ORLANDO, Fla. — The Under Armour All-America Game festivities kick off Wednesday at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports complex.
To no one’s surprise, LSU’s recruits — commits and top remaining targets — will be well represented.
Eight current LSU commits are on the Under Armour game rosters. Several more blue-chip targets will participate in the game at Camping World Stadium on Jan. 1 (1 p.m. ET, ESPN).
Here is a breakdown of the current Tigers commits, targets and major announcement Tigers fans should pay attention to on New Year’s Day:
Myles Brennan, 4-star QB (Bay Saint Louis, Miss.) | Team Armour: Brennan emerged as one of the nation’s top passers after finishing as one of the best in the annual Elite 11 competition at Nike’s The Opening in Oregon. Brennan threw for nearly 4,000 yards, with 48 touchdowns and 3 interceptions. He set Mississippi state records for touchdown passes, passing yardage and career yardage. Better news for Tigers fans is that after briefly reopening his recruitment, Brennan reaffirmed his pledge to the Tigers and shut down his recruitment after Matt Canada was tabbed offensive coordinator.
Lowell Narcisse, 4-star QB (St. James, La.) | Team Armour: Narcisse won’t play in the game, but that’s really as a precaution. The No. 9-ranked dual-threat quarterback is well ahead of rehab after tearing his left ACL in August. Narcisse, who re-committed to LSU on Dec. 19, was supposed to make his announcement on Jan. 1. Instead, he landed with LSU right before Christmas. And what a gift that was. Narcisse reopened his recruitment after uncertainty about the LSU offense but since has had a lot of talks with Canada about his fit in Baton Rouge.
Grant Delpit, 4-star S (Bradenton, Fla.) | Team Armour: Delpit committed to LSU in July over a host of other schools, most notably Florida and Auburn. The New Orleans native has been locked in ever since, taking only one other official visit to Notre Dame. Delpit officially visited LSU on Dec. 9-10 and spent time with current Tigers safety Jamal Adams, whom he is hoping to replace in the starting lineup. Delpit will enroll at LSU early and begin to practice with the team during spring ball.
JaCoby Stevens, 5-star S (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) | Team Armour: Delpit will have company in the defensive backfield. Stevens, a Crowley, La., native, also will enroll early at LSU. The 5-star safety was named a Mr. Football in Tennessee after a season in which he nabbed 9 interceptions and led Oakland (Tenn.) High to the 6A state championship game. His recruitment has been anchored by Corey Raymond and Austin Thomas, both of whom made several visits to Stevens this past month.
Kary Vincent Jr., 4-star CB (Port Arthur, Texas) | Team Armour: Vincent is one of LSU’s most solid commits, largely because of his longtime connection to the Tigers. The 5-foot-11, 170-pound cornerback registered 8 interceptions for Port Arthur (Texas) Memorial High, 3 of which were returned for scores. He also scored 3 offensive touchdowns, all in the postseason. The No. 13-ranked cornerback in this recruiting class committed to the Tigers over Florida, Texas, Texas A&M and Ohio State in July. Both Texas programs have made attempts to flip Vincent, though none has truly rivaled LSU.
Tyler Shelvin, 4-star DT (Crowley, La.) | Team Highlight: Shelvin is LSU’s longest-tenured commit in the 2017 class. The massive defensive tackle represents a major need for the Tigers’ future defensive front and has been recruited by coach Ed Orgeron. Nebraska and Alabama each have made pushes for the 6-3, 350-pounder, who has remained exceedingly solid with LSU since the spring.
Austin Deculus, 4-star OT (Cypress, Texas) | Team Highlight: Perhaps the biggest takeaway from LSU’s loss to top-ranked Alabama was the need for true offensive tackles on the Tigers’ roster. Deculus represents a fix to that problem and as an early enrollee could push for playing time right away. The 6-6, 330-pounder is the No. 9-rated tackle in the 2017 class and committed to LSU in May over Michigan and Alabama. After wavering a bit earlier in the fall, Deculus finalized his path to Baton Rouge once Orgeron got the job.
Edward Ingram, 4-star OL (DeSoto, Texas) | Team Highlight: Ingram has been another long-tenured and solid piece of the puzzle for the Tigers. The 6-4, 325-pounder spontaneously pledged to LSU over Alabama on the eve of the spring game. Ingram has visited no other school since that decision. Ingram also will enroll early at LSU and add much-needed depth on the interior portion of the offensive line.
K’Lavon Chaisson, 4-star DE/OLB (Houston) | Team Armour: Chaisson long has sat atop LSU’s big board as a potential successor at the BUCK position to Arden Key. LSU was the first overture for Chaisson and has been where he has visited the most since last summer. Chaisson named Oklahoma, Houston and LSU as his leading schools during the summer. Since Tom Herman took over at Texas, the Longhorns quietly have gained steam with the edge rusher. However, Dave Aranda is making a push to get Chaisson on campus for an official visit in January before he makes a decision.
Todd Harris, 4-star S (Plaquemine, La.) | Team Armour: LSU is in a strong position with safety commits in Delpit and Stevens, but Raymond is a huge fan of Harris, Louisiana’s top defensive back. The 4-star safety is a big-play machine in the return game and as a center fielder in the secondary. LSU largely is deemed the favorite for Harris, who was on hand for most Saturdays this fall. He officially visited Arizona State and likely will do the same with Alabama, Ole Miss and Texas A&M before announcing his plans on National Signing Day.
Marvin Wilson, 5-star DT (Bellaire, Texas) | Team Armour: Wilson long has been priority No. 1A for Orgeron dating back to his time as LSU’s defensive line coach. No coach in the country boasts a better relationship with the 5-star defensive tackle. That became evident when Wilson unofficially visited in mid-November. Ohio State, Florida State, Texas and Texas A&M all represent major threats to Wilson’s path to LSU. However, Wilson will slice his list to five this week, and LSU is expected to make the cut. Expect Orgeron to push Wilson to officially visit next month.
Levi Jones, 4-star OLB (Austin, Texas) | Team Highlight: LSU is looking to add a third or even a fourth linebacker to its 2017 class. Count Jones among the favorites. The prototypical edge rusher also fits the Key mold in Baton Rouge. The standout long has been linked to Texas, but the departure of Charlie Strong threw a wrench in that plan. Jones last visited Baton Rouge in July but should be back on campus in January for an official visit. Expect LSU to press for a commitment during that visit.
Phidarian Mathis, 4-star DL (Monroe, La.) | Team Highlight: LSU wants to restock its defensive front, and Mathis is a huge piece of that puzzle. The 6-4, 287-pounder has named LSU, Alabama and TCU as his finalists and should officially visit all three schools between the Under Armour game and National Signing Day. Mathis told SEC Country he could finalize his decision after making his official visits. With Alabama landing Isaiah Buggs earlier this month, Mathis is a major priority for Orgeron and the Tigers in January.
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