With spring practice in full gear, LSU is expected to host more visitors to give them a firsthand look at how Les Miles and Co. conduct business.
This past weekend, LSU hosted three prospects that could very likely wind up wearing the purple and gold when the dust has settled.
Here’s a recap of all the weekend’s action and LSU’s status with some of those marquee visitors:
Cheyenne Labruzza didn’t have plans to commit this past weekend, but the three-star cornerback certainly saw and heard enough that he’s come closer to ultimately making a decision.
The 6-foot, 183-pound prospect out of Albany, La., took in LSU’s spring practice session on Saturday and spoke with the Tigers’ coaches afterwards.
In a one-on-one conversation with Les Miles, the Madhatter told the highly-touted cornerback just how badly he wants to see Labruzza be a part of LSU.
“I talked with Coach Miles, Coach (Ed) Orgeron, Coach (Corey) Raymond and Coach (Dave) Aranda, and they told me that they really like my leadership and my character,” Labruzza told SEC Country.
“Coach Miles likes how hard I work and thinks I can be a captain for them. He said he isn’t letting me go to any other school. He’s going to stay on me and always have my back, and it meant a lot because of how much that program wants me, especially considering the great tradition that they have over there.”
Labruzza plans to attend more spring practices, but don’t expect a pledge so quickly.
The three-star cornerback told SEC Country he expects to make a decision either right before or after his senior season, and wants to make a handful of visits elsewhere before doing so.
As it stands today, LSU is unofficially Labruzza’s top school or at least hovering near the top. The visit only further verified his high thoughts of the in-state Tigers, who seemingly would be the school to beat before the state’s No. 33 prospect heads elsewhere for other visits.
LSU hosts Texas running back, Louisiana outside linebacker over the weekend
Labruzza may have headlined the visitors over the weekend, but don’t discount the other two prospects that also took in LSU’s spring practice session.
Four-star outside linebacker Christopher Allen and four-star running back Toneil Carter were also in attendance.
Allen, the nation’s No. 7 outside backer, per the 247Sports Composite rankings, is a major SEC target, holding offers from the likes of LSU as well as Alabama, Auburn, UGA, Mississippi State and Ole Miss, among others.
Carter is also being courted by a host of SEC powers, with LSU, Texas A&M, Alabama, Arkansas and UGA among the high number of schools coming after the the country’s No. 6 back.
This was Allen’s second visit to LSU in the span of a month. He also attended the Tigers’ “Boys From The Boot” junior event in mid-February. The state’s No. 4 prospect is a major target for LSU given the fact that he’s one of the premier in-state prospects at a dire position of need.
The 6-foot-4, 222-pounder from Southern Lab School (Baton Rouge, La.) resides just minutes away from the LSU campus. The Tigers should be considered the favorite for Allen, but will have to stave off a number of rival schools in order to eventually secure a commitment from the linebacker.
LSU has a commitment from one outside linebacker, four-star athlete Patrick Queen, already in its 2017 recruiting class.
Carter, a 5-foot-11, 205-pounder from Langham Creek School (Houston, Texas), is one of a high number of Texas prospects that LSU has shown increased interest in over the past couple of weeks.
LSU is seemingly attempting to secure multiple running backs in its 2017 class. The Tigers already hold a commitment from in-state product Clyde Edwards-Helaire and are heavily courting four-star New Orleans native Bruce Jordan-Swilling.
Carter could be a Plan B should LSU lose out in the race for Jordan-Swilling, or perhaps the team is trying to gather as much talent at the position to plan for life after Leonard Fournette.
The Houston, Texas product appeared to have a positive trip to LSU, where he “received a lot of love.” Consider LSU to have a strong chance with the four-star prospect, but remember that is remains very, very early in the process.
Decision day has arrived for three-star New Orleans pass-rusher Sci Martin, who will sign his letter of intent with either LSU, Alabama or TCU on Monday afternoon at McDonogh 35 High School.
The record-setting sack artist postponed his decision from Friday until Monday after severe storms powered through Louisiana and forced cancellations at nearly all of the New Orleans area high schools.
Martin is believed to have already made up his mind, and it’s now a matter of putting the decision to ink.
There are conflicting reports that Martin has taken unofficial visits to LSU’s campus since his official visit on Jan. 22, which the weakside defensive end has denied. Still, Martin is believed to be favoring the in-state Tigers after receiving heightened attention from defensive line coach Ed Orgeron began to spearhead the recruitment leading up to National Signing Day.
The 6-foot-4, 230-pound New Orleans native racked up 33.5 sacks his senior season, a record at McDonogh 35, a legendary high school where a host of college and NFL stars have come through.
Martin is a bit raw, but his skills are undeniable. He has the versatility to rush the quarterback as a traditional defensive end and a stand-up linebacker, which could provide first-year LSU defensive coordinator with some added options if and when Martin arrives in Baton Rouge, La.
Defensive end and outside linebackers are and will continue to be major positions of emphasis in the 2017 and 2018 recruiting classes, as Aranda tries to assemble the necessary depth and talent to run his multiple-scheme defense effectively. Martin could be a late addition in the Class of 2016 and a useful weapon for the coordinator as he prepares for his first season.