Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Eye on the Tigers, a rundown of everything happening in LSU Tigers recruiting, with Sam Spiegelman. In this edition, we discuss how 5-star wide receiver Terrace Marshall Jr. configured his final six schools and what LSU has to do in order to move into the No. 1 spot.
WEST MONROE, La. — The nation’s No. 1 wide receiver is bracing to release his top 6. Excuse me, his six finalists.
Terrace Marshall Jr. is the nation’s No. 10 overall recruit, Louisiana’s No. 1 prospect and a 5-star in every sense of the word, according to the 247Sports composite rankings. On his birthday June 9, the elite wide receiver is planning to release his final six schools. Final — meaning the only schools Marshall will focus on heading into a Dec. 22 commitment date.
LSU is all but assured a spot among the finalists, but at this point, the Tigers hold no edge on the others. Here’s how Marshall narrowed down his options.
“Well, I talked with my family, my mom and my dad, and we discussed it,” Marshall told SEC Country. “We figured it out and narrowed it down to the schools we’re going to show you guys. We’ll reveal the six, then that’s it. Those will be the only schools that I’ll be taking calls from. That’s it.
“These are the schools that have recruited me well, that when I go there and go on visits, it feels like it could be home one day. I definitely feel that with these six schools.”
Additionally, Marshall plans on making summer trips to each of his finalists before his senior season at Parkway (La.) High School.
During those visits, Marshall will continue trying to determine which schools make him the most comfortable. LSU will host Marshall and his family for one of those visits. That is the result of several previous unofficial stops in Baton Rouge and members of the LSU coaching staff — most notably offensive coordinator Matt Canada, area recruiter Steve Ensminger and wide receivers coach Mickey Joseph — making multiple trips up to Bossier City, La., to check on the priority target throughout the NCAA’s evaluation period.
“It’s been great,” said Marshall. “They’re showing that they really want me and that they really care about me. It’s great to see them out here and they are really pushing.”
Marshall insisted that of his finalists, no school is communicating with him more than the others.
By default, the Tigers are in a six-way tie trying to sway Marshall to remain in-state. Their message centers around how he will become the focal point of their new-look offense, which resonates with the elite receiver.
“They tell me how I can come in and they can use me as a big target,” he said, “and that’s what I really like about it.”
Sure, the LSU staff’s message centers around his fit in the offense. But when asked about his thoughts on the Tigers’ spring game, Marshall declined comment.
The April 22 spring game represented a major opportunity for LSU to gain ground with Marshall. Clearly, that was not the case.
However, he understands that Canada was not going to reveal the entire playbook with ESPN cameras on hand. With a decision still seven months out, LSU has plenty of time to improve its position. The formula is simple and a bit obvious, yet if it can be accomplished, the Tigers would be in an advantageous position to keep Marshall in-state.
For all the talk about the number six, it’s No. 7 that carries the most weight.
“They need to pass the ball more,” he stated. “I just want to see how they use their biggest target, D.J. Chark. That could most definitely give them an edge.”
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