The weekend offered no shortage of action as LSU held its annual spring game, far and away one of the busiest recruiting events of the year.
Elite prospects from Louisiana and across the country were in attendance as the Tigers wrapped up their spring season with a highly successful game.
However, as it pertains to recruiting, the Tigers had to deal with both positive news and some setbacks along the way.
The nation’s No. 8 offensive guard took in LSU’s final spring practice session Thursday before he made plans to continue on to Alabama for A-Day.
Those plans changed Friday morning when Edward Ingram and his family decided instead to stay in Baton Rouge, La., take a comprehensive tour of the campus and take in the Tigers’ spring game instead of heading to Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Late Friday, the four-star Texas offensive tackle committed to LSU. Ingram is the fifth commit in the Tigers’ 2017 recruiting class and the first offensive lineman.
The DeSoto High School (Texas) product believes he can compete for a starting spot at left guard upon his arrival on campus and credited offensive line coach Jeff Grimes and coach Les Miles for swaying his mother toward LSU.
Despite setting plans to see both LSU and Alabama this weekend, Ingram told SEC Country that when he left the Lone Star State he had a gut feeling he would wind up committing to LSU.
The 6-foot-4, 325-pound Texan provides LSU with an elite lineman to plug into the interior portion of its offensive line. The Tigers’ guard spots were weakened a bit this spring as Maea Teuhema was shifted outside to tackle.
Ingram gives LSU a much-needed presence at guard and yet another victory in the state of Texas.
Three-star dual-threat quarterback Malik Cunningham visited Louisville on Tuesday and instantly elevated the Cardinals to his No. 1 school.
In doing so, the 6-foot-1, 185-pound Alabama native dropped LSU to his No. 2, which he told SEC Country had more to do with Louisville than the Tigers.
“Louisville is panning out to be the best fit for me,” Cunningham told SEC Country on Tuesday. “I’m not saying that LSU isn’t, but I’m just going where my heart is leading me to right now.”
Cunningham had LSU in the lead after he visited Baton Rouge, La., in February and was told by the offensive coaches that he could play quarterback in the new-look spread offense. Other SEC schools such as UGA and Alabama were courting Cunningham, but as an athlete at either wide receiver or defensive back.
The loss of Cunningham is a hit to LSU’s search for a quarterback in its 2017 class. Its clear-cut No. 1 target is in-state prospect Lowell Narcisse, the nation’s No. 6 dual-threat quarterback.
However, the Tigers are courting a high volume of other prospects at the position and could very well wind up nabbing two quarterbacks by National Signing Day.
With Cunningham out of the picture — for now — LSU could turn its attention to more in-state prospects like Keytaon Thompson, a Mississippi State commit, or other prospects such as California dual-threat quarterback Kaymen Cureton.
Todd Harris was one of the many elite prospects on hand at Tigers Stadium on Saturday for LSU’s spring game.
Harris, the nation’s No. 4 safety in the Class of 2017, brought along his entire family for the event.
The 6-foot, 180-pounder out of Plaquemine High School (La.) was a close observer of the LSU secondary, and even the depleted unit stood out to Harris.
Harris praised both Jamal Adams, whom he called his role model, and Saivion Smith, a true freshman who has cracked LSU’s starting lineup as an early enrollee.
Their success came as no surprise to Harris, who knows what it takes to play in LSU’s secondary.
“Jamal Adams is like my role model and I pretty much take notes from him. He was balling,” Harris told SEC Country on Sunday. “Saivion … he’s a true baller. To play defensive back at LSU, you’re a pretty special kid. I look forward to watching him play.”
Harris is done making visits this spring, and after taking in a handful of LSU spring practices and the spring game, he is largely favoring the in-state Tigers.
However, the four-star safety still plans visits to a number of other SEC schools such as Ole Miss and Mississippi State.
The elite safety is not close to settling on LSU just yet, but the Tigers are in a very strong position.
Nation’s No. 1 junior college DE attends LSU spring game
Isaiah Buggs did not include LSU in his top-10 list earlier this month, but the nation’s top junior college defensive end opted to attend LSU’s spring game.
Buggs, a native of Ruston, La., had an array of spring games to attend on Saturday. However, he decided to stick close to home and see the in-state Tigers as they debuted their newly installed defense.
Even though Buggs excluded LSU from his top 10 list, it is obvious that the 6-foot-5, 280-pounder is still being recruited by the Tigers, and there is a mutual interest.
Buggs’ relationship with LSU is in a bit of disarray at the moment, so it will be interesting to see how his trip to Tigers Stadium impacts any new lists the weakside defensive end releases.
Of course, Buggs has the attention of so many other national powers, including many from the SEC, so it is not yet safe to assume LSU will have an easy path to landing a commitment from the sought-after defensive prospect.
One of the biggest surprises to come from the weekend was a commitment from Cheyenne Labruzza.
The three-star cornerback out of Albany High School (La.) opted to return to Tennessee for the Vols’ spring game, his second visit there this month, instead of staying in-state and taking in LSU’s game.
Shortly into his trip, the elite prospect committed to Tennessee.
Labruzza’s decision came as a major disappointment to LSU’s recruiting efforts. The cornerback had made several visits to LSU for spring practices and junior events over the past three months, and had a strong relationship with many of the Tigers’ coaches.
Last month, Labruzza told SEC Country that Les Miles wouldn’t let him commit to any other school. LSU — at that point — was the clear-cut No. 1 choice for Labruzza.
However, the cornerback’s visit to Knoxville earlier in April must have given him the confidence to commit over the weekend.
LSU will definitely continue to recruit the in-state talent, but the odds are now stacked against the Tigers.
Labruzza is one of the top — if not the top — cornerback targets for LSU in the Class of 2017. The Tigers could respond by amping up the pressure on the three-star recruit, or perhaps extend an offer to another talent.
Either way, do not count LSU out of the race for Labruzza just yet.