Recruiting notebook

What top prospects were in the stands on Saturday? Go inside for the latest.

It was the biggest recruiting date this season for LSU, which welcomed over 100 high school prospects – ranging from 2012 to 2015 – to campus for Saturday’s game against Florida.

The staff was on the field before and after the game, and here are some notes on the prospects in attendance.


- Five prospects, three of whom are already committed to LSU, made up the first wave of official visitors for the 2011 season.

Five-star defensive end Channing Ward made the drive in from Aberdeen, Miss. At 6-foot-4, 255 pounds, the nation’s No. 7-ranked defensive end was one of the most physically impressive players on hand. Ward remains open with his recruitment process, though Mississippi State and Ole Miss are both pressing the Magnolia State standout to stay home.

Peach State prospects and Buford (Ga.) teammates Vadal Alexander and Reid Ferguson arrived on Friday evening and will stay through Sunday. Alexander made the trip with his father, who accompanied Vadal on the sidelines before kickoff.

In an effort to spend his birthday in Tiger Stadium, Pompano Beach, Fla., wide receiver Avery Johnson caught a flight in from South Florida.

He wasn’t the only commitment from the Sunshine State to make the Florida game his official visit.

Dwyer High offensive lineman Patrick Miller, LSU’s latest commitment to the 2012 class, took advantage of a bye week and arrived on Friday evening. Miller and his father will head back on Sunday.


- The highest rated Louisiana prospect in the stands was Dutchtown’s Landon Collins, a five-star recruit and the nation’s No. 2-ranked safety. Collins attended last week’s home game against Kentucky, but neither visit will count as his official. Collins said he plans to make his official visit in December or January.


- Collins’ younger brother, 2014 defensive tackle Gerald Willis, made the drive in from New Orleans with a handful of his Edna Karr teammates, including 2013 tight end Standish Dobbard and 2013 cornerback Noel Ellis.


- From the 2014 class, a few headliners outside of Willis were St. Paul’s (Mobile) linebacker Tre Williams, McKinley defensive end Creshawn Odell and Ouachita offensive lineman Cameron Robinson.

Robinson camped at LSU this summer and earned an offer. Williams, a 6-foot-1, 200-pounder, already holds offers from Alabama, Auburn and Florida State.


- The Mississippi prospects of note were Long Beach linebacker Richie Brown and Petal quarterback Anthony Alford. Both plan to return to LSU again for an official visit. Brown and Alford, both seniors, have been offered by LSU and are being heavily recruited by the staff.


- Oxford, Miss., four-star quarterback Jeremy Liggins was scheduled to make an unofficial visit but was not in attendance.


- Of LSU’s 19 commitments, 14 verbal pledges are from Louisiana. The majority are saving their official visit for the latter months of their recruitment process, but that didn’t hold more than half from driving in on Saturday.

Lamar Louis, Kavahra Holmes, Ronnie Feist, Derrick Raymond and Trey Granier were some of the committed prospects on the field after the game.


- One local prep star on hand was Episcopal defensive end Tylor Harris, a 6-foot-4, 250-pounder, who is coming off a summer campaign that brought him offers from the likes of Arkansas and Stanford.


- Patterson High teammates Tremaine Lightfoot and Trevon Stewart both made the drive, but there was no sign of 2012 linebacker Lorenzo Phillips – who has an offer from the Tigers but is committed to the Gators.


- Despite his commitment to Tennessee, Covington linebacker Otha Peters was on hand.


- On the quarterback front, O.P. Walker’s Devin Powell was the in-state headliner from the class of 2012. From the 2013 class, East Feliciana’s Kendall Beckwith and Rummel’s Damian Williams were the top two prospects in the crowd.


- Other big names from the 2013 class included Neville’s John Diarse, Destrehan’s Rickey Jefferson, Barbe’s Desean Smith and Evangel’s Josh Thomas. Jefferson and Smith picked up offers at LSU’s camp this summer, and Diarse is considered one of the state’s top athletes for next year’s class. Thomas, who also camped at LSU in July, is considered one of the best linemen available for 2013.

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