Why CB Erick Young excluded LSU from his top 6
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Will you ask Erick Young why LSU wasn’t in his top six or has LSU cooled on him?
— Peggy (@Pegredd) April 17, 2018
Great question, Peggy.
From the outside looking in, I can understand why this might come off as a bit of a surprise. Four-star cornerback Erick Young was very high on LSU when he picked up that offer last fall. Soon after, he and his mother made the trek from Fort Bend, Texas, to Baton Rouge and spent the entire weekend in the city for the team’s home contest against Arkansas.
However, that was Young’s last visit to LSU. Since then, communication has been inconsistent and never reached the height that it was last fall.
In February, Young told SEC Country that if LSU had pushed a little harder, he would have committed there already. Once the communication cooled off, coach Ed Orgeron and defensive backs coach Corey Raymond reached back out ahead of Young’s release of his top-10 schools list to ensure LSU would be included. Again, communication tailed off and Young now will focus on Texas A&M, Oklahoma, Alabama, Southern Cal, Ohio State and TCU, More specifically, it’s shaping up to be a bout between the Aggies and Sooners.
While the communication was the main reason why Young excluded LSU from his top-6 list, Raymond has focused his efforts on a different group of cornerbacks. That group is made up of Louisiana blue-chip corners Devin Bush and Derek Stingley Jr., and Houston cornerbacks Marcus Banks and Bobby Wolfe. Bush and Stingley named LSU among their top schools in March, while both Banks and Wolfe named LSU as a finalist earlier this week.
Additionally, LSU in a good spot for 5-star California cornerback Chris Steele, who officially will visit for the spring game this weekend. The same goes for junior college 4-star corner Elijah Blades, who also is expected to be on hand for the festivities this weekend.
In other words, LSU might have fallen out of favor with a 4-star prospect such as Young, but the Tigers remain in very good shape with some of the other top targets on their secondary board.
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