LSU’s commitments took the field this weekend as Friday nights under the lights continued.
The Tigers hold 19 commitments in their 2018 recruiting class and seven in their 2019 group. Members of both classes enjoyed memorable performances.
SEC Country will provide weekly updates on each LSU commitment, including statistics and highlights.
Here’s what went down during Week 4 (Sept. 21-Sept. 23):
Kelvin Joseph, 4-star DB
LSU’s highest-rated defensive back commitment is on a mission this season.
Joseph collected 8.5 tackles, including 2 for loss, but did most of his damage on special teams duties. Joseph piled up 110 yards on two punt returns, including a 65-yard punt return for a touchdown to keep Scotlandville (La.) High School undefeated.
While Joseph fielded the punt at his team’s own 35-yard-line, the 6-foot-2, 190-pounder backed up all the way to his 10-yard-line at one point. While the box score credits him for 65 yards, this was closer to a 90-yard return with about five broken tackles in the process.
Jarell Cherry, 4-star DE/OLB
Cherry turned in another spectacular effort for Dallas Carter (Texas) High. The aggressive pass rusher managed a sack, four tackles for loss and a fumble recovery as he continues to make a living in opposing backfields this fall.
Damone Clark, 4-star LB
Clark turned in yet another solid performance as the leader of the Southern University (La.) Lab defense.
The 4-star linebacker — who played middle and outside linebacker, as well as some snaps lined up at defensive end — registered five tackles, including two for loss, and forced a fumble in the victory.
Dare Rosenthal, 4-star DL
The 6-foot-7, 330-pound Rosenthal continues to wreak havoc on opposing offensive lines. This week, Ferriday’s (La.) High School’s versatile big man recorded six tackles, including three for loss, and ended the night with three sacks in the 24-0 win.
Ar’Darius Washington, 3-star DB
LSU’s Swiss Army Knife was at it again.3 touches, 132 yards, 2 TD
Washington, the 3-star defensive back pledge from Evangel (La.) Christian Academy, needed only 3 touches to produce 132 yards and a pair of touchdowns. They both occurred in the opening minutes of Evangel’s area rivalry game against Parkway (La.) High School.
Washington returned the game’s opening punt 85 yards down the sideline for a touchdown. Moments later, he punched it from 8 yards out to quickly double the lead.
— Tim Owens (@TimONBC6) September 23, 2017
— Tim Owens (@TimONBC6) September 23, 2017
Micah Baskerville, 3-star LB
Baskerville was a force in Evangel’s smothering defense in the shutout against Parkway. Baskerville, the quarterback of that defense, recorded seven tackles and forced a turnover with an interception.
Cameron Wire, 3-star OT
Expect Wire’s pancake count to become a weekly staple in this piece as the season continues.
Last week, LSU’s prized tackle commitment mustered 14 in his first start of the season. This week, he again reached double digits for 10 on the night. Wire was effective in East Ascension’s rushing attack and kept his quarterback upright in the pocket.
Dantrieze Scott, 3-star DE/OLB
LSU’s edge rusher commit continues to make plays on both sides of the ball. In Ferriday (La.) High School’s 24-0 rout of Rayville (La.) High School, Scott hauled in a 27-yard touchdown reception.
Additionally, Scott made his presence felt on the defensive side of the ball, too. He finished the game with seven tackles, including four for loss, in addition to three sacks.
Chris Curry, 3-star RB
After missing the past few weeks of game action due to the threat of Hurricane Irmy in Florida, Curry returned to action on Friday and nearly picked up where he last left off. Curry churned out 90 yards on 22 carries.
Curry suffered a minor right ankle injury, which sidelined him toward the end of the night.
Nelson Jenkins, 3-star DL
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— Amos Morale III (@Amos_MoraleIII) September 23, 2017
Zach Sheffer, 3-star H-Back
With injuries to key members of the Nease (Fla.) High School offense, Sheffer has been forced to take an unorthodox role. Nonetheless, he’s taking to it quite well.
The 3-star H-Back commitment was a force in the running game, amassing 103 yards on just 12 carries. That’s good for an 8.5 yard-per-carry average, not to mention the pancakes he laid down as a blocker.
Ja’Quon Griffin, 3-star DL
Yet again, LSU’s defensive line pledge in Georgia was only needed for one half of football. Still, Griffin was a force.
The projected defensive end managed four tackles, including two for loss in Rome (Ga.) High’s 62-0 rout on Friday.
Odds and ends
- Davin Cotton, the state’s top-ranked defensive lineman and LSU commitment, is expected to miss the entire season due to an undisclosed leg injury.
- Jaray Jenkins, a 3-star WR commitment, is expected to miss an extended period after sustaining a fractured tibia earlier this month in Jena (La.) High’s opener. Jenkins underwent surgery on Sept. 11.
- Tae Provens, the Tigers’ 3-star running back pledge from Alabama, sat out a third consecutive week as he nurses a minor ankle injury.
Maurice Hampton, 4-star DB
Hampton turned in another strong performance on Friday. The 4-star defensive back has been challenged to play a lot of snaps on the offensive side of the ball and produced another touchdown. Defensively, the stud corner managed two pass breakups as opposing offenses continue to throw away from Hampton.
Tyrion Davis, 4-star RB
Hundred-yard performances on the ground have become a norm for LSU’s 2019 running back commitment this season.
Davis looked to continue that trend in Southern University (La.) Lab’s first victory of the season, in which he opened the scoring with a 50-yard touchdown run. In the video below, you can see fellow 2019 blue-chipper and LSU offensive guard commitment Kardell Thomas paving the way for him down the field.
Davis followed that with even more touchdown runs of 95 yards, 10 yards and 5 yards. The 4-star tailback accounted for well over 215 yards and four scores this week.