Who will be LSU’s next commitment at skill position?
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Which skilled positions can we expect to commit to LSU over the next bit ?
— Corey Williams (@JuiceWilliams1) April 17, 2018
Most of the dominoes that have fallen so far in LSU’s 2019 class have been big men.
The latest was 3-star IMG Academy (Fla.) center Charles Turner, who made his decision on Easter night. He popped after 3-star Starkville (Miss.) inside linebacker Zach Edwards committed following a junior day event in March. The only skill position prospects to commit to LSU have come in the team’s 2020 recruiting class — receivers Kris Abrams-Draine and Darin Turner.
Of LSU’s eight 2019 commitments, three are offensive linemen. There’s also one running back, one linebacker, one defensive lineman, one defensive back and a long snapper. So, I get what you’re getting anxious about, Corey.
It’s usually impossible to predict when each a specific prospect is going to be ready to finalize his decisions. Four-star cornerback Maurice Hampton, for example, was ready to commit to LSU before his junior year. The same goes for 4-star running back Tyrion Davis, a prospect from Baton Rouge just minutes away from campus.
For others, the process is much more complicated and takes longer.
Usually, the top quarterbacks in the country make their decisions soon after spring football ends, or at latest, before the start of their senior seasons. Quarterbacks often are the first big pieces to fall into place in a recruiting class and lately, they have been doing just that.
For LSU, my money would be on 4-star Houston passer Grant Gunnell.
LSU’s top running back targets in 2019 are Noah Cain and John Emery Jr., but both have gone on the record with their intent to make a decision in December. It’s a similar story for the team’s top receiver targets, Devonta Lee and Trey Palmer. Both are planning to commit on National Signing Day in February.
Once Gunnell makes up his mind, it’s likely his high school teammate and 4-star wide receiver Jalen Curry could follow. LSU is certainly a major player with Curry, too.
On the defensive side of the ball, expect LSU to reel in a handful of blue-chip cornerbacks for 2019. That’s the plan after some Signing Day misses in February.
Several of the team’s top targets want to cap off their recruitments before their senior seasons. That list includes Derek Stingley Jr., Devin Bush and Marcus Banks, who likely will make decisions in the summer. The same goes for Chris Steele, who is scheduled to make an official visiting to LSU this weekend and is planning a July 7 commitment.
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