The LSU coaches followed up an action-filled camp and a two-day tour through the Lone Star State with a jam-packed weekend back on campus.
The staff allotted offers to a pair of defensive linemen from Florida and hosted two of the top athletes from Texas in the Class of 2018. For them, offers may come in just a matter of time.
Here’s a recap of all the important action on the LSU recruiting front from this weekend:
‘DBU’ resonates with talented Texas prospect
LSU has five commitments in its 2018 recruiting class, three of which are defensive backs. But that has not stopped defensive backs coach Corey Raymond from targeting some of the nation’s top prospects at the position in what could wind up being a loaded class.
Four-star Texas athlete Jordan Moore visited LSU’s campus Thursday and met with Raymond. The 5-foot-11, 170-pound prospect from Yoakum (Texas) High School plays both running back and safety, but is being viewed as a potential component of the Tigers’ secondary.
Moore’s first trip to Baton Rouge, La., let him quite impressed, and with an offer potentially on the way as early as next month during the team’s second high school camp, LSU is quickly becoming one of his top options.
“Man, I loved it,” Moore told SEC Country after the visit. “I met with Raymond and some of the strength and conditioning coaches. It was just chit chat, and he wants me back at the camp because he really likes what I bring to the table.”
Moore is rated as the No. 9 safety in the Class of 2018 and the No. 7 overall prospect from the Lone Star State.
As a sophomore, Moore was a 1,000-yard rusher, but believes he’s a better fit on the other side of the ball, especially as it pertains to fit with LSU.
Fittingly, Raymond held a similar view.
“He (Raymond) loved my film. He said he loved it and he feels like I can come in and play early,” Moore said. “He’s the type of coach I would like to play under because he knows the game and he knows what it takes. LSU is the real ‘DBU,’ so I’m excited.”
Moore is expected to be back on LSU’s campus Monday along with his twin brother, Joshua Moore.
Joshua a 6-foot-1, 168-pound prospect, is also a 4-star recruit. A standout athlete at both wide receiver and safety, he is rated the No. 9 receiver in the 2018 class and Texas’ No. 11 overall prospect.
Joshua did not make the trip with his brother Thursday, but is expected to be in attendance for the subsequent visit. It is unclear which position LSU has recruited him at, though his versatility may be warranted.
Tigers extend offers to pair of out-of-state defensive ends
Defensive end is among the most important positions LSU is targeting in its 2017 recruiting class.
The team already holds a commitment from versatile lineman Aaron Moffitt, who could wind up at either end or tackle. Junior college prospect Isaiah Buggs is the team’s top true defensive end target. There’s also junior college lineman Joe Anderson.
We can add another 2017 defensive end target to the list. Three-star prospect Owen Carney, a 6-foot-4, 232-pound prospect from Florida, added an offer from the Tigers over the weekend after Raymond, the area recruiter, and defensive line coach Ed Orgeron saw the weak-side end in action at Miami Central High School (Miami, Fla.).
Soon after Carney picked up his offer, one of the top defensive ends in next year’s cycle followed suit.
Justin Mascoll, a four-star weak-side defensive end added his 18th offer from LSU. The 6-foot-4, 206-pound prospect from South Gwinnett (Snellville, Ga.) is the nation’s top-ranked prospect at the position and the No. 2 player from the Peach State in the Class of 2018. He already boasts an impressive and lengthy offer sheet, a list in-state power Georgia has jumped to the front of.
LSU’s 2018 class is already loaded with talent in the secondary and at wide receiver, so defensive linemen will be a point of emphasis for Orgeron the next few weeks at LSU’s second camp and on recruiting trips. A prospect as talented as Mascoll will naturally jump to the top of the Tigers’ wish list, though LSU already faces stiff competition for the elite out-of-state player.
All 2017 prospect ratings are from the 247Sports composite and all 2018 prospect ratings are from 247Sports, unless otherwise noted.
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.