The spring evaluation period is in full swing, meaning SEC Country LSU is hitting the road. Expect daily updates from across Louisiana as we detail the latest on the Tigers’ top prospects in the 2019 and 2020 recruiting classes.
BATON ROUGE, La. — Annually, Southern Lab boasts one of the most talent-laden rosters in not only the city but the state. The squad this year is headlined by 5-star guard Kardell Thomas and 4-star running back Tyrion Davis, both LSU commits. There are several under-the-radar prospects in the 2019 class and names to know in the 2020 and 2021 classes as well.
Here is the latest from Southern Lab:
Kardell Thomas: Thomas impresses every time he trots onto the field. He took snaps at right tackle and guard, and saw some action on the left side for certain play calls. Playing tackle, there are fewer opportunities for pancakes, but Thomas did excellent in pass protection during his spring game. At guard, he dominated 1-on-1 and did so in front of LSU offensive line coach James Cregg, who was in attendance. Cregg often coaches Thomas through LSU practice tape and was videotaping the elite lineman on Friday night in an effort to have him ready to play on Day 1, when he arrives on campus.
Thomas remains fully committed to the Tigers and spoke highly about the quality linemen that Cregg is bringing in for 2019. Thomas continues to recruit and expects some new commitments to come very soon. Additionally, he likes the structure of the class and hopes to see more prospects on defense and a dual-threat quarterback.
Tyrion Davis: The 6-foot-1, 230-pound back started slowly during the scripted play portion of the night as the opposing defense keyed on slowing Davis. Southern Lab is breaking in an eighth-grade quarterback, so the passing game is not up to standard yet. Despite all eyes fixed on Davis, he finally broke free during the 15-minute live scrimmage. Davis runs with so much power, running through ankle tackles and stiff-arming defenders in open space. LSU running backs coach Tommie Robinson was on hand and had to enjoy the downhill runner he’s getting in Davis.
Davis will sign and graduate in a matter of months and expects to be competing for playing time as a freshman. The 4-star running back continues to take unofficial visits and will do so throughout the summer, but he’s merely enjoying the process. Remember that this time a year ago, Davis had only a handful of offers. Now, Alabama, Clemson, Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas and Georgia are all aiming to flip him, but that doesn’t appear to be in the cards.
Charvis Thornton: One of the most dangerous athletes in space in the 2019 class, Thornton turned in a terrific performance on Friday. Thornton saw snaps in the backfield and at receiver, running in between the tackles and on sweeps and was also a top target in the short-passing game. Thornton is so smooth running inside and has great lateral agility. He’s dangerous around the edge and has terrific hands.
Arkansas is the 3-star running back’s most notable offer, but Georgia and LSU could be close to following suit. Robinson watched Thornton’s spring game and will try to get the rest of the Tigers staff on board next month at camp. Thornton is open to playing offense, defense or special teams for LSU. If the team takes three backs in 2019, consider Thornton on the short list of front-runners.
Tyler Guidry: I came away really impressed with Guidry, who’s a quick-twitch edge rusher. The 6-3, 225-pound Guidry has added some weight to his frame. He’s still lightning quick penetrating the backfield and getting after the quarterback, and also does well wrapping up in the run game. I’d love to see Guidry add even more strength and improve some of his technique.
Prairie View A&M offered Guidry immediately following his spring. His offers sheet reads Western Kentucky, Tulane, Southern Miss, SMU and Louisiana-Lafayette, among others. Guidry will return to LSU for camp next month. Last year, he was among the best edge rushers in attendance.
Reginald Johnson: A name to know in the Class of 2020, Johnson is a prospect Southern Lab would love to feature in the passing game this fall. At 6-2, 180 pounds, he possesses great speed and runs crisp routes. He was utilized on an end around and nearly broke it loose if not for muddied field conditions. The LSU staff was monitoring Johnson, who has garnered offers from Louisiana Tech, Tennessee, Louisiana-Lafayette and Louisiana-Monroe, among others. I believe Johnson’s skill set translates nicely to defense, too.
Theodore Knox: Opposite Johnson is Knox, a Class of 2021 wide receiver who is primed to be a household name in a few years. A 5-11, 175-pound sophomore, Knox made a handful of difficult grabs. He creates good separation and will only improve as he continues to grow and improve his speed and route-running. The potential is easy to see.