Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Eye on the Tigers, a rundown of everything happening in LSU Tigers recruiting, with Sam Spiegelman. In this special Saturday edition, we wrap up all the news and notes from the third and final day of LSU’s elite high school prospect camp.
Tidbits from Day 3 of LSU elite camp
BATON ROUGE, La. — LSU put a bow on its annual elite high school prospect camp, a three-day saga that included a trilogy of commitments in the Class of 2019 and lured several notable recruits to campus for visits.
On Saturday, the Tigers landed their 16th recruit in the class, as junior college defensive back Dreshun Miller committed at the end of his unofficial visit. The 6-foot-2, 175-pound hybrid corner/safety worked out in front of secondary coach Corey Raymond and safeties coach Bill Busch on Friday in the elite group along with commitments Derek Stingley Jr., Marcel Brooks and Marcus Banks, as well as another top 4-star target, Trikweze Bridges.
The staff views Miller as a safety, but accepted his commitment with the intent of allowing him to work out at multiple spots in the secondary. Keep in mind that LSU is set to lose at least four members of its secondary following the 2018 season and only signed one defensive back in the 2018 class. Miller is the fourth defensive back in the 2019 class, and there’s a strong possibility that number reaches five by Sunday. Sources with knowledge of the situation believe LSU is in line to take at least six defensive backs in this recruiting cycle.
Here are some other news and notes to pass along from Day 3:
- Four-star running backs Noah Cain and Tyrion Davis returned to campus to spend time with the coaches and soak in another visit. Cain, a Baton Rouge native, was joined by his father, Terrence Cain, and was set to take a walk through Tiger Stadium on Saturday afternoon before a photo shoot along with Davis, the Tigers’ lone running back commitment in 2019. Cain remains very high on LSU, and this visit looms large because the next time he’s in town, it will be on his official visit ahead of a December commitment date. With all signs pointing to John Emery Jr. picking Mississippi State on July 7, expect LSU to dial up the heat on Cain to join the class.
- Davis was expected to visit Alabama on Saturday, but canceled those plans and showed up at LSU to spend time with Cain. The 4-star LSU commit also worked out with Tommie Robinson on Friday, then stuck around to spend time with Cain and Southern Lab teammate Kardell Thomas for the remainder of the day.
- Alabama 3-star cornerback Cordale Flatt and his family were back on campus for Day 2 of their official visit. The Auburn commit spent a good chunk of time chatting up coach Ed Orgeron and Busch, his lead recruiter. Flott drew rave reviews from Raymond after camping on Friday morning, and is a likely candidate to flip his commitment from Auburn to LSU by the end of the weekend.
- After Miller’s decision and with Flott likely to follow suit this weekend, there’s been a serious shake-up on LSU’s 2019 defensive back board. The team holds four commitments and potentially will up that to five heading into July. LSU offered 3-star New Orleans cornerback Chester Kimbrough on Friday, seemingly taking Devin Bush’s spot in the class. Raymond is also very high on Mississippi 3-star athlete Raydarious Jones, who camped on Friday and drew a comparison to Greedy Williams. Bridges is very close with Miller and stayed overnight into Saturday to get better acquainted with the staff. He, too, is a candidate to wind up in this class. If all of those dominos were to fall in LSU’s favor, that puts the total number of defensive backs at eight. That’s very unlikely, with six being a most realistic count. Expect some combination of these three defensive backs to vie for the final spot, which may come down to who’s willing to commit first.
- Both Banks and Brooks returned to LSU on Saturday. Brooks wrapped up a three-day unofficial visit while Banks stayed for two. Both are locked in with their commitments and drew high praise from the coaching staff. Brooks was excellent in workouts on Friday and is actively recruiting for LSU, naming Cain as his new top target. Banks soaked in the experience, being back on campus just a few weeks after announcing his decision.
- Some notable visitors for the final session Saturday included 3-star California defensive tackle Jalen Rudolph, who’s originally from Dutchtown, La.; 3-star Georgia tight end Garmon Randolph; 3-star inside linebacker Zach Edwards, an LSU commit; 2020 Florida safety Donovan Thomas; 2020 Texas receiver DJ Graham, 2021 Texas tackle Donovan Jackson and 2021 Terrebonne (La.) tackle Mason Smith. Additionally, 2022 Mississippi tackle Jaheim Oatis was on hand for workouts with defensive line coach Dennis Johnson and looked the part of a soon-to-be blue-chipper.
- It’s worth noting that Randolph has his eyes on LSU. Randolph was unquestionably the top performer in camp on Saturday and informed the staff that LSU was in his top 3. Of course, the Tigers recently nabbed a commitment from JUCO tight end TK McClendon, but the Tigers coaches were very high on Randolph, who they believe could be a difference-maker in the SEC.
- Thomas was among the top defensive prospects in attendance and wrapped up a multiday stay in the Bayou. The Florida safety worked out at cornerback, safety and then F-linebacker during workouts Saturday. Members of the LSU staff believe that Thomas, who currently measures at 6-foot-2 and 180 pounds, could grow into a very productive outside linebacker.
- Class of 2019 Florida defensive back Kaair Elam made the trek to Baton Rouge as well. He’s a top-100 prospect in the country with offers from LSU in addition to Florida, Georgia, Alabama and Ohio State, among others. This was Elam’s first visit to LSU, and he showed up toward the end of camp on Saturday. He’s expected to get the red-carpet treatment into Saturday night.
- Two 2020 running backs on hand were Alabama 3-star A’Montae Spivey and Texas 4-star Seth McGowan. Spivey is a teammate of newly minted LSU commit Peter Parrish. McGowan, a top-120 prospect in the Class of 2020, earned his offer about a month ago and affirmed it with a solid performance in front of Robinson.
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