As LSU attempts to piece together yet another elite recruiting class, it must first stave off other national college football powers in the race for top-tier prospects.
This weekend, LSU’s rivals were busy hosting some of the Tigers’ top prospects in the Class of 2017.
Here’s a recap of where some of LSU’s main targets were, plus information on which prospects have attended the team’s spring practices and who else is on the way:
LSU safety target takes visit to Big 12 school, draws offer from SEC rival
On the same day that four-star Texas safety Grant Delpit picked up an offer from Florida, the highly sought-after prospect made plans to visit Baylor.
Delpit, one of LSU’s top safety targets in the Class of 2017, visited Baylor’s campus over the weekend. Baylor is the other top-tier college football program that is among the Houston, Texas product’s top schools.
Delpit told SEC Country he attended the Bears’ scrimmage.
“It was good, you know, nothing special,” Delpit told SEC Country. “It was just like watching practice and seeing where I’d fit in if I went there.”
A New Orleans native, Delpit considers LSU one of his top schools. Aside from Baylor, the Tigers may also have to thwart rival Florida in the race for the elite safety.
The Gators join not only LSU, but Texas A&M and Ole Miss as SEC powers vying to land the nation’s No. 18 safety.
Of course, LSU and the state of Louisiana have a special place in Delpit’s heart, as he was living there before being displaced by Hurricane Katrina.
Delpit told SEC Country that LSU is among his top schools and leading among teams from the SEC. The safety is trying to get back to Baton Rouge, La., for a visit, which should give the Tigers some leverage as we hit the spring and summer.
LSU’s top cornerback target visits Baylor
Delpit was not the only LSU target to visit Waco, Texas over the weekend.
Three-star Louisiana cornerback Cheyenne Labruzza also took a visit to Baylor on Friday, just about a month after drawing an offer from the Big 12power.
“A big thank you to the Baylor football staff for inviting me and my family to come experience what it’s like to be a Bear!!” Labruzza tweeted out over the weekend.
The visit to Texas came a week after taking in an LSU spring practice session in mid-March.
Labruzza told SEC Country that he plans on making numerous visits before making a commitment, and this is simply part of the process.
Still, it’s hard not to count LSU as the favorite for the Albany, La., native, who is simply doing his due diligence in exploring all of the top-tier college programs that have extended an offer his way.
There is little reason to believe Baylor is remotely close to LSU in the race for the elite Louisiana cornerback, who is believed to be favoring the in-state Tigers.
Four-star tackle Adrian Ealy attended LSU’s sixth spring practice session last week.
As he explained to SEC Country, Ealy was curious about how the Tigers conducted their practice.
The 6-foot-7, 280-pound offensive lineman saw a lot of similarities to how his high school, University Lab School (Baton Rouge, La.), goes about business, which gives LSU a bit of an edge in that department.
“I wanted to see the way the coaches interacted during practice, the way they take it and how they have fun and things like that,” Ealy told SEC Country. “This was my first real LSU practice, and because I like to compete and have fun, I saw things that I really like.”
Ealy also took in a 50-play scrimmage, one in which he was impressed by how many true freshmen were contributing to the team right away.
Louisiana’s No. 8 prospect in the Class of 2017, Ealy considers early playing time among his most important factors as he goes through the recruiting process.
“Seeing LSU play their young guys play in big roles for the team is good to see,” Ealy said. “I saw Saivion Smith out there. I didn’t get to see the offensive line commits because they were not down there yet. I want to see how they rotate in the scrimmages, though. If I choose LSU, it’s a factor to play early.”
Ealy has his choice of SEC schools at the moment, but all signs currently favor the in-state Tigers.
The elite offensive tackle has a lot of familiarity with the program and longstanding relationships with members of the LSU coaching staff. After a positive review of the practice, the only domino that has yet to fall is whether Ealy can envision earning early playing time with the in-state power next year.
It’s hard not to view LSU as the prohibitive favorite for the nation’s No. 28 offensive tackle. Still, there are a lot of programs — including a host from the SEC — that will be in the mix.
LSU fans that all but ruled out the Tigers’ chances of luring Dylan Moses back home to The Boot received quite a chunk of good news over the weekend.
The nation’s No. 2 prospect, Moses announced he would be returning to Baton Rouge, La., next week and attend the Tigers’ first spring practice session once the team returned from its spring break.
“Going to go watch (LSU football) spring practice next week!” Moses tweeted out on Saturday morning. “Gotta go check my boys out!!”
Of course, Moses picked up his offer from LSU as an eighth-grader, then verbally pledged to the home-state Tigers at 15 years old.
The elite outside linebacker reopened his recruitment in the summer of 2015 and eventually transferred out of University Lab School (Baton Rouge, La.) to IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.) for his final high school season.
Relocating to Florida was certainly quite the blow for LSU fans to absorb, especially as a host of Florida programs and other national powers were quick to try and gain ground with Moses.
While LSU was left off of Moses’ top schools and seemingly falling out of favor with the No. 1 outside backer, his latest decision has certainly brought the Tigers back into the picture.
LSU may have a lot of ground to make up, but Moses maintains a unique relationship with coach Les Miles and many members of the coaching staff.
Moses is the nation’s top prospect at LSU’s most dire position of need, which almost gives this a “meant to be” sort of feel.
As we await Moses’ attendance on the LSU campus next week, it will be interesting to see if the Tigers can climb back into the race and perhaps alter the direction of his recruitment moving forward.