The second of three pivotal recruiting weekends for LSU is wrapping up, and it has featured several marquee visitors in Baton Rouge for a three-day stretch.
LSU hosted nine recruits on official visits and another blue-chip recruit for an unofficial visit. Among the 10, two are top-100 prospects.
SEC Country will provide analysis and updates on the visitors Sunday. Check the bottom of this story throughout the day for the latest on their trips.
Here’s an overview of the recruits who came to campus.
Jacob Phillips, 4-star LB (Nashville, Tenn.)
Phillips is making an unofficial visit to LSU alongside both of his parents. The Oklahoma commit was originally scheduled to make his official to LSU on Oct. 1, but plans were derailed as a result of coach Les Miles’ dismissal.
Phillips made this trip on his parents’ dime, and LSU is the only team pushing to flip him. This weekend represents a pivotal moment in his recruitment.
Willie Gay, 4-star LB (Starkville, Miss.)
Gay spoke highly of LSU in San Antonio during the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. The interest in LSU seemed to be reinvigorated by Monty Rice’s flip to Georgia earlier this month. This weekend gave LSU defensive coordinator Dave Aranda a chance to further the Tigers’ chances with the No. 33 overall prospect in the class (247Sports ranking), selling Gay on immediate opportunity and a chance to be developed by a proven coaching staff.
Markaviest Bryant, 4-star DE/OLB (Cordele, Ga.)
LSU trails Georgia and Auburn for Bryant, a talented edge-rusher, but this official visit gives the Tigers and head coach Ed Orgeron a strong chance to make up ground. The X-factor here: Bryant camped at LSU in July and stated that he developed his game under Orgeron’s tutelage better than anywhere else he has been. Can LSU build on that and come up with this Plan B if it misses on K’Lavon Chaisson?
Myles Brennan, 4-star QB (Bay Saint Louis, Miss.)
Brennan already has spoken face-to-face with new offensive coordinator Matt Canada, but this visit should provide the 4-star quarterback with a better glimpse of what’s on tap for the Tigers offensively in 2017. Brennan already has shut down his recruitment, and his next step will be heading to Baton Rouge.
Stephen Guidry, 4-star WR (Hinds C.C.)
Guidry re-committed to LSU in December after an interesting hiccup in his recruitment this fall. Like several of the other commits on hand this weekend, Guidry is not taking visits elsewhere. The top-rated junior college wideout represents a prospect capable of stepping in right away and contributing to an LSU offense without Travin Dural and Malachi Dupre.
Saahdiq Charles, 4-star OL (Madison, Miss.)
Charles ended his recruitment in December amid Florida, Ole Miss and Mississippi State trying to flip the wildly talented offensive lineman. Jeff Grimes made several in-home stops with Charles, and he and Orgeron were in Madison, Miss., this week to see The Opening finalist ahead of his visit. There is no question he’s on a straight path from Mississippi to Baton Rouge.
Patrick Queen, 4-star LB (Livonia, La.)
Queen shut down his recruitment on Christmas Eve and canceled his other previously scheduled official visits. Queen has seen the LSU coaches during the December and January contact periods, with Orgeron going in-home on Monday leading up to this official visit. As LSU’s lone linebacker in the 2017 class, Queen is a top priority. He was set to play the role of recruiter during this weekend.
Neil Farrell, 3-starDL (Mobile, Ala.)
Farrell went to LSU this weekend to give the Tigers’ staff a chance to push the needle and prevent him from a late flip leading into signing day. Farrell is expected to officially visit Florida State next weekend, a team he was very high on after he landed the offer, a source told SEC Country. As LSU pursues Phidarian Mathis and Marvin Wilson, it also wants to hold onto Farrell to pad their defensive line depth.
Marlon Williams, 3-star WR (Mobile, Ala.)
A 3-star wideout from Alabama, Williams will be one of Dameyune Craig’s top priorities for the weekend. Of course, after landing Racey McMath on Friday, LSU is still targeting DeVonta Smith and Nico Collins, but Williams will be a very capable Plan B if LSU remains keen on adding a fourth wide receiver down the stretch.
Justin Harris, 3-star DL (Gonzales, La.)
Harris has yet to procure an offer from the Tigers, but his situation is certainly one to monitor. If his grades are sorted out, the one-time Central Florida commit could garner a late offer. Orgeron is a huge fan and has been keeping tabs on the East Ascension (La.) product.
All ratings are from the 247Sports composite rankings unless otherwise noted.
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