Sept. 1 marked the first day that college recruiters could reach out to junior prospects via private communication. It didn’t take long for the LSU coaches to take advantage either.
In the final hours before the Tigers fly out to Wisconsin to take on the Badgers in their season-opening game, the recruiting staff was hard at work into the early morning hours getting in contact with its top Class of 2018 targets and commits. Here’s who heard from LSU right out of the gate.
Nadab Joseph, 4-star DB (LSU commit)
As soon as the clock struck midnight on the East Coast, the LSU coaches reached out to 2018 Miami defensive back commit Nadab Joseph. The 4-star prospect, who after pledging to the Tigers following the June prospect camp has blown up to become one of the most sought-after recruits in the class, got a piece of advice from his future coaching staff.
— Sam Spiegelman (@samspiegs) September 1, 2016
— Nadab Joseph (@nadabjoseph) September 1, 2016
Kelvin Joseph, 5-star DB (LSU commit)
The other half of the self-proclaimed “Joseph Brothers,” Kelvin Joseph was one of the early building blocks of LSU’s 2018 class. The 5-star defensive back received word early Thursday morning from the Tigers coaches, using their signature “Purple Reign” catchphrase over Death Valley to remind the elite commit of what his future holds.
— Sam Spiegelman (@samspiegs) September 1, 2016
Lsu showed love this morning ?
— KELV (@_theylovefat) September 1, 2016
Palaie Gaoteote, 4-star OLB (LSU target)
LSU didn’t only reach out to its current commits, but some of its top targets as well. Count Gaoteote among them.
The 4-star prospect from Las Vegas is rated as the No. 1 outside linebacker in the Class of 2018. He heard from the Tigers in a big way — an offer. The future U.S. Army All-American recorded 92 tackles, including 13.5 for loss, to go along with three sacks, three pass breakups, a forced fumble and an interception as a sophomore for Bishop Gorman. Expect LSU to shift its attention to the Gaoteote as it continues to try and build up its 3-4 linebacking corps.
— Palaie Gaoteote (@ie_2018) September 1, 2016
Jaelen Gill, 5-star APB (LSU target)
If LSU swings and misses on 5-star Mississippi running back Cam Akers in this current recruiting cycle, expect the coaching staff to try and reel in a handful of elite rushers in 2018.
Gill, the No. 2 all-purpose back in the junior class, boasts a 6-foot-1, 182-pound frame, which is what new LSU running backs coach Jabbar Juluke seeks out of his backs. Perhaps that’s why the 5-star recruit from Westville (Ohio) South High School landed his LSU offer on Thursday.
— Squizzy Squirt (@jaelengill21) September 1, 2016
Markese Stepp, 4-star RB (LSU target, Notre Dame commit)
If you read about Gill, then you shouldn’t be surprised to see Stepp on this list either. LSU is making its way to the Upper Mid-West, which is Stepp’s home turf.
The 4-star prospect is the rated as the No. 9 running back in the Class of 2018. He’s 6-feet and 205 pounds, and already boasts a double-digit offer sheet. You can add LSU to that growing list as the Tigers look to add a star to their backfield in next year’s class.
— Markese Stepp (@markese_stepp) September 1, 2016
Devonta Jason, 4-star WR (LSU target)
The former LSU commit was anxiously waiting for Sept. 1 to arrive, and when it did the Tigers did not disappoint. Austin Thomas, Dameyune Craig and Les Miles all spoke to the 4-star wide receiver to let him know he is still a top priority in the 2018 class. Like the Joseph defensive backs, the staff wanted Jason to know they were wishing him all the best for his junior season.
The LSU coaching staff are also trying to get Jason to visit Baton Rouge at some point this fall. He’s been there a handful of times this spring and summer, but want the elite wide receiver back on campus for a game this season to try and continue to regain momentum with the 4-star wide receiver. They may get their wish soon enough.
Corione Harris, 4-star DB (LSU target)
Another former LSU commit, Harris heard from a bevy of schools on Thursday, including LSU as well as Texas A&M, Mississippi State, Florida, Georgia, Auburn, Alabama, Kansas, TCU, West Virginia and Cal.
Harris, a 4-star defensive back from New Orleans, was appreciative of the conversation he had with Thomas, secondary coach Corey Raymond and lead personnel analyst Brian Squeglia. He and Jason, who are both teammates at Landry-Walker High School and best friends, yet again feel like priorities in the 2018 class and were asked to visit LSU this fall.
Sam Spiegelman covers LSU football recruiting for SECCountry.com and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Follow him on Twitter for the latest on who’s on their way to play in Tiger Stadium.