Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Eye on the Tigers, a rundown of everything happening in LSU Tigers recruiting, with Sam Spiegelman. Today, we discuss the group of official visitors expected at LSU this weekend. Of the 12 confirmed guests, 11 are longtime commits and are expected to sign with the Tigers during the early signing period. That leaves two major uncommitted targets.
LSU to host 11 commits, two targets before early signing periods
Ed Orgeron and his staff will host a total of 12 visitors on the final weekend before the early signing period kicks into gear on Dec. 20 through Dec. 22. Of the 12 visitors, 11 are already committed to LSU and the other two remains top targets for this coaching staff.
Of the 11 commits heading to town, only one remains unsure about whether he will ink their letters of intent next week. That is 3-star Evangel Academy (La.) defensive back Ar’Darius Washington.
Washington committed along with his teammates Micah Baskerville and Davin Cotton at the start of the recruiting cycle in February at “Boys From The Boot.” Several schools remain in touch with Wire, including Texas, Oklahoma and Baylor, while TCU is the biggest threat to the Tigers holding onto Washington.
Washington was supposed to make his official visit to TCU last weekend, but those plans went awry. It will be a telling sign of whether he rescheduled his visit to Fort Worth for Dec. 15 or instead heads to Baton Rouge with Baskerville and Cotton. Expect the LSU coaches to push both longtime commits to sign early.
Here are the confirmed list of visitors for this weekend:
- Kenan Jones, 4-star WR (Berwick, La.)
- Damone Clark, 4-star LB (Baton Rouge, La.)
- Davin Cotton, 4-star DL (Shreveport, La.)
- Micah Baskerville, 4-star LB (Shreveport, La.)
- Chris Curry, 4-star RB (Lehigh Acres, Fla.)
- Chasen Hines, 4-star DT (Marshall, Texas)
- Dare Rosenthal, 3-star DL (Ferriday, La.)
- Dantrieze Scott, 3-star DE/OLB (Ferriday, La.)
- Cameron Wire, 3-star OT (Gonzales, La.)
- Jaray Jenkins, 3-star WR (Jena, La.)
- Ar’Darius Washington, 3-star DB (Shreveport, La.)
- Andres Fox, 4-star DE (Mobile, Ala.)
- Michael Williams, 3-star ATH (Baton Rouge, La.)
Of the LSU commits heading to town, all but one have made it known that they will sign their letters of intent next week. That includes Jones, Clark, Cotton, Baskerville, Curry, Hines, Wire, Rosenthal, Scott and Jenkins. Of that group, Cotton and Baskerville are set to graduate later this month and enroll on campus early.
Fox and Williams are the lone uncommitted prospect here. Fox is making a return visit to LSU for the first time since the Tigers topped Auburn in comeback fashion in mid-October. Fox wound up not making an official visit to Alabama a week ago and instead rescheduled it for a later date, possibly closer to his commitment date. That means he’ll head to LSU first and will likely make his way to Alabama, Auburn and Stanford before he announces his commitment publicly on National Signing Day in February.
There was a period of time where it looked as if LSU was the favorite for the Alabama edge-rusher. After all, the 6-foot-4, 250-pound defensive end indicated that Orgeron was pushing the hardest. However, after announcing that he was already silently committed, momentum shifted into the in-state schools’ favor.
Both Auburn and Alabama have quiet confidence that they’ll reel in Fox come February. It will be interesting to see if LSU, which holds commitments from eight defensive linemen and three highly touted hybrid defensive end/outside linebackers, could even squeeze Fox into this class.
Williams, a local product, remains a top priority for defensive coordinator Dave Aranda. He has made several visits to nearby Tiger Stadium this fall after also camping there this summer. Based on numbers, it’s hard to to see LSU squeezing anymore defensive lineman in this 2018 haul, but the staff continues to give time to the versatile Williams. A decision isn’t expected until National Signing Day in February and one source indicated grades may be an issue.
LSU is the overwhelming favorite for the 3-star athlete projected as a defensive end in the Tigers’ 3-4 defensive scheme. The question is numbers and how this staff can find room for Williams, assuming he wants into the 2018 class in February.
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