Many of LSU’s most coveted prospects are participating in the Under Armour All-America Game, which features many of the nation’s top high school senior football players, this week in Orlando, Fla.
That includes five players already committed to LSU and more than 10 prospects that are certainly in the mix to be Tigers in 2016.
Throughout the week, these LSU targets have provided the latest on their recruitments. Here’s a quick recap of what has been said thus far:
Deontay Anderson, 4-star safety, Manvel, Texas
Recap: Anderson has narrowed down his options to LSU, Ole Miss or Texas, and will make his decision on National Signing Day (Feb. 3), according to NOLA.com’s Andrew Lopez. The Texas safety is going to take official visits to all three of those schools, including LSU on Jan. 22.
Anderson will head to Texas first, then LSU and Ole Miss last, but stated there was no reasoning for the order of his visits. The safety also showed a fondness toward the Tigers and Longhorns, calling both universities “DBU.”
What it means: Well, LSU is certainly a finalist to land Anderson and continue to build up a talented core of defensive backs in its 2016 recruiting class. LSU has secured commitments from two other safeties in the class, but could really bolster its position by nabbing Anderson as well.
While LSU is in the mix and Anderson refuted the notion that the official visit order is indicative of his priorities, LSU is probably second or third in the pecking order.
Shyheim Carter, 4-star CB, Kentwood, La.
Recap: Carter is a Louisiana native, but LSU doesn’t seem to be in the mix for the 4-star cornerback.
Reports surfaced that indicated that Carter has a final three of Alabama, UGA and Ole Miss. However, Carter refuted those reports to SECCountry.com’s Chris Kirschner.
The nation’s No. 5 cornerback, Carter has a good relationship with former UGA defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt, who holds the same position at Alabama. Carter also told Kirschner he could see himself playing at UGA under Kirby Smart and he still has a good relationship with Ole Miss.
What it means: It’s kind of a shock that one of Louisiana’s top defensive backs is not giving the hometown team legitimate consideration.
LSU remains in the mix for a number of defensive backs, including both cornerbacks and safeties, but will not land Carter. It is safe to assume that LSU instead will focus its attention on some of the other top cornerbacks that are still uncommitted such as Kristian Fulton.
Kristian Fulton, 4-star CB, Metairie, La.
Recap: One of the most coveted players in the nation, Fulton won’t be making any decisions until after he takes his three official visits in January.
Fulton told SECCountry.com he will visit LSU or Miami on Jan. 15, Arkansas on Jan. 22 and Florida on Jan. 29. The New Orleans native conceded that it is likely that the Tigers get his first official visit.
The 4-star cornerback is putting a lot of emphasis on the three official visits. It is conceivable that LSU, Arkansas and Florida are Fulton’s top three, but there is no clear-cut favorite at this point.
What it means: Much is at stake when the calendar flips over to January.
Fulton has made several trips to LSU unofficially this fall, and an official visit would go a long way. He has also been to Arkansas, where his teammate and longtime friend Briston Guidry has been a hard commit for some time.
Additionally, Fulton visited The Swamp for the Florida-Florida State game and was astonished by the atmosphere.
The process of making the official visits will ultimately be a deciding factor, and perhaps the order of the visits is indicative of where the cornerback is leaning … at this time.
Willie Allen, 4-star OT, New Orleans
Recap: One of the most coveted offensive lineman in the country, Allen has gone through what he described as a “crazy” recruitment.
Allen, a New Orleans native, is set to make official visits to LSU, Auburn and Ole Miss in January. The 4-star tackle has already made trips to UGA and TCU.
Allen told NOLA.com’s Lopez he is going to make a decision on National Signing Day, but would not rule out the possibility that he will announce a college beforehand.
What it means: Allen is taking his time with his recruitment to ensure he makes the correct decision, which shows a lot of patience and maturity from the 6-foot-7.5, 300-pound tackle.
LSU remains in the fold along with UGA, Ole Miss, Auburn and TCU.
UGA was considered the favorite after Allen took the trip to Athens, Ga., first alongside top quarterback Jacob Eason. LSU was seemingly a dark horse in the race, but has made significant strides in recent weeks and is most certainly a contender to keep the Louisiana prospect home for next year.
Allen called the process a “business decision,” but as of now there are no indications of which school is the frontrunner. LSU fans, it is a positive to be receiving an official visit.
Drake Davis, 4-star WR, Bradenton, Fla.
Recap: The 4-star wide receiver announced he will make his decision on Saturday during the Under Armour All-America Game, according to ESPN.com’s Gerry Hamilton.
Davis will decide either LSU, Ole Miss or Alabama, but who is the favorite is quite a mystery.
Davis has long been linked to Ole Miss, but took an official visit to LSU on Dec. 11 along with other top prospects such as Devin White and Stephen Sullivan. White is strongly considering LSU and Sullivan pledged to the Tigers last weekend.
What it means: After Sullivan committed to LSU last week and became the third wide receiver to join LSU’s 2016 recruiting class, Davis choosing to make his decision on Saturday becomes an interesting proposition.
Immediate playing time becomes a question rather than an expectation with three other wide receivers in the recruiting class, especially with most of LSU’s upperclassmen returning to that position.
Davis is a Louisiana native, but has played for IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.). He made only one official visit — to LSU — and brought his mother with him.
While LSU made a lot of sense for Davis, Ole Miss has long been his leader.