There will be a parade of LSU commits and targets on hand as the No. 20-ranked Tigers host Mississippi State in their SEC opener.
The most notable visiting commit will be Mannie Netherly, who was unable to make the trip last weekend after a minor ankle injury on Friday night. The trip to LSU is the first of a handful of official visits the 4-star wide receiver will take this fall before enrolling early in the winter.
Rated as the No. 32 wide receiver in the Class of 2017, Netherly has emerged as one of the most valuable members of LSU’s current class, a future playmaker to pad the team’s depth chart and a player-recruiter. The 6-foot-2, 183-pound athlete has helped other Houston-area prospects, including 4-star cornerback Kary Vincent Jr., make their way to LSU. He’s also close friends with 5-star offensive tackle Austin Deculus, 4-star safety Grant Delpit and 4-star wide receiver Jhamon Ausbon, all Tiger commitments and native Texans.
It’ll be Netherly’s first LSU home game, but far from his first visit to Tiger Stadium. His return is yet another positive sign for LSU’s relationship with Netherly, who has been to Baton Rouge several times dating back to the spring. Netherly attended Junior Day soon after procuring his offer from the Tigers. He returned again in March for an unofficial visit and competed in the elite prospect camp in July, a month after he committed.
Who else will make the visit?
LSU’s visitor list for Jacksonville State featured a bevy of blue-chippers, but this week’s haul of recruits tops that list tenfold.
Among 2017 commitments, both of the LSU quarterback pledges will be on hand, as will two wide receiver commits, including Netherly. JaCoby Stevens and Kary Vincent Jr. headline the out-of-state visitors making the short trek to Baton Rouge.
On to the targets: Mississippi State and LSU both are finalists for Racey McMath, who’ll be on hand. Christopher Allen and Vanderbilt commit Adam Sparks were at the Jacksonville State game, and Tennessee commit Cheyenne Labruzza and Todd Harris will join them this Saturday. So will Travis Etienne, who eventually could emerge as a running back target for the Tigers.
- Myles Brennan, 3-star QB (Bay Saint Louis, Miss.)
- Tory Carter, 3-star FB (Leesburg, Ga.)
- Saahdiq Charles, 3-star OL (Madison, Miss.)
- Stephen Guidry, 3-star WR (Hinds Community College)
- Clyde Edwards-Helaire, 3-star RB (Baton Rouge, La.)
- Lowell Narcisse, 4-star QB (St. James, La.)
- Patrick Queen, 4-star LB (Livonia, La.)
- JaCoby Stevens, 5-star S (Murfreesboro, Tenn.)
- Kary Vincent Jr., 4-star CB (Port Arthur, Texas)
- Aaron Moffitt, 3-star DL (Baton Rouge, La.)
- Racey McMath, 3-star WR (New Orleans)
- Todd Harris, 4-star S (Plaquemine, La.)
- Chris Allen, 4-star OLB (Baton Rouge, La.)
- Cheyenne Labruzza, 3-star CB (Albany, La.) *Tennessee commit
- Travis Etienne, 3-star RB (Jennings, La.)
- Adam Sparks, 3-star CB (Dutchtown, La.) *Vanderbilt commit
- Garrett Wallow, 3-star LB (River Ridge, La.)
- Justin Jefferson, 3-star WR (Destrehan, La.)
- Jabari Colston, 3-star DB (Loranger, La.)
- Johnathan Jones, ATH (Bossier City, La.)
Five-star cornerback Kelvin Joseph is the lone 2018 commit who will be on the sideline for Saturday’s contest, but he’ll be joined by a slew of notable targets. In-state standouts such as 5-star receiver Terrace Marshall Jr. and his teammate, 4-star quarterback Justin Rogers, will be there. So will former LSU commits Corione Harris and Devonta Jason, who both are considering the Tigers and Bulldogs. Louisiana’s top tight end Glenn Beal will visit, as will a pair of Archbishop Rummel (Metairie, La.) studs in Ja’Marr Chase and Aaron Brule, in addition to top Texas targets Miles Battle (WR) and Jalen Green (CB).
- Kelvin Joseph, 5-star CB (Baton Rouge, La.)
- Miles Battle, 4-star WR, (Houston)
- Terrace Marshall Jr., 5-star WR (Bossier City, La.)
- Justin Rogers, 4-star QB (Bossier City, La.)
- Glenn Beal, 4-star TE (New Orleans)
- Corione Harris, 4-star CB (New Orleans)
- Devonta Jason, 4-star WR (New Orleans)
- Ja’Marr Chase, 4-star WR (New Orleans)
- Aaron Brule, 3-star DB (New Orleans)
- Jermaine Eskridge, 4-star ATH (Tampa, Fla.)
- Jalen Green, 4-star CB (Houston)
- Michael Williams, QB (Baton Rouge, La.)
- Christian Trahan, 3-star TE (Sulphur, La.)
- Damone Clark, 3-star LB (Baton Rouge, La.)
- Kardell Thomas, 4-star OL (Baton Rouge, La.)
- Joseph Anderson, 4-star DE (Murfreesboro, Tenn.)
- Christian Harris, ATH (Baton Rouge, La.)
- Adonis Otey, ATH (Murfreesboro, Tenn.)
- Lance Wilhoite, WR (Nashville, Tenn.)
All ratings are from the 247Sports composite rankings unless otherwise noted.
Sam Spiegelman covers LSU football recruiting for SECCountry.com. Follow him on Twitter for the latest on who’s on their way to play in Tiger Stadium.