Recruiting notebook: What we learned

After a busy weekend in Baton Rouge, here is what we learned headed into the final week before National Signing Day.

--- Lorenzo Phillips made good on his word when he committed to LSU coach Les Miles during his official visit on Saturday, a planned pledge Phillips went public with at the beginning of the month.

The 6-foot-2, 205-pound Phillips, a four-star and the nation's No. 24-ranked outside linebacker, is the sixth linebacker to join the Tigers' 2012 class.

And in a rare year where the Bayou State is stacked with linebacker prospects, Phillips keeps the trend going in Baton Rouge as the sixth Louisiana linebacker into the class.

--- Mario Edwards Jr. was the top-ranked official visitor in Baton Rouge this weekend. Joined by his father, Mario Edwards Sr., the pair spent two nights seeing the sights of the LSU campus.

In the hours after the visit was complete, there was the sense that the Tigers were quickly making up ground on the longtime Florida State commitment.

"It will come down to Florida State and LSU," Edwards Sr. said upon returning home to Denton, Texas on Sunday night.

By Monday afternoon, the decision was made.

Edwards Jr. was ready to follow in his father's footsteps and play football for the Seminoles.

"After having time to reflect on all the visits we have taken this year, at the end of the day, FSU was his school of choice," Edwards Sr. said in a text message. "Couldn't be a prouder dad."

--- If the Tigers hope to snag a defensive lineman before Feb. 1, the top-ranked Louisiana prospect still looking around is Carencro defensive tackle Jacoby Briscoe.

Though Briscoe is committed to Miami, he may visit Tennessee this weekend. Both schools were expected to send coaches to Carencro to visit with Briscoe on Tuesday.

The 6-4, 310-pounder also has an offer at Texas A&M, a program that also hopes to reel in Briscoe for a visit on the weekend before signing day.

--- Hutchinson Community College five-star wide receiver prospect Cordarrelle Patterson has taken official visits to LSU, Ole Miss, Tennessee, Georgia and Auburn, a whirlwind tour that wrapped up in Baton Rouge this past weekend.

Hosted by sophomore quarterback Zach Mettenberger, Patterson called the visit was one of his best. Before next Wednesday, the 6-4, 205-pounder will trim his list for a final time before making his decision.

"I have my top three, but I'm not saying it yet," Patterson said Tuesday. "I will this weekend."

Over the next few days, a handful of coaches will go to Kansas to make a final in-person push.

"I think every school that I visited is coming," Patterson said.

--- The weekend after No. 1-ranked quarterback Gunner Kiel spurned LSU for Notre Dame in the 11th hour, the Tigers hosted Jeremy Liggins – the No. 19-ranked quarterback prospect in the country.

Liggins, who is being recruited to LSU by defensive line coach Brick Haley, made the trip to Baton Rouge with his mother and grandmother, two of the chief decision-makers in his recruitment process.

The 6-4, 280 pound quarterback prospect could trip to Alabama this weekend, though the official visit is still up in the air.

Liggins will announce his college choice on Tuesday in front of an audience at Irie's in the Oxford Square. Other members of the Lafayette football team will also be announcing at the ceremony.

--- Texas A&M safety commit Corey Thompson has been on board with the Aggies since last March, and the Missouri City, Texas, standout last traveled to College Station on Jan. 13 for his official visit.

Before that Thompson took an official visit to Nebraska, and last weekend the four-star defensive back prospect and his mother were in Baton Rouge, where Thompson was hosted by LSU sophomore safety Eric Reid.

Thompson will now head to Oklahoma State, and then go public with his final decision early next week. At this point, those close to the situation in the Lone Star State feel that Thompson will likely stick with Texas A&M.

--- Another defensive back that recently came into the picture is Alabama cornerback Trae Elston.

Elston has picked up an LSU offer and will take an official visit to LSU this weekend, and Les Miles and defensive backs coach Ron Cooper were both in Oxford, Ala., on Tuesday to visit the 6-foot, 170-pound defensive back.

Elston wasn't the only Oxford prospect the staff was checking in on. Kwon Alexander, the No. 3-ranked outside linebacker in the country, also has an offer and high interest in the Tigers, a school he visited officially on Oct. 21.

The staff will host Elston and his mother this weekend, and there is talk that Alexander could return to Baton Rouge with the group for an unofficial visit.

Last weekend Elston visited Ole Miss, and soon after named the Rebels his lead team.

--- LSU is no longer in the mix for the Sunshine State's Tracy Howard, a five-star and the nation's No. 2-ranked cornerback.

After visiting Florida this past weekend, Howard announced that his finalists were UF, FSU and Miami, and that Miami – not LSU – would likely get his final visit on the weekend before signing day.

--- Though Torshiro Davis took a few official visits and entertained other coaching staffs throughout his commitment to LSU, it appears the Tigers have done everything needed to keep the four-star linebacker in the 2012 class.

Davis was scheduled to have an in-home visit with Texas coach Mack Brown on Wednesday, but Woodlawn head coach Carlos Holmes confirmed that Brown and the Longhorns have cancelled the visit and backed out of their recruitment of Davis.

Miles will make an in-home visit with Davis on Wednesday, instead.


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