Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Eye on the Tigers, a rundown of everything happening in LSU Tigers recruiting, with Sam Spiegelman. Today, we discuss the official visitor list ahead of the Dec. 8-10 weekend in Baton Rouge. Several longtime LSU commits are heading back to town, plus one major uncommitted defensive line target.
Official visitor list for this weekend
There will be two more significant recruiting weekends on tap before the early signing period arrives on Dec. 20-22. The LSU coaching staff has planned it so that the majority of longtime commitments will be back in town, either for this weekend or the next so that they can ink their letters of intent as soon as they’re able to later this month.
Additionally, each weekend there will be a handful of uncommitted targets on hand, those who are planning on signing early or those who are expected to graduate and enroll early.
Here is the list of confirmed official visitors for Dec. 8-10 weekend:
- Travez Moore, 3-star DE/OLB (Wesson, Miss.) — LSU commit
- Tae Provens, 3-star RB (Gurley, Ala.) — LSU commit
- Nelson Jenkins, 3-star DL (Plaquemine, La.) — LSU commit
- Cole Smith, 3-star OL (Pontotoc, Miss.) — LSU commit
- Dominic Livingston, 3-star DT (Houston)
Commits, early enrollees head to town
Moore, Provens, Jenkins and Smith comprise the longtime LSU commitments returning to Baton Rouge for their official visits this weekend. Both Provens and Smith are on track to graduate from high school later in December and enroll at LSU in January. Clark is attempting to do the same, but it remains up in the air still.
The LSU coaches have been out on the road since the end of November and early on this month checking in on all 19 of their verbal commitments, pushing to lure them on campus for early official visits and to sign their letters of intent when the early signing period arrives on Dec. 20. That has worked with all four of these commits.
Provens, Moore, Smith and Jenkins have remained solid despite some pushes from rival schools. Provens has been outspoken about his commitment to LSU despite schools such as Louisville and Auburn continuing to stay in touch.
Mississippi State has tried to push Smith off his commitment to LSU. His father played in Starkville, but Smith has stuck with the Tigers. Texas, TCU, Florida and Alabama all showed interest in Jenkins, who suffered a season-ending leg injury midway through his senior season. Once Dennis Johnson took over his recruitment, Jenkins stayed true to LSU.
Dominic Livingston visit looms large
Livingston is the lone uncommitted prospect heading to LSU this weekend for his first visit to campus. Orgeron offered the 3-star defensive tackle in October, which led to his de-commitment from Texas A&M just a few weeks later.
Orgeron has since been in the Houston area twice during the contact period, going in-home with Livingston before he scheduled his official visit to LSU. With 3-star Georgia defensive lineman Ja’Quon Griffin de-committing from the 2018 class a few days ago, there is now a wide-open spot in the Tigers’ class for a prospect such as Livingston, who Orgeron has taken a liking to this fall.
Livingston is certainly a prospect worth monitoring for a commitment this weekend. The Aggies, now under new coach Jimbo Fisher, have remained in contact with the 6-foot-3, 340-pound defensive tackle and could get him back on campus ahead of the early signing period. It remains to be seen whether LSU’s push since October will be strong enough to steer him out-of-state.
The Tigers are in need of a true nose tackle in their 2018 class and Livingston fits the bill. He ranks as the No. 31 tackle in the nation, per the 247Sports Composite rankings.
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