LSU wrapped up the first day of its high school prospects camp on Thursday, which featured a handful of 2017 and 2018 commits, as well as some of the team’s top targets.
Numerous prospects from the state of Louisiana, as well as other parts of the country, were in attendance competing in front of the Tigers coaches and against one another to try and procure offers or further distinguish themselves as elite talents.
Here are some news and notes from Day 1 of the LSU high school camp: Recent Ole Miss defensive end commit Bryan Jones was in attendance. The four-star prospect out of Madison Prep Academy (Baton Rouge, La.) ran the 40-yard dash as LSU offensive coordinator Cam Cameron and defensive line coach Ed Orgeron watched closely. The strong-side defensive end could be one of several highly regarded in-state prospects to earn their LSU offers at some point this summer once he can work out and impress the Tigers coaches.
Speaking of defensive line targets, the top junior college DE Isaiah Buggs spent much of the afternoon chatting up LSU defensive end Davon Godchaux. The Mississippi Gulf Coast C.C. product and Ruston, La., native recently visited Auburn and Alabama, and has made several trips to LSU in recent weeks. Buggs did not participate in any drills on Thursday, and instead spent much of the time speaking with the current Tigers players.
K’Lavon Chaisson was the center of attention for numerous LSU coaches, including defensive coordinator Dave Aranda. The four-star defensive end, who projects as an outside linebacker in LSU’s 3-4 defense, did not participate in drills today, but did so last year when he picked up his offer from the Tigers coaches. Aranda spent much of the afternoon talking with the Houston native, who will be on LSU’s campus all weekend long after multiple trips to Baton Rouge, La., in the spring.
Five-star wide receiver Devonta Smith also received plenty of attention on Thursday. The Amite (La.) High School product spent parts of the afternoon speaking with running backs coach Jabbar Juluke and LSU quarterback commit Myles Brennan. Smith did not participate in drills either, but the LSU coaches know what the elite in-state prospect can do, which is why they spent so much of the spring recruiting him.
Brennan was a surprise guest at the LSU camp, but the quarterback impressed in days following the Elite 11 competition. The Bay Saint Louis, Miss. product showed off a strong arm and outstanding touch during position drills and in one-on-ones with the wide receivers. He also spent time with current LSU quarterback Brandon Harris and Cameron throughout the day.
Brennan was competing with 2017 Oklahoma State quarterback commit Jelani Woods. The 6-foot-7, 230-pound pro-style passer out of Cedar Grove High School (Ellenwood, Ga.) was a surprise visitor at LSU’s high school camp. The Tigers already have two quarterback commits in the aforementioned Brennan as well as Lowell Narcisse.
Three-star defensive end/outside linebacker Chris Turner was one of the in-state prospects SEC Country was told could garner an offer and possibly commit this weekend. The Hammond (La.) High School pass-rusher was the topic of conversation during last week’s satellite camp in New Orleans for Orgeron and Les Miles, and on Thursday was worked out by Aranda in a private session. Turner could play either defensive end or outside linebacker, and is expected to work out as a stand-up backer throughout the weekend at the camp.
Texas four-star wide receiver CeeDee Lamb was in attendance. The one-time Oklahoma commit drew a lot of attention from wide receivers coach Dameyune Craig and Brennan during one-on-one drills, as Lamb watched the action from the sidelines. Lamb was one of the first wide receivers that Craig offered after taking the position at LSU.
LSU offered Miami, Fla., safety Nadab Joseph. The 2018 defensive back impressed defensive backs coach Corey Raymond during position drills on Thursday working beside 2018 LSU commit Kelvin Joseph. Joseph reported four offers before Thursday from Syracuse, Temple, Bowling Green and Mississippi State, and could be a prospect that begins to garner more attention as he competes at summer camps.
Expected to come tomorrow: LSU wide receiver commit Stephen Guidry, New Orleans receiver Rayce McMath, four-star athlete Bruce Jordan-Swilling, three-star cornerback Tre’ Swilling. Elite four-star defensive back Brad Stewart was a prospect that was expected to attend, but told SEC Country that he will not be at LSU this weekend and may decide to come in July instead.
Sam Spiegelman covers LSU football recruiting for SECCountry.com and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Follow him on Twitter for the latest on who’s on their way to play in Tigers Stadium.