LSU’s hosted some of the state’s and the nation’s premier prospects in what has amounted to a very busy spring of recruiting. It appears that the coaching staff is bracing for an eventful spring game to put a pin on the season.
Coach Ed Orgeron and Co. are welcoming double-digit blue-chip prospects to town for the Tigers’ spring game on Saturday, April 21, with kickoff scheduled for 5 p.m. CT. As the team breaks in a new-look offense under coordinator Steve Ensminger and a re-tooled defense behind third-year coordinator Dave Aranda, several current LSU verbal commitments in the 2019 and 2020 classes will be on hand in addition to some of the team’s top targets.
Here is a confirmed list of visitors for the Saturday spring game in Baton Rouge:
LSU will host two official visitors this weekend as two critical positions of need in the 2019 class. Steele, a top-30 prospect nationally, previously made his way to Baton Rouge in January. This time, he’ll be making his second official visit of the month after stopping at Oklahoma last weekend.
LSU is looking to reel in at least four cornerbacks in the class, with 4-star Maurice Hampton the lone committed. The team will likely look out-of-state for one of those corners to pair with 5-star Derek Stingley Jr. and 4-star Devin Bush, LSU leans that’ll also be in attendance for the spring game. Sources have linked Steele to LSU, though Southern Cal is deemed the heavy favorite.
Bradford is a top candidate for one of the tackle spots in LSU’s class. First-year offensive line coach James Cregg has done early work keeping Kardell Thomas and Thomas Perry on board and adding 3-star center Charles Turner earlier this month. Now, Cregg’s attention will shift to tackle and, more specifically, to Bradford, who has publicly stated the Tigers are pushing as hard as anyone for his services.
- Kardell Thomas, 5-star OL, Baton Rouge, La. (LSU commit)
- Derek Stingley Jr., 5-star CB, Baton Rouge, La.
- Devin Bush, 4-star CB, New Orleans
- Tyrion Davis, 4-star RB, Baton Rouge, La. (LSU commit)
- Donte’ Starks, 4-star ILB, Marrero, La.
- Elijah Blades, 4-star CB, Arizona Western Community College
- Nathan Pickering, 4-star DE, Seminary, Miss.
- Devonta Lee, 4-star WR, Amite, La.
- Trey Palmer, 4-star WR, Kentwood, La.
- Ray Parker, 4-star TE, Ruston, La.
- Derrick McLendon, 4-star DE, Tucker, Ga.
- Jerrion Ealy, 4-star RB, Flowood, Miss. (Ole Miss commit)
- Charles Turner, 3-star OL, Bradenton, Fla. (LSU commit)
- Kendall McCallum, 3-star ILB, Oxford, Ala.
- Joey Porter Jr., 3-star DB, Wexford, Penn.
- Thomas Perry, 3-star OL, Lafayette, La. (LSU commit)
- Joseph Evans, 3-star DT, Haynesville, La. (LSU commit)
- Zach Edwards, 3-star ILB, Starkville, Miss. (LSU commit)
- Terrell Brown, 3-star RB, Harvey, La.
- Greg Brooks Jr., 3-star DB, Harvey, La.
- Donald Clay Jr., 3-star DB, New Orleans
- Tyrone Lewis, 3-star DB, Hammond, La.
- Christian Archangel, 3-star DB, Lafayette, La.
- Aubrey Scott, 3-star ATH, Stonewall, La.
- Tyler Guidry, 3-star ATH, Baton Rouge, La.
- Kendarias Moses, 3-star DB, Baton Rouge, La.
- Will Connor, 3-star ILB, Alabaster, Ala.
- Larry Scott, 3-star OLB, Ferriday, La.
- Quentin Skinner, 2-star LS, Buford, Ga. (LSU commit)
- Hunter Dubroc, OL, Deville, La.
A very impressive group of visitors expected in the stands this Saturday night, though it’s unclear if LSU is expecting any booms from this collection of talent. Thomas, Davis, Perry and Evans represent the current 2019 commitments and are all returning to campus after visiting throughout the spring, for junior days and the elite junior day in January. Priority targets such as Stingley, Starks, Pickering, Bush, Palmer, Lee and Parker are also extremely noteworthy. Equally as significant is Blades’ visit. Blades, the top junior college cornerback, will be making his first visit to Baton Rouge. He was the No. 15 corner in the country back in 2017. He signed with Nebraska but opted to take the junior college route. LSU is a team standing out early for the 6-foot-2, 170-pound prospect.
Also of note: seven of LSU’s eight 2019 verbal commits will be on hand. The exception is 4-star defensive back Maurice Hampton, who has baseball obligations in Memphis, Tenn.
- Kelin Burrle, 4-star OLB, Harvey, La.
- Ashaad Clayton, 4-star RB, New Orleans
- Kris Abrams-Draine, 4-star WR, Spanish Fort, Ala. (LSU commit)
- Jacobian Guillory, 4-star DT, Alexandria, La.
- Kayshon Boutte, 4-star WR, New Iberia, La.
- CamRon Jackson, 4-star DL, Haynesville, La.
- Dartravien Girod, 4-star WR, Breaux Bridge, La.
- TJ Finley, 4-star QB, Ponchatoula, La.
- Trenton Grow, 4-star ATH, Edgard, La.
- Trenton Yowe, 4-star CB, Calera, Ala.
- DJ Graham, 4-star WR, Keller, Texas
- Caleb Holstein, 3-star QB, Lafayette, La.
- Chidozie Nwankwo, 3-star DT, Richmond, Texas
- Joel Williams, ATH, Baton Rouge, La.
- Rae’Kwon Starks, DB, Harvey, La.
- Kenean Caldwell, DT, Oak Grove, La.
- Malik Carey, DB, Shreveport, La.
Louisiana has a very talented group of 2020 prospects that LSU’s coaching staff has early offers out to and is still evaluating. Burrle, Clayton and Guillory have all visited LSU in the past, but it’s an encouraging sign to get them back on campus again at the end of the spring. Abrams-Draine, one of two wide receiver verbals in the 2020 group, will return to campus for the first time since his March commitment. He has made some visits elsewhere in the SEC in recent weeks. Other notable prospects without offers include Jackson, Girod, Finley, Boutte, Grow, Yowe, Caldwell and Williams. LSU is evaluating those rising juniors and will be stopping by their high schools during the evaluation period later this month.
- Chasen Hines, OL
- Kelvin Joseph, DB
- Kenan Jones, WR
- Ja’Marr Chase, WR
- Chris Curry, RB
- Cameron Wire, T
- Jaray Jenkins, WR
- Damone Clark, LB
- Nelson Jenkins, DL
- Dare Rosenthanl, DL
- Dantrieze Scott, ATH