National Signing Day is nearly upon us, and LSU fans will need to pay attention for most of the day, as nationally renowned prospects who are considering the Tigers will be announcing their decision from the morning until early afternoon.
LSU is attempting to maintain the nation’s top-ranked recruiting class. But in order to do so, LSU will have to secure commitments from some of the top available prospects.
So, which prospects can we expect to pull out the purple and gold cap on Wednesday?
Here are five predictions for which remaining LSU targets will become signees on signing day:
1. Kristian Fulton, five-star cornerback, Metairie, La. — LSU, Arkansas and Florida are in a tight race heading toward the finish line on Wednesday. Fulton, the nation’s No. 2 cornerback, must decide whether he wants to remain home and play for the hometown Tigers, follow his friends and teammates and help usher in a new era at Arkansas, or carve out his own legacy at Florida. Regardless of where Fulton chooses, he will have a chance to earn immediate playing time as an impact contributor. LSU jumped out to an early lead after Fulton’s official visit there on Jan. 15, but it seemed as if the Gators were out in front for much of the fall. Arkansas’ late push and the in-home visit from seven of the Razorbacks coaches, including Bret Bielema, may have thrust them in front of Florida. Still, that may not be enough for Fulton to push aside his gut feeling. Prediction: LSU.
2. Trayvon Mullen, four-star cornerback, Pompano Beach, Fla. — Where Fulton lands should have no impact on what Mullen ultimately decides to do. Mullen has the confidence he can earn playing time wherever he goes — whether that’s LSU, Louisville, Florida State, Clemson or TCU. Mullen has been tight-lipped since he took his fifth and final official visit to LSU on Jan. 22. Mullen has stated a desire to be the next great cornerback to pass through “DBU” and was the recipient of an in-home visit from defensive backs coach Corey Raymond. While this race is especially tight, logic dictates one clear choice. Prediction: LSU.
3. Jauan Williams, four-star offensive tackle, Washington, D.C. — LSU made an intense push for the four-star tackle in the month of January, perhaps gaining a lot of ground and momentum heading into National Signing Day. However, Williams has been courted heavily by Florida State, while also garnering a lot of attention from the hometown Terrapins. The fact that LSU already secured commitments from Willie Allen and Jakori Savage may deter Williams from coming to Baton Rouge, La., particularly if his family is on the East Coast. LSU’s efforts were valiant, but there’s a possibility that they were a little too late. Prediction: Florida State.
4. D’Andre Christmas-Giles, four-star defensive tackle, New Orleans — Christmas-Giles has
been one of the more interesting recruits to monitor over the past couple of months. A former Tennessee commit, Christmas-Giles de-committed from the Volunteers after his recruitment took off late in the fall.
The decision to reopen his recruitment coincided with an offer from none other than LSU. Upon the de-commitment, Christmas-Giles told SEC Country that the offer held a lot of weight. Since then, LSU has consistently been included in Christmas-Giles’ top 10, top five and final three. Both Texas and TCU have made strong pushes for the New Orleans defensive lineman, who is unfazed by the depth of defensive tackles already embedded in LSU’s 2016 class. Prediction: LSU.
5. Deontay Anderson, four-star safety, Manvel, Texas — Safety is arguably LSU’s biggest need on the defensive side of the ball heading into 2016, which places an even greater importance on the Tigers’ pursuit of the nation’s No. 1 safety, Anderson. The Texas native provided rave reviews of his official visit to LSU on Jan. 22, but there is a realistic expectation that Anderson saved the most important visit for last. Anderson may ultimately wind up at an SEC West rival, but that is not a result of LSU’s or Raymond’s relentless attempt to lure the stud safety to Baton Rouge, La. Prediction: Ole Miss