LSU wrapped up the first of two on-campus high school prospects camps this weekend.
The team brought some of the nation’s elite talents to Baton Rouge, La., for a visit to give the Tigers’ coaches an opportunity to see them up close and personal. Additionally, the coaching staff got to size up some other prospects in the 2017, 2018 and 2019 recruiting cycles to determine who they should be monitoring and who was worthy of offers.
In all, the LSU coaches dished out five offers and picked up a pair of commitments by the time the camp was over with on Saturday.
Here’s a recap of all the important news and notes from the weekend:
LSU beefs up 2018 class another rising defensive back
LSU’s 2018 recruiting class is already shaping up to be one of the best in the country, especially with the talent in the secondary.
The first offer handed out by coach Les Miles this weekend went to Florida defensive back Nadab Joseph.
The Miami, Fla., safety is 6-foot-2 and 173 pounds, and it was not only his size but his coverage skills that impressed defensive backs coach Corey Raymond from Day 1 of camp.
Joseph’s offer list was just starting to expand. It already featured Mississippi State, Syracuse, Temple and Bowling Green.
But two days after picking up an offer from the Tigers on the visit, Joseph committed before leaving Louisiana.
Joseph is the newest piece in LSU’s 2018 class, which already includes cornerbacks Kelvin Joseph and Corione Harris. Joseph is the third defensive back and fifth commitment for next year’s cycle.
LSU adds first commitment of 2019 class
LSU made the first mark for its 2019 recruiting class after the Saturday morning practice session by offering — and picking up a commitment — from defensive back Derek Stingley Jr.
The Dunham School (Metairie, La.) product impressed Raymond throughout the first two camp practices, then followed suit with Miles looking on.
LSU was the first school to offer Stingley, who was quick to pounce on it and make his commitment official.
The 6-foot, 170-pound prospect impressed as a cornerback in agility drills and in one-on-one coverage. A rising sophomore, Stingley is the son of a local football coach. He will turn 15 years old this week.
Stingley not only plays defensive backs, but lines up on offense and handles kick return duties.
Mutual interest between LSU coaches and 2019 Georgia receiver Jadon Haselwood
One of the stars of LSU’s Saturday morning camp session was 2019 Georgia wide receiver Jadon Haselwood.
The 6-foot-3, 190-pound rising sophomore made the trek from Cedar Grove High School (Ellenwood, Ga.) to Baton Rouge, La., and spent much of his time conversing with wide receivers coach Dameyune Craig.
Haselwood came to the camp with an offer, but a source told SEC Country that Miles “made it official” when he spoke to the wide receiver Saturday.
The Peach State native also spent time with current Tigers receiver Malachi Dupre, and a source told SEC Country that there was a mutual respect between the two players. Dupre left the meeting overly impressed with the young wide receiver, who flashed outstanding vertical ability and a nose for the football often and early in the camp.
The 2019 budding star already holds seven offers, including ones from Georgia, Kentucky and Michigan. However, as it stands today, LSU may be the school out in front for Haselwood.
In-state wide receivers Rayce McMath, Trey Palmer add offers
In keeping with the wide receiver theme, the LSU coaches opted to extend offers to two other notable prospects following the Saturday morning practice session.
One went to 2019 Kentwood (La.) prospect Trey Palmer. The 6-foot-1, 163-pound prospect wowed Miles during one-on-one workouts, leading to an offer and a private meeting with LSU’s head coach in his office afterward.
LSU is the second SEC power to offer Palmer, who added his first offer from Mississippi State last week.
Palmer was one of the gems uncovered by the LSU coaches over the weekend, but the Tigers’ staff was already well-aware of Rayce McMath.
The 3-star New Orleans wide receiver has been on the LSU staff’s radar for several months. Craig, offensive coordinator Cam Cameron and area recruiter Jabbar Juluke have all made several visits to Edna Karr High School (New Orleans) during the spring, with Juluke videotaping McMath’s spring game and requesting that he attend the camp.
McMath did so, and earned the offer that he was anxiously waiting for.
The 6-foot-3, 200-pound prospect left LSU and drove to Mississippi State after earning the offer, and a source told SEC Country that McMath is in no rush to make a decision. The receiver already made a stop in Tuscaloosa, Ala., earlier this month and has other visits planned.
However, the Tigers are in good shape with McMath, especially now that the prospect has earned the offer. Expect the coaches to amp up the intensity on his recruitment. A commitment could come before his senior season.
Notable 2017 prospects in attendance for LSU’s camp
There were several elite prospects that came to Baton Rouge, La., from all across the country.
Some of the notable names include the nation’s top junior college defensive end Isaiah Buggs, 5-star Amite (La.) wide receiver Devonta Smith, 4-star Texas defensive end/outside linebacker K’Lavon Chaisson, 4-star Georgia wide receiver Jeremiah Holloman, 4-star New Orleans athlete Bruce Jordan-Swilling, 3-star New Orleans cornerback Tre’ Swilling and 3-star junior college defensive end Joe Anderson.
Most of these prospects have already secured offers from LSU, the exception being Anderson, who has jumped onto Ed Orgeron’s radar and could be in the mix to land an offer between now and the next camp in July.
Buggs spent Thursday hanging out with current Tigers defensive lineman Davon Godchaux. The two Louisiana natives have a strong relationship, which is a positive sign for LSU after the 4-star prospect recently made stops at both Alabama and Auburn.
Smith also spent Thursday on LSU’s campus, getting a chance to speak with Juluke and current quarterback commit Myles Brennan. The 5-star wide receiver is priority No. 1 for the LSU staff at the wide receiver position, and Craig and Orgeron have put the full-court press on Smith throughout the spring.
Chaisson was the lone elite prospect to spend the entire weekend in Baton Rouge, La. The weak-side end, who is projected to play linebacker in LSU’s 3-4 defense, did not participate in drills. Instead, the LSU coaches were constantly talking to the Houston native, including Dave Aranda and Director of Player Personnel Austin Thomas. Chaisson was impressed by some of the talent on the LSU campus and has long been a fan of Aranda’s scheme. The coaches will be at North Shore High School (Houston) on Tuesday to see Chaisson yet again.
The Swilling brothers participated in the Friday morning session. Tre’ Swilling lined up at safety for Raymond while Jordan-Swilling took reps at outside linebacker. Both received plenty of attention from the Tigers’ coaches. Raymond worked with Swilling one-on-one, while both Aranda and linebackers coach Bradley Dale Peveto continually praised Jordan-Swilling. The brothers recently made stops at Georgia and Alabama, so it was an encouraging sign that both made it to LSU soon after.
Anderson was recently on campus for LSU’s Bayou Picnic, where he developed a relationship with Orgeron. The former Riverside Academy (Reserve, La.) standout was recruited by the Tigers out of high school, but ultimately signed with rival Ole Miss. However, he told SEC Country that LSU has jumped into the lead in his recruitment as he awaits an offer. Much will be contigent on LSU’s progress with Buggs, but Anderson tested very well and has certainly put himself in a position to land an offer and make a quick pledge.
Sam Spiegelman covers LSU football recruiting for SECCountry.com and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Follow him on Twitter for the latest on who’s on their way to play in Tigers Stadium.