After what turned out to be a critical week on the recruiting trail, LSU is gearing up for yet another important weekend.
Although the Tigers’ annual spring game is still more than a week away, they will host what could be two significant pieces of their 2017 recruiting class this coming weekend.
Austin Deculus is scheduled to announce his commitment to either LSU, Alabama or Michigan on May 20, but the four-star offensive tackle out of Cy-Fair High School (Cypress, Texas) the nation’s No. 12 offensive tackle is seemingly leaning toward the Tigers.
As he explained to SEC Country over the weekend, Deculus has already made his decision. Yet many teams, including LSU, have tried to make last-second attempts to sway him in one direction or another.
For LSU, it was coach Les Miles and the rest of the coaching staff singing “Happy Birthday” to the 6-foot-3, 323-pounder.
Deculus will have an opportunity to thank Miles for the vocal performance when he makes his fourth trip to Baton Rouge, La., over the weekend.
However, it could be a chance for the Texas offensive lineman to solidify LSU’s position as his favorite with just about six weeks to go before making his commitment public.
Alex Leatherwood may be committed to an SEC West rival, but he continues to explore what LSU has to offer.
Leatherwood will visit LSU for the second time this spring Saturday, and third time overall since committing to Alabama.
The nation’s No. 9 offensive tackle recently attended LSU’s Junior Day in late February, and will spend the entire weekend in The Boot this time around as he participates in Nike’s “The Opening” regional in New Orleans on Sunday.
The 6-foot-5, 297-pounder remains high on LSU’s offensive linemen big board and is one of three tackles the Tigers are courting in this recruiting cycle. Of course, LSU has a lot of work to do in order to pry Leatherwood away from the Crimson Tide, but it doesn’t hurt that he grew up as a Tigers fan from not too far away in Pensacola, Fla.
After Leatherwood’s Junior Day visit, he told SEC Country that the trip went better than expected and felt like he was a priority.
It will be interesting to see if offensive line coach Jeff Grimes and Miles can make even more progress with Leatherwood on Saturday during one of LSU’s final spring practice sessions.
Christopher Allen made a scheduled visit to LSU last Saturday for the Tigers’ spring scrimmage, which solidified the team’s spot in the talented in-state prospect’s top three.
Allen, the nation’s No. 7 outside linebacker, re-asserted that LSU remains in his top three, though the Baton Rouge, La., native has yet to finalize a list of his top schools at this point.
One thing is for sure, though: Allen is putting a lot of stock into how the Tigers and other college football powerhouses recruiting him do this upcoming season.
“I haven’t decided or set up a list, but I know that they’re (LSU) top-three,” Allen told SEC Country. “A lot depends on how they play this upcoming season.”
The 6-foot-4, 234-pounder already visited Alabama this spring and is attempting to make a return trip before the end of the season. He also hopes to visit both Florida and UGA at some point.
Allen plans to take as much time as he needs with the decision, which he said will likely occur after the 2016 college football season. He also didn’t rule out making up his mind on National Signing Day (Feb. 1, 2017).
For now, LSU has to be considered among the frontrunners based on how much of an impact defensive coordinator Dave Aranda has made on the Louisiana’s No. 4 overall prospect. Aranda is the type of coach Allen is seeking to play for and he would used in a way similar to starter Kendell Beckwith, which is appealing to the linebacker.