LSU is set for arguably its biggest weekend of the year, with one last group of prospects to set to officially visit Baton Rouge, La., with less than a week to go before National Signing Day.
The Tigers will host four prospects — two current LSU commits as well as two nationally renowned prospects — who are considered major targets for the purple and gold
So, how does LSU win the weekend?
The Tigers have a chance to make their pitch on the final weekend of recruiting season, giving them advantageous timing to try and bolster their already highly regarded class.
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Here are three of the best things that could happen for LSU this weekend:
1. Nab the coveted QB
LSU has had its fair share of swings and misses along the recruiting trail in recent months, beginning with Feleipe Franks’ flip to Florida and ending with Dwayne Haskins landing at Ohio State.
That has led to the Tigers coaching staff going all in on Louisiana’s Mr. Football, Lindsey Scott, who lifted Zachary High School (La.) to a state championship in 2015.
Scott, a 5-foot-11, 205-pound dual-threat quarterback, is also being courted by Tulane, Rutgers and Maryland. The biggest issue, however, is LSU’s offense.
LSU has come under obvious scrutiny in recent years for running a pro-style offense, which has deterred certain types of quarterbacks from showing interest in the program. Scott has piloted an up-tempo, spread scheme in high school, and likely would not be a match for what LSU is currently running.
However, there’s a belief that LSU offensive coordinator Cam Cameron is going to begin the process of morphing the offense, and Scott would be the first signal-caller to pioneer the effort. It has also opened the door for Class of 2017 quarterback Lowell Narcisse to re-consider LSU.
LSU may have a chance of securing the nation’s No. 1 recruiting class with or without a quarterback, but it’s an obvious position of need for what is obviously a national championship contender in 2016. Address it, and the Tigers have more options come next season.
2. Add a third OT
Despite securing a commitment from four-star offensive tackle Willie Allen a week ago, LSU remains on the hunt for an offensive tackle.
The two prospects on the Tigers’ radar are Jauan Williams and Scott Lashley.
Cameron flew to the nation’s capital to meet with Williams earlier this month, then the four-star prospect received a visit from LSU coach Les Miles and offensive line coach Jeff Grimes earlier this week.
Williams took an official visit to LSU last weekend, and Lashley will do the same on the final weekend of the recruiting season.
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. Of course, LSU is losing both of its tackles from this past season, and it is now becoming apparent the coaches want to immediately begin the process of bolstering the offensive line.
Both Williams and Lashley are being courted by a host of other national programs. Williams will be at UGA this weekend, and Texas A&M, Florida State and Maryland are all making a push for the tackle.
Likewise, Alabama and Mississippi State are in the mix for Lashley.
Perhaps underdogs for the two prospects entering the week, consider LSU in the thick of it with both tackles leading up to Signing Day.
3. Campbell, Anthony stay strong on their pledge
There is all of a sudden a cause for concern as two LSU commits head elsewhere for official visits this weekend.
Donavaughn Campbell is set to go to Georgia Tech, while Andre Anthony recently scheduled an official visit to Memphis.
Campbell, the nation’s No. 6 offensive guard, canceled his official visit to ‘Bama last weekend, but remains resolute on checking out Georgia Tech, where his brother, quarterback Christian Campbell, was a redshirt freshman in 2015.
While Campbell reaffirmed his pledge to the Tigers to SEC Country after his LSU official on Jan. 15, there is some thought the four-star lineman could re-consider. A lot depends on how the weekend goes, of course, but Campbell is a key piece to LSU’s future on interior of the line.
The same can be said for Anthony, who had no other official visits planned before Wednesday evening.
Anthony informed SEC Country that he is simply exploring all of his options.
Memphis assistant coach Dave Johnson recruited Anthony when he was at Tulane, which was one of the first schools to offer the four-star defensive end. Memphis has come through Edna Karr High School (Algiers, La.) numerous times over the past few weeks and made a push for several of the school’s marquee players in the 2016 and 2017 classes.
Anthony has always been solid with LSU, and it is likely that remains the same even after a trip to Memphis over the weekend. Rated as Louisiana’s No. 12 prospect, Anthony figures to have a realistic chance at helping the Tigers’ pass rush as soon as next season.
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