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--- This week, three of the South's 2012 prospects picked up a fourth star, and LSU defensive back commitment Derrick Raymond made the short list.

Raymond hadn't been eligible since his freshman season, but the LSU coaches didn't wait until the East Jefferson standout took the field again before they handed over an offer and accepted his commitment. A state champion in the 100-meters and 200-meters, Raymond has elite speed. Coupled with some positives – quick feet and hips – that he flexed during LSU's July camp, Raymond could prove to be a hidden gem for defensive backs coach Ron Cooper.

The move vaults Raymond to the No. 14-ranked cornerback prospect in the country. Fellow LSU commitment Dwayne Thomas, also a four-star, is currently the No. 18-ranked cornerback prospect.

--- Outside of wide receiver Avery Johnson, LSU outside linebacker commitment Torshiro Davis has drawn the most worry from fans for his comments about visiting other schools despite his commitment to Les Miles.

On Wednesday, Davis told Scout.com's Mike Coppage that he was set to take official visits to LSU, Alabama, Oklahoma and Texas. When asked about LSU's quick start, Davis said: "LSU's defense is just ridiculous. I really can't that any team has a better defense. Their coaches are talking to me about early playing time as a freshman."

--- With attention coming from every angle, Cincinnati four-star wide receiver Dwayne Stanford and five-star defensive end Adolphus Washington have started to get the ball rolling on their recruitment process. The Taft High teammates talked about becoming a package deal, but planned summer visits to Michigan, Michigan State and Kentucky never came to be. The pair visited only Ohio State, but since set up official visits for Cincinnati on Oct. 15 and Alabama on Oct. 22. Stanford, who recently named Ohio State his leader and pegged LSU, Alabama, Michigan and Cincinnati as other favorites, told Scout.com's Hod Rabino that he would visit Baton Rouge for the Florida game on Oct. 8. Washington has not made any plans to join Stanford on the trip.

With Johnson (6-2, 185), Travin Dural (6-2, 180) and Kavahra Holmes (6-1, 175) already on board, the LSU staff hopes that Stanford – a 6-foot-4, 195-pound four- star prospect – could bring elite size as the group's vertical threat.

--- For Louisiana prep fans tracking the local wide receiver scene, wave goodbye to Dwayne Benjamin, arguably the state's top receiver regardless of classification.

In an effort to forgo the junior-college route, Benjamin has transferred from Northside High in Lafayette to Long Beach Poly in California, the same school that former Abbeville defensive end and Texas A&M commitment Alonzo Williams transferred to.

Benjamin is committed to UTEP for basketball, but the 6-foot-5, 195-pounder told Scout.com's Mike Coppage that he will likely play football before midseason, which means college coaches on the West Coast will get a first-hand look at the senior in action. Last fall, Benjamin caught 45 passes for 927 yards and 14 touchdowns.

--- LSU's SEC home opener against Kentucky won't draw many official visitors, but when Florida comes to town on Oct. 8, that should play out as LSU's biggest recruiting weekend of the football season.

Johnson will make the flight from the Miami area in to spend his birthday at Tiger Stadium. Fellow Floridian and LSU commitment Patrick Miller will also make the trip, giving both Sunshine State prospects a chance to see their future team battle the home-state Gators.

Perhaps the biggest news is that Florida linebacker commitment Lorenzo Phillips will make the drive up from Patterson for the second week in a row. Phillips is also scheduled for an unofficial trip to Baton Rouge for this weekend's game against the Wildcats. Recently, Phillips joined a pair of Patterson High teammates on a trip to Houston's campus.

With the Gators at 17 commitments and still actively recruiting Miami commitment Raphael Kirby and Stanford commitment Noor Davis, could the Gators be bracing themselves for an eventual shift from their lone Louisiana pledge?

--- Mississippi quarterbacks Jeremy Liggins and Anthony Alford remain high on LSU's board, and both 2012 prospects said that they plan to see LSU on an official visit this fall, but neither has contacted the staff to set the date in stone.

Through four weeks, the 6-foot-1, 210-pound Alford, who is being recruited to LSU as an athlete, has already visited Southern Miss and Ole Miss for games.

Liggins, an Oxford, Miss., native, has attended Georgia's game at Ole Miss, the North Texas game at Alabama and LSU's Thursday night showdown with Mississippi State. Neither quarterback has set a date for their decision.

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