We are two days out from National Signing Day.
LSU secured its 23rd commitment in its 2016 class on Sunday with quarterback Lindsey Scott, which leaves upward of five more spots available leading up to Wednesday.
With five spots open, here are LSU’s five biggest targets left on the recruiting big board:
TOP REMAINING TARGETS
1. Kristian Fulton, five-star CB, Metairie, La.
Where things stand: The nation’s No. 2 cornerback is down to three. Fulton wrapped up his official visits over the weekend when he went to Florida. He has previously disclosed to SEC Country that the race is “as close to even as it gets.” The 6-foot, 177-pound recruit is weighing the notion of choosing LSU and staying close to home, being a prominent part of the future at Arkansas or carving out of his own path at Florida. Fulton and his family will begin the process of possibly narrowing the field down to two leading up to National Signing Day, when he’ll ultimately announce his decision.
Confidence level: LSU, 60 percent.
2. Jauan Washington, four-star OT, Washington, D.C.
Where things stand: LSU has made a late push for Williams, with members of the coaching staff visiting him in the nation’s capital multiple times last month. Additionally, LSU offensive coordinator Cam Cameron flew to Houston, Texas, to meet with Williams’ uncle, who accompanied the tackle during his official visit to LSU on Jan. 22. Williams could wind up wearing the purple and gold, but LSU has stark competition from Florida State and Maryland. The need for Washington grows exponentially should the other top tackle on LSU’s board, Scott Lashley, commits to Mississippi State or Alabama on Tuesday.
Confidence level: LSU, 35 percent
3. Trayvon Mullen, four-star CB, Pompano Beach, Fla.
Where things stand: Mullen saved his final official visit to LSU for the weekend of Jan. 22, but never counted out any of the schools he included in his top five. Mullen has showed confidence in his ability to nab early playing time at LSU, as well as Florida State, Clemson, Louisville and TCU, his other finalists. Mullen may be dissuaded from LSU should Fulton ultimately commit there, which likely bodes well for Florida State and Louisville. However, Mullen made a late unofficial trip to Louisville, perhaps sealing the cornerback’s fate.
Confidence level: LSU, 55 percent
4. Scott Lashley, four-star OT, West Point, Miss.
Where things stand: Decision day is nearing for Lashley, who will decide between LSU, Alabama or Mississippi State on Tuesday instead of waiting until National Signing Day. The 6-foot-6, 300-pound tackle made his final official visit to LSU over the weekend, but the question remains as to whether it was enough to push him off Mississippi State. The hometown Bulldogs have long led the race for Lashley, who instantly would be the highest-rated tackle in Dan Mullen’s 2016 class and would have a chance to compete for playing time.
Confidence level: LSU, 25 percent
5. D’Andre Christmas-Giles, four-star DT, New Orleans
Where things stand: LSU is gaining momentum with the New Orleans defensive tackle. Christmas-Giles told SEC Country that the offer from the hometown Tigers meant a lot. He then took his first official visit of January to LSU along with a star-studded cast of local prospects. Christmas-Giles was a high school teammate of Jamal Pettigrew, who committed to LSU in January as a tight end. He recently narrowed the field down to three — LSU, TCU and Texas — and plans to announce his decision on National Signing Day.
Confidence level: LSU, 70 percent
NEXT THREE TARGETS
6. Shyheim Carter, four-star CB, Kentwood, La.
Where things stand: Momentum between Carter and LSU quickly slowed down as the reported unofficial visit to Baton Rouge, La., early last week. Carter has kept LSU in the loop throughout his recruitment, but has Alabama, Ole Miss and Miami out in front with National Signing Day rapidly approaching. Barring anything unexpected, LSU won’t be able to land the in-state athlete.
Confidence level: LSU, 10 percent
7. Deontay Anderson, four-star S, Manvel, Texas
Where things stand: LSU would have loved to be more in the mix for one of the nation’s premier safeties, especially given the team’s major void at the position entering the spring. While Anderson did give LSU rave reviews after an official visit there on Jan. 22, the Texas native has long been connected to Ole Miss, where he visited last weekend.
Confidence level: LSU, 20 percent
8. Stephon Taylor, four-star DT, New Orleans
Where things stand: LSU may have cracked Taylor’s top five, but the hometown Tigers couldn’t even get the New Orleans high school standout to Baton Rouge, La., for an official visit last month. Taylor’s true top three is comprised of Florida State, South Carolina and Texas. Taylor’s teammate, Clifford Chattman, recently pledged to the Seminoles, which could entice Taylor to follow. South Carolina has made a strong late push and had him on campus the final weekend of recruiting season. Barring a late change of heart, Taylor won’t wind up at LSU.
Confidence level: LSU, 15 percent