Plenty of Headliners at LSU Camp

The first few days of LSU camp have brought a number of top prospects into Baton Rouge. Get a recap of all the action with

After a record number of high school football players attended Sunday's opening session, day two of the Les Miles camp had a strong showing on Monday with a ton of legitimate LSU prospects ranging from 2012 all the way to 2015.

Here are some quick hitters with more to come.

*** You have to start off with LSU commit Torshiro Davis. Outside of Landon Collins, Davis is easily the best looking kid at camp. The debate over whether he is going to play linebacker or defensive end will continue, because the only film that's out is with him putting his hand on the ground.

Landon Collins is coming off an MVP showing at The Opening.
On Monday we got a good look of him working out at linebacker, and for someone who has played defensive end almost exclusively he looked very natural and fluid. He was smooth dropping into his zones and flipped his hips and turn and ran right with several speedy tight ends, namely DeSean Smith of Barbe.

Davis also worked out at defensive end and he easily beat his competition in 1-on-1's with his speed to the outside. Davis has that ‘WOW' factor and he is going to be a menace to opposing offensive coordinators in the SEC for several years. – Sonny Shipp

*** Speaking of the linebackers, Lamar Louis, Trey Granier, and Ronnie Feist all worked out and all impressed.

Granier moved better than he has looked on film and you can finally see that all of the 7-on-7 work that Feist has done this summer is starting to pay off as he looks more fluid and comfortable playing in space.

There's really not a whole lot more you can say about Louis that hasn't been said, but one thing I did notice was how relentless he was on every rep he got. – Sonny Shipp

*** Feist looks to have slowed down with his push to add weight since the end of football season last fall. And as mentioned above, he's getting a lot better playing in space. He had back-to-back impressive reps when he ran stride-for-stride with John Curtis 2013 RB Tevin Horton (5-10, 190).

As for Louis, it was another camp setting where he tested off the charts. At 5-11, 215, he clocked a 4.5 40-yard dash, 4.0 shuttle, 10' broad jump, and 37" vertical. – Shea Dixon

*** After getting a good look at Edna Karr's 2013 tight end Standish Dobbard on Sunday, today we got another good look at Barbe 2013 tight end DeSean Smith. He is coming off earning his first scholarship offer from Texas A&M on Sunday, and he is a man on a mission at the Tigers' camp. Smith still hasn't added much weight and looks to be about 20-25 pounds lighter than Dobbard, but he has very good hands and can stretch the field with his speed.

Karr has one of the top 2013 TE's in Standish Dobbard.
It will be interesting to see how LSU addresses the tight end situation in 2013 with four players on scholarship in Travis Dickson, Nic Jacobs, Dillon Gordon and John Thomas. Dickson and Jacobs would be juniors when the 2013 crop reports for fall camp and Gordon and Thomas will be either redshirt freshmen or sophomores. So, the question that will pop up is will there be room for both Dobbard and Smith? – Sonny Shipp

*** Speaking of Gordon, the John Curtis senior was the biggest prospect (6-5, 250) working with the tight ends and receivers, and he showed off some athleticism getting down field against linebackers like Louis and Feist. Still, if his current frame and last December's state title matchup against LSU signee Jermauria Rasco and Evangel have any bearing, the big man will handle a lot of blocking duties in offensive coordinator Steve Kragthorpe's sets. - Shea Dixon

*** There were a number of quarterbacks on hand the past two days, including names like Jeremy Liggins, Greyson Lambert, Devin Powell, Kohl Stewart (2013), Damian Williams (2013), and Kendell Beckwith (2013).

When will the LSU quarterback dominos begin to fall in 2012?

Lambert stayed beyond his original one-day camp session, throwing for offensive coordinator Steve Kragthorpe both in the morning and afternoon on Monday in hopes of earning an offer from the Tigers. The Jesup, Ga. four-star is ranked as the No. 9 passer in the country.

The only quarterback that could compete with Lambert's arm strength was 6-4, 265-pounder Jeremy Liggins. Liggins looks effortless with his throws, the most impressive being his deep ball. LSU fans should keep an eye on both prospects, namely Liggins, whose offer is already in. And despite his weight, the Tigers staff will continue to recruit the Oxford, Miss. into Baton Rouge as a passer. Liggins will stay at the LSU camp through Wednesday. – Shea Dixon

*** Stewart looks to be ahead of Beckwith and Williams in development as both Louisiana gunslingers were a little erratic with their throws. About Beckwith (6-2, 215), he looked better than when I saw him in February at a combine as he didn't struggle as much with making intermediate throws and he showed off his arm strength on a couple of tosses outside of the numbers. – Sonny Shipp

*** While I think Beckwith has got some time to develop, I felt as if the East Feliciana rising junior left a bit to be desired when they went to the 7-on-7 setting. He's certainly a high-level college prospect, but he doesn't have much touch to his passes yet and wasn't as consistent as a lot of the quarterbacks he worked with, including Powell. – Shea Dixon

*** Frank Wilson had a plethora of running backs to work out, led by 2014 phenom Leonard Fournette of St. Augustine. Fournette looks like he is ready to report to LSU for fall camp. He showed some nice footwork in running back drills, but he didn't catch the ball as smoothly as you would like in pass drills, though I would bet on him putting in the work to get better in that area taking his strong work ethic into consideration.

Leonard Fournette will be one of the nation's best running backs in 2014.
2013 Denham Springs running back Kaleb Blanchard (6-1, 202) has added a lot of weight and thickness to his build since the beginning of his sophomore season and he now looks like a legitimate running back prospect in college. He flashed some quick feet and made some nice hard cuts to explode into the open field a few times.

Another prospect in Blanchard's class that has grabbed the staff's attention is Carlton Perkins of Walker. Perkins isn't nearly as big or thick as Blanchard but he showed some good change of direction and ran well and could be someone LSU looks at for cornerback. – Sonny Shipp

*** When it came to being tested, it was Perkins who stood out in his group. At 5-11, 175, the rising junior recorded a 4.49 40-yard dash, 4.3 shuttle, 34" vertical, and 9' broad jump. – Shea Dixon

*** There was a trio of offensive tackles that looked good, but the most impressive one to me was 2014 prospect Cameron Robinson (6-5/315) of Ouachita.

His knee bend and flexibility is rare for someone his size and age and he moved his feet exceptionally well and more than held his own going against guys who were much more experienced than him.

Les Miles wanted to speak with Robinson once he checked out of camp and don't be surprised if the headman extends an early offer to the rising sophomore - just as he has already done with a pair of guys in his class in Leonard Fournette and defensive end Gerald Willis of Edna Karr. Derek Edinburgh continues to improve every time I see him and expect good news from the big man on Tuesday.

Jerald Hawkins (6-6, 289) of West St. Mary has all of the potential you could ask for in an offensive tackle prospect, but is just so raw in terms of technique. His athleticism jumps out at you and he moves his feet very well. – Sonny Shipp

Jerald Hawkins worked exclusively with the offensive line
*** Hawkins clocked a 5.23 during one 40-yard dash run, and then moved into individual workouts, where he showed off the strongest punch of the group in bag drills. The one thing that the coaches stressed was hand placement, and the big man got some good work in with multiple members of the staff. – Shea Dixon

*** There was a wealth of talent at receiver in 2012 commits Travin Dural and Kavahra Holmes, along with 2013 wide outs Ronald Lewis of West Jefferson and Donald Gage of Redemptorist. Lewis is one of those guys who have a great chance of picking up an offer from the Tigers along with Neville's John Diarse - and those two along with Rickey Jefferson would be a good pull for the Tigers.

Gage has worked out at receiver and has looked good, but he can also play corner and will get a look at that spot. – Sonny Shipp

*** Dwayne Thomas was very good at corner and showed that you don't have to have a blazing 40-time to be a shutdown defensive back. He may have run a 4.59 (40) but his size, instincts, physicality and the way he recovers and breaks on the ball make up for the 40-time. – Sonny Shipp

*** Speaking of the defensive backs, Landon Collins was what you would expect from a 5-star prospect and the No. 1 player in the state. Something I truly love about Collins is he always wants to compete, unlike some former high-profile in-state kids who felt like they had nothing to prove - so they just stood around and watched the action. – Sonny Shipp

Tony Brown is on track to become one of the nation's best cornerbacks in 2014.
*** I am coming away as a huge fan of Tony Brown, a 2014 athlete out of Ozan (Beaumont, Texas). He has quite the bloodline. His mother played college basketball at Texas Tech and father played college football for the same school, and his sister just returned from France after competing for the USA in the Junior Track World Championships. Brown is well put together at 6-foot, 178, and he flashed some impressive hips and continued to grab the ball at its highest point. Despite the age gap, Brown worked out in an elite group and often followed Collins, Thomas, and LSU commitment Derrick Raymond through coach Ron Cooper's drills. – Shea Dixon

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