Louisiana's Loaded

Louisiana's 2015 class isn't as top-heavy as the 2014 group, which included the nation's top RB, OT and WR, but the current crop of juniors is probably deeper when it comes to the number of prospects who will play college football. Keep reading for a review of the top in-state uncommitted 2015 prospects...

Approximately 80 Louisiana juniors already hold at least one FBS offer, and virtually every major college in the country is looking to raid the state for talent.

Schools that have rarely, if ever, been mentioned on the recruiting trail in Louisiana are now looking to take advantage of the sheer number of legitimate 2015 prospects residing within the state's borders.

Boston College, Iowa State and Duke are a few prominent examples of programs that have suddenly become visible in the deep south. Under the direction of new head coach James Franklin, Penn State has picked up the pace in Louisiana, as well.

The Nittany Lions signed linebacker Michael Mauti out of Mandeville a few years ago, but Mauti had ties to State College. The Nittany Lions haven't been mentioned outside of Mauti when it comes to Louisiana prospects before Franklin took over, but PSU has offered four-star 2016 WR Mykel Jones (Patterson) and three-star RB Kirk Merritt (Destrehan) this year. Jones, in particular, was very receptive to the Penn State offer.

The prospects listed below are currently still on the market and hold at least one FBS offer.

  • Tyron Johnson (WR) Warren Easton - The nation's No. 6 wide-out reportedly favored Texas A&M for months. It's now believed to be a wide-open race with LSU holding an edge. Johnson lived up to his lofty ranking with a triple-digit score at the New Orleans Nike SPARQ Combine.

  • Derrius Guice (RB) Catholic-Baton Rouge - This four-star is expected to join Nicholas Brossette (University) and David Ducre (Lakeshore) in LSU's backfield of the future. Keep an eye on Alabama, which offered a few weeks back.

  • T.D. Moton (DT) Woodlawn-Shreveport - A source close to the four-star's recruitment said today: "Bama is the team to beat, but he told me last night that LSU and A&M are close behind." Moton will visit Tuscaloosa with teammate Henry Black, a three-star DB, on April 19.

  • Xavier Lewis (DB) East Saint John - Lewis was committed to LSU at one point, and it seems likely he'll rejoin the fold at some point in the future. He and Brossette are close friends. The four-star athlete (plays QB at ESJ) visited Texas and Texas A&M a few weeks ago.

  • Derrick Dillon (WR) Pine - UCLA is signing a small 2015 class, but the Bruins are holding a spot open for this four-star athlete, who also plays quarterback on the prep level. LSU reportedly is looking at Dillon as a DB. He likes to have the ball in his hands on offense. Could he eventually join Kenny Young on the West Coast?

  • Joe Anderson (OLB) Riverside Academy - This 6-foot-4, 230-pounder could get his next offer from UCLA. He seemed very open during an interview this week. Anderson mentioned Florida as a school he likes, although he has no favorites yet.

  • Hunter Dale (DB) John Curtis Christian - The opportunistic Dale (eight interceptions last year) has his pick of attractive offers with Florida, Miami, Arizona State and many more on his sheet. Mississippi State could be the team to beat; Dale's cousin, Torrey Dale (aka Torrey Bell), plays at MSU.

  • Michael Chigbu (WR) Holy Cross - This New Orleans playmaker seems like a likely candidate to head out-of-state. Texas A&M is a good fit for Chigbu, who visited College Station recently to watch the Aggies practice.

  • Kirk Merritt (RB) Destrehan - Merritt is a dynamic athlete. He easily holds the nation's top SPARQ Rating after registering almost 139 points in New Orleans. Alabama and Arkansas are among his latest offers. LSU, his longtime favorite, has the inside track. The Tigers are looking at Merritt for an all-purpose (RB/WR/KR) role.

  • Garrett Thomas (OL) Many - Auburn and Michigan were the first two offers for this 6-foot-6, 310-pound giant, and the Tigers are in excellent position to eventually land a commitment. Thomas remains open, however, and Oklahoma State has been closing the gap.

    Scout will take a look at 10 more available prospects in the near future.

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