Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Eye on the Tigers, a rundown of everything happening in LSU Tigers recruiting, with Sam Spiegelman. Today, we break down all the news and notes from Day 1 of LSU’s annual elite high school prospect camp.
Notes from Day 1 of LSU elite camp
BATON ROUGE, La. — LSU’s elite prospect camp kicked off Thursday with several big names on hand for the action. Headlining the visitor list at quarterback was 2019 Alabama dual-threat prospect Peter Parrish, who recently camped and earned an offer from Auburn, and 2020 pro-style passer Ken Seals, who previously visited for a junior day. Additionally, big names such as 4-star defensive lineman Byron Young and local 4-star athlete Christian Harris made their way to campus.
The month-long trend of no offers or commitments at camp continued, but there are plenty of news and notes to pass along from Thursday’s action:
- On the quarterback front: Parrish and Seals headlined the quarterback group. Parrish, who hails from Phenix City, Ala. — the same hometown as LSU recruiting coordinator Tommie Robinson — was extremely impressive. The 6-foot-1, 200-pound dual-threat passer displayed a big arm throwing downfield as well as pinpoint accuracy during 1-on-1s and in the 7-on-7 setting. LSU did not offer, on Thursday, but that could change once camp wraps up on Saturday and offensive coordinator Steve Ensminger goes back to evaluate film. That’s the been the norm during camp season thus far. Of course, Parrish is among the top-ranked uncommitted quarterbacks in the country. Since Grant Gunnell popped to Arizona, LSU is searching for its 2019 quarterback. Only two of the 10 quarterbacks on LSU’s board remain uncommitted and Parrish is a strong bet to be the next to earn an offer.
- The other notable quarterback in attendance was Seals, who next to Parrish, was equally as impressive. Seals throws with good velocity and accuracy, and impressed with his anticipation on some routes. The 2020 signal-caller from Texas visited in the spring and has kept in touch with Ensminger. The Tigers hold a commitment from TJ Finley in next year’s recruiting cycle, but are expected to take two in that class. Seals is certainly a name to monitor.
- Four-star Baton Rouge athlete Christian Harris returned to campus for the first time since the spring after making numerous stops across the Southeast, most notably to Alabama and Texas A&M, two schools that have both picked up some steam in his recruitment. Harris did not work out for the staff, but spent time chatting up different assistant coaches throughout the day. LSU remains squarely in the fold with the talented University Lab (La.) star, who could make a decision as early as August before his senior season.
- Dennis Johnson was able to lure 4-star Mississippi defensive lineman Byron Young back to campus. Young has been to Baton Rouge a handful of times throughout the spring, so getting him back for camp looms large for the Tigers’ chances. Young worked out with Johnson and was closely observed by coach Ed Orgeron. Meanwhile, back in Mississippi, the Bulldogs landed a commitment from 4-star defensive lineman Nathan Pickering, who camped at LSU last weekend. LSU was feeling confident in its chances with Pickering after the unofficial visit and viewed his commitment to an SEC West rival out of left field. Expect LSU to shift its focus onto another highly regarded top-150 prospect like Young moving forward.
- A contingent of Houston North Shore (Texas) prospects made their way to campus on Thursday, most notably 5-star 2020 running back Zachary Evans and 3-star 2020 offensive tackle Damieon George. Evans, the No. 1 back in the class, was electric running routes in front of Robinson and lived up the hype yet again. George, too, was physically impressive and caught the eye of James Cregg as well as Orgeron. Just as it was in 2016 (Eric Monroe) and 2017 (K’Lavon Chaisson), expect LSU’s 2020 class to focus squarely on some blue-chippers from North Shore High School.
- One of the most impressive performers on Thursday was none other than Walker (La.) High’s Jalen Cook. If that name sounds familiar already, then you’re right — he holds an offer from the Tigers already. Of course, that’s a basketball offer from coach Will Wade. Cook worked out at wide receiver along with his teammate Brian Thomas and was easily the top receiver in attendance. At 6-foot and 180 pounds, Walker head coach Lester Ricard believes he could choose to play football instead of basketball. Expect LSU to continue to monitor the dual-sport athlete moving forward.
- IMG Academy (Fla.) 3-star lineman Charles Turner made his way back to LSU for the first time since giving the team a verbal on Easter Weekend. Turner was an observer on Thursday and will suit up at center with Cregg for Friday’s morning session. Turner is firmly locked in with the Tigers and is expected to welcome some of his IMG teammates to campus this weekend, most notably quarterback David Baldwin, running back Noah Cain and linebacker Mikel Jones.
- Marcel Brooks made his way back to the Bayou for Thursday’s session and worked the camp as if he was already a player on LSU’s roster. Brooks visited New Orleans last month for the Tigers’ joint camp with Tulane and is already back in Louisiana for this unofficial visit. Brooks spent time chatting up every one of LSU’s defensive coaches, especially Bill Busch, Corey Raymond and Dave Aranda. Brooks is very solid in his LSU pledge and is assimilating very well to the culture in Baton Rouge.
- Three-star Madison Prep Academy (La.) safety Bertrand Carrell worked out in front of Busch and Raymond and drew a lot of attention from both secondary coaches. Carrell was placed inside at nickel to cover slot receivers and had his ups and downs during the 1-on-1 session. LSU put an offer on the table in May during the spring evaluation period, but with a bevy of other notable defensive backs on campus over the next 48 hours, expect a shake-up in the Tigers’ big board.
- Some other notable campers in attendance from the Class of 2020 included 4-star receiver Jacobi Bellazin, 4-star athlete Joel Williams and 3-star athlete Shamar Smith. Major Burns, a teammate of Carrell and Williams, was also getting close attention from Raymond.
- On Friday, expect an even larger group of campers and a whole new set of quarterbacks for the coaches to evaluate closer. Some notable campers expected include Chester Kimbrough, Greg Brooks Jr., Ashaad Clayton, Kardell Thomas, Tyrion Davis, TJ Finley, Derek Stingley Jr., Marcus Banks, Jakhi Douglas, Caleb Etienne, Sedrick Van Pran and Donovan Jackson, among others. Additionally, 3-star Auburn defensive back Cordale Flott — who is taking an official visit to LSU this weekend — should arrive on Friday and will likely work out for the staff.
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