Last weekend, LSU’s hosted a slew of major 2017 commits and targets for the rout of Southern Miss.
Dylan Moses, Christopher Allen, Patrick Queen and Lowell Narcisse were all on hand, and that theme should continue as the Tigers resume SEC play on Saturday.
LSU is expected to host a handful of its vital 2017 commits, including two from Mississippi and even more that selected the Tigers over division rival Ole Miss.
Additionally, LSU will host 4-star Amite (La.) wide receiver Devonta Smith for the first time this fall. Smith, considered an Alabama lean, has kept his recruitment open after nearly committing in August and previously named the in-state power a finalist. LSU’s communication had fallen off earlier this fall, but has picked back up since Ed Orgeron took over as interim head coach and thanks to Dameyune Craig’s valiant efforts.
Here’s the confirmed guest list for LSU’s home game against Ole Miss:
- Tyler Shelvin, 5-star DT (Crowley, La.)
- Lowell Narcisse, 4-star QB (Saint James, La.)
- Myles Brennan, 3-star QB (Bay Saint Louis, Miss.)
- Clyde Edwards-Helaire, 3-star RB (Baton Rouge, La.)
- Saahdiq Charles, 3-star OL (Madison, Miss.)
- Aaron Moffitt, 3-star DL (Baton Rouge, La.)
- Patrick Queen, 4-star LB (Livonia, La.)
- Mannie Netherly, 4-star WR (Crosby, Texas)
Brennan has been a mainstay at Tiger Stadium on Saturdays, but missed the previous two home games because of family and school obligations. LSU’s other quarterback commit, Narcisse, made his first visit to LSU of the fall last Saturday. Orgeron has already made his way to Mississippi’s coast to check in with Brennan.
Shelvin will be making a return visit to LSU after being requested back to Tiger Stadium by his primary recruiter, Orgeron. Shelvin was on hand for a home game earlier this season. This will be his first trip under Orgeron’s direction.
Edwards-Helaire has also been a regular on the sidelines, but is paying close attention to the atmosphere in Death Valley for this all-important SEC tilt. Charles holds an offer from Ole Miss and is making his second visit to LSU this season. The same also goes for Netherly, who took in LSU’s inaugural home game against Jacksonville State.
Queen has been a regular presence at LSU on Saturdays as well. The Rebels pose a threat to LSU’s chances of holding on to the athletic linebacker after he officially visited Oxford, Miss., last month.
- Devonta Smith, 4-star WR (Amite, La.)
- Todd Harris, 4-star DB (Plaquemine, La.)
Harris has already been to LSU several times this fall, so another trip seems natural considering both the Tigers and Rebels are among the 4-star safety’s finalists. Harris is slated to make his commitment at the Under Armour All-America Game on Jan. 1, 2017, so this visit could carry added weight.
This is Smith’s first visit to Tiger Stadium, and one interesting thing to note is whether the wide receiver brings his family and teammates with him. Craig has boosted LSU’s chances of landing Louisiana’s top-ranked prospect, but challenged Smith to bring his mother to Baton Rouge with him. Additionally, Smith’s Amite (La.) High School teammates, 2019 5-stars Devonta Lee and Ishmael Sopsher, could also make the trip to LSU as well.
- Jammal Houston, 3-star ATH (Marrero, La.)
- Jalen Preston, 4-star WR (Manvel, Texas)
- Trent Gordon, DB (Manvel, Texas)
Arguably the top athlete in Louisiana’s 2018 class, Houston was on the precipice of committing to LSU over the summer when he procured his offer. However, he held back and is contemplating several SEC overtures, including one from Ole Miss. He was offered by defensive backs coach Corey Raymond as a corner, but Houston may elect to wait to see if Craig will over him on the offensive side of the ball.
Preston’s first offer came from LSU, but this will be his first visit to Baton Rouge this fall. He’ll be joined by teammate, standout defensive back Trent Gordon, who attended the game against Mississippi State. Gordon camped at LSU in June and drew high praise from area recruiter Bradley Dale Peveto and secondary coach Corey Raymond.
- Chandler Fields, dual-threat QB (New Orleans)
- Grant Gunnell, 4-star pro-style QB (St. Pius, Texas)
- Ishmael Sopsher, 5-star DL (Amite, La.)
- Devonta Lee, 5-star WR (Amite, La.)
These two standout sophomore signal-callers will be at LSU on Saturday. Gunnell, the No. 3 pro-style passer in the 2019 class, visited LSU over the summer, but did not land an offer. Since then, he’s procured offers from Oklahoma State, Texas, Texas A&M, Florida and Houston, but remains hungry for an offer from the Tigers. Fields is in the discussion to be Louisiana’s top-rated quarterback in 2019. He broke his collarbone earlier this season, but has been impressive under center since earning playing time for Holy Cross as a freshman in 2015.
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