With LSU’s spring football season in the rearview mirror, the Tigers’ coaches are back on the road, hitting the recruiting trail attempting to sway prospects toward the purple and gold.
Each of the assistant coaches have hit their areas hard, with Bradley Dale Peveto in the Lone Star State, Corey Raymond in Florida and Jabbar Juluke back to his stomping ground in New Orleans.
Additionally, recruiting coordinator Ed Orgeron and first-year wide receivers coach Dameyune Craig have been especially busy, both in the state of Louisiana and traveling across the south in recent days.
Among the first stops on the recruiting trail for Peveto was in Houston, where LSU’s linebackers coach and Texas area recruiter made it a point to check in on Grant Delpit.
The four-star prospect and newly-minted No. 11 safety in the country was participating in 7-on-7 drills when Peveto stopped by Lamar High School. While Peveto is unable to speak with Delpit, the safety told SEC Country he had an understanding of why the coach was there.
“He’s recruiting me hard,” Delpit said, “and it’s understood between us how important I am to them (LSU).”
LSU’s presence at the practice comes days after the 6-foot-4, 181-pounder put the Tigers in his top 10.
It also came as other national college football powers came knocking on Delpit’s door to extend offers. Both Clemson and Florida State have offered the Houston safety this week, and those Tigers were already included among Delpit’s top teams.
LSU is the early leader for Delpit, who hails from New Orleans and still has family in Louisiana. However, with the safety exploding onto the scene this spring and garnering attention from elite programs across the nation, LSU will have its work cut out in order to hold onto that lead for the long haul.
Raymond’s trip to the Sunshine State came with a purpose.
LSU’s defensive backs coach visited Miramar High School (Hollywood, Fla.) to extend an offer to Kaheem Roach.
Roach, a 6-foot-1, 185-pound cornerback, now has four offers on hand, including one from the Tigers, which led to Louisville quickly following suit.
“To be a defensive back and to get an offer from the home of ‘DBU’ is a blessing,” Roach told SEC Country. “It was a wake-up call that I could achieve anything that I put my mind to.”
LSU has a thin cornerback big board for 2017, with its top target, Cheyenne Labruzza, committed to Tennessee.
Raymond is out looking for other cornerbacks to add to the recruiting class, and may have stumbled upon a hidden gem in Roach, who is a sure tackler and serves in a number of different roles in the secondary, many of which result in the cornerback displaying his nose for the football.
As expected, LSU’s offer resulted in other college programs taking notice of Roach. However, the Tigers got the early in with the budding Florida cornerback, who may wind up being one of the school’s top secondary targets in this year’s recruiting class.
Roach told SEC Country that the Tigers have jumped out as the early No. 1 school, based largely on the secondary’s reputation and the prospects of playing for coach Les Miles.
It would not be surprising at all to see Roach follow up Raymond’s visit with a trip to Baton Rouge, La., later on this spring or for a summer camp, and perhaps commit then and there.
Orgeron understands that he has to mend LSU’s relationship with four-star defensive end Isaiah Buggs. That process is officially underway.
A week after Buggs returned to LSU to take in the spring game, Orgeron stopped in at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College to see the highly sought-after defensive lineman.
Both LSU and Ole Miss were on hand at the practice.
Buggs is the nation’s No. 7 overall junior college prospect in the Class of 2017 and the top-rated defensive end. He hails from Ruston, La., where he was recruited by Orgeron and the Tigers coming out of high school, which has always been a reason the school was considered the frontrunner.
However, issues in communication led to Buggs excluding LSU from his top 10 schools earlier in April.
Orgeron seems to be on the fast track in repairing the relationship with the 6-foot-5, 280-pounder, who plans on making some more unofficial visits later on this spring.
Should LSU be able to earn a visit from Buggs, it might prove that it’s back in the race for the talented defensive line prospect.
Devonta Smith had been carefully waiting to release his list of top schools, and finally unveiled it early Wednesday morning.
The newly minted five-star wide receiver included five SEC schools in the list, including LSU in addition to Alabama, Florida, Tennessee and Mississippi State.
The 6-foot-1, 160-pounder from Amite (La.) High School has repeatedly told SEC Country that all of the schools embedded in that top 10 are on an even playing field at this stage in his recruitment, but when you read between the lines it is clear that Alabama and Florida State were out to early leads, and LSU is in the midst of playing catch-up thanks to Craig and its evolving passing attack.
Baylor, Notre Dame, Miami, Nebraska and, of course, Florida State, rounded out Smith’s top-10 list. Smith was supposed to visit Baylor last weekend, and both Nebraska and Notre Dame offered the wide receiver in recent weeks. Smith’s relationship with Miami dates to his UGA commitment, when Mark Richt was coaching the Bulldogs.
The nation’s No. 13 wide receiver is going to take all the time he needs to go through the recruiting process and weigh all of his available options. After releasing his top-10 list following a spring full of visits to LSU, Alabama and Florida State, expect Smith to hit the road again to further conduct research and trim that list again closer to the start of his senior season.