Few weekends are as quiet as this last one when it comes to LSU recruiting.
After beginning to put the opening touches on their 2017 and 2018 recruiting classes, the Tigers did not receive any commitments over the weekend.
Instead, LSU coaches may be awaiting word on a potential late addition for the 2016 signing class just as they prepare for the start of spring practice.
There have been no shortage of storylines revolving around Martin’s decision-making process.
The three-star New Orleans pass-rusher opted not to sign his letter of intent with TCU on National Signing Day last month. That decision stemmed from official visits he took to both Alabama and LSU, and subsequent in-home visits from Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban and Tigers coach Les Miles.
After reopening his recruitment in February, Martin told SEC Country he was deciding between the two SEC West powers and TCU.
Martin’s coach told SEC Country that the 6-foot-4, 230-pound record-setting sack artist was planning to announce his choice this week. Then reports surfaced early Saturday that Martin is planning another visit to LSU first.
However, Louisiana’s No. 26 prospect in the Class of 2016 spoke candidly to SEC Country and indicated that he has not visited LSU since his official visit and does not have plans to head to Baton Rouge, La., before making his decision known later this week.
Signs point to LSU or TCU landing the elite pass-rusher. LSU defensive line coach Ed Orgeron is a huge fan of Martin, who could be a valuable asset for the Tigers’ defensive line rotation, and possibly a fit at outside linebacker.
Consider the Horned Frogs as the Tigers’ biggest threat to keeping Martin in The Boot.
Florida State may be the No. 1 school for four-star outside linebacker VanDarius Cowan, but LSU has cracked the top three.
Cowan, a Seminoles commit, told SEC Country that both LSU and Alabama are now in his top.
LSU coaches began to pay attention to Cowan early, which has paid dividends down the road.
“I started to like LSU because the first time they came down to Palm Beach County was to come to my school to offer me and one of my other teammates,” Cowan said.
Cowan plans to take all five of his official visits and indications are that LSU will “likely” be one.
The nation’s No. 7 outside linebacker, per the 247Sports Composite, Cowan is an obvious target for LSU given the team’s major need at the position heading into the 2016 season.
LSU landed Michael Divinity in the 2016 class and could be in a position to start the highly-touted prospect as a true freshman. That could very easily be the case for Cowan, too, should he flip his commitment at some point in the coming months.
First-year LSU defensive coordinator Dave Aranda could take full advantage of a versatile prospect like Cowan, who seemingly has a long way to go in this recruiting process.
Coach Les Miles finally addressed the overwhelming elephant in the room last weekend by promoting Orgeron to the team’s new recruiting coordinator, a role vacated by Frank Wilson when he took the head coaching job at Texas-San Antonio.
Orgeron is entering his second year on the LSU coaching staff and in a short span of time has proven yet again to be one of — if not — the most valuable recruiting aces in the nation.
After Wilson left LSU in the weeks leading up to signing day, Orgeron played an integral role in helping the Tigers maintain a nationally acclaimed 2016 recruiting class. Blue-chip prospects Orgeron helped bring to LSU include Rashard Lawrence, Glen Logan and Donavaughn Campbell, all of whom were heavily recruited over the final weeks of the recruiting season by rivals and other prominent programs.
With the promotion of Orgeron, LSU took yet another step toward ensuring the continued dominance of in-state recruiting. Orgeron has been a major proponent to the Tigers’ increased recruiting efforts in the northern part of Louisiana, where this year the team received commitments from the likes of Lawrence, Cameron Lewis and Devin White.
Orgeron generated interest from rival SEC schools and his former team, Southern Cal, earlier in the offseason. His decision to stick with LSU has paid off, for both the program and the widely-respected coach.
LSU targets earn accolades at New Orleans Rivals camp
The Rivals Camp series passed through New Orleans over the weekend, and there were no shortage of LSU targets in attendance.
Alabama offensive tackle commit Alex Leatherwood garnered accolades at the camp’s top lineman. The four-star prospect out of Pensacola, Fla., is just a week removed from a trip to The Boot for LSU’s Junior Day.
After the visit, the 6-foot-5, 297-pounder told SEC Country that the visit went “better than expected,” and indicated that he is strongly considering LSU despite his pledge to a rival SEC West school.
Leatherwood grew up as an LSU fan. It will be very interesting to see how his recruitment plays out while ‘Bama tries to stave of the lineman-hungry Tigers.
Another LSU target, wide receiver Devonta Smith, was recognized as a top performer among receivers and tight ends.
The four-star athlete out of Amite, La., excluded the Tigers from his top three when speaking to SEC Country last month, but also said that LSU was not out of the race just yet.
If LSU opens up its offense and adopts more spread principles, Smith’s attraction to the Tigers could be heightened in a major way. With new wide receivers coach Dameyune Craig now in the fold, Smith is expected to become an even greater target.