LSU’s first week back from spring break has proven to be one of the most impactful in recent memory.
Multiple five-star prospects have been or are scheduled to be on LSU’s campus this week for practice sessions, and this weekend should be equally as busy.
While the recruiting trail can be testing at times, the Tigers received a plethora of positive news stemming from the visits.
Nation’s No. 2 prospect returns home, takes in LSU practice
It has been quite the week for Dylan Moses as well.
The five-star outside linebacker spent Monday in Alabama before heading back home to Baton Rouge, La., to take in LSU’s practice along with some of the nation’s elite prospects.
The homecoming was tainted — a bit — by the love Moses expressed for the Crimson Tide. The former Tigers commit reassured the nation that Alabama remains his No. 1 school.
Moses even raised some eyebrows when he suggested he was close to committing after touring through Tuscaloosa, Ala.
However, a lot of momentum carried over to Moses’ return to LSU, where the nation’s top outside backer met with Tigers coaches and players, including star running back Leonard Fournette. He even joked about possibly inheriting the No. 7 from Fournette, who followed in the footsteps of other LSU legends such as Patrick Peterson and Tyrann Mathieu.
While Moses is leaning toward the Tide, his relationship with LSU is far from over. This visit all but cemented that.
JaCoby Stevens was once committed to LSU, and he may not be too far off from reconsidering that pledge.
The nation’s No. 1 athlete returned to Baton Rouge, La., on Tuesday to take in the Tigers’ spring practice with members of his family, who hail from Louisiana.
Stevens met with coach Les Miles and some of the other assistants, like defensive backs coach Corey Raymond and defensive coordinator Dave Aranda, and afterwards decided that LSU and UGA are his top two schools.
The future college defensive back said his visit reminded him of why he committed to the Tigers in the first place.
The news comes as a bit of a surprise, as many thought Stevens’ relationship with LSU was nearing an end after his de-commitment last November.
To the contrary, Stevens has resurfaced as a major target for the Tigers, who are now in a strong position to land the highly-touted athlete.
Todd Harris has made a handful of trips to LSU in recent weeks, and the nation’s No. 4 safety finally took in a spring practice on Tuesday.
He was joined by the aforementioned Moses and Stevens, as well as close friend and LSU commit Patrick Queen.
Louisiana’s No. 2 prospect in the class, Harris spent much of the practice session observing Raymond working with the defensive backs, then spoke with the coach about an array of topics, including football.
Harris raved about his relationship with Raymond, who he believes fits the total bill of what he is looking for in his future position coach.
Harris is clearly favoring LSU at the moment, but is expected to quiet down his recruitment over the next couple of weeks.
The highly sought-after safety has garnered plenty of interest from across the SEC and national college football powers, but as it stands today, they are all sitting behind the in-state Tigers.
LSU’s stock with Harris is at an all-time high, which bodes well for the Tigers’ chances of landing the prized safety.
Jhamon Ausbon was not on LSU’s campus this week, but perhaps a future visit is in the cards for the four-star wideout.
The nation’s No. 11 wide receiver de-committed from Baylor on Tuesday and re-opened his recruitment.
Ausbon is one of LSU’s top wide receiver targets, even when he was committed elsewhere. Upon picking up his offer from the Tigers in February, Ausbon called LSU his “dream school.”
Of course, the four-star prospect from IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.) re-opened his recruitment 24 hours removed from an unofficial visit to SEC West rival Texas A&M.
While that visit and his interest in the Aggies may be real, do not discount Ausbon’s potential ties to LSU. Expect him to be a key target for the Tigers’ coaches over the next couple of weeks.
Stop me when you’ve heard this before: Cheyenne Labruzza is heading to LSU.
The elite three-star cornerback is set to visit LSU for the third time this spring — and second time in March — on Thursday.
Labruzza continues to lean toward LSU, but is making the trip to take in the Tigers’ practice before he hits the road to visit two SEC rivals in Tennessee and Alabama.
The Albany, La., native picked up an offer from the Vols in December and still does not hold an offer from the Tide — yet, at least.
Labruzza is one of the top cornerback targets for LSU in this year’s class, but the prized prospect has reiterated to SEC Country he wants to visit as many schools as he can before ultimately deciding upon one.
This is simply part of the process for Labruzza.
LSU fans should have rightfully been scared to learn Tyler Shelvin enjoyed himself on a visit to Tuscaloosa, Ala., last weekend.
Some of those fears have been pushed aside, however, when SEC Country learned that the nation’s No. 2 defensive tackle made arrangements to visit LSU for Thursday’s spring practice session.
The five-star prospect from Notre Dame High School (Lafayette, La.) told SEC Country that he “missed LSU” and hadn’t been to the campus in some time, which led Shelvin to schedule the visit.
There was good reason to believe that the Crimson Tide were making significant strides with the prized defensive tackle, and that remains a distinct possibility.
However, the Tigers’ coaches are firing right back by getting Shelvin back on campus to hopefully solidify their stance with the state’s top prospect.
Shelvin and fellow five-star Marvin Wilson are among the top two targets for LSU in the Class of 2017 as the team plans to re-stock along the defensive line following the departures of Christian LaCouture and likely Davon Godchaux.
The three signees from 2016, including five-star Rashard Lawrence, as well as Shelvin and possibly Wilson, are all significant pieces of the long-term puzzle.