Junior Day effect

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If National Signing Day last Wednesday marked the closing out of one class, this past Saturday was the unofficial beginning of another.

LSU got the ball rolling with the program's second Junior Day for 2013 prospects, with nearly 100 rising seniors from around the region driving to Baton Rouge to spend a day on campus with the football coaches.

Here is a rundown of what transpired.

Commitments roll in

The Tigers entered the weekend with one commitment for 2013: Loranger athlete Jeryl Brazil, who pledged to the staff last July.

Green Oaks-Shreveport athlete Tredavious White became the second name added to the class on Saturday morning, committing to Tigers coach Les Miles during a one-on-one meeting.

Tredavious White got the ball rolling on Saturday
"Coach Miles didn't even put pressure on me, so I went ahead and did it on my own," White said. "I told him I wanted to be a Tiger."

At 5-foot-10 and 175 pounds, White enters the picture – like Brazil – as an athlete without an assigned position.

"Coach Miles just said that if I keep working I could be anywhere on the field, offense or defense," White said. "It could also be returning kicks or punts.

"But in terms of a position, it is wide receiver or cornerback."

After shuffling a number of prospects in and out of his office, Miles turned his sights to pressing for another commitment.

This time, while courting Salmen-Slidell wide receiver Chuck Baker and his family, Miles extended an offer and received a verbal pledge in the same conversation.

The first addition to the class with a set position, the 6-2, 195-pounder is expected to play wide receiver for the Tigers. As a junior at Salmen, Baker caught 37 passes for 503 yards and two touchdowns.

A fourth commitment to the growing class came on Monday.

Though two days later than White and Baker, the decision by Jewel Sumner's Jeremy Cutrer was a clear result of the Junior Day weekend.

Cutrer, who was offered by Miles on Saturday, went home and mulled over his decision. By Monday morning, Cutrer committed to play for the Tigers.

Much like with the other three Louisiana-born prospects that Miles and his staff added early, Cutrer's decision seemed to be an easy one.

"I asked him to come up with some schools other than LSU that he wanted to know more about, and he couldn't think of anything," Jewel Sumner coach Zephanieh Powell said. "He said it's close for his family, and he just wanted to wear purple-and-gold."

Cutrer, who measured 6-3, 175 pounds, is being recruited at safety.

Two big men inching closer

Westgate's Josh Boutte could be next
The college decisions of Denham Springs defensive tackle Tevin Lawson (6-4, 275) and Westgate offensive guard Josh Boutte (6-5, 305) could also be close.

Both prospects were offered a scholarship by Miles on Saturday, and both said it was only a matter of time before they pulled the trigger for the home state team.

"I'm going to sit down with my parents and talk about it," Boutte told Scout.com's Mike Coppage. "It's a big decision. It's my first offer, and it's really a dream come true to get it from LSU."

Lawson was even more straightforward about his decision.

"I know I'm going to take it," Lawson told Scout.com's Sonny Shipp shortly after receiving the scholarship offer. "Everything has happened so fast and I just need to go home and talk things over with my family. But I'm 99% sure I'll end up at LSU."

Holding offers, but not making moves

Which prospects are in the wait-and-see stage?

Keep an eye on University High defensive end Tim Williams, East Feliciana defensive end Kendell Beckwith, Neville safety John Diarse, Barbe-Lake Charles tight end Desean Smith, Karr tight end Standish Dobard and Destrehan wide receiver Rickey Jefferson.

Jefferson spent the day with Brazil
The six rising seniors all hold LSU scholarship offers, but all six seem to be taking a cautious approach to their recruitment, though Smith – who missed the past weekend's Junior Day – has said the Tigers are his No. 1 option.

As for Jefferson, progress is being made for LSU, courtesy of Brazil – the first commitment to the class and now the apparent unofficial ringleader of the group.

On Saturday, Brazil spent the majority of his visit working on Jefferson.

"I had been knowing Rickey since the Under Armour Combine (last year)," Brazil told Scout.com's Mike Coppage. "I started building more of a relationship and getting to know him (Saturday).

"We talked about how when he makes his decision - that he's also going to take leadership with LSU recruiting."

Closing in on offers?

A one-on-one conversation between Miles and Walker's Carlton Perkins left one of the state's top junior running backs optimistic about his chances of landing in purple-and-gold.

Perkins' junior film caught the eye of Miles
Perkins, who rushed for 1,198 yards and 13 touchdowns as a sophomore and 1,807 yards and 24 touchdowns as a junior, caught the attention of Miles through film.

A source close to Perkins said LSU defensive backs coach Ron Cooper told the versatile playmaker he sees a future in an SEC secondary.

For now, the coaches will continue to evaluate Perkins this spring before bringing him into a camp for an in-person evaluation this summer.

West Monroe cornerback Xavier Woods, Karr cornerback Noel Ellis, Washington Marion-Lake Charles linebacker Melvin Jones and Brother Martin offensive lineman Ryan Hoefeld apparently shared similar conversations with Miles.

"The coaches said they really liked me, but they also want to see me in camp so that they can get a better look at me before offering," Woods said.

For Hoefeld, Saturday's trip at least brought clarity to which position the Tigers will recruit the 6-3, 265-pounder.

"(Coach Studrawa) said center is his main priority and I'm his No. 1 guy right now for that position," Hoefeld said. "He said he really likes the way I play and looks forward to seeing me during spring."

Texas prospects reel in offers

A handful of Lone Star State prospects were on hand for the one-day event, the biggest being five-star wide receiver Ricky Seals-Jones.

"It was great being in the office talking about the campus and the football team – and just getting to know a little more about LSU," Seals-Jones told Scout.com's Greg Powers.

Seals-Jones is one of LSU's top targets in 2013
Seals-Jones, a 6-foot-5, 215-pounder, could become the most heavily recruited player in Texas, meaning any early impression counts more than most.

For the Tigers, it was the academic side that caught Seals-Jones' eye.

"I really like how big they are on academics," he said to Powers. "That shows me that while you are playing at LSU they also want you to get a degree, and Coach Les Miles talked a lot on that, which shows he cares about you getting your studies."

Fort Bend Dulles safety prospect Maurice Smith and College Texas A&M Consolidated (College Station) defensive end prospect Christian Lacouture were also both offered scholarships by Miles.

Lacouture also has offers from Texas A&M, Texas Tech and Baylor, and he has been committed to the Aggies since January of his sophomore season.

Smith, who visited College Station the weekend prior to his Baton Rouge trip, now has offers from Texas A&M and LSU.

In regards to Texas prospects, the mystery from the weekend surrounded the lack of movement on Ishmael Wilson, a 6-5, 275-pound offensive tackle out of Dallas Bishop Dunne.

Widely considered one of the top 15 tackle prospects in the 2013 class, Wilson told multiple media outlets that he would likely commit to the Tigers on the spot if an offer were extended, but one never was.

Willis is the younger brother of Landon Collins
Not just juniors…

It wasn't only junior prospects that the LSU staff entertained on Saturday.

With top-flight prospects emerging to create a deep 2014 class in Louisiana, the staff is getting a head start by keeping tabs on the quick risers.

This past weekend, Barbe wide receiver Trey Quinn, Ouachita offensive lineman Cameron Robinson, U-High running back Nicholas Brossette and Karr defensive lineman Gerald Willis were all on campus interacting with the staff and 2013 prospects.

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