BATON ROUGE --- The LSU sidelines were packed to the brim for the Tigers last conference home game against Alabama.
On Saturday for Ole Miss, the coaching staff hauled in a number of highly touted prospects once more.
The headliner on the sidelines during pregame was Butler County Junior College quarterback Zach Mettenberger, a 6-foot-5, 250-pounder who is one of the top targets on LSU's radar. Mettenberger, who hopes to have his decision made in time to enroll in the program of his choice by January, has offers from LSU, Alabama, Arkansas, Louisville, Ole Miss and others. After he committed to Georgia out of high school, the Watkinsville, Ga. native transferred to Butler, where he hopes to join back on with a program after a year hiatus from the FBS level.
Duron Carter, another Kansas-based Junior College player, also made the trip. Originally from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Carter – the son of NFL great Cris Carter – enrolled at Ohio State in 2009 before being ruled academically ineligible for the Rose Bowl last January. He subsequently transferred to Coffeyville Community College. Carter, who could return to Ohio State, has seen games this season at Oklahoma and now LSU. He plans to be in Oregon next week for their game against Arizona.
Another big name from out of state made the trip to Baton Rouge, this one coming from the 2012 crop. Junior Vadal Alexander, a native of New Orleans who now lives in Buford, Ga., drove in with his father to spend the day in Baton Rouge. Both were on the sidelines before the game. One of the top lineman on the 2012 board, the 6-foot-5, 329-pounder has early offers from nearly every school in the SEC.
The biggest Louisiana visitors were Odell Beckham Jr. and Greg Robinson. Beckham, who made the drive from New Orleans alongside a couple of his Newman teammates, was dressed in an LSU shirt. With less than three months until National Signing Day, he is down to the Tigers and Miami. A four-star prospect, the 5-foot-11, 180-pounder remains one of the top uncommitted targets on the LSU board. Robinson, who is down to Auburn and LSU, was late arriving, eventually joining the other recruits alongside a pair of Thibodaux teammates that made the drive up with him. Last week Robinson's teammate Trey Granier committed to LSU, a piece that many feels brings Robinson another step closer to Baton Rouge.
On the defensive side, Mickey Johnson was the headliner from the 2011 crop of visitors. A four-star prospect and the nation’s No. 19 ranked defensive tackle, Johnson is still considering the likes of LSU, Florida State, Tennessee, Oregon and Nebraska, among others. So far this season, Johnson has been a familiar face at LSU home games. Once his senior season ends, the Covington, La. native plans to take official visits to five schools – not including LSU.
For next season one of Louisiana’s biggest names on the defensive line will be Terrell Lathan, and the West Monroe prospect was on hand on Saturday. Joined by teammates Edward Boley and LSU commitment Paul Turner, the 6-foot-4, 235-pounder was one of a select group of commitments that lined the north endzone and met with coach Miles as the team closed out pre-game warmups.
A majority of the committed prospects from Louisiana were on hand, including La’el Collins, Jeremy Hill, Anthony Johnson, Quentin Thomas and Turner. One note to point out is that Collins’ trip follows an Auburn unofficial visit that the Baton Rouge native made last weekend.
Stick with TigerSportsDigest.com over the coming days for updates on all of the prospects in attendance.