The LSU coaching staff will return to Florida on Thursday to take in an all-important spring football game at IMG Academy.
Area recruiter and defensive backs coach Corey Raymond will join General Manager Austin Thomas in the Sunshine State as the Tigers’ staff will take a closer look at several notable recruits, including 2019 5-star running back Noah Cain.
Cain, who originally hails from Baton Rouge and still has family in the city, is the No. 1 running back in next year’s recruiting class, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings.
Cain has several teammates that also hold LSU offers, including 4-star wide receiver Joshua Moore, who is one month away from committing to either LSU, Florida State or Nebraska. Moore is finishing up his final semester at IMG, so he will not be participating in the spring game this afternoon. He will transfer back home to Yoakum, Texas in the next few days.
Cain and Moore are obviously the focal points of this trip. Cain visited LSU for junior day back in March and is in the process of getting better acquainted with the new coaching staff. The blue-chip running back has had a relationship with Tommie Robinson after camping at Southern Cal last summer when Robinson was a part of the staff. Ohio State, Miami and Texas are considered LSU’s biggest threats to landing Cain.
Moore is scheduled to announce his commitment on June 18, the anniversary of his older brother’s death. He has named LSU, Nebraska, Florida State, Alabama and Texas A&M as his final five schools, but only LSU, Nebraska and Florida State have extended scholarship offers for both football and track and field, a major cog in his decision. The LSU staff was hoping to get Moore on campus ahead of his upcoming decision, which may be even more likely as he moves back to Texas and closer to Baton Rouge.
Additionally, there are several notable recruits that will be participating in the spring game, including:
- Artur Sitkowski, 4-star QB, 2018 (Miami commit)
- Trey Sanders, 5-star RB, 2019 (Alabama commit)
- Brian Hightower, 4-star WR, 2018 (Miami commit)
- Xavier Thomas, 5-star DE, 2018 (Clemson commit)
- Daniel Faalele, 3-star OL, 2018
- Curtis Dunlap, 4-star OL, 2018
- Verdis Brown, 4-star OL, 2018
- Taron Vincent, 5-star DT, 2018 (Ohio State commit)
- Evan Neal, 4-star OL, 2019
- Nolan Smith, 5-star DE, 2019 (UGA commit)