Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Eye on the Tigers, a rundown of everything happening in LSU Tigers recruiting, with Sam Spiegelman. In this edition, we discuss LSU’s upcoming camp season and which prospects will be under an even bigger microscope over the next few weeks.
Big summer lies ahead for LSU targets
We are well into camp season in The Boot. LSU and Tulane kicked off things at the end of the May with a joint camp in New Orleans before the majority of Louisiana universities showed up at LSU at the start of June for a lineman camp and skill position camp on June 2-3.
Consider that a starting point as the LSU coaches caught a glimpse of some prospects they want to take a closer look at this Saturday at the joint passing and lineman camp and again during the elite high school camp June 21-23. While the staff did not extend any new offers through the first three camps, that could change with an impressive set of prospects expected to be on campus through the end of the month.
This weekend, LSU will welcome several Louisiana high schools to campus for a 7-on-7 tournament and a second lineman camp. Last year, this event closed with commitments from Ferriday (La.) High School defensive linemen Dare Rosenthal and Dantrieze Scott, who are now on campus. It would not be surprising to see the staff offer more 2019 or 2020 targets this Saturday or push for another big-time commitment.
Which prospects are expected to be on campus over the next few weeks? Let’s look at some of those LSU targets and why camp season looms large for them:
Bertrand Carrell, 3-star DB, Madison Prep Academy (Baton Rouge, La.)
Bertrand Carrell picked up an offer from first-year safeties coach Bill Busch in May, which instantly put the Tigers atop the 3-star defensive back’s pecking order. Carrell visited campus a few times in the spring to take in practice and will have a chance to earn a spot in the 2019 class with a strong performance at the elite camp. The Tigers currently hold pledges from two defensive backs and could up that total to four or five by December. Carrell is being evaluated as a nickel safety.
Lance LeGendre, 4-star QB, Warren Easton (New Orleans)
Lance LeGendre, Louisiana’s top-ranked quarterback, is expected back on LSU’s campus for the first time in 11 months this Saturday as Warren Easton competes in the annual passing tournament. Former offensive coordinator Matt Canada showed a lot of interest in the dual-threat prospect, but that has not been the case under Steve Ensminger. That could change once the staff gets a closer look at LeGendre. Keep in mind that LeGendre, a Kansas commit, sat out this spring as he recovered from right shoulder surgery. He has continued to make visits with the upcoming trip to Baton Rouge looming large.
Chester Kimbrough, 4-star CB, Warren Easton (New Orleans)
LeGendre’s teammate, Chester Kimbrough, could join him at LSU this weekend. Of course, LSU’s camp coincides with the Pylon 7-on-7 Championship in Atlanta, so where Kimbrough attends is unclear. Kimbrough camped at LSU last summer and had a private visit with defensive backs coach Corey Raymond last July. Since then, communication has been on and off, but another opportunity to compete in front of Tigers coaches could result in a new offer.
Greg Brooks Jr., 3-star DB, West Jefferson (Harvey, La.)
One of the top defensive back candidates who could earn an offer this month is Greg Brooks. The 5-foot-11, 175-pound cornerback drew the full attention of the LSU and Tulane coaching staffs at the joint camp in May and will make his way back up I-10 for the elite session on June 23. Like Carrell, Brooks is being touted as a potential nickel.
Joel Williams, 3-star ATH, Madison Prep Academy (Baton Rouge, La.)
A prospect who has caught the attention of both Raymond and Busch in recent weeks is Joel Williams, a local two-way athlete. Williams impressed on defense at the joint LSU-Tulane camp and again at LSU’s skill position camp. The staff is evaluating the 3-star prospect’s film, but there’s no denying that there is genuine interest in Williams. Another strong outing in front of Raymond could lead to a much-anticipated offer.
Trenton Grow, 4-star WR, West St. John (Edgard, La.)
Trenton Grow, too, was on hand for LSU’s skill position camp at the beginning of the month, where he turned in a very good performance. The state championship-winning athlete is long (6-2, 175 pounds) and has excellent hands, but needs to improve his route running. The staff likes Grow, who should have another chance to impress at the 7-on-7 camp this weekend.
Sedrick Van Pran, 3-star OL, Warren Easton (New Orleans)
Arguably the top offensive lineman in the state for the Class of 2020, Sedrick Van Pran wears multiple hats for Warren Easton and can play both sides of the line. Van Pran has garnered a bevy of in-state offers early and recently added an offer from Georgia after dominating a prospect camp to kick off the month. LSU offensive line coach James Cregg and area recruiter Mickey Joseph are anxious to see how Van Pran fares in camp.
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