The Les Miles firing has yet to cause a shakeup in LSU’s 2017 recruiting class … just yet.
LSU’s top remaining target, 5-star outside linebacker Dylan Moses, however, has altered two of his plans for the rest of the fall.
- Moses added a new official visit — to Houston — set for Oct. 9
- Moses has pushed back his decision date. It was originally scheduled for Dec. 15 and is now cemented as Jan. 1, 2017, at the Under Armour All-America Game.
January 1, 2017 ?
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On the new official visit
With Houston on the way in, one official visit is on the way out. The nation’s No. 1 linebacker is still expected to be in Tuscaloosa, Ala., on Saturday to watch the defending national champs host Kentucky.
Moses also had tentative official visits slated for Miami vs. Florida State (Oct. 8), Texas vs. Iowa State (Oct. 15), UCLA vs. Southern Cal (Nov. 19) and Ohio State vs. Michigan (Nov. 26). Recruits are only allotted five official visits, and with Alabama on Saturday and Houston minted for Dec. 9, the Southern Cal-UCLA game has been pushed to the curb.
Also worth noting
Two of these official visits are to programs with prospective LSU coaches.
Florida State’s Jimbo Fisher and Houston’s Tom Herman are on the team’s short list of head coaching candidates, along with interim coach Ed Orgeron and, likely, a few others.
The departure of Miles certainly doesn’t bode well for LSU’s chances of reeling Moses back into its grasp, but it doesn’t rule out the Tigers just yet either. Who is hired to take over the program — and which assistants are retained — will be critical to Moses’ decision.
On the decision date
With the official visit to Houston in store for Dec. 9, it makes sense that Moses would be hard-pressed to settle on his commitment a week later. That’s why he’s tentatively scheduled to now announce his decision on Jan. 1, 2017, at the Under Armour All-America Game.
The 5-star outside linebacker also told 247Sports that he will try to visit LSU before finalizing his plans.
In other words, Moses is adding an official visit to a school whose head coach is likely going to be in the mix for the LSU vacancy. He also admitted that he’ll try to make it to Baton Rouge at some point this fall before he commits.
The standout recruit is merely taking his time, gathering as much information and considering all of his options before making a commitment. LSU was considered the frontrunner — before Miles received the ax — which has certainly thrown a curveball in Moses’ recruitment.
LSU hasn’t been eliminated in the race whatsoever. If anything, considering an impending coaching change and other schools creeping into contention, the Tigers remain in good shape with Moses prolonging the process a few weeks to wait until the uncertainty is settled.
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Harbaugh, Michigan making a push for Carter
LSU’s recruiting class could be in the flux should major changes be on the horizon.
For now, all 20 commits in the 2017 class have reaffirmed their pledge to the Tigers, though most have a close eye on the team to see what’s next.
LSU promoted Orgeron, defensive line coach and ace recruiting coordinator, to interim head coach after firing Miles and offensive coordinator Cam Cameron. The rest of the assistants on the staff remain there, although some have been shifted into different roles.
The continuity — for now — has helped the team hold tight from a recruiting standpoint.
LSU 3-star fullback commit Tory Carter publicly reaffirmed his commitment to the Tigers earlier this week. Carter, who hails from Leesburg, Ga., is the nation’s No. 3 fullback in the 2017 cycle and was recruited by Orgeron. However, it was LSU’s downhill running attack, which heavily utilizes a fullback, that drew him to commit to the team during his first visit to Baton Rouge in May.
With change inevitably on the horizon, one notable Big Ten coach has tried to sway Carter in a new direction.
Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh, who offered the 6-foot-2, 255-pound fullback in May after he committed to LSU, called Carter on Tuesday evening and again pleaded his case, a source told SEC Country.
“He’s recruiting him hard,” the source said.
Carter was entrenched as a solid pledge in LSU’s class — before the firing of Miles and Cameron — but like many other recruits is likely in a wait-and-see mode at this juncture in his recruitment. The biggest question marks for Carter is who LSU hires to be the full-time head coach after the season and what kind of offense will be installed.
The Peach State fullback seeks to play in an offense that caters to the fullback, which have become few and far between at the highest level of college football. If LSU were to implement a true spread attack and fail to take advantage of the fullbacks moving forward, Carter may be on the hook as a potential flip candidate. Michigan is arguably the other biggest offer he holds.
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