2013 QB Board

Where is LSU looking for quarterbacks in the next class? TigerSportDigest.com takes a look at where the LSU staff is hitting the recruiting trail for 2013.

LSU has hit the recruiting trail hard for quarterbacks in the class of 2013, a process spearheaded by quarterbacks coach Steve Kragthorpe.

With a pair of Junior Day weekends in the rearview mirror and spring practice approaching, here are some tidbits on the LSU staff's efforts on the road.

  • Raleigh, N.C., junior Connor Mitch (6-3, 215) said he spoke with Kragthorpe on the phone earlier this week, and Mitch and his family will visit Baton Rouge on March 10.

    Connor Mitch is one of the East Coast's top-ranked QBs for 2013

    Mitch on being recruited by the Tigers: "It feels awesome. They are the elite program in college football."

  • Another quarterback high on the Tigers is Dallas Skyline's Devante Kincaid (6-2, 180).

    Kincaid visited LSU for Junior Day and named the Tigers his top team after the weekend.

    "Coach Kragthorpe was impressed with my film," Kincaid told Scout.com's Mike Coppage. "He said they're looking forward to seeing me in one-on-one drills at their summer camp. LSU says they really like me.

    "Coach Kragthorpe said if it was up to him, they would have already offered, but they have to get the say-so from Coach (Les) Miles."

  • The LSU staff recently pulled the trigger and offered scholarships to a pair of quarterbacks: Jeremy Johnson (6-6, 210) and J.T. Barrett (6-2, 205).

    Johnson will visit Auburn, his other leader, this weekend

    Johnson, who traveled with his father from Carver, Ala., to Baton Rouge for Junior Day earlier this month, has named LSU and Auburn his two leaders.

    "It was a great feeling to get an offer from (LSU)," Johnson told Scout.com's Andrew Bone. "I really like it down there. Coach Les Miles is a good guy. He and my dad had a fatherly conversation with each other."

    Barrett, a dual-threat quarterback out of Wichita Falls, Texas, picked up an offer from LSU and Ohio State on the same day, bringing his scholarship total to six.

  • With LSU offers in hand, two more quarterbacks to keep an eye on are Tyrone Swoopes (6-4, 220) and Riley Ferguson (6-2, 190).

    Swoopes, who has an offer list in the double-digits, took in Junior Day visits to Baylor on Jan. 29 and Texas on Feb. 12, when the Longhorns offered the Lone Star State dual-threat quarterback.

    Ferguson recently added offers from Alabama, North Carolina and South Florida, bringing his scholarship total to nine.

    J.T. Barrett picked up offers from LSU and Ohio State on the same day

    He most recently visited North Carolina for Junior Day on Feb. 8.

  • Rummel quarterback Damian Williams (6-1, 215) might have the best shot of any Louisiana passer to make it into LSU's 2013 class.

    Williams visited the Tigers for Junior Day in January, where he met with Kragthorpe and recruiting coordinator Frank Wilson.

    Williams said that if a scholarship were extended, it would likely happen during summer camp.

    He will make an unofficial visit to Alabama for Junior Day on Feb. 18.

  • The Tigers' current roster has one fewer QBs after walk-on and Barbe standout Jared Foster decided to leave the football program and focus on baseball full-time. He could see time in the outfield or at second base this season.

    For spring practice, the Tigers have three scholarship quarterbacks on the roster: Zach Mettenberger, Stephen Rivers and Jerrard Randall.

  • As of Monday afternoon, LSU has not made contact with Maryland redshirt sophomore quarterback Danny O'Brien, who has elected to transfer from Maryland.

    Vanderbilt and head coach James Franklin, the former offensive coordinator for the Terrapins, were rumored to be the front-runner in the race for O'Brien, who was a FWAA Freshman All-American in 2010.

    But current Maryland coach Randy Edsall has said he will not sign off on transfer paperwork to Vandy or any other ACC program. Other potential destinations listed by the Baltimore Sun include Michigan, South Florida, East Carolina and North Carolina.


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