Spring break did not mean a break for LSU on the recruiting trail.
The Tigers continue to make progress with some of their top targets in the Class of 2017, most noticeably at quarterback and safety.
LSU received news regarding a handful of upcoming visits as well as where it stands with some of the elite prospects in the state.
Keytaon Thompson might be committed to an SEC West rival, but the nation’s No. 9 dual-threat quarterback has not stopped receiving interest from other programs, including LSU.
Cincinnati, Colorado State and Notre Dame have all offered the four-star prospect in recent weeks, but Thompson indicated to SEC Country that LSU has come on the strongest since his pledge to the Bulldogs.
“I still have great relationships with Coach Cam (Cameron) and Coach (Les) Miles up there,” Thompson said. “We can still talk about everything, and if I need anything I can still talk to them. I had a talk with Coach Cam and he let me know how everything is going, his plans and things like that. He reassured me that (LSU) is still recruiting me and going to continue to recruit me until signing day.”
The 6-foot-4, 210-pound New Orleans native has a longstanding relationship with first-year Tigers running backs coach Jabbar Juluke, who he believes is a great hire for LSU.
Thompson hopes to see LSU open up its offense, which he believes will help with recruiting and perhaps with his own decision. Coaches have clued the quarterback in on the transition since last summer.
For now, the Landry-Walker High School (New Orleans) product remains a hard Mississippi State commit. However, he frequently mentioned that “we’ll have to see what happens” over the next few months, which includes a trip to Starkville, Miss., this weekend and to LSU some time in the summer.
Kevin Dominique may not yet hold an offer from LSU, but he could be the key to the Tigers nabbing one of the nation’s premier safeties.
Dominique, a three-star running back from Plaquemine High School (La.), visited LSU for a spring practice session last Thursday. He spoke with Juluke and defensive backs coach Corey Raymond, both of whom are trying to make it to his team’s spring practices in the coming weeks.
While LSU and a host of other SEC programs have taken notice of Dominique, it is no coincidence that the schools are also interested in his teammate, Todd Harris.
The nation’s No. 4 safety, Harris holds offers from most teams across the SEC, including LSU, which is his leader.
Dominique revealed that he and Harris have considered coming together as a package deal, so whichever SEC power wants to land the safety must also come through with an offer to the running back.
“Most of the schools who have offered him are looking at me, too,” Dominique told SEC Country. We want to go to the same college because we motivate each other. We are really trying to see (what happens) between now and toward the summer.”
Harris is LSU’s top safety target. Dominique rushed for 1,500 yards and 21 touchdowns his junior season.
While it is not set in stone that the teammates will be a group deal, both are quality prospects, and Harris is a must-get for the 2017 class.
While LSU’s spring game on April 16 is one of its top recruiting events of the year, April 2 is shaping up to be equally as critical.
Four-star Texas safety Grant Delpit told SEC Country that he and his family are planning to take in that Saturday’s practice session to get better acquainted with the team and the campus.
“There’s nothing specific I want to see,” Delpit said, “but I do just want to see where I would fit in if I went there.”
Delpit has already visited LSU for Junior Day in late February, while his family is quite familiar with Louisiana.
The Delpits hail from New Orleans, but were displaced by Hurricane Katrina when Grant was 6 years old.
Delpit still has family in Louisiana, which he said gives the Tigers a unique edge in the recruiting process.
Delpit, along with the aforementioned Harris, are LSU’s top two safety targets in this year’s class, and both are considered major priorities.
LSU and Baylor lead the way for Delpit, and a strong visit in early April could push the Tigers ahead ofthe in-state program.