It will be an important weekend in Baton Rouge as the LSU coaches welcome four official visitors on the final days before National Signing Day on Wednesday.
But perhaps the focus should be on one of LSU’s commits heading elsewhere this weekend.
Longtime Tigers defensive line commit Neil Farrell will make his third and final official visit to Florida State, a school that the 3-star prospect grew up rooting for in Alabama.
Farrell, who committed to LSU in July and officially visited Baton Rouge a weekend ago, said his recruitment is not over. This visit to Florida State should be a cause for concern for LSU, which needs talented defensive linemen to pad its depth up front.
“My freshman year, I always wanted to go to Florida State,” Farrell told SEC Country following his weekend at LSU.
“I used to walk around school saying, ‘Florida State, baby!’ But I love LSU. It’s going to come down to what school meets my standards, what school fits me and does it feel like home.”
Farrell emphasized that LSU, Florida State and Southern Cal, a school he officially visited Jan. 13-15, all are going to be in play when he makes his final decision on National Signing Day.
Then again, back to the ‘Noles.
Farrell camped at LSU in June, then went to Tallahassee, Fla., for camp in July. That’s where he landed his offer, which, according to sources close to him, carried a ton of weight.
In fact, Farrell committed to the Tigers just a few days after that, which perplexed some people close to the talented defensive lineman, who they felt might commit to Florida State.
When Farrell committed to LSU, it was because of the relationship he had with area recruiter Dameyune Craig and Ed Orgeron, then the defensive line coach, who worked with him earlier in the summer.
Florida State continued to press for Farrell, though, making an in-home stop with the 6-foot-4, 295-pounder during the December Contact Period.
LSU countered, with Craig going in-home with the defensive lineman in January twice and again on Wednesday evening at his basketball game.
Farrell is on flip watch heading into this weekend, and whether a flip occurs at the end of the visit, on National Signing Day or not at all remains to be seen.
The interesting twist here is that LSU and Florida State also are recruiting another well-known defensive tackle, Marvin Wilson. More so, the LSU and Florida State coaching staffs are confident in their chances of landing the prized 5-star recruit from Texas.
- With numbers certainly a factor, there are scenarios in which LSU takes five or six defensive linemen in its 2017 haul, including Farrell and Wilson.
- If Florida State wins the Wilson sweepstakes, then perhaps LSU could hold on to Farrell, who has been solid to the Tigers since July.
- There’s also this: If Florida State loses confidence in its ability to land Wilson, then perhaps it puts the full-court press on Farrell to force a flip. That could indicate LSU is close to nabbing Wilson and opens one more spot in the 27-man class for a wide receiver, edge rusher or linebacker.
Nonetheless, this upcoming weekend will be pivotal for LSU and Florida State, and the two teams’ pursuit of two of the top defensive tackles in the country.
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