There are no slow recruiting weekends in Baton Rouge this spring, and that theme will continue into Saturday.
LSU is expected to host several of the nation’s elite defensive prospects this weekend, including 5-star linebacker Teradja Mitchell, Texas 3-star cornerback Trent Gordon and the highly touted trio from South Florida — Patrick Surtain Jr., Tyson Campbell and Andrew Chatfield.
Mitchell is the nation’s No. 2 inside linebacker, according to 247Sports’ composite rankings. He will be making his inaugural visit to Baton Rouge, which carries significant weight because the Virginia native grew up a fan of the Tigers. The No. 18 overall recruit in the 2018 recruiting class, Mitchell has been keen on LSU despite noted interest in other national powers including Florida State, Ohio State, Alabama and Clemson.
Behind closed doors, the 6-foot-2, 232-pounder has quietly been talking up LSU and his eagerness to get to campus. Mitchell touched down in Alabama and Florida State this spring, and after Baton Rouge he will head up to Ohio State for a visit. Defensive coordinator Dave Aranda may have to make up some ground with the blue-chip linebacker, but the depth chart, playing opportunity and coaching staff may be enough selling points to help LSU ascend his top schools list.
South Florida to LSU
Surtain, Campbell and Chatfield were originally scheduled to make the trek from Florida to Louisiana for LSU’s National Junior Day last weekend. Instead, they plan to meet with the coaching staff on a personal level this weekend.
Surtain has made several visits to Baton Rouge over the years and has family ties in both the New Orleans and Baton Rouge regions. A 5-star cornerback and top-ranked prospect at the position in 247Sports’ composite rankings, Surtain is an LSU lean. He is making the stop at campus after visiting Florida and Clemson already this spring. Florida State, however, poses the biggest threat to the Tigers’ chances.
Campbell, a 4-star defensive back that can play both corner or safety, will join Surtain during his meetings with secondary coach Corey Raymond. Campbell, an American Heritage (Fla.) High School standout, is making his inaugural trip to LSU but already considers it among his top schools. One thing working in LSU’s favor is Campbell’s relationship with Raymond, who is making The Opening finalist feel like a priority.
This is also a significant visit for Chatfield, the 3-star hybrid weak-side defensive end and outside linebacker. Chatfield is being courted by Aranda and outside linebackers coach Dennis Johnson at the latter position, which is a major selling point for the South Florida native. Although this will also be Chatfield’s first visit in Baton Rouge, the Tigers surfaced as his leading school.
LSU can solidify its position with Chatfield and his highly sought-after teammates with a strong push over the weekend.
Make-up date for Gordon
Gordon, a top-50 cornerback in the 2018 class, is making his way back to LSU after being unable to attend national junior day last weekend.
The 3-star from Manvel (Texas) High School spent his spring break making visits to Penn State, Ohio State, Michigan and Tennessee, which derailed his travel plans to get to Baton Rouge.
Gordon camped at LSU last June, then returned in the fall for a pair of home games. He landed his offer in December and has since seen his offer sheet blow up to nearly 40 overtures.
Like most defensive backs, Gordon maintains a strong bond with Raymond. The Tigers are among the early favorites for the Lone Star State product along with UCLA, Texas A&M, Oklahoma and Penn State.
Entering this weekend, LSU holds 11 commitments in its 2018 recruiting class, which is good for the nation’s No. 4 group and the best in the SEC.