LSU has gotten off to a scorching start in piecing together its 2017 recruiting class.
Through two Junior Day events, the Tigers have already secured commitments from four prospects and have made major progress with many others.
Here are some notes from the weekend:
LSU lands four-star athlete destined to play linebacker
Four-star athlete Patrick Queen went into Saturday’s Junior Day with the gut feeling that he was going to receive an offer from the LSU coaching staff.
Queen’s intuition was spot on, and upon earning the offer, the 6-foot-1, 185-pounder quickly committed.
The outstanding in-state prospect has played both running back and safety for Livonia High School (La.), but LSU coaches envision Queen as an outside linebacker in the SEC.
Queen plans on tweaking his technique during his senior campaign and putting on extra weight to prepare for the next level.
LSU has a dire need for linebackers in its 2017 class, as two true freshmen could crack the starting lineup this coming season.
Queen gives LSU an early start at restocking at the position, but also provides versatility since he can line up at multiple positions on either side of the ball.
LSU the frontrunner for Alabama dual-threat quarterback
Malik Cunningham drew an offer from the LSU coaches as the team shifts toward a spread offense.
The three-star dual-threat prospect out of Alabama is one of the key targets for first-year LSU wide receivers coach Dameyune Craig, who is charged with recruiting that part of the South.
Upon receiving the offer, Cunningham named LSU as his top choice — for now — and believes after a few more visits to Baton Rouge, La., he could commit to the Tigers.
Over the past week and change, LSU has extended offers to a high volume of quarterbacks in the 2017 class. Of course, in-state prospect Lowell Narcisse is the Tigers’ top choice, but offers are also out to Baylor commit Kellen Mond, Texas A&M commit Tate Martell and Alabama pro-style quarterback Jake Bentley.
Including Cunningham, four of those five prospects are dual-threat quarterbacks, which signals the evolution of the LSU offense that we’re anxiously awaiting to see this season.
It seems very likely that LSU will try to nab not just one, but at least two quarterbacks in its next recruiting class. At the moment, it appears Cunningham is strongly in the mix to be one of them.
LSU gains momentum with the nation’s No. 5 safety
Earlier this year, Todd Harris said LSU was in his top three.
After attending LSU’s Junior Day over the weekend, the Tigers have separated themselves as the frontrunners.
Harris, the nation’s No. 5 safety, attended Mississippi State’s Junior Day earlier in February and has garnered interest from across the SEC. However, the strong relationships that he has begun to foster with the LSU coaching staff has helped the in-state school gain an edge over its rivals.
Harris is a four-star prospect out of Plaquemine High School (La.), and is one of the best safeties in the nation. He thrives in both coverage and stopping the run, and that kind of versatility is precisely what LSU defensive backs coach Corey Raymond demands out of his safeties and will look to secure in players in the 2017 recruiting class.
Harris told SEC Country that the LSU coaches must continue to nurture the budding relationships throughout the recruiting process. He isn’t expected to announce a commitment until January at the Under Armour All-America Game.
With LSU out in front, it is seemingly the Tigers’ race to lose.