Gordon signed and is expected to be on campus in May. Thomas, who is in need of a strong spring semester in the classroom, plans to sign with the Tigers in April. Thomas is also recovering from a torn ACL that kept him sidelined for his senior season, which could hinder his chances of getting early playing time in Baton Rouge.
|2-sport star John Thomas could be the pass-catching TE in LSU's Class of 2012|
So far, the majority of efforts have been focused in-state.
Four tight ends have been offered by the LSU staff, and three hail from Louisiana.
Here's where things stand as the clock turns towards the start of spring practice.
At 6-foot-5 and 225 pounds, Smith could be the LSU staff's second chance at utilizing a player like Peterson – a wide receiver in a tight end's body.
After his visit to Baton Rouge for Boys from the Boot Junior Day in January, Smith said the Tigers were still his lead team, despite a heavy amount of interest coming from other programs.
"Everything is still open to the point where I can check out all the schools that show interest in me and be fair to them, but, no question, LSU is still the leader," Smith told Scout.com's Sonny Shipp. "I love it there."
|Barbe star Desean Smith is No. 1 on LSU's 2013 tight end board|
Though the staff recently added a Karr prospect – offensive tackle Derek Edinburgh – in the 2012 signing class, and the staff's top recruiter, Frank Wilson, recruits the school for the Tigers, Dobard has not shied away from his desire to leave to the state for college.
"I think coaches are a little scared to recruit me because they think I am going to LSU, but that is not true," Dobard told Scout.com's Chad Simmons on Monday. "I like LSU, but I am really leaning towards leaving Louisiana.
Auburn, Florida State and Georgia were the latest programs to join the race for Dobard, who has 16 offers under his belt.
While he has been invited to Auburn for Junior Day this weekend, Dobard has not confirmed whether he will make the trip.
Much like Smith, Dobard doesn't have plans of letting his recruitment play out until National Signing Day, meaning the spring and summer months will be crucial for all staffs in the running for the 6-foot-5, 235-pound New Orleans standout.
"I am really thinking about committing this summer, so I can get it out of the way, and focus on the season," Dobard told Simmons. "I have really been thinking about this lately."
|Brian Bridgewater may look to focus on one sport in college|
Bridgewater is a familiar name to LSU recruitniks, but until this season that was only because of his track record on the basketball court.
Considered one of the top Louisiana basketball prospect in the 2013 class, the 6-foot-6, 230-pound Bridgewater gave football a try this fall for the first time in his life.
Lined up at tight end, he caught 23 passes for 623 yards and six touchdowns, which helped push Episcopal to the Class 2A state quarterfinals.
Bridgewater, who has already become familiar with LSU basketball coach Trent Johnson, will be recruited to the football team by Wilson.
Beyond which program Bridgewater settles on, it's becoming clear that the rising senior's toughest choice will be which sport to focus his efforts on at the next level.
|Heuerman is scheduled to visit LSU on March 8|
Offers are in from LSU, Florida State, Miami, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Purdue, South Carolina, South Florida and Vanderbilt, but the Buckeyes and head coach Urban Meyer seem to have a head start on the pack.
"The Ohio State offer is a big offer for me, and they will be in my top group all the way to the end, whether I choose them or not," Heuerman told Scout.com's Bill Greene after spending four days on the Ohio State campus last week. "They will always be in my top two or three, and I think a lot of the program."
Heuerman's older brother, Jeff, is a freshman tight end for the Buckeyes.
Fortunately for LSU, the staff won't have to wait long to get their chance to make an impact on Heuerman.
"I will be going to LSU on March 8, and then to Notre Dame on March 31," Heuerman told Greene. "I'm very interested in both schools, and I'm excited to take those visits. I'm in no hurry to get this over with at all, but I don't want to set a date at all."
In Louisiana, Patterson tight end Deondre Skinner (6-2, 215) could provide an athletic, pass-catching option for the staff.
|Skinner could be in line for an LSU offer this summer|
Skinner, who has offers from Texas A&M and Louisiana-Lafayette, visited LSU for Junior Day earlier this month, and plans to drive to Baton Rouge for both the Spring Game and the first summer camp, when he will be evaluated by the staff.
Christian Morgan from Plano, Texas, also visited LSU for Junior Day earlier this month, but following a trip to Arkansas, the 6-foot-4, 245-pound Prestonwood standout took a firm stance on his recruitment process.
"I loved it!" Morgan told Scout.com's Erin Hartigan of Fayetteville following his visit. "I'm honestly thinking about committing."
Morgan holds offers from Arkansas, Baylor and Tulsa.
Position: TE - High School: Barbe HS (Lake Charles, LA)
Position: TE - High School: Edna Karr (New Orleans, LA)
Position: TE - High School: Episcopal HS (Baton Rouge, LA)
Position: TE - High School: Barron Collins HS (Naples, FL)