LSU has laid the foundation for a top-10 recruiting class in 2018. Over the next few months, the coaching staff will be attempting to add a final couple of pieces that puts this collection of talent into “elite” territory.
The Tigers’ 2018 recruiting class — which is up to 20 commitments — ranks No. 6 in the country. There’s room for six more additions.
Each Friday, SEC Country will review the week that was in LSU recruiting. That includes an overview look at the current commitments, the top remaining targets on the board and what could be in store next for the Tigers.
LSU recruiting: Where it ranks
LSU’s 2018 recruiting class ranks No. 6 in the country and No. 2 in the SEC, according to the 247Sports composite rankings.
The Tigers hold 20 commitments. It breaks down to eight 4-star recruits and 12 3-star recruits.
The week that was
- LSU hosted 5-star WR Terrace Marshall Jr. and his entire family for a visit last Thursday. It marked Marshall’s second visit to Baton Rouge in as many months. He recapped his time back on campus, his ongoing relationship with the coaching staff and which schools are in the mix for official visits during the fall.
Kelvin Joseph, 4-star DB
Jarrell Cherry, 4-star EDGE
Nadab Joseph, 4-star DB
Davin Cotton, 4-star DL
Chasen Hines, 4-star OL
Damone Clark, 4-star LB
Kenan Jones, 4-star WR
Dare Rosenthal, 4-star DL
Chris Curry, 3-star RB
Micah Baskerville, 3-star LB
Jaray Jenkins, 3-star WR
Travez Moore, 3-star EDGE
Cole Smith, 3-star OL
Cameron Wire, 3-star OL
Zach Sheffer, 3-star TE
Nelson Jenkins, 3-star DL
Tae Provens, 3-star RB
Ar’Darius Washington, 3-star DB
Ja’Quon Griffin, 3-star DL
Dantrieze Scott, 3-star EDGE
Top uncommitted targets
Terrace Marshall Jr., 5-star WR (Bossier City, La.) — Marshall made a second unofficial visit to LSU in as many months last Thursday and again brought his entire family. Marshall was high on his relationship with the LSU coaching staff, but added it will come down to how the Tigers’ offense looks in the fall. LSU is sure to get one of his five official visits. As will Texas A&M, Texas and Miami. Alabama, Florida State and TCU are in the mix for the fifth. A decision will come Dec. 22.
Patrick Surtain Jr., 5-star CB (Plantation, Fla.) — The nation’s No. 1 corner returned to LSU with his father last month. They toured through campus and got an up-close look at the academic offerings. Surtain also spent quality time with current LSU players, most notably Donte Jackson and Kevin Toliver II. Surtain has named LSU as his leading school, but a commitment won’t come until later in the fall or closer to National Signing Day. He is LSU’s top defensive target on the board.
Anthony Cook, 5-star CB (Houston) — LSU holds commitments from three defensive backs in the 2018 class and is pushing hard for Surtain to be the final piece, but that has not stopped defensive backs coach Corey Raymond from dialing up the pressure on Cook. Cook was high on LSU after making a visit for the Tigers’ spring game and has been in touch with LSU every day since. Cook is planning to release a final five. LSU is in the mix to be in that grouping along with Ohio State, Clemson, Texas and Notre Dame. Cook will likely make an official visit to Baton Rouge and warrants a spot in this class.
Justin Rogers, 4-star QB (Bossier City, La.) — Louisiana’s No. 1 quarterback committed to TCU on May 31, but that has not deterred the LSU coaches from continuing the press for Rogers in recent weeks. While Rogers is entrenched with the Horned Frogs, he is keeping an open mind toward the Tigers and the new-look offense. Rogers is an early enrollee, so if LSU were to get back into the race it would need to impress the dual-threat prospect quickly. LSU is unlikely to take a quarterback in its 2018 class that isn’t named Justin Rogers.
Kamryn Babb, 4-star WR (St. Louis) — LSU has been pushing hard behind the scenes for Babb, one of the best wide receivers in this year’s class. The Tigers increased their efforts after Ja’Marr Chase popped to Florida, but were unable to get Babb and his family onto campus this summer. Babb will use an official visit to get to LSU, but the Tigers face stiff competition from Ohio State, the prohibitive favorite.
Luke Ford, 4-star TE (Carterville, Ill.) — Ford made a visit to Baton Rouge on the final day of the team’s elite high school camp in June. While Ford has named Alabama as his leading school, he indicated LSU was bunched into that second group of schools that he is strongly considering. Ford left his LSU visit impressed with the atmosphere and the coaching staff. LSU is likely behind schools such as Alabama and UGA in the race for Ford.
Ja’Marr Chase, 4-star WR (New Orleans) — Chase made a surprising decision to commit to Florida after attending Friday Night Lights last month, but LSU has refused to turn its efforts down on the in-state wide receiver. Chase and his family were supposed to visit Baton Rouge in the week following his commitment but opted not to go due to some backlash from the Gators coaching staff. There is confidence on the LSU side it can get Chase into this class, though the 4-star wide receiver has seemed to be leaning on his out-of-state options.
Michael Thompson, 4-star DL (St. Louis) — Thompson included LSU into his final five schools after making a visit to campus for junior day in the spring. Thompson and his mother received the red-carpet treatment from Ed Orgeron on the visit, which made a strong impression on the blue chip defensive tackle. Thompson is beginning to make more visits as the fall approaches and an official visit should be in the cards to LSU at some point during the season. Missouri is considered the favorite to land the in-state prospect, but LSU may be the top option if he chooses to head out of state.
Devonta Jason, 4-star WR (New Orleans) — Jason has been committed to Kansas since February, but a final decision won’t come until December before he graduates and enrolls early at the university of his choosing. The elite in-state receiver has made one visit to LSU this summer and enjoyed a sit-down meeting with Orgeron and Mickey Joseph. LSU has been working hard behind the scenes to get Jason back onto campus and will likely host him for a number of games this fall. If the Tigers’ offense impresses in the fall, they stand in a very strong position.
Lawrence Keys III, 4-star WR (New Orleans) — Keys has named LSU as his leading school and could be close to making a decision. He made an unofficial visit to Baton Rouge in the week leading up to the Dead Period and got a better blueprint for how he would fit into the LSU offense. Next up for Keys is getting onto campus along with his mother, who is playing an integral role in helping her son make an informed decision. Don’t be surprised if Keys pops to LSU after making an official visit in the fall.
Badara Traore, 4-star OL (JUCO) — The No. 1 junior college offensive tackle remains a high priority for Jeff Grimes and the Tigers coaching staff, as they look to fortify the offensive line once K.J. Malone graduates after the 2017 season. Traore has made one official visit thus far — to Auburn — but a stop in Baton Rouge is expected. Grimes has forged a good relationship with Traore, who could be in line for immediate playing time if he chose LSU. He is in the beginning of the recruiting process, so things are open at this point.
Rafiti Ghirmai, 4-star OL (Frisco, Texas) — Ghirmai named LSU as his No. 1 school in the aftermath of a visit to Baton Rouge for the Tigers’ spring game. Ghirmai was impressed by the academic side of things on LSU’s campus. LSU tried to bring the right tackle to the Bayou for a camp this summer, but instead, he visited Michigan, UCLA, Alabama and Texas, his other top schools. Those in Texas believe he’ll stay home despite his public comments on LSU.
Miles Battle, 4-star WR (Houston) — Battle named LSU as one of his five finalists a bit earlier in the summer, and the Tigers have remained in a strong spot. Battle visited for junior day but has not returned since. He will likely make multiple visits to campus in the fall and should officially visit LSU before making a decision. Ole Miss was a prohibitive favorite for the Houston native, but Hugh Freeze’s resignation has thrown a wrench into the Rebels’ chances. LSU could increase the pressure on Battle depending on their chances with the in-state receivers.
Glenn Beal, 3-star TE (New Orleans) — Beal nearly popped to LSU on several occasions dating back to last summer when he picked up his offer. As his recruitment has taken off, he has relied on patience while going through the process. Beal camped at LSU twice in June, then made stops at Alabama, Mississippi State and Arkansas in July. UCLA and Ole Miss are his other top teams, but the Tigers have quietly remained his leading school. Beal aims to hold off on making a decision until National Signing Day.
Andres Fox, 3-star EDGE (Mobile, Ala.) — LSU cracked Fox’s top-4 schools in July before he conceded Auburn and Alabama were a notch above the Tigers. Fox made visits to Auburn and Alabama in July and also squeezed in a stop to Stanford, but he opted to delay announcing his commitment, which was originally scheduled for before his senior season. At one point, LSU was in a strong position. Things have cooled on those fronts in recent weeks.
Joseph Foucha, 3-star DB (New Orleans) — Foucha garnered his offer from LSU during the elite high school camp in June and has since returned twice for unofficial visits, including last week before the NCAA’s Dead Period. Once considered an Auburn lean, Foucha is likely to release a top-5 list in the weeks before his senior season. LSU is sure to make the cut. Consider Foucha a go-to option if LSU were to lose Nadab Joseph or Ar’Darius Washington, who have been linked to many schools.
Michael Williams, 3-star ATH (Baton Rouge, La.) — One of the biggest unknowns in The Boot this recruiting class is Williams, who holds offers from both LSU and Alabama, but appears to be undecided in his decision-making process at the moment. Williams camped at LSU at the start of June and drew the attention of Dave Aranda. He also made a stop in Tuscaloosa, Ala., shortly after. Williams made the case as one of LSU’s front seven options to close out the class.
QB: 0 (not expected to take a QB)
RB: 2 of 3
WR: 2 of 4
TE: 1 of 2
OL: 3 of 4
DL: 4 of 4
EDGE: 3 of 3
LB: 2 of 2
DB: 3 of 4