Tuesday Recruiting Notebook
--- Four-star wide receiver Avery Johnson told LSU head coach Les Miles that he would be taking official visits to campuses for games this fall, but so far the Pompano Beach, Fla., native has stayed close to home.
Johnson cancelled a trip to Georgia for its game against South Carolina, and on Monday he told Scout.com’s Sonny Shipp that he remained solid with his pledge to LSU.
“Anyone who is worried about my commitment to LSU then I can assure them I won’t let them down and I will be at LSU,” Johnson said. “I’m a Tiger and that’s the way it’s going to be.”
In September 2010, Johnson became the first commitment to the 2012 class.
--- On Monday, LSU linebacker commitment Ronnie Feist practiced for the first time since suffering a fracture in his back that kept him out of the opening weeks of the high school football season.
“The doctor said I had a fracture in my back at the L3-L4," Feist told Scout.com’s Mike Coppage. “I had ongoing previous pain and the x-rays showed the small fracture. They kept me out until now because if a crack occurs, then they'll have to perform a fusion.”
West St. John High coach Robert Valdez said that he is leaning towards playing Feist this weekend against McKinley High. If Valdez holds Feist out again, Feist would return the following Friday against O. Perry Walker – which features fellow LSU commitment Dwayne Thomas.
--- Counting Feist, LSU defensive coordinator John Chavis already has four linebackers committed to the 2012 class, and Bastrop’s Denzell Devall, a 6-foot-2, 235-pounder, remains on the in-state board and uncommitted.
The other in-state linebacker with an offer from the Tigers is Lorenzo Phillips, who is currently committed to Florida.
So far the Patterson High linebacker’s recruitment has been tough to track, seeing Phillips commit to Texas A&M in mid-March before pulling his pledge after a visit to the LSU campus the following day. On June 15, three days after his first visit to Gainesville, Fla., Phillips committed to the Gators, and he has since backed away from interviews with the media.
Hoping the four-star linebacker has one last change of heart, LSU recruiting coordinator Frank Wilson has his fellow assistants on the case.
Last Friday, Chavis checked in on Phillips in Patterson’s game against St. James.
--- LSU’s defense, a unit that ranks sixth nationally in yards allowed per game, has been the talk of the national media as the Tigers held down LaMichael James and Oregon and then knocked back Dan Mullen’s spread attack at Mississippi State.
With two of LSU’s three opening games on national television, the country’s top high school prospects are likely taking notice.
“When you are in as many homes as our LSU Tigers are, it’s something that speaks to recruiting and the reputation of the program,” Miles said.
Six-foot-4, 260-pouder Mario Edwards, a five-star prospect and the nation’s No. 2-ranked defensive end, is one big fish that noticed what the Tigers are doing – and he now plans on making a visit to the LSU campus for a game this fall.
Edwards committed to Florida State last March, but he has since told head coach Jimbo Fisher that he planned to take visits to other campuses.
Edwards, a native of Denton, Texas, will return to Tallahassee for the Seminoles game against Miami on Nov. 12. He will also trip to Oklahoma and the in-state Longhorns.
--- With 19 commitments for 2012, LSU can get to a full class of 25, and one position of interest going forward is wide receiver – in particular a taller prospect who can stretch the field vertically.
Cincinnati, Ohio’s Dwayne Stanford, a 6-foot-4, 195-pounder, fits the bill, and the Taft High wide receiver said he remains high on the Tigers.
Stanford has a lead group of LSU, Ohio State, Alabama, Arizona State and Cincinnati, and he has offers from all five schools.
While he has not set his official visits in stone, Stanford said LSU would be one of the destinations for an official visit. He plans to make all five visits in September and October, and then have the decision finalized before November.
If you are tracking Stanford, keep an eye on defensive end Adolphus Washington. The Taft teammates have talked about becoming a package deal since their recruitment processes began.
Washington, a five-star prospect and the nation’s No. 3-ranked defensive end, has offers from nearly every program in the country, and he recently named Ohio State as his leader. Washington plans on visiting Arizona State, Alabama, Michigan and Michigan State, and he said that Kentucky and Cincinnati are also in the mix.