The LSU coaches have done their best to hit all of the key territories in the country. This week, visits have included stops throughout Louisiana, Texas, Florida, Georgia and Tennessee, among others.
Offensive coordinator Matt Canada is on the prowl to find the Tigers’ next quarterback. After stopping in Bossier City, La., on Monday for Justin Rogers and Terrace Marshall Jr., Canada spent Tuesday in Houston for 2019 quarterback Grant Gunnell and Wednesday in Georgia for 3-star dual-threat prospect Jarren Williams. Canada will wrap up his East Coast tour with a visit to North Carolina on Friday to check in on 5-star tailback Zamir White, who is currently split between UGA and Clemson. Canada and LSU will attempt to make one last push the nation’s No. 1 running back.
Defensive coordinator Dave Aranda will be racking up airline miles as well. He’ll begin his day in Virginia to see 5-star linebacker Teradja Mitchell, who is rapidly approaching his college commitment. The nation’s top-ranked linebacker has named LSU a finalist along with Ohio State and Florida State, and Aranda will swoop in to pay Mitchell a visit after he was unable to travel to Baton Rouge for an unofficial earlier in the spring.
Aranda will cap Tuesday off by checking in on 4-star athlete K’Vaughan Pope. LSU has yet to extend an offer to Pope, who measures up at 6-foot-2 and 210 pounds and likely translates to being a blue-chip linebacker prospect. Aranda will not only visit with Pope, but it would not be surprising to see the Top-150 recruit secure an offer from the Tigers by the end of day.
Outside linebackers coach and newly minted Texas area recruiter Dennis Johnson will remain in Houston for Thursday. Johnson has checked in with Gunnell on Tuesday and visited with 4-star cornerback Jalen Green on Wednesday, and will now go see 5-star cornerback Anthony Cook. Cook recently stopped by Baton Rouge for the Tigers’ spring game in April, and the LSU coaching staff has turned up the pressure on the top-10 prospect ever since.
On Wednesday, Corey Raymond visited the bevy of targets down in South Florida. That includes Patrick Surtain Jr., Tyson Campbell and Andrew Chatfield, as well as longtime LSU defensive back pledge Nadab Joseph. As it pertains to Cook, Raymond will pass the torch onto Johnson, who helped close with another Houston recruit K’Lavon Chaisson in 2017.
General Manager Austin Thomas remains in the 615 as he continues to make a strong push for a rival commit. Alontae Taylor, who has fluctuated between a soft and hard Tennessee verbal commitment, will receive a visit from Thomas on Thursday. LSU is expected to get an official visit from the 4-star athlete before he enrolls early, and the Tigers have emerged as one of the favorite landing spots if Taylor does not wind up sticking with the Vols.