The LSU coaches were on the road late into last week and over the weekend, as the staff continues to prepare for the annual Bayou Picnic on Saturday, May 21 in Baton Rouge, La.
With one of the most important recruiting weekends of the calendar year inching closer, the LSU coaches were making progress with those that could very likely wind up in attendance this weekend.
Running backs coach Jabbar Juluke made his way across The Boot and into Mississippi in search of more backfield targets, while offensive coordinator Cam Cameron was doing his due diligence in the Crescent City scouting both passers and pass-catchers.
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Juluke traveled to Southwestern Louisiana to watch three-star prospect Travis Etienne, to New Orleans to see four-star Bruce Jordan-Swilling and to Mississippi to take in five-star Cam Akers’ spring game.
Akers has been courted heavily by the LSU coaches since decommitting from Alabama and was supposed to head up to the campus in early April.
Instead, Juluke decided to come to him and watch as Akers put on a show in the Clinton (Miss.) High School spring game.
Juluke’s visit to Etienne came hours after the 5-foot-11, 199-pound Jennings (La.) High School product released a top 10 comprised of five SEC powers. LSU, which has yet to offer the three-star back, did not make the cut.
Etienne added a caveat in his top schools list, indicating it could change with new offers.
LSU may ultimately fit that bill.
Etienne told SEC Country that LSU is considering making an offer to him, but right now views him as a potential safety. Etienne remains interested in playing running back in college, but is intrigued by the in-state Tigers because of how they use backfields by committee and the proximity of the campus to his home.
LSU is gearing up to have an elite safety class, with four-stars Grant Delpit and Todd Harris both favoring the Tigers early on in their recruitments.
There is a greater need to find backfield depth, and Etienne is one of the state’s top prospects at the position. This is a situation worth monitoring to see which side budges or if the mutual interest remains just that.
As mentioned earlier, Juluke stopped by Brother Martin High School (New Orleans) to check on Jordan-Swilling, as well as his brother, three-star cornerback Tre’ Swilling.
Juluke was joined by Alabama running backs coach Burton Burns, who has long been courting the Swilling brothers as well.
The twist here is that Jordan-Swilling remains unsure whether he’ll play running back or linebacker at the next level. He has told SEC Country that he’ll play running back for his senior season, but is leaning toward moving to the defensive side of the ball in college in an effort to play longer.
For now, Jordan-Swilling is being recruited as a linebacker after releasing his top 10 last month and announcing that he’d like to play linebacker. However, the four-star prospect has yet to inform any coaches of that decision yet, as he remains unsure if he’ll stick with that decision.
Jordan-Swilling previously told SEC Country he is receptive to playing on either side of the ball at LSU, so long that he is able to create his own legacy if he does in fact elect to go there. The Crimson Tide are continuing to recruit him as a running back.
Swilling was pleased to see both SEC coaching staffs make the stop to see him, as Louisiana’s No. 16 prospect can now flaunt that he is seeing action at both cornerback and safety this spring.
LSU and Alabama both cracked Swilling’s top nine and are among a high volume of schools that have come through the Crescent City to visit him and his brother this spring.
Both Jordan-Swilling and Swilling informed SEC Country that they have decided to attend LSU’s Bayou Picnic on Saturday, which will mark the brothers’ second unofficial visit to the nearby campus this spring.
LSU boasts one of the more impressive quarterback classes in the nation for the Class of 2017, but the team is continuing to do its due diligence in case it needs a Plan B.
Cameron was on New Orleans’ West Bank last week to watch Edna Karr’s Aldon Clark throw passes to highly sought-after wide receiver Rayce McMath.
Clark went through the entire route tree, and then showed off his decision-making skills when defenders were put on the field and he was forced to make quick reads in front of LSU’s offensive coordinator.
A source close to the situation told SEC Country that Clark, who is being targeted heavily by the likes of SMU, Memphis and Arkansas State, is considered one of the Tigers’ top quarterback targets if one of their current commitments back off their pledge.
Four-star dual-threat prospect Lowell Narcisse and three-star pro-style prospect Myles Brennan are both LSU commits. Clark is seemingly the next option under the pro-style category should Brennan seek out other options.
Cameron was in New Orleans scouting out Clark, but McMath has long been one of LSU’s top wide receivers in the Class of 2017.
The 6-foot-3, 200-pounder believes he is close to earning an offer from the school after multiple visits and conversations with both Cameron and wide receivers coach Dameyune Craig.
Both of the Tigers coaches have told McMath that they want him to attend their camps this summer in order to get a closer view of the wide receiver and see if he’s a fit for their new style of offense.
McMath remains focused on continuing to impress the coaching staff and finally picking up that highly desired offer. In fact, because of how often he is linked to LSU without actually holding an offer, McMath told SEC Country he has now adopted an “underdog mentality” in his recruitment.
Of course, an offer is seemingly imminent for the talented New Orleans receiver, who is one of the top offensive weapons at the school where Juluke once won a state championship.
This summer, expect McMath to earn his offer. After all, SEC Country predicted he would be one of the three wide receivers embedded in LSU’s 2017 signing class.
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.