MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Neil Farrell has quietly compiled one of the most dominant resumes among defensive linemen in the 2017 recruiting class.
The 3-star LSU commit registered 101 tackles, including 75 solo stops, 28 tackles for loss and 13 sacks. He came close to even more, evident by 14 quarterback hurries his senior season.
It’s no wonder Farrell is a priority commit in the Tigers’ 2017 class. He’s been firmly entrenched in the class since committing in July. As he looks ahead to a busy month of official visits to LSU, Michigan, Southern Cal and Florida State, he outlined what needs to happen in order for him to stay on the path to Baton Rouge.
“They’re still No. 1,” Farrell told SEC Country at the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game.
“They have to keep having good contact with me and when I go out there, they make it feel like home. I’m just trying to get it where I fit in.”
The 6-foot-4, 295-pounder was on campus for LSU’s games against Southern Miss, Alabama and Florida, and will return to Baton Rouge again for an official visit in January.
Farrell’s recruitment has been spearheaded by Alabama-area recruiter Dameyune Craig and Ed Orgeron. The Murphy (Ala.) High standout has been vocal on social media about his support for Coach O to land the full-time job, but stated that more important than the coach is the program.
“He’s a great coach with a great personality,” Farrell said of Orgeron. “He’s a defensive line coach (who’s) now a head coach, so that’s a good fit, but I don’t go to a school for a coach.”
“We talk once a week,” he added. “They really need me and he tells me how I’d be a good fit for their program.”
The Tigers remain in a solid position with their 3-star defensive lineman, but will have to hold off pushes from Michigan, Florida State and USC down the stretch run.
Seminoles assistant Odell Haggins recently went in-home with Farrell while USC defensive line coach Kenechi Udeze has remained in close contact.
“Their culture, style, their fit is good,” Farrell said of USC. “They really need and think I’m a good fit for their program.”
“They got a great program,” he added on Florida State. “I’ll get down there to see what I need to see. He (Haggins) is a great coach and if I go down there, he’ll put me where I need to be.”
Top WR target to officially visit LSU
Edna Karr’s (La.) season came to a close on Saturday night with a Louisiana Class 4A state championship. That not only meant the trophy is back home at 3332 Huntlee Drive, but it’s for priority LSU target Racey McMath to focus on his recruitment.
The 3-star New Orleans wide receiver hauled in touchdowns of 39 and 28 yards in the triumph, proving why he’s such a coveted prospect.
McMath told NOLA.com he has already scheduled an official visit with LSU and is considering doing the same with Mississippi State, Texas A&M, Florida and Miami.
“I reached my goal, got the ring, so I’m about to take my official visits and see what’s up,” McMath said.
“That’s home,” he added, on LSU. “When I go up there, they’re going to treat I’m like I’m home. I feel comfortable when I’m up there. They treat me like I’m already there. When Les Miles left, they turned into a better team. They didn’t win every game, but they turned into a better team. They passed the ball more, they won a few more games … it was like they were more comfortable with each other.”
McMath has long been courted by area recruiter Jabbar Juluke, who was once the receiver’s head coach at Karr. Wide receivers coach Dameyune Craig joined the effort after McMath impressed during the June prospect camp.
Both are instrumental to LSU’s chances of landing the in-state star.
Should the staff remain in place and McMath has a successful official visit in January, a decision could follow soon after. LSU has quietly led all along and would be the clear favorite for the talented wideout.
Don’t read into Thompson-to-LSU chatter
Keytaon Thompson has been in the headlines a lot lately — and for good reason.
The 4-star dual-threat quarterback led Landry-Walker (La.) to a Class 5A championship on Saturday night and drew rousing praise from legendary West Monroe coach Jerry Arledge.
“I’ve been at West Monroe for over 30 years,” Arledge said, via SportsNOLA.com, “and that kid is the best QB we’ve played.”
Thompson is a Mississippi State commit and a firm one at that.
In navigating through the Superdome earlier in the week, multiple sources reaffirmed Thompson’s position with Mississippi State. An early enrollee, Thompson will be in Starkville, Miss., in a matter of days. No question about it.
LSU is obviously desperate for a star behind center. The pursuit of Thompson became a rumored topic after Myles Brennan reopened his recruitment and Lowell Narcisse de-committed early on Monday morning.
Brennan, a 4-star pro-style passer, is awaiting LSU’s offensive coordinator hire before making alternative plans. Narcisse was to be an early enrollee. He officially visited over the weekend, but received an in-home visit from Auburn later on Sunday night, which forced his hand just a few hours later.
As of now, that’s LSU.
With a bit of uncertainty surrounding LSU’s now one quarterback commit, Thompson has been a name that has been thrown around as a possibility. Despite boasting a fantastic relationship with Juluke, Thompson is not a realistic option for the Tigers given his firm stance with Mississippi State and time running out rapidly.
Thompson averaged five touchdowns in Landry-Walker’s path to the 5A championship and is certainly one of the best dual-threat quarterbacks in the country. He’s been committed to Mississippi State for a year and has never wavered or even visited another school. Though Cam Cameron was in contact with Thompson when he was LSU’s offensive coordinator, Thompson remained loyal to the Bulldogs.
That has never changed.
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