BATON ROUGE, La. — LSU wrapped up its first high school prospects camp on Saturday.
A bevy of 2018 and 2019 prospects were in attendance for the final day of the camp, including some of the team’s top in-state targets.
Here are some news and notes from Saturday’s final camp session:
Four-star Texas outside linebacker K’Lavon Chaisson was the lone elite target to spend all three days on LSU’s campus. The Houston native, rated as the No. 5 weak-side defensive end in the Class of 2017, is Dave Aranda’s top linebacker target in this year’s class, and it’s a positive sign that Chaisson spent the entirety of the week in Baton Rouge, La. Chaisson did not participate in workouts any of the days, but is expected to return to LSU for its July camp. And of course, the LSU coaches will be at North Shore High School (Houston) on Tuesday.
Class of 2016 LSU signee Ed Alexander was on campus for Saturday’s session as his younger brother participated in the camp. The elite defensive tackle did not report to school earlier this month due to academic hurdles, but is trying to take the necessary measures to join the team in August. Alexander spent part of the morning talking with LSU defensive line coach Ed Orgeron, who displayed confidence that the St. Thomas Aquinas (Hammond, La.) product will soon join the team.
LSU defensive backs coach Corey Raymond is keen on 2018 Texas defensive back Trent Gordon. The Manvel (Texas) High School product impressed on the final day of camp and drew praise from Raymond. Gordon plays in the same secondary as 2017 Texas A&M safety commit Derrick Tucker and is developing a strong relationship with area recruiter Bradley Dale Peveto. “He loves you,” Peveto said of Raymond’s view of Gordon. The 5-foot-11, 160-pounder was hopeful of picking up an offer from the Tigers, and one may be in his future.
2018 Manvel S Trent Gordon going thru the gauntlet pic.twitter.com/BbRmCw3GxK
— Sam Spiegelman (@samspiegs) June 11, 2016
Orgeron was busy working out three-star John Ehret High School (Marrero, La.) defensive lineman Dwayne Fisher in the early portion of Saturday’s session. Fisher, who can play on either line, recently de-committed from Arkansas. The 6-foot-5, 300-pound Fisher was quite impressive and remains on Orgeron’s radar. LSU already has a commitment from five-star defensive tackle Tyler Shelvin and is making a strong push for five-star Texas tackle Marvin Wilson, but Fisher could ultimately wind up in the Tigers’ plans as well.
Aranda had his sights set on another Ehret product. Class of 2018 linebacker Kyrin Jones is taking the place of Class of 2016 linebacker Michael Divinity Jr., and his coach believes Jones will flourish in that role. Aranda spent the entirety of Saturday’s session working with and watching Jones, who flashed some positive signs in coverage during 1-on-1 drills. The 6-foot-1, 200-pound Jones is set for a starting role this fall and is a name that LSU fans will need to keep an eye on moving forward as he looks to earn an offer from the in-state Tigers.
Another Ehret product in attendance was 2018 athlete Jamal Houston. The wide receiver has been impressive at camps this summer, clocking in a 4.5-second 40-yard dash Friday at Mississippi State, then running a 4.45-second 40 on Saturday morning at LSU. Houston also fared well competing against 2018 LSU defensive back commit Corione Harris. The budding in-state prospect drew the attention of wide receivers coach Dameyune Craig, as well as Raymond, who worked him out as a defensive back, too.
On Friday, many of the LSU coaches raved about 2019 linebacker Byron Guillory. In particular, offensive coordinator Cam Cameron took notice of the Dutchtown High School (Geismar, La.) product. SEC Country has learned that Guillory has ties to the Reid family, which produced former LSU safety and first-round pick Eric Reid and current Stanford safety Justin Reid. That’s the LSU connection the coaches had hoped for with the young linebacker, who continued to impress on Saturday.
One last New Orleans area prospect that made the trek to LSU on Saturday was 2019 defensive back Donald Clay. The versatile talent fared well with Raymond watching. The John Curtis Christian (River Ridge, La.) product plays both cornerback and safety entering his sophomore season, and could eventually earn looks from the LSU coaches. The 5-foot-9, 150-pounder impressed in 1-on-1 drills and is certainly a name to keep an eye on.
— Sam Spiegelman (@samspiegs) June 11, 2016
Finally, Class of 2017 Livonia (La.) High School wide receiver Kendrick Paul was impressive during 1-on-1s. The 5-foot-11, 175-pounder played well both on the outside and in the slot against the top defensive backs and linebackers that attempted to cover him. Paul, a three-star Arkansas target, showed great quickness, agility and impeccable hands, and did so in front of LSU coach Les Miles. He’s teammates with LSU commit Patrick Queen, so it is a situation worth monitoring.
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.