With 20 commitments on board, LSU’s final haul will be much more calculated and could take a bit more time.
So, when a question such as “Will LSU take a fourth wide receiver in the class?” pops up, the answer is more complex than “yes” or “no.”
There is a strong chance the Tigers take four wide receivers, but there’s a lot more that goes into that decision. One recent development has made that a more likely scenario, though.
3-star New Orleans wide receiver Racey McMath will not announce his commitment later this month, as he planned. McMath originally had hoped to choose between LSU and Mississippi State before the start of his senior season, which gets underway in just more than two weeks.
Instead, the 6-foot-3, 215-pound playmaker will continue to evaluate his options without feeling rushed to make a decision this early in the process.
“I think he just wanted some more time,” Brice Brown, McMath’s high school coach, told SEC Country. “I think he just wants to weigh his options more.”
The Edna Karr High School (New Orleans) standout has been on LSU’s radar for a while. Former recruiting coordinator Frank Wilson was the first to develop a relationship with McMath. That eventually was passed to running backs coach and area recruiter Jabbar Juluke, who coached McMath in high school.
Juluke communicates often with McMath and his high school coach. That interest eventually led to an offer by wide receivers coach Dameyune Craig during the team’s June prospect camp. McMath clocked a 4.40 40-yard dash and dominated in 1-on-1 workouts.
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Earning an offer from the in-state Tigers was a priority for McMath since February. That is when the LSU coaches started focusing their attention on the New Orleans wide receiver. Once McMath earned an offer, he trimmed his list to two schools: LSU and Mississippi State.
Sources close to the receiver indicate it’s a two-team race between the SEC West rivals. McMath has visited LSU several times since the spring, including Junior Day events, the June and July prospect camps and some unplanned visits with Craig. McMath also has made a handful of trips to Starkville, Miss., including both of the Bulldogs’ prospect camps this summer.
With McMath delaying his commitment, LSU might add him as the fourth wide receiver in its 2017 class. The Tigers’ other two wide receiver targets — 4-star Louisiana receiver Devonta Smith and 4-star Georgia receiver Jeremiah Holloman — are being pulled in other directions. Alabama should land Smith. Georgia, Tennessee and Miami are considered the favorites for Holloman.
McMath is an ideal fit for LSU given his physical style of play and incredible athleticism. He should thrive in a short-passing game. With 4.40 speed, McMath boasts SEC-caliber quickness to help fill the voids after the 2016 season by Travin Dural and Malachi Dupre. Expect Juluke and Craig to devote more attention to McMath this fall.
All rankings are provided by the 247Sports composite unless otherwise noted.
Sam Spiegelman covers LSU football recruiting for SECCountry.com and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Follow him on Twitter for the latest on who’s on their way to play in Tiger Stadium.