Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Eye on the Tigers, a rundown of everything happening in LSU Tigers recruiting, with Sam Spiegelman. In this edition, we discuss LSU’s lone official visitor this weekend, Texas cornerback Marcus Banks, who is close to making a decision in the near future.
Marcus Banks returns to LSU
LSU will host one official visitor this weekend, and it’s a face Tigers fans are becoming very familiar with.
Texas cornerback Marcus Banks will make his way back to LSU for the second time in a four-month span. The 3-star cornerback and his mother visited Baton Rouge for a junior day in March. Afterward, Banks named LSU as his leading school.
Banks has flirted with a handful of in-state schools and LSU throughout the spring. Sources indicated he nearly committed to Texas after a junior day in Austin. LSU grabbed hold of the lead soon after Banks visited the campus with his family. Now, Texas A&M has jumped to the front after making a concerted push at a recent official visit.
It’s important to note Banks will visit LSU this weekend and head to Alabama next weekend. This will give both coaching staffs an opportunity to gain ground with the Houston corner. Given that defensive backs coach Corey Raymond and coach Ed Orgeron jumped to Banks’ No. 1 spot in the spring, it’s possible the same sentiment is reciprocated by Sunday.
Additionally, it’s worth mentioning Banks’ mother, Leah Banks-Meeks, has ties to Baton Rouge.
A look at LSU’s cornerback board
LSU currently holds a commitment from 4-star Tennessee defensive back Maurice Hampton, and with several blue-chip defensive backs bracing to shut down their recruitments this summer — along with Banks — expect the 2019 class to fill up in a short period of time.
Hampton, who could play as an outside corner, nickel or an over-the-top safety, is one of a projected four or five defensive backs expected to be reeled in by the Tigers. Five-star Baton Rouge cornerback Derek Stingley Jr. is poised to pick either LSU, Texas or Florida on June 20, with LSU being the overwhelming favorite. Four-star New Orleans cornerback Devin Bush could follow suit as early as August. LSU has been the favorite for Bush, who also is considering Clemson and Tennessee.
With a projected haul of Hampton, Stingley and Bush, Banks is a major candidate to be the fourth defensive back in the group. At 6-foot and 170 pounds with sub 4.5 speed, Banks is long and rangy and is a prime candidate to help pad the depth at corner.
Expect LSU to take upward of four cornerbacks and one safety. Stingley, Bush, Hampton and Banks would have a chance to compete for playing time immediately as freshmen, especially if and when redshirt junior Greedy Williams declares for the NFL draft. The team is also evaluating several other in-state defensive backs, most notably 3-star Slidell (La.) prospect Ishmael Burdine and 3-star West Jefferson (La.) nickel Gregory Brooks Jr. The team has offers out to JUCO safeties Ryan Payne and Jonathan Williams.
After Banks named LSU as his top school in March, I entered a Crystal Ball pick for the Dekaney High standout to wind up at LSU. For now, my pick is Texas A&M, but this is a fluid situation and could change should the coaching staff put the full-court press on Banks this weekend. Banks was originally planning to commit during The Opening Finals in Dallas later this month, but currently does not have a date to announce his decision.
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