LSU just wrapped up one of three all-important weekends before National Signing Day arrives on Feb. 3.
LSU hosted a double-digit cast of nationally-renowned prospects and nine current LSU commits.
As the weekend came to a close, the Tigers received a bit of both good news and bad, making the final days of recruiting season that much more intriguing.
Here are this weekend’s four biggest recruiting stories for LSU:
1. Fulton names LSU his leader
Entering this weekend, four-star cornerback Kristian Fulton was seemingly leaning toward Florida. However, LSU made a lasting impression on the New Orleans native, which led him to reveal to SEC Country on Sunday that LSU was out in front … for now.
Fulton, the nation’s No. 3 cornerback, still has official visits scheduled for Arkansas this weekend and Florida on Jan. 29.
LSU might have made up a lot of ground, but two more official visits could shake things up as signing day approaches.
Nonetheless, the LSU coaches gave Fulton a clear vision of how they see him contributing next year. It will be up to Arkansas and Florida now to change his mind.
2. LSU convinced QB to make official visit, loses out on another QB target
One of the most pressing questions over the next few weeks is whether LSU will have a quarterback commit included in its 2016 recruiting class.
For now, that answer is no. But LSU took one giant leap forward in at least making it a possibility.
After LSU offensive coordinator Cam Cameron went to Maryland, four-star quarterback Dwayne Haskins scheduled an official visit to Baton Rouge, La., for this coming weekend. There is reason to believe Haskins is waning on his pledge to Maryland, but LSU also faces stark competition from Ohio State.
Hosting Haskins this weekend is of paramount importance.
Conversely, one of LSU’s backup plans decided to commit to Temple. Anthony Russo, a three-star prospect from Pennsylvania, de-committed from Rutgers a week ago, and there was a thought that LSU was one of the reasons why.
However, even after getting a visit from LSU coaches, Russo opted to commit to Temple.
3. LSU WR commit opens the door for possible flip
When Drake Davis committed to LSU at the Under Armour All-America Game, it solidified a quarter of talented wide receiver prospects that were embedded in the Tigers’ 2016 class.
The four-star wide receiver and Baton Rouge, La., native already took an official visit to LSU in December just weeks before ultimately committing to the school but conceded that “you never know” after these official visits.
Davis spent this past weekend in Alabama with coach Nick Saban and will round out January at Ole Miss.
All of a sudden, LSU must be getting a bit uncomfortable with the status of one of its prized wide receivers as February nears.
4. Louisiana’s top prospect leaves LSU on positive note before announcement on Friday
Rashard Lawrence is one of the final pieces LSU is looking to add to its 2016 class, and the Tigers will find out the verdict in no time.
Lawrence, a five-star defensive tackle from Neville High School (Monroe, La.), took his final official visit — to LSU — this weekend, and through social media expressed much content with his time in and around the campus, as well as with the coaching staff.
The 6-foot-3, 305-pound Lawrence is scheduled to choose between LSU and Ohio State on Friday, and at this point, the hometown Tigers seemingly have an edge over the Buckeyes with time running down until his decision.
It seems as if coach Les Miles made it a point to spend plenty of quality time with Lawrence, and that’s making the difference now.