Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Eye on the Tigers, a rundown of everything happening in LSU Tigers recruiting, with Sam Spiegelman. Today, we discuss all of the buzz from Sunday’s joint prospect camp with Tulane in New Orleans, including visitors, new offers and new commitments.
LSU recruiting notes
METAIRIE, La. — LSU and Tulane teamed up for the second summer in a row to host a joint prospect camp in New Orleans, a city that looms critical for both programs’ recruiting efforts. Several of the Green Wave’s top targets were in attendance. The same goes for LSU, which got a surprise visitor for the 4-star outside linebacker Marcel Brooks and some of his Flower Mound (Texas) teammates, as well as several local prospects that the staff is currently evaluating for offers.
The camp broke down to two separate sessions — the first including offensive and defensive linemen, running backs and linebackers; the latter including quarterbacks, receivers and defensive backs.
Let’s start with Brooks, who showed up with some teammates to try and help them get noticed. The 4-star outside linebacker raved about his role in the LSU defense, where he’ll see action at safety, linebacker and have an opportunity to rush the quarterback. Brooks is long and skinny, but has a frame to grow into. He mentioned that he isn’t anxious to gain weight — rather, he will wait until he arrives at LSU so that he can add muscle the right way. Heading into his senior season, he plans on adding speed. That was certainly clear when he clocked a 4.4-second 40 time during the testing portion.
Brooks spent the entire day chatting up coach Ed Orgeron, but spent most of his time with safeties coach Bill Busch, defensive coordinator Dave Aranda and area recruiter Dennis Johnson. The connection between Aranda and Brooks is absolutely critical, given that he’ll be tasked with defining a role suitable for the 6-foot-3, 200-pound prospect. It’s also worth mentioning Brooks’ recruitment is 100-percent shut down. His next stop will be Baton Rouge.
Of course, the first part of the camp was for specialists. Texas placekicker Cade York attended the camp and left with not only an offer, but a commitment. Special teams coordinator Greg McMahon worked York out as a kicker and a punter and was quick to pull the trigger on an offer. Earlier in the week, the nation’s top kicker Will Reichard committed to Alabama over LSU and Georgia, despite the Tigers being first to extend an offer last summer at camp. McMahon was quick to shift his attention onto York, who is ranked as the No. 2 kicker and punter by Kohl’s Kicking Camp, and will have the chance to take the starting job from Cole Tracy when he arrives on campus.
Orgeron spent part of the morning chatting up 2019 tackle O’Cyrus Torrence out of St. Helena (La.) High School. Torrence is physically imposing at 6-foot-6 and 315 pounds. He worked out with a handful of teammates and certainly drew the attention of Orgeron and Johnson. Expect the sleeper lineman — who plays on both sides of the ball — to make his way to LSU for camp next month so that the staff can take a closer look.
Among defensive linemen, West Monroe (La.) 3-star tackle Dalvin Hutchinson drew the attention of Johnson. As did 3-star Easton Ascension (La.) end Deshon Hall, who has trimmed down to 230 pounds and is hoping to land an offer in the 2019 class. Both Hutchinson and Hall worked out at the camp and are expected for the bigger prospect camps in June.
All eyes and ears were on the testing portion of the camp during the second session. In addition to Marcel Brooks’ 4.4 time, St. Joseph (Miss.) High School athlete Kiland Harrison clocked a 4.2 40. He worked out as a receiver on Sunday and was invited to LSU’s camp next weekend to get tested as a wideout and a defensive back. Zachary (La.) wide receiver Khris Simmons punched a 4.4-second 40 and West Jefferson (La.) defensive back Greg Brooks Jr. posted a 4.49-second 40, a major step forward as he tries to nab an offer from the Tigers.
Additionally, Greg Brooks not only tested well, but drew the attention of both defensive backs coach Corey Raymond and safeties coach Bill Busch. Raymond kept close tabs on Brooks throughout the evening. He will camp at Auburn next weekend and make his way to LSU for for the elite camp on June 22.
The entire staff met with Harrison, including Orgeron. Harrison flaunted his top-shelf speed during 1-on-1s.
Christian Archangel camped at LSU last summer and is one of the top candidates to procure an offer later this summer from the team. He plays for Comeaux (La.) High School in Raymond’s neck of the woods and has packed on some muscle at 6-foot-2 and 180 pounds. Archangel is long and rangy and has to be in the same discussion as Bertrand Carrell and Ishmael Burdine for in-state defensive backs to garner offers this summer. After his showing on Sunday, Archangel felt he was closer to earning the offer.
The same goes for several other notable 2020 prospects, including Southern Lab (La.) receiver Reginald Johnson and Madison Prep Academy (La.) athlete Joel Williams. Both of these prospects could compete on either side of the ball, but Johnson projects as a slot receiver, while Williams excels at safety. Wide receivers coach Mickey Joseph and area recruiter Tommie Robinson devoted a ton of attention to Johnson and 2021 receiver Theodore Knox, who were electric during the testing portion and 1-on-1 session. Raymond kept his eyes fixed on Williams and offered some coaching during drills.
It would be surprising not to see Johnson and Williams — and even Knox — earn offers as early as next weekend’s camp at LSU.
Jacobi Bellazin was among the top-performing wide receivers in camp. He arrived decked out in all LSU gear and was anxious for the offer, but limited reps during 1-on-1s will have the 4-star prospect back in Baton Rouge next weekend in hopes of earning the offer. The same goes for Edna Karr (La.) defensive back Jamie Vance, who drew the attention of Busch during drills. Vance competed against Bellazin in 1-on-1s and will be at LSU next weekend in hopes of landing the offer.
Notable prospects in attendance
- Marcel Brooks, 4-star OLB, Flower Mound, Texas (LSU commit)
- Cade York, PK, Prosper, Texas (LSU commit)
- O’Cyrus Torrence, OT/DT, Greensburg, La.
- Dalvin Hutchinson, 3-star DT, West Monroe, La.
- Deshon Hall, 3-star DL, Gonzales, La.
- Tyler Judson, 3-star DB, Zachary, La.
- Gregory Brooks Jr., 3-star DB, Harvey, La.
- Christian Archangel, 3-star DB, Lafayette, La.
- Kalil Lloyd, ATH, Harvey, La.
- Tyler Guidry, 3-star DE/OLB, Baton Rouge, La.
- Khris Simmons, WR, Zachary, La.
- Kiland Harrison, ATH, Madison, Miss.
- Edward Magee, WR, Kentwood, La.
- Donald Clay Jr., 3-star DB, River Ridge, La.
- Andrew Robinson, 3-star QB, Boutte, La.
- Chandler Fields, 3-star QB, Metairie, La. (ULL commit)
- Terrell “Smoke” Brown, 3-star RB, Harvey, La.
- Koy Moore, 4-star WR, Metairie, La.
- Kelin Burrle, 4-star OLB, Harvey, La.
- Jacobi Bellazin, 4-star WR, Livonia, La.
- Reginald Johnson, 4-star WR, Baton Rouge, La.
- Joel Williams, 3-star ATH, Baton Rouge, La.
- Khi Mathieu, WR, New Orleans
- Jamie Vance, DB, New Orleans
- Quinton Cage, DB, Metairie, La.
- Donovan Johnson, DB, Harvey, La.
- Rae’Kwon Starks, CB, Harvey, La.
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