With an unexpected bye week, momentum has been building leading into LSU’s home contest against Southern Miss.
With Ed Orgeron at the helm, LSU is expected to host another wide range of recruits Saturday night at Tiger Stadium, including a number of highly touted commits and top targets.
It’s certainly worth noting that amid LSU’s coaching change, the recruiting aspect — for the most part — has remained steady. That includes luring out-of-state prospects like Neil Farrell and Saahdiq Charles — all of whom received visits last Friday when the assistants were on the road — as well as top linebacker Patrick Queen — back onto campus for another visit and bringing top defensive line target Isaiah Buggs to consecutive home games.
- Patrick Queen, 4-star LB (Livonia, La.)
- Neil Farrell, 3-star DL (Mobile, Ala.)
- Saahdiq Charles, 3-star OL (Madison, Miss.)
- Isaiah Buggs, 4-star DL (Mississippi Gulf Coast C.C.)
LSU DL commit to officially visit SEC rival
Much of LSU’s defensive line crop for 2017 will be in Tiger Stadium come Saturday. One exception: 3-star defensive end Justin Thomas.
The Alabama native is scheduled to officially visit SEC West rival Arkansas. The trip to Fayetteville, Ark., comes just three months after the 6-foot-5, 255-pound pass rusher picked up an offer from the Razorbacks.
Thomas committed out of the blue in mid-August. After Les Miles was fired in September, Thomas told SEC Country he needed to consult with his family and coaches about his future.
Area recruiter Dameyune Craig and Orgeron have spearheaded Thomas’ recruitment. LSU remains in a strong position to hold on to the dynamic defensive lineman as he evaluates his options.
LSU DB commit heading to Notre Dame
Four-star LSU safety pledge Grant Delpit is locked into the 2017 class, but will make his way to South Bend, Ind., for the annual Notre Dame-Stanford tilt this weekend.
It will be an official visit.
Delpit already has been to LSU for the first game of the Orgeron era and is expected make it in due time for his official. The elite defensive back also may make official visits to Texas, Texas A&M and Florida by the end of the fall.
Nonetheless, Delpit is solid in his commitment to the Tigers. He’s a New Orleans native with family nearby in Louisiana and the Houston area. He’s a key piece to LSU’s new chapter of standout secondary players.
4-star tackle commit draws Harbaugh visit
Austin Deculus, LSU’s 4-star offensive tackle commit from the Houston area, will have a special visitor on hand for his game Friday evening.
No, it isn’t Jim Harbaugh, but Michigan’s Jay Harbaugh is in town and will be taking in the Cy-Fair (Texas) High School game.
In May, Deculus committed to LSU over Michigan, though at the time it was not a very close race. Of course, Deculus’ recruitment was spearheaded by offensive line coach Jeff Grimes and former coach Les Miles played a pivotal role. With Miles out, Deculus may be more willing to listen to other schools as they try to swoop in on the No. 8 offensive tackle in the 2017 class.
Deculus has preached patience with LSU’s coaching change and is not an immediate candidate for a flip. He is a longtime fan of the Tigers and there’s little to sway him in another direction thus far. He visited for the Mississippi State game and is expected back for an official visit later on this fall. He’s a key component to the 2017 class, which is expected to include at least four offensive linemen.
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