Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Eye on the Tigers, a rundown of everything happening in LSU Tigers recruiting, with Sam Spiegelman. Today, we discuss the visitor list of LSU’s home game against Arkansas, the first contest in Baton Rouge since last month’s historic comeback against Auburn.
LSU hosting key out-of-town visitors for Arkansas game
LSU’s first home game since Oct. 14 and the penultimate game at Tiger Stadium for the 2017 football season is set to be a major recruiting weekend. Much of the emphasis for the Tigers’ coaching staff is to bring as many out-of-state prospects in for a visit as well as several elite underclassmen who are on the board for the 2019 and 2020 classes.
There is no bigger visitor this weekend than James Foster, the 3-star dual-threat quarterback from Montgomery, Ala. Foster, an Elite 11 finalist, was expected to make an official visit to Baton Rouge this weekend, but instead will just be making his inaugural unofficial to town. He has a home playoff game on Friday night, and with the 11 a.m. CT kickoff time, the staff deemed that wasn’t enough time to spend with the top uncommitted quarterback target on their 2018 board.
Instead, Foster will make his first visit to LSU on Saturday and return sometime in December for his official. The 3-star quarterback is expected to make a decision soon after he takes his official visits.
Also, 4-star quarterback Gerry Bohanon is the other uncommitted target of note making his way back to the Bayou. Bohanon attended LSU’s comeback victory against Auburn last month and is already returning. The Arkansas native made his first official visit to Arkansas a week ago and is considering both the Tigers and Razorbacks, making this an interesting contest for him to watch from the sidelines.
Other notable 2018 prospects making their way to LSU for this late-morning tilt includes 3-star Georgia defensive lineman Ja’Quon Griffin, who will be making his first trip to campus since committing to Ed Orgeron at the spring game in April. Since then, his Rome (Ga.) High School teammates Adam Anderson and Jamarcus Chatman have de-committed and pledged to Georgia and Tennessee, respectively. Griffin has remained true to his commitment thus far.
Arguably the biggest surprise visitor of the weekend is 5-star wide receiver Jalen Hill, who will be flying in from the West Coast to catch LSU’s early game against the Hogs. The visit marks the U.S. Army All-American’s first-ever stop in Baton Rouge. The California wideout is a top-25 prospect in the 2018 class and possesses No. 1-type receiver size at 6-foot-4 and 192 pounds. Hall is coming off an official visit to Nebraska and is also expected to make visits to Oregon and Southern Cal.
Four-star New Orleans wide receiver Lawrence Keys III will be back in town, which marks his first game of the fall. Keys is currently in the process of scheduling his official visits and LSU is sure to have an opportunity to host the elite slot receiver target. Keys is scheduled to also make official stops at Notre Dame and Houston before making a decision. He named the Tigers as his top team in the spring.
Additionally, 4-star 2019 defensive back commit pledge Maurice Hampton will be attending his first game of the season. Hampton watched the Tigers play in Tuscaloosa, Ala., last weekend as well. Newly minted 2019 defensive line commit Joseph Evans will be making his first trek to campus from Haynesville, La. Evans plans on meeting with the coaching staff to get a better idea of his future with LSU after giving Orgeron a verbal commitment last month.
A good chunk of the out-of-town visitors coming to Baton Rouge hail from Texas. That includes an elite quartet of defensive backs in Erick Young, Jamal Morris, Bobby Wolfe and Marcus Banks, who all landed offers in recent months. Additionally, 2020 athlete Kendrick Blackshire will return to campus after visiting during the summer. He is one of a handful of 2020 prospects who already holds an offer ahead of this visit.
Here are confirmed visitors for Saturday:
- James Foster, 2018 3-star QB (Lanier, Ala.)
- Ja’Quon Griffin, 2018 3-star DL (Rome, Ga.) *LSU commit
- Jalen Hall, 2018 5-star WR (Long Beach, Calif.)
- Lawrence Keys III, 2018 4-star WR (New Orleans)
- Glenn Beal, 2018 3-star TE (New Orleans)
- Michael Williams, 2018 3-star DE (Baton Rouge, La.)
- Gerry Bohanon, 2018 4-star QB (Earle, Ark.)
- Dominic Livingston, 2018 3-star DT (Houston)
- Kenyon Green, 2019 5-star OL (Humble, Texas) *LSU commit
- Maurice Hampton, 2019 4-star DB (Memphis, Tenn.) *LSU commit
- Derek Stingley Jr., 2019 4-star CB (Baton Rouge, La.)
- Donte Starks, 2019 4-star LB (Bixoli, Miss.)
- Joseph Evans, 2019 DT (Haynesville, La.) *LSU commit
- Brandon Turnage, 2019 ATH (Oxford, Miss.)
- Nathan Pickering, 2019 4-star DE (Seminary, Miss.)
- Bobby Wolfe, 2019 3-star DB (Houston)
- Erick Young, 2019 4-star CB (Fort Bend, Texas)
- Jamal Morris, 2019 4-star S (Fort Bend, Texas)
- Alex Hogan, 2019 3-star CB (Houston)
- Marcus Banks, 2019 3-star DB (Houston)
- NaNa Osafo-Mensah, 2019 4-star DE/OLB (Fort Worth, Texas)
- Dylan Wright, 2019 3-star WR (Mesquite, Texas)
- Gerald Irons III, 2019 3-star DT (Spring, Texas)
- Bruno Forestieri, 2019 LB (Houston)
- Anthony Schaffer, 2019 DB (Baton Rouge, La.)
- Tyreese Jackson, 2019 RB (New Iberia, La.)
- Kayshon Boutte, 2020 WR (New Iberia, La.)
- Kendrick Blackshire, 2020 ATH (Mesquite, Texas)
- Tyler Grubbs, 2020 LB (New Orleans)
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