LSU’s much-anticipated showdown with Florida is now a home game for the Tigers. By default, it’s transformed into one last major recruiting weekend for the Tigers this fall.
Of course, after the season wraps up and a head coach is finally named, the team will begin hosting prospects for official visits.
Until then, interim coach Ed Orgeron and the recruiting staff are set to host another marquee guest list as they host SEC East foe Florida on Saturday afternoon.
- Myles Brennan, 4-star QB (Bay Saint Louis, Miss.)
- Neil Farrell, 3-star DL (Mobile, Ala.)
- Saahdiq Charles, 4-star OL (Madison, Miss.)
- Jontre Kirklin, 3-star ATH (Lutcher, La.)
- Patrick Queen, 4-star LB (Livonia, La.)
- Clyde Edwards-Helaire, 3-star RB (Baton Rouge, La.)
- Aaron Moffitt, 4-star DL (Baton Rouge, La.)
- Austin Deculus, 4-star OT (CyFair, Texas)
Because of IMG Academy rounds out its schedule on Saturday, LSU commits Grant Delpit and Jhamon Ausbon will be unable to make the trip. That also precludes target Dylan Moses from returning to Baton Rouge for the Tigers’ final home game, which is significant because as an early enrollee, time is winding down for LSU to try and flip the 5-starAlabama commit.
Brennan, Farrell, Edwards-Helaire, Queen, Moffitt and Charles are all returning after attending the LSU-Alabama game on Nov. 5. They have been regulars on the sideline for much of the fall, a positive sign for the team’s chances of holding tight.
Deculus will be making his return to LSU for the first time since the Mississippi State game. His high school team bounced out of the playoffs, giving Orgeron a prime opportunity to sell the stud offensive tackle on the program as the season winds down. Sources close to the Texas prospect have indicated he has wavered on his commitment a bit since the departure of Les Miles. A visit would surely go a long way in reaffirming the 4-star tackle’s pledge before he graduates in December and enrolls early.
It’s also worth noting that 3-star fullback pledge Tory Carter will be making his first official visit — to Michigan — on Saturday. Jim Harbaugh and the Wolverines have made a concerted effort to flip the Georgia native and have certainly caught his attention, despite being committed to LSU. Teammates Aubrey Solomon and Otis Reese have connections to Michigan. Solomon was a firm commitment earlier in the cycle and is still considering the Big Ten power. Reese, a 4-star 2018 safety that added an LSU offer during the July prospect camp, is also committed to Michigan. A resolution on LSU’s next coach would certainly help sort out the situation.
- Todd Harris, 4-star S (Plaquemine, La.)
- Al’dontre Davis, 3-star WR (Lutcher, La.)
- Marvin Wilson, 5-star DT (Bellaire, Texas)
- Phidarian Mathis, 4-star DL (Monroe, La.)
- Cam Akers, 5-star RB (Clinton, Miss.)
- Chase Rogers, 3-star TE (Bay Saint Louis, Miss.)
There is no underselling that three of LSU’s primary targets will be on hand this weekend. Harris has been a regular presence in Tiger Stadium, and this visit comes after he decided to extend his recruitment until National Signing Day. He remains a top target as a third safety in the Tigers’ 2017 haul.
Wilson will be making his first visit to LSU since the springtime after Coach O had visited the 5-star tackle over Halloween weekend. Wilson will unofficially visit along with his family, he told SEC Country, which opens the door for LSU to make a strong push for the No. 3 overall prospect in the 2017 class. LSU is not done with Wilson with Orgeron spearheading the Tigers’ late push.
Akers, who was also expected to visit for the Alabama game earlier this month, will also be on campus for the first game this fall. Akers was supposed to visit Michigan this weekend, but instead will be in Baton Rouge. Keep in mind that the Mississippi product has canceled visits to Alabama and Michigan over the past month.
Wilson and Akers are both priority recruits that Orgeron and his staff are putting the full-court press on. The 5-star back represents a major need for the Tigers as they look to replace Leonard Fournette after the season. An unofficial visit on Saturday could pave the way for LSU to host Akers for an official visit in December before he commits and enrolls early.
Mathis will be making a return trip to Baton Rouge after taking in LSU-Alabama earlier this month. That’s a positive sign for the 4-star Neville (La.) product, who is set to make a decision between the Tigers and Tide once his senior season wraps up in a few weeks. Mathis named LSU, Alabama and TCU as his finalists last month, and told SEC Country he’s a fan of the direction of the program under Orgeron.
Rogers will join his quarterback, Brennan, and make his inaugural visit to LSU less than a week after de-committing from Tennessee. Rogers, a 3-star recruit and St. Stanislaus (Miss.) High’s leading receiver, does not hold an offer from LSU — at least yet.
- Kelvin Joseph, 5-star DB (Baton Rouge, La.)
- Nadab Joseph, 4-star DB (Miami)
Kelvin Joseph has been a mainstay on the Tiger Stadium sidelines this fall, but this will mark the first-ever appearance at an LSU game for Nadab Joseph. The Miami standout defensive back was supposed to make the trip to Baton Rouge for the Alabama tilt but missed an early flight. Instead, he’ll be on hand for this rivalry game, where it’s certainly worth noting that the Gators recently extended an offer to the LSU commit.
- Billy Sonnier, QB/DL (Lafayette, La.)
2017 LSU class snapshot
LSU’s 19-member class is cemented as one of the top collections in the country. More impressive: its national ranking and overall talent can still improve thanks to the progress the Tigers have made with some of their top remaining targets.
Where it ranks?
LSU’s 2017 class ranks fourth overall and third in the SEC. It trails only Alabama (No. 2) and Georgia (No. 3).
For context purposes, the Tigers hold 19 firm pledges, including one 5-star recruit (JaCoby Stevens), 11 4-star talents and seven 3-star prospects.
The majority of LSU’s 2017 haul is comprised of blue-chip prospects. Even more impressive is that the Tigers are preparing to reel in elite players at key skill positions who will certainly bolster their depth at positions of need.
- JaCoby Stevens, 5-star S (Murfreesboro, Tenn.)
- Tyler Shelvin, 4-star DT (Crowley, La.)
- Austin Deculus, 4-star OT (Cypress, Texas)
- Jhamon Ausbon, 4-star WR (Bradenton, Fla.)
- Grant Delpit, 4-star S (Bradenton, Fla.)
- Kary Vincent Jr., 4-star CB (Port Arthur, Texas)
Breakdown by position
QB: 2 of 2
RB: 1 of 2
FB: 1 of 1
WR: 2 of 4
OL: 4 of 4
DL: 4 of 6
LB: 1 of 3
CB: 2 of 2
S: 2 of 3
Louisiana (6): Lowell Narcisse, Tyler Shelvin, Aaron Moffitt, Jontre Kirklin, Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Patrick Queen
Texas (4): Austin Deculus, Edward Ingram, Kary Vincent Jr., Mannie Netherly
Florida (2): Grant Delpit, Jhamon Ausbon
Mississippi (2): Myles Brennan, Saahdiq Charles
Alabama (2): Neil Farrell, Justin Thomas
Tennessee (1): JaCoby Stevens
Georgia (1): Tory Carter
West Virginia (1): Seth Stewart
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Posted by LSU Insiders on Wednesday, November 16, 2016
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