Florida edged out LSU for 4-star New Orleans wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase, who announced his verbal commitment to the Gators on Sunday after an unofficial stop in Gainesville this weekend.
LSU, which holds commitments from two wide receivers in its 2018 recruiting class, is still in need of more depth at the position. With Chase now heading out of state and elsewhere in the SEC, where will the Tigers turn to at wide receiver?
Terrace Marshall, 5-star
Terrace Marshall is still five months out from giving his commitment on Dec. 22, but the 5-star wide receiver and No. 10 overall prospect in the 2018 class is likely going to be the centerpiece of the Tigers’ 2018 recruiting class.
Marshall and his family visited Baton Rouge last month after he named LSU as one of his four finalists. With a strong showing on the offensive side of the ball this fall under first-year coordinator Matt Canada, LSU can lock up the nation’s No. 1-ranked wide receiver and keep him in The Boot.
Ja’Marr Chase, 4-star WR
Yes, Chase may have committed to the Gators on Sunday, but that does not mean that LSU will simply allow him to leave Louisiana.
Sources on the LSU side have maintained that they will continue to push for the 4-star wide receiver through National Signing Day. Chase, who attends Archbishop Rummel (La.) High School in New Orleans, will not enroll early or sign his letter of intent until February.
Chase’s family wants him to play his college football in Baton Rouge, so it will be up to the LSU coaching staff to force a flip in the next few months.
Lawrence Keys III, 4-star WR
A top-10 prospect in the state, Lawrence Keys III fits the mold of an explosive slot receiver in Canada’s offense. After visiting with his mother for the Tigers’ spring game, Keys named LSU as his leading school.
Keys released his top schools list at the start of the summer and is trying to visit as many of those campuses as possible before his senior season gets underway. Then, he will trim the list down to four or five.
Keys is holding off on a commitment until after his senior season, but the Tigers remain out in front. Missing out on Chase all but cements Keys’ path to LSU. Expect a commitment sometime in the fall.
Devonta Jason, 4-star WR
Devonta Jason, a one-time LSU commitment, returned to LSU for the first time in months for the team’s elite high school camp. The 4-star wide receiver and top-200 prospect is committed to Kansas, but will make a final decision closer to December before he enrolls early.
LSU is one of a handful of schools pushing hard to flip Jason along with Florida State, Georgia, Notre Dame, Ole Miss and Mississippi State. First-year wide receivers coach Mickey Joseph has made Jason a priority and has been in touch daily ever since he landed the job with LSU.
If LSU impresses on offense this fall, then expect the Tigers to really get in the mix for Jason when he makes a final decision. Jason has expressed a desire to stay close to home in New Orleans.
Kamryn Babb, 4-star WR
One of the most prolific wide receivers in the 2018 class is higher on LSU than many realized.
Kamryn Babb, the St. Louis 4-star, is an Ohio State lean, but has high LSU as a close second. Joseph is spearheading a strong push for Babb in recent months and that likely will result in a visit before the summer comes to a close or in the fall. Nonetheless, Babb has stated that he plans to take an official visit to Baton Rouge for sure.
LSU is a surprise No. 2 choice for Babb, who is expected in Columbus later this month. If the 6-foot-1, 190-pound wideout does not pull the trigger on a commitment on that visit, then expect the Tigers to really dial up the pressure on Babb, a top target at a major position of need.
Jalen Preston, 4-star
Jalen Preston’s first offer came from LSU. Since then, the Tigers have consistently chased after the explosive Texas 4-star, who recently named the school as one of his finalists.
Preston visited Baton Rouge this spring and is viewed very highly by the coaching staff. Texas A&M is the prohibitive favorite for the Houston area standout, but LSU has been in the mix for enough time to make up ground.
If LSU can get Preston back onto campus this fall, then the Tigers could improve their stance with the elite wide receiver. A top-50 prospect in this class, Preston has always maintained a lot of interest in LSU.
Miles Battle, 4-star
LSU discovered Miles Battle at a satellite camp in Houston last summer, then pulled the trigger on an offer earlier this spring.
Joseph immediately made progress with the 4-star wide receiver, who visited campus again in the spring for junior day. Getting him back on campus this summer or in the fall would certainly bode well for LSU’s chances.
After missing out on a top target like Chase, Battle is definitely a name worth monitoring. He is a bigger receiver more suited to be an X or a Y.
Joshua Moore, 4-star
LSU was in Joshua Moore’s top six before the top-100 prospect committed to Nebraska on June 18. Moore, who has maintained that he’s locked in with the Huskers on social media, is still planning to take an official visit to Baton Rouge in the fall along with his parents.
Moore is very close with both Joseph and head coach Ed Orgeron, who is also recruiting Moore’s mother at this point. His cousin, Jonathan Giles, recently transferred from Texas Tech to LSU and is trying to bring Moore along with him.
Moore sees a lot of opportunities in the Tigers offense based on the depth chart, and while he is publicly showing loyalty to his verbal commitment, LSU will continue to push for a flip through the fall.