Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Eye on the Tigers, a rundown of everything happening in LSU Tigers recruiting, with Sam Spiegelman. It’s Thursday, and, we discuss LSU’s push for 5-star defensive tackle Ishmael Sopsher. We also address 4-star Houston cornerback Bobby Wolfe, who included LSU in his top 6 and had an interesting take on a potential future in Baton Rouge.
Bobby Wolfe talks LSU
MANDEVILLE, La. — On April 16, blue-chip Texas cornerbacks Bobby Wolfe and Erick Young trimmed their impressive offer sheets down to a top-6 list. Wolfe included LSU in that exclusive group, but Young did not.
It was an interesting situation considering that the 4-star prospects have been open about their desires to play with each other at the next level. They compete on the same 7-on-7 team, they train together and, of course, have a very similar group of top schools.
With LSU squarely in the mix for Wolfe and on the outside looking in for Young, is that a sign of things to come in the future?
“Oh lord,” Wolfe told SEC Country when asked about Young excluding the Tigers from his top 6. “They [LSU] still have a good chance of getting me. Even if Erick goes somewhere else, that’s my still my dog regardless. We’ve got a good chance of playing together, but if LSU doesn’t make his top 6, then there’s a good chance we don’t play together. I’d love to play with him. That’s my dog, even if it doesn’t work.”
Side by side, Wolfe’s final group is comprised of Texas A&M, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Oklahoma and LSU. Young’s includes Alabama, Oklahoma, Texas A&M, Southern Cal, Ohio State and TCU.
In other words, if Wolfe and Young are going to team up together at the next level, it’ll be in College Station, Texas, or Norman, Okla.
While communication has tapered off between LSU and Young, it has remained consistent with Wolfe. Coach Ed Orgeron and defensive backs coach Corey Raymond are in touch with the Houston Madison product on a consistent basis. There’s been an uptick in the Tigers’ push since Wolfe dropped the top-6 list.
“Before I did the final 6, I let all the coaches know that every school has got a good chance of getting me,” Wolfe explained. “They got to recruit me heavy and I got to feel the love. It’s got to feel like home.
“LSU has been hitting me up. I call them and they text me and stuff. They’re coming at me pretty hard, but not as much as Oklahoma and Mississippi State, but they’re still recruiting me heavy, though.”
Wolfe named the Tigers as a co-leader last fall, but a flurry of new offers have rolled in since then. That includes schools such as Georgia, Oklahoma and Texas A&M, where he was committed to earlier this spring.
Because of Raymond’s track record producing NFL defensive backs, LSU has a special place in Wolfe’s heart.
“They tell me to keep working hard, stay on my grades and in class and I’ll be down there,” he said. “The whole country … the whole world knows it’s ‘DBU,’ so I wouldn’t mind playing for them.”
The 4-star cornerback has four official visits remaining. He made his way back to Texas A&M earlier this month and will take a second official visit in May. Georgia, Colorado, Florida and LSU are in consideration for a summertime official visit ahead of a September commitment date.
LSU pushing hardest for Ishmael Sopsher
The nation’s top defensive tackle has been a mainstay in Baton Rouge this spring, but eyes certainly were opened when he made a Monday unofficial visit to Texas A&M and then attended Alabama’s A-Day instead of the Tigers’ spring game last Saturday.
Ishmael Sopsher is finally exploring campuses other than LSU and diving into the recruiting process. Still, there is one noticeable trend regarding who’s recruiting him the hardest.
“Every school is recruiting me hard, but LSU is coming after me the hardest just because they’re the home school. I talk to them every day,” Sopsher said.
The 5-star defensive tackle from Amite (La.) High School told SEC Country the same thing last fall when he released his original list of top 10 schools. There were several notable college powerhouses included in that exclusive group, but he sad LSU was standing out because of its persistent push.
Sopsher was on hand for LSU’s elite junior day and returned for the first day of spring practice in March.
Asked about the difference between the Tigers and the Crimson Tide, the 2019 Under Armour All-American had this to say:
“Alabama is a championship-caliber team, and I feel like LSU is also a championship-caliber team, too,” Sopsher explained. “But, it’s all about the physicality and the work they put in on and off the field at Alabama. I’m not saying LSU isn’t dedicated to themselves, but Alabama always outworks its opponent every week.”
Alabama’s national championship pedigree speaks for itself, and Nick Saban’s résumé towers over every other coach in college football.
The 6-foot-5, 285-pound defensive lineman is certainly chasing rings, but he has other X-factors in mind to determine which school will get his commitment on National Signing Day in February.
“My biggest reason for picking a college is coaching, feeling comfortable, education and getting prepared for the NFL,” Sopsher said.
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