour All-American Game, and while it would not be completely out of the realm of possibility to see Davis flip, the odds still favor LSU.
As far as Anthony goes, the decision to officially visit Memphis came late on Thursday night. The four-star defensive end has a relationship with Memphis assistant coach David Johnson dating back to the coach’s days at Tulane, where he was involved in Anthony’s recruitment early on. Anthony is simply exploring his other options, but don’t count on the talented New Orleans prospect making any rash decisions.
- Florida — Kristian Fulton, five-star CB, 6-foot, 177 pounds, Metairie, La.
- Ole Miss — Deontay Anderson, four-star S, 6-foot-1, 192 pounds, Manvel, Texas
- UGA — Jauan Williams, four-star OT, 6-foot-7, 303 pounds, Washington, D.C.
- South Carolina — Stephon Taylor, four-star DT, 6-foot-4, 292 pounds, New Orleans
- Ole Miss — Shyheim Carter, four-star CB, 6-foot, 190 pounds, Kentwood, La.
Analysis: Of course, two names on this list stick out — Fulton and Williams.
Fulton, a five-star cornerback, will make his last of three official visits to Florida, after spending the previous two weekends at Arkansas and LSU. The nation’s No. 2 corner has been also receiving non-stop attention from both the South Carolina and Texas A&M coaching staffs trying to claw back into the mix, but this is truly going to come down to LSU and Florida.
Fulton has been to The Swamp already, but this is a chance for the Gators coaching staff to roll out the red carpet for the Archbishop Rummel High School product. LSU made an in-home visit with the New Orleans area prospect this week and is out in front — for now — but must survive this all-important weekend to see Fulton commit to LSU on National Signing Day.
Williams is another name that has been thrust into the mix for LSU of late. LSU offensive coordinator Cam Cameron met with the four-star tackle in Washington, D.C. earlier this month, then coach Les Miles and offensive line coach Jeff Grimes followed up with him on Wednesday.
LSU is seemingly trying to add a third offensive tackle to its 2016 class, and Williams may be higher on the Tigers’ big board than Lashley, who will be on campus this weekend. Like Lashley, though, LSU faces major competition from a handful of other top-tier programs with Williams.
All player ranking and ratings are from the 247Sports Composite.