LSU just wrapped up the last of three all-important weekends before National Signing Day arrives on Wednesday.
LSU hosted a small, but talented cast of nationally renowned prospects over the weekend, including, now, three current commits.
As the weekend came to a close, the Tigers received a bit of good news, making the final days of recruiting season not as dramatic but still awfully intriguing.
Here are this weekend’s four biggest recruiting stories for LSU:
1. LSU nabs its quarterback
LSU put a stamp on the nation’s No. 1 recruiting class by adding three-star, dual-threat quarterback Lindsey Scott.
Scott, who was in the final day of his official visit, chose LSU over Maryland. It was a decision that came down to whether he believed LSU’s offense would move to more spread principles to adapt to his style of play.
Scott ultimately put his faith in LSU coach Les Miles and offensive coordinator Cam Cameron, and Louisiana’s Mr. Football wound up making his pledge three days before signing day.
The commitment ends a long-winded saga in which LSU saw its top quarterback commit Feleipe Franks flip to Florida in November, then endured its next top target, Dwayne Haskins, flip from Maryland to Ohio State days before a scheduled official visit to Baton Rouge, La.
Now LSU is getting one of the state’s top high school football players this past season. Scott amassed more than 5,000 yards of total offense and found the end zone 61 times en route to leading Zachary High School (La.) to a Class 5A state championship.
Though he’s only a three-star prospect, Scott brings a high degree of both athleticism and intelligence to the quarterback position. He may ultimately signal a changing of the guard in the LSU offense moving forward, and provides some degree of depth to one of the most polarizing positions in all of college football.
2. LSU commit, potential flip candidate gains clarity
Four-star defensive end Andre Anthony has long been solid with LSU, but last-minute hesitation led to the 6-foot-3, 214-pound prospect making an official to Memphis on the final weekend of recruiting season.
Anthony returned from Memphis with nothing but positive reviews of the Memphis coaching staff, football program and campus, but the visit may have only cemented his decision to sign with LSU.
The New Orleans native was simply exploring all of his options in order to ensure he was making the right decision on Wednesday, and told SEC Country that he had to go through the whole process of being a recruit in order to truly know what the right move was.
“It has given me clarity and helped me realize where I want to be for the next three or four years of my life playing college football,” Anthony told SEC Country on Sunday. “All I will say is that there is a process to everything, and this recruiting is a process. As a recruit, you have to enjoy the process.”
Anthony confirmed he maintains a strong relationship with the LSU coaches.
The defensive end may have given LSU fans some reason to fret heading into the final days before signing day, but there is little reason to worry going forward.
3. Fulton makes final official visit to Florida
Many SEC fans will have their attention on the nation’s No. 2 cornerback come Wednesday, when Kristian Fulton decides either LSU, Arkansas or Florida.
The five-star cornerback wrapped his last of three official visits in January, ending the month in Florida, where he was hosted by Gators defensive back Jalen Tabor.
Fulton told SEC Country that he had a good time in Gainesville, Fla., and Tabor provided him with all the information he needed to know.
“I had a good time,” Fulton said of his trip. “Jalen Tabor was a great host. Chilling with him was my favorite part of the trip. He let me know everything I needed to know.”
The New Orleans standout will begin narrowing down his choices on Monday as he decides whether to remain close to home at LSU, follow some of his teammates to Arkansas or make a new path for himself out at Florida.
How close is the race? Fulton told SEC Country last week that “it’s as close to even as it gets.”
It will truly be a game-day call when Fulton makes his announcement on Wednesday.
4. Lashley sets decision date
LSU remains in the hunt for an offensive tackle, and the two biggest names on the Tigers’ radar are Jauan Williams and Scott Lashley.
Lashley made his official visit to LSU’s campus over the weekend as the Tigers coaching staff made its pitch to the four-star offensive tackle.
LSU is making a concerted effort to add a third tackle to its 2016 class to go along with Allen and three-star Jakori Savage. LSU is losing both of its tackles from this past season in Vadal Alexander and Jerald Hawkins, and it is now becoming apparent the coaches want to bolster the offensive line.
With upward of five spots left in LSU’s 2016 recruiting class, LSU is attempting to ensure there’s at least one more tackle in the fold.
After returning home from the LSU official, Lashley announced on Twitter that he’d make his decision on Tuesday.
LSU, Alabama and Mississippi State are Lashley’s three finalists.
LSU may be a dark horse in the race for the nation’s No. 18 offensive tackle, but there’s no doubt that Lashley is certainly atop the Tigers’ offensive big board with signing day rapidly approaching.