Spring evaluations are in the rearview and the summer camp circuit will soon follow suit, meaning that college coaches have a firm grip on where they will focus their recruiting efforts going into the football season.
The LSU staff, looking to close shop on a 2012 class that already sits at 15 verbal pledges, will continue to focus those efforts in state – where they grabbed all but two of their commitments thus far.
Outside of Dutchtown safety Landon Collins, the top defensive talent still available is Denzel Devall, a 6-foot-2, 240-pounder tabbed by Scout.com as the No. 26 overall defensive end in the country.
After coaches flocked this spring to Bastrop, La. just to see Devall in person, the four-star prospect has kept a relatively low profile this summer, taking in a visit to the Alabama campus last month before naming his top teams: Alabama, Arkansas, LSU, Mississippi State, Oklahoma, and Texas A&M.
When TigerSportsDigest.com caught up with Devall, three of his 15 offers were at the front of his mind.
“Alabama, LSU, and Texas A&M,” said Devall. “I like those schools right now.
“I camped at Alabama and got to meet one-on-one with coach Saban and some other coaches. They were all cool with me. I got the feeling that I could get some early playing time if I went there. They like me at linebacker and have some guys leaving.
“LSU has talked about linebacker, too. Coach Chavis said that I am a guy who could cover it all in the middle. I’ve always said I can learn anything, so I have an open mind with how everyone is recruiting me.”
LSU has maintained contact over the summer through offensive line coach Greg Studrawa, who recruits the Bastrop area for the Tigers. After their last conversation, Devall is set to make his final visit of the summer.
“I went to Alabama and Mississippi State in June and now I am going to get down to LSU to close things out,” he said. “That will be it for me until I take some visits to schools for games in the fall.
“I still don’t have a decision date or anything. I am going to keep taking things slow.”
Devall finished his junior season with 108 tackles, five sacks, three forced fumbles, two fumbles recovered, and one interception.