The LSU coaching staff has taking advantage of every opportunity in the days leading up to its camps over the next two weekends, and will have a chance to make a pitch to one of the top rising juniors from Louisiana on Tuesday.
Class of 2018 weak-side defensive end/outside linebacker Juan Monjarres is set to unofficially visit LSU.
The 6-foot-2, 204-pound prospect from St. Augustine High School (New Orleans) will make the visit along with his sister. It will be the first of several trips from the Crescent City to Baton Rouge, La., for Monjarres, who also plans to attend LSU’s elite prospect camp later this month.
The 3-star prospect is rated as the nation’s No. 11 weak-side defensive end in the Class of 2018, but could play either on the defensive line or as a stand-up outside linebacker in the Tigers’ 3-4 scheme. To play on the line, Monjarres would have to add some weight, but he has plenty of time to do over the next two years.
Monjarres is expected to spend time with defensive line coach Ed Orgeron and area recruiter Jabbar Juluke while on LSU’s campus. Both assistant coaches may come hard after the in-state talent after what was an impressive spring in which he earned offers from Tulane, Troy, Kentucky Christian and Jackson State.
Monjarres was one of the top performers at Nike’s “The Opening” regional camp in New Orleans in April. He beat Alabama offensive tackle commit Alex Leatherwood in one-on-one drills, then got past Ole Miss commit Ben Brown on two out of three turns. It should come as no surprise that the St. Augustine product was named the defensive line MVP for the camp. 2017 LSU defensive tackle commit Tyler Shelvin participated in the same camp.
Also of note, Monjarres clocked a 4.12 shuttle time at the combine. In the classroom, he boasts a 4.0 GPA.
Check back with SEC Country for more on the visit.