At this stage in the game, it’s a win for a school to be named among a prospect’s top teams.
In the case of LSU, that is the case with numerous highly-touted players across the country.
As prospects begin to take visits to different camps and Junior Days, they’re being subjected to new campuses, different coaches and offered multiple opportunities at each school. Those are all important factors when they decide which school to commit to, whether it’s over the summer, during their high school season or come National Signing Day.
That’s the case with some major LSU targets that spoke with SEC Country over the past week:
At Age 6, Grant Delpit was forced to evacuate his home in Eastern New Orleans and head west to Texas because Hurricane Katrina was on its way.
More than a decade later, the three-star safety returned to Louisiana — to LSU — for the Tigers’ Junior Day at the end of February.
Delpit had a chance to meet with a host of LSU coaches, including defensive backs coach Corey Raymond, who had a simple message for the New Orleans native: come home.
Proximity to home will ultimately be a factor as the 6-foot-3, 185-pound product out of Houston, Texas makes his college decision. As it stands today, LSU and Baylor are among his top schools.
Delpit told SEC Country that the Tigers are high up on his list because of what the school has to offer. He plans on attending some of LSU’s spring practices over the next month as well, adding that he believes he’d be a great fit in the secondary.
Delpit is among LSU’s top targets at the safety position, and all signs point to a high likelihood of a homecoming.
Four-star offensive tackle Adrian Ealy attends high school at University Lab (Baton Rouge, La.), which is literally footsteps away from the LSU campus.
Familiarity with LSU is not an issue for the 6-foot-7, 280-pound prospect, who admitted it can also work in the in-state Tigers’ favor at times, too.
“You know, all I have to say is LSU is definitely a top school in my hunt,” Ealy told SEC Country. “Just because I’m on campus at LSU doesn’t mean I have to go to LSU. I like to be different, but LSU is a school I’m going to consider because I grew up on LSU.”
In addition to LSU, Auburn, Tennessee, Ole Miss and Florida are some of the other SEC schools that have offered Ealy. Alabama is showing heightened interest, which could lead the elite tackle to visit Tuscaloosa, Ala., sometime next week.
Ealy seems inclined to continue his football career in the SEC, but don’t consider LSU a lock.
The Baton Rouge, La., native is high on earning early playing time, which may not come easy if he stays home at LSU.
Ealy will have to weigh that factor with a host of others, including the aforementioned comfortability, coaching staffs and interest each school shows toward the tackle in the coming months.
Give LSU an edge, at least early on, but there are no guarantees here.
Four-star New Orleans cornerback Tre Swilling is among the top area and statewide prospects in the Class of 2017. He may be the best recruiter as well.
Less than a day after announcing that his list of top five schools was going to be released soon, he made a plea on Twitter for a host of Louisiana’s elite prospects and some LSU targets across the country to all join up at the next level.
Swilling included his brother, Bruce Jordan-Swilling, as well as former LSU commit Dylan Moses, Alabama commit Alex Leatherwood and Texas linebacker Anthony Hines. He also included some of Louisiana’s top prospects in Todd Harris, Devonta Smith and Jeremy Singleton.
Moments later, Swilling also attempted to add Texas’ Marvin Wilson to the mix.
Not surprisingly, most of the nine prospects included are major LSU targets. Swilling and Jordan-Swilling are both atop LSU’s big board at cornerback and running back respectively, while Leatherwood, Harris, Smith and Wilson can say the same about their respective positions.
Perhaps Swilling was just joking amongst friends, but if there is any sort of serious undertone to this recruiting pitch, LSU fans should pay attention and begin to smile a bit.
Mikhail Hill does not hold an LSU offer — yet, at least — but he has certainly distinguished himself as a prospect to keep an eye on over the course of the next few months.
The 6-foot-3, 300-pound defensive tackle out of West Jefferson High School (Harvey, La.), has been recruited by LSU running backs coach Jabbar Juluke since the coach was at Louisiana Tech.
Now that he’s recruiting for the purple and gold, he’s continued to come after Hill.
Juluke plans on visiting the three-star tackle during the spring, and Hill believes the LSU coaches could come once they see what they want.
“Coach Juluke said he was going to come down for spring and see me, and he wants me to come to the camp this summer,” Hill told SEC Country. “They want to see me play in person, and that has really motivated me to work harder because I know if I get that LSU offer, more schools might come.”
Louisiana’s No. 48 prospect in Class of 2017, Hill is also generating interest from Memphis.
However, the New Orleans native admitted that once an offer from the in-state Tigers comes they’ll immediately emerge as one of his top schools.
Hill may have a long way to go before pulling in the offer, but his size, early interest and relationship with Juluke are all important factors moving forward.
Should he impress in-person and during his senior campaign, Hill could be a Plan B should LSU lose ground with its top defensive tackle target in Wilson.