Another week has passed and more change has happened in LSU's 2013 class. The news broke last week that neither Kennard Swanson nor Chuck Baker were likely to end up in this class, and it was confirmed a few days ago that neither is considered a commit. That brought the complete total to 24, with nine players still expected to enroll in January. Here's the list:
Christian Lacouture – No. 14 DT – Early Enrollee
Logan Stokes – JUCO TE – Early Enrollee
Quantavius Leslie – JUCO WR – Early Enrollee
Avery Johnson – Prep WR – Early Enrollee
John Diarse – No. 15 S – Early Enrollee
Hayden Rettig – No. 22 QB – Early Enrollee
Anthony Jennings – No. 31 QB – Early Enrollee
Ethan Pocic – No. 4 OT – Early Enrollee
Fehoko Fanaika – JUCO OL – Early Enrollee
Greg Gilmore – No. 8 DT
Rashard Robinson – No. 31 CB
Desean Smith – No. 9 TE
Tre'Davious White – No. 20 CB
Rickey Jefferson – No. 22 WR
Tevin Lawson – No. 51 DT
Jeremy Cutrer – No. 19 S
Jeryl Brazil – No. 19 CB
Melvin Jones – No. 8 MLB
Frank Herron – No. 16 DE
Lewis Neal – No. 31 MLB
Andy Dodd – No. 34 OG
Michael Patterson – No. 43 DE
K.J. Malone – No. 41 OG
Josh Boutte – No. 10 OG
The subtractions of Baker and Swanson from this class have opened up some spots, with the previous magic number being 29. There has been some thought this week though that number is a bit lower. The new consensus is that the staff doesn't want to sign more than 25 in this class, with two more counting back to 2012 (Johnson and Fanaika). That would make the new final total of available spots 27, meaning LSU plans to add three more commits in this class.
The news this week focused on 2013 prospects scheduling their official visits to LSU. There are four confirmed dates for some of the staff's biggest targets remaining in this class, with a handful of others they hope to schedule in the coming weeks. I'll provide a rundown of those prospects with scheduled visits, and the others that still rank high on LSU's wish list.
Official Visit Date: January 18
Beckwith confirmed this week that he has scheduled official visits with the top two schools he's considering. Beckwith will be in Alabama this weekend, and will take his official to LSU the weekend of Jan. 18. He still plans to announce his commitment during the Under Armour game on Jan. 5, which makes the timing of his LSU visit a bit interesting. Beckwith said the LSU staff wanted him to visit in January, which sounds like LSU likes where it stands with its No. 1 target. It's possible Beckwith announces a commitment to Alabama at the UA game, then cancels his LSU visit. But instead I see him turning his visit to LSU into a victory lap, and taking the opportunity to soak in the atmosphere as a commit.
Official Visit Date: December 14
Bain has the highest likelihood of being LSU's next commit in the Class of 2013. Bain has already taken official visits to Marshall and Oklahoma, and LSU is the final one he has scheduled. He tweeted a couple days ago that he had a top three of LSU, Florida A&M and Oklahoma. No offense to the Rattlers, but their inclusion hints that it's a two-horse race for Bain, who has long been high on LSU. If everything goes well this weekend, it's likely to expect a commitment from Bain in the near future. Even after the additions of Gilmore and Lacouture, the staff made its intentions clear that they still hoped to add another DT in this class, and Bain would be a high-potential addition at the position for 2013.
Official Visit Date: December 14
The "Will he or won't he" question appears to finally be resolved with Willis, who will make that long-awaited visit to Baton Rouge this weekend. Willis has rescheduled this trip several times, and many wondered if he'd ever actually arrive. It appears that he will, and he will make the trip with his family. Willis has long expressed interest in LSU, and tweeted earlier this week that he wanted to see what this DBU was all about. It does seem that there's genuine interest between the two parties, and a good visit would go a long way in convincing him to leave the West Coast. The Arizona native has been considered a heavy UCLA lean, but don't count out LSU if they make a strong impression on the five-star cornerback.
Official Visit Date: December 14
Greg Biggins confirmed Wednesday night that Goodman has indeed scheduled his official visit to LSU for this weekend. Goodman will join Willis, and the two have been rumored to desire playing together on the next level. Goodman said that he's a heavy UCLA lean at the moment, but that he's still entertaining other programs. It appears a longshot to steer Goodman away from the Bruins, but like Willis, a good visit will go a long way. It will be interesting to take note of how the two defensive backs' relationship affects their ultimate decision, but as of now, I'd consider both need some work from the LSU staff to end up in Baton Rouge.
There were also a few other names in the headlines in recent days that LSU still hopes to get to Baton Rouge in the near future:
Ricky Seals-Jones: The LSU staff made a pair of trips to Seals-Jones' hometown of Sealy, Texas during the contact period. It appears the staff hopes to bring him to campus in January, but nothing is scheduled yet. Most consider the No. 1 WR prospect a Texas A&M lean at the moment, but LSU is putting the full-court press on him in hopes that sways his opinion.
Jamal Carter: The four-star safety and Miami commit launched some speculation this week when he said he might consider examining other opportunities amidst possible NCAA investigations into the Hurricane program. The LSU staff made an in-home visit to Carter recently in order to gauge his interest should he start looking elsewhere. There appears to be mutual interest and LSU is hoping to get him on campus in the near future.
Reuben Foster: The No. 1 LB in the 2013 was in the spotlight in recent weeks amidst the coaching changeover at Auburn, where he is committed. Following the news that Auburn had hired Gus Malzahn, Foster expressed optimism with the hire, but did say he'd have to wait for where Trooper Taylor wound up. News broke Wednesday night that Malzahn had released the entire staff, including Taylor, and that brought the attention back to Foster. Though Georgia would be the likely favorite should Foster reopen his recruitment, LSU would also be in the picture, and the staff will likely continue to keep tabs on him.
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