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Today, we discuss why AJ Carter’s offer from LSU carries significant weight, who attended Friday’s session of the elite high school and other tidbits from the important recruiting function.
Carter becoming a priority at RB
Without question, the buzz around campus on Friday was LSU pulling the trigger on an offer for Many (La.) High School running back AJ Carter. Carter, a 3-star prospect, camped at LSU upon the request of Ed Orgeron and Tommie Robinson in spite of his verbal commitment to UCLA.
Carter measured in at 6-foot-1 and 220 pounds, then clocked a 4.6-second 40 time. After impressing Robinson in position workouts and in 7-on-7 drills, Carter earned an offer from Orgeron.
More specifically, Carter became the first Louisiana tailback to land an offer from the Tigers. Orgeron offered Carter in his office over lunch, then walked with him throughout campus and onto the turf in Tiger Stadium.
The coaching staff has grown very high on Carter and multiple sources states that the North Louisiana standout will find his way into LSU’s 2018 class.
Of course, LSU took Chris Curry’s commitment on Thursday and leads for elite Alabama 4-star back Harold Joiner. Perhaps the team is inclined to reel in three backs this class, but there’s a growing confidence that Carter will be a part of it.
It’s worth noting that Carter left campus committed to UCLA, but those in the running back’s circle believe LSU is the lone team that could shake that pledge. His family is comprised of LSU fans and are encouraging Carter to play college football close to home.
Closed-door meetings with Jason, Palmer, Lee and the Josephs
After the morning session of Friday’s camp, members of the LSU staff held private closed-door meetings with several notable prospects, including Devonta Jason, Trey Palmer, Kelvin Joseph, Nadab Joseph and Devonta Lee.
Jason, a one-time LSU commit and current Kansas verbal, visited Baton Rouge before heading to Dallas for the Pylon 7-on-7 National Championships. The 6-foot-3, 219-pound 4-star wide receiver met with Orgeron, Austin Thomas and receivers coach Mickey Joseph, who has continued to prioritize Jason despite his current commitment.
Jason has been receptive to LSU’s pitch and his family is in touch with Joseph on a daily basis. Jason will make a final decision in December. An improved look on offense sandwiched with the proximity to his home in Algiers makes LSU a legitimate landing spot.
The same can be said for Palmer and Lee, who met with offensive coordinator Matt Canada. Canada is the wide receiver duo’s Tangipahoa Parish recruiter and has been pushing hard for both the elite 2019 recruits. Canada spent time with them during camp and in a private meeting before they departed for Dallas.
LSU defensive backs coach Corey Raymond spent much of Thursday and Friday with the two Josephs, the building blocks of the team’s 2018 defensive backs core. Both have been considered shaky in their commitments, but both seem likely to remain put in the class thanks to work done by Raymond.
Kelvin worked out at corner, in the slot and at safety on Friday, while Nadab saw reps at corner and safety. They’re both extremely versatile and both are receptive to Raymond’s coaching methods. That’s a key reason why both are expected to stick with LSU despite strong pushes from Alabama, UGA and Florida State, among others.
- Kelvin Joseph, 2018 4-star DB (LSU commit)
- Nadab Joseph, 2018 4-star DB (LSU commit)
- RJ Mickens, 2020 DB
- Kenan Jones, 2018 4-star (LSU commit
- Max Johnson, 2020 QB
- Devonta Lee, 2019 5-star WR
- Trey Palmer, 2019 4-star WR
- Cole Smith, 2018 3-star OL (LSU commit)
- Devin Brumfield, 2018 3-star RB
- Nakobe Dean, 2019 4-star LB
- Bill Norton, 2019 DL
- Dorian Camel, 2018 3-star DB
- Glenn Beal, 2018 3-star TE
- Quintin Gibson, 2018 JUCO QB
- Kardell Thomas, 2019 5-star OL (LSU commit)
- Damone Clark, 2018 4-star LB (LSU commit)
- AJ Carter, 2018 3-star RB (UCLA commit)
- Tyrion Davis, 2019 4-star RB (LSU commit)
- Jacquez Jones, 2018 3-star LB
- Jacobi Bellazin, 2020 WR (TCU Commit)
- Jesse Guidry, 2020 WR
- Tyler Guidry, 2019 DE/TE
- Troy Hurst, 2018 ATH
- Will Reichard, 2019 PK
- Antonio Joseph, 2019 RB
- Mikaya Tongue, 2019 ATH
- Caleb Johnson, 2018 3-star LB
- Ladarrius Bishop, 2018 3-star CB
- Jamie Vance, 2020 CB
- Frank Wilson IV, 2020 CB
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