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Five-star defensive tackle Ishmael Sopsher visited Alabama for the spring game last Saturday.

Will 5-star DT Ishmael Sopsher wind up at LSU or Alabama?

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That’s a tough one to call, Jon, but I understand the importance of Ishmael Sopsher in this year’s recruiting class.

Sopsher, the No. 1-ranked defensive tackle in the Class of 2019, has long been a priority target for LSU. He earned an offer from coach Ed Orgeron as a sophomore within days of landing the interim job in 2016. Before that, Orgeron was Sopsher’s personal recruiter in Tangipahoah Parish.

The 5-star defensive lineman was at LSU a handful of times this spring, including elite junior day and the first day of spring practices in March. The only other visits he has made were to Texas A&M last week and the Alabama spring game last Saturday.

Naturally, the Tide’s success recruiting Tangipahoah Parish and in particular, Amite (La.) High School, gets LSU fans very worried. Understandably so, if I may add.

Nick Saban and his staff poached 4-star defensive back Shyheim Carter out of Kentwood (La.) High in 2016. They followed suit in 2017 with 4-star receiver DeVonta Smith, who was the hero in the national championship game. In 2019, there’s a trio of prospects from the area that the Tigers are hopeful of landing, including Sospher as well as 4-star wideouts Trey Palmer and Devonta Lee.

While Sopsher made his way to Tuscaloosa, Ala., for A-Day, it was his first time back on campus in almost a year. He has been to Baton Rouge several more times during that same span, which should not be overlooked because he opted not to attend the LSU spring game.

It’s also worth noting that Sopsher is a family-first person. He is extremely close with his parents and his older brother Rodney, who’s currently at community college nearby. Wherever Sopsher chooses to play his college football, it will be close enough so that his family can be there on Saturdays, which naturally gives LSU a unique advantage.

With that said, he isn’t honing in on one school at the moment. LSU has its edges in several different departments, but Sopsher is just beginning take visits elsewhere. When the time comes to make a decision in February, I still feel confident he winds up sticking with the Tigers.

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