The countdown is on.
We are merely nine days away from National Signing Day, coming off the second of three pivotal weekends for official visits.
As the dust continues to settle after this past weekend, LSU may have more to worry about with its top targets visiting other schools than who is actually being courted on its own campus.
Here are this week’s four biggest recruiting stories.
1. Fulton wraps up visit to Arkansas
LSU may be leading the way for the nation’s No. 2 cornerback, but five-star prospect Kristian Fulton just visited Arkansas and will spend the final weekend of January in Florida.
While in Fayetteville, Ark, Fulton was not only courted by the Razorbacks coaching staff, but he also came along with a quartet of New Orleans area recruits — including teammate Briston Guidry — that are all committed to Arkansas.
Those prospects told SEC Country one of their top priorities during the weekend was to sway Fulton toward Arkansas in the hopes of eventually securing a commitment from him.
It remains unclear where Fulton stands with LSU after the weekend, but the Tigers now have to now withstand another week of potential in-home visits and another official visit to Florida this weekend in order to stay out in front for the stud cornerback.
2. Mullen reports strong visit to LSU
If Fulton is the No. 1A prospect on LSU’s defensive backs big board, then consider Trayvon Mullen No. 1B.
With a strong possibility that Fulton could choose Arkansas or Florida over LSU in the coming days, the Tigers must be adamant about courting the four-star cornerback, as well.
After the visit, Mullen told 247Sports’ Ryan Bartow that LSU remains in the same boat as Clemson, Florida State, Louisville and TCU, raving about the time he spent with LSU coach Les Miles and defensive backs coach Corey Raymond.
Raymond has been integral to the recruitment of Mullen, flying to Florida to meet with the cornerback as soon as he was able to in order to show how important he could be to the Tigers’ 2016 recruiting class.
Mullen has long shown confidence in his ability to start at whatever school he commits to, and with only one cornerback currently in LSU’s class, he could likely see himself as a fit with the Tigers in that respect.
3. LSU doesn’t gain ground on New Orleans defensive end
With back-to-back official visits to Alabama and LSU the past two weekends, weakside defensive end Sci Martin was seemingly a prime candidate to possibly flip his commitment from TCU to an SEC school.
Still, the three-star prospect from New Orleans continues to list LSU and ‘Bama as Nos. 2 and 3 behind the Horned Frogs, respectively.
Martin told SEC Country that he received a lot of love from the LSU coaching staff during the weekend, and that they expressed a lot of need for his services up in Baton Rouge, La.
LSU currently is very deep along the defensive line, including at defensive end, but the school may be trying to add Martin in case of a possible late flip from one of its commitments.
It doesn’t appear, however, that Martin has any plans to switch his pledge to the Tigers right now.
4. Highly touted TE prospect could spend final weekend at LSU
Irv Smith shook up LSU’s big board late last week when he de-committed from Texas A&M.
Now, the three-star tight end could very well shake up an SEC West’s recruiting class in the next week or so.
One day after reopening his recruitment, Smith, the nation’s No. 22 tight end, took an official visit to Alabama. That came just two days after the Crimson Tide’s top Louisiana recruiter Burton Burns paid the tight end a visit to sell him on following in O.J. Howard’s footsteps in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
LSU is seemingly gaining momentum toward hosting the tight end this coming weekend. LSU already has a tight end commit in Jamal Pettigrew, who is also being courted by a host of other programs, including Florida.
Smith may rise up on LSU’s big board if the coaching staff gets the sense that they could lose Pettigrew. Right now, LSU must fend off Alabama and Texas, which are both out in front of LSU with Smith … for now.
All player ranking and ratings are from the 247Sports Composite.