Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Eye on the Tigers, a rundown of everything happening in LSU Tigers recruiting, with Sam Spiegelman. Today, we discuss the long list of unofficial visitors at LSU for the start of spring football practice.
Louisiana prospects take in first LSU practice
BATON ROUGE, La. — LSU’s spring football practice got underway earlier on Sunday, which unsurprisingly coincided with an impressive group of unofficial visitors at the indoor facility.
Here is who SEC Country spotted during the allotted 20-minute media viewing session:
- Derek Stingley Jr., 5-star CB, Baton Rouge, La.
- Ishmael Sopsher, 5-star DT, Amite, La.
- Kardell Thomas, 5-star OL, Baton Rouge, La. (LSU commit)
- Tyrion Davis, 4-star RB, Baton Rouge, La. (LSU commit)
- Donte’ Starks, 4-star LB, Marrero, La.
- Christian Harris, 4-star ATH, Baton Rouge, La.
- Trey Palmer, 4-star WR, Kentwood, La.
- Devonta Lee, 4-star WR, Amite, La.
- Chester Kimbrough, 4-star CB, New Orleans
- Quinton Torbor, 4-star WR, Destrehan, La.
- Jordan Clark, 3-star DB, Baton Rouge, La.
- Michael Hollins, 3-star RB, Baton Rouge, La.
- Greg Brooks Jr., 3-star DB, Harvey, La.
- Donald Clay Jr., 3-star DB, New Orleans
- Za’bein Wilson, 3-star ATH, New Orleans
- Chandler Fields, 3-star QB, New Orleans
- Chris Akporoghene, 3-star OL, Bradenton, Fla.
- Sam Saxton, QB, Austin, Texas
- Koy Moore, 4-star WR, New Orleans
- Trenton Grow, ATH, Edgard, La.
- Ja’Marr Chase, 4-star WR, New Orleans
- Cameron Wire, 3-star OT, Gonzales, La.
- Kenan Jones, 4-star WR, Berwick, La.
- Damone Clark, 4-star LB, Baton Rouge, La.
- Jaray Jenkins, 3-star WR, Jena, La.
Tidbits from campus
Of the 2019 visitors, it’s certainly worth noting that several 5-star recruits were on hand to see the action. That includes priority targets like Stingley and Sopsher, as well as Harris, who recently garnered his offer from LSU, in addition to priority 4-star targets in Starks, Palmer and Lee.
LSU is in the lead for Stingley, who has been a regular at campus all spring. Seeing the team’s thin depth chart at corner is an appealing selling point for the 5-star Baton Rouge product, who was keeping close tabs on that position group for the bulk of the afternoon.
The same can be said for Sopsher, whose last visit was to Baton Rouge for the January elite junior day. Based on proximity to home, Sopsher is continuing to nurture his relationship with the new coaching staff. Dennis Johnson and Ed Orgeron are both leading the charge for the state’s No. 1-ranked prospect.
Torbor, Kimbrough, Clark and Hollins are some of the notable visitors who made their way to campus without offers. LSU has been careful about which in-state prospects have been offered thus far, but with needs in the backfield and in the secondary, these are some of the top prospects in Louisiana to keep an eye on.
Two notable prospects that were not spotted at LSU on Sunday were 4-star New Orleans cornerback Devin Bush and 4-star Destrehan running back John Emery Jr. Bush released a list of five finalists earlier in the week and sources close to the elite corner informed SEC Country that he and his family made an unofficial visit to campus on Friday. Members of the Edna Karr coaching staff were on the sidelines for the practice, taking a look at alums Andre Anthony and Racey McMath.
Emery has made unofficial visits to Oklahoma, Auburn and Michigan, with the latter two coinciding with both of LSU’s junior day functions. Sources close to the 4-star running back expect him on campus for some spring practices. One source indicated that out-of-state schools are tabbing the Tigers as the team to beat, which makes a return visit to Baton Rouge in the near future all the more likely. Don’t expect a decision soon, but Emery is planning to trim his impressive offer list down to five ahead of his senior season.
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