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 3-star Louisiana defensive back Ishmael Burdine, who has been in contact with LSU secondary coach Corey Raymond since January and could finally pull in an offer as early as next month.
Ishmael Burdine nearing LSU offer?
SLIDELL, La. — Ishmael Burdine is on the verge of trimming his list of top schools.
First, one of Louisiana’s top defensive back prospects in the 2019 class, will make his way to Baton Rouge for prospect camp. LSU secondary coach Corey Raymond has been in touch with Burdine consistently since January, and on June 3, the entire staff will watch the Slidell (La.) High School product work out.
An offer could very likely follow.
“They have been in touch, talking to me about getting me to their camp on June 3 and showing them my skills,” Burdine told SEC Country. “Coach Raymond and a couple of recruiting coordinators have reached out. They want me to get to campus to show what I’ve got, see my skill set and what I can do.”
Raymond views the 6-foot-1, 181-pound Burdine as a cornerback. The majority of schools recruiting Burdine view him as a safety, but he actually prefers to line up outside at corner.
Burdine and Raymond speak almost every two days and has felt the pressure from the entire Tigers’ staff to make the visit to campus for the skill prospect camp on June 3.
“When I get there and show them [what I can do], they’ll probably offer me,” Burdine smiled. “They have been begging me to come to camp.”
Burdine is in the process of narrowing down his top schools. For now, only Missouri and Mississippi State are assured to make the cut.
The 3-star defensive back has made visits to Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Kansas State, Missouri and Mississippi State. He’ll return to Missouri for an official visit on June 8 and indicated Mississippi State will certainly get an official.
SMU, Tennessee, Vanderbilt and Arkansas are among the schools also pushing hard for Burdine’s commitment. However, he does not have a leader and suggested a new offer from LSU could certainly shake things up.
“They would be considered,” Burdine said of LSU. “I’d have to take a look at a bunch of other aspects. We’ve been communicating a long time, though, so they would be considered.”
Alabama and TCU are two other notable Power 5 programs that could be close to putting an offer on the table for the highly touted defensive back. Burdine plans on giving a commitment on the final week of August before his season opener.
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