LSU’s spring football season is in the rearview mirror, but action on the recruiting trail heated up last week with a prized visitor on campus and the Tigers’ assistant coaches out on the road.
LSU landed a major commitment over the weekend and also cracked the lists of top schools for multiple elite defensive backs from across the country.
Here’s a review of everything that occurred in LSU recruiting:
Myles Brennan may not be a name that LSU fans are too familiar with — at least at this point — but he’s the first quarterback to commit to the Tigers in their 2017 recruiting class.
The three-star, pro-style prospect out of Mississippi visited LSU with his family on Saturday and wound up pledging immediately after earning an offer.
The 6-foot-3, 180-pounder is rated as the nation’s No. 28 pro-style quarterback.
Brennan had been courted by Power 5 programs such as Cal, Indiana, Kentucky, Cincinnati, Memphis, Vanderbilt, Wake Forest, West Virginia and Wisconsin, and generated interest from Alabama, Auburn, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Oregon and Oklahoma State.
Brennan — who had been in Tigers Stadium for the LSU-Florida game last October and again for Junior Day in late February — embraced the unique environment at LSU and felt comfortable enough with the coaches and the offense to finalize his decision.
A New Orleans native, Brennan believes he’s a perfect match for the Tigers’ evolving offense despite the team recruiting mostly dual-threat style quarterbacks. With Malik Cunningham now a Louisville commit, LSU had a major need at quarterback. There’s a high likelihood that multiple signal callers will be signed to this year’s class.
In-state four-star prospect Lowell Narcisse remains the No. 1 quarterback target for LSU, but he is far from making a decision. Brennan gives the Tigers a promising commit at a major position of need and someone to build the rest of the class around.
Nation’s No. 4 safety, who’s favoring LSU, visits a rival SEC West school
Todd Harris wasn’t planning on making any more college visits this spring, but those plans were altered early last week.
The nation’s No. 4 safety out of Plaquemine (La.) High School was one a handful of Louisiana-based prospects to make the trek to Arkansas for the Razorbacks’ spring game on Saturday.
Harris was joined by major Arkansas wide receiver target Kendrick Paul and Texas A&M wide receiver target Johnathan Jones, two of the Boot’s premier talents that LSU is not currently recruiting.
The four-star safety tweeted that he enjoyed his visit to Fayetteville, though Arkansas has never cracked Harris’ top schools, so there’s seemingly little cause for concern.
Harris, who has visited Mississippi State and made several trips to LSU this spring, is a Tigers lean. However, it remains early in the process for the elite safety, who aims to make visits to Ole Miss, Mississippi State and a handful of other schools during the summer before trimming his list down.
The hard-hitting defensive back remains in good shape to land with the in-state Tigers barring an unforeseen setback on the recruiting trail. Everything remains fluid, but recruiting is a game that can change daily.
Four-star Texas safety Grant Delpit dropped his first top 10 list Saturday, and it included LSU as well as Alabama and Florida.
Delpit, who was recently elevated to the country’s No. 12 safety, has picked up offers recently from many of the schools in his top 10. Alabama, Florida, Southern Cal and Notre Dame have all offered, and the safety has already visited both the Trojans and Gators, as well as TCU, Baylor and LSU.
In fact, the 6-foot-3, 185-pounder has visited LSU multiple times, including earlier this month, when he told SEC Country that the Tigers had jumped out as the frontrunner.
“LSU would probably be at the top of the list,” Delpit informed SEC Country. “It’s nothing really specifically that they do, but it’s just a good feeling that when I go there, it feels so familiar.”
Delpit is a New Orleans native and still has family living in Louisiana. Growing up a few hours west in Houston has made it easy for Delpit to travel to LSU and to Louisiana, which has given the Tigers an early edge in the recruiting process.
The sudden burst of interest in Delpit from national college football powers has shaken things up a bit, though. Southern Cal and Florida have already gotten Delpit to visit their campuses, and both are a threat to LSU’s early lead.
Delpit, along with the aforementioned Harris, are LSU’s top two safety targets in this year’s class. Both are considered must-get prospects, and while the Tigers are out in front, neither prospect is ready to commit.
Expect Delpit to consider making his visits to the schools in the top 10, and expect more offers to continue to roll in. LSU should be content with its stance now, but understand that it’s not solidified yet.
Once an LSU commit, Justin Watkins kept the Tigers in his recently released top five list, but they now occupy the No. 5 spot.
The four-star Florida athlete included Florida, Alabama and LSU in his top five as the Nos. 3-5 schools, respectively, all of which took a backseat to his new leader, Florida State.
The 5-foot-10, 165-pound athlete was supposed to visit LSU for the spring game, but those plans got derailed. Instead, Watkins was in Tallahassee, Fla., taking an unofficial visit at Florida State.
LSU is slowly, but surely, losing steam with the talented athlete and future defensive back prospect in the Class of 2018.
Watkins rescinded his pledge to the Tigers in mid-February and has since shown interest in an array of other programs, most notably the other schools included in his top five that have either offered the athlete or received a visit from him in recent weeks.
From an LSU perspective, Watkins was a valuable component in the 2018 recruiting class, but is not essential. LSU has already secured commitments from a pair of the nation’s top defensive backs in Kelvin Joseph, the nation’s No. 3 cornerback, and Corione Harris, a budding cornerback now rated as the No. 16 overall prospect from Louisiana.
Expect the Tigers to continue to their recent trajectory and slip out of contention for Watkins. However, LSU has already filled the potential void left by the talented Florida athlete, and expect them to continue to do so in a big way in both the Class of 2017 and 2018.
Sam Spiegelman covers LSU football recruiting for SECCountry.com and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Follow him on Twitter for the latest on who’s on their way to play in Tigers Stadium.