With less than a month until National Signing Day, LSU's 2013 Class is nearing completion.
After a busy week on the recruiting trail following all of the All-American games, things only stand to pick up from here. LSU landed two of its primary targets last week, and the coaches will host several of their top targets in the coming weeks.
I'll provide a rundown of the major storylines from last week heading into the final month of 2013 recruiting. First, here's the most recent list of LSU commitments for the 2013 class:
Christian Lacouture – No. 14 DT – Early Enrollee
Logan Stokes – JUCO TE – 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
Kendell Beckwith – No. 13 DE
Maquedius Bain – No. 27 DT
Quantavius Leslie – JUCO WR
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
---LSU added two new members to its 2013 class during the Under-Armour All-American Game week. Maquedius Bain made public his commitment, which had been silent since he made his official visit on Dec. 14, and announced it to a national audience during taping of the UA Skills Competition. Kendell Beckwith added his name to the list two days later announcing his pledge in the first quarter of the UA game.
Beckwith had been atop most LSU fans' wish lists for months and marked a big recruiting victory over Alabama. Beckwith will likely step in as a freshman and provide an interesting weapon for John Chavis and his defense. Though it still remains to be seen whether he'll play at OLB or DE, his skill set is one that should lead him to the field immediately.
Bain became the third highly-rated DT to commit to LSU in a two-month span, and will provide another name into the mix at that position. With senior Josh Downs graduating and junior Bennie Logan likely leaving for the draft, LSU will need bodies to fill in the rotation at DT, and Bain could work his way into that competition. Though Gilmore and Lacouture likely have a leg up on Bain, who spent most of his senior season on the offensive line, don't be surprised if Bain emerges as a possible candidate come the fall.
---Probably the biggest story to come out of the UA game was Robert Nkemdiche listing LSU along with Ole Miss as the top two schools on his list. Though the Rebels have been considered his favorite since his decommitment to Clemson, the LSU coaches are pressing Nkemdiche hard on early playing time. Nkemdiche has said he plans to make an official visit to LSU in January, but no date is scheduled yet. Nkemdiche has also not given a timetable for his commitment yet, and said it could come at any time.
---LSU has also started drawing interest from one of Nkemdiche's teammates — former Clemson commit David Kamara. The three-star cornerback will take an official visit to LSU on Dec. 11. He will also take an official to Ole Miss on Jan. 25 and also plans to make a trip to Clemson as well. Kamara said he's developed a strong connection with defensive line coach Brick Haley and the attraction of DBU is a primary appeal. It's been rumored that he will follow Nkemdiche, but denied that in a report from the Semper-Fidelis All-American Bowl.
---The Tahaan Goodman watch remains in progress as LSU fans wait for him to finally schedule an official visit to Baton Rouge. He said during U.S. Army All-American Bowl practices that he still plans to make the trip but is still working on a date. He mentioned Oklahoma and Texas A&M as other schools that could receive visits, but the consensus is that UCLA — which has already received an official from Goodman — is the school to beat. But with his close friendship with Priest Willis, who have expressed an intention to play together in college, LSU fans are still optimistic about the possibility of landing this elite safety.
---LSU target Tashawn Bower scheduled another official visit this past week. He will check out Florida State this weekend before visiting Florida on Jan. 18 and LSU on Jan. 25. He said he still intends to check out Rutgers but doesn't have a date scheduled yet. The former Auburn commit said he is still speaking with the new coaching staff but is also exploring other opportunities.
---Another name popped up on the WR radar this week. Washington commit Demorea Stringfellow said before the UA game that LSU was still showing him a lot of interest and was trying to get him in town for an official visit. With the academic situations of Leslie and Courtney Gardner still up in the air, the Tigers could still be hoping to add another tall WR, and the 6-foot-3 Stringfellow fits that mold.
---On the greyshirt front, Duke Riley has picked up heavy interest from Kentucky and will likely make a trip there in the near future. Riley also plans to make officials to TCU and Ole Miss later this month. He is still heavily considering the greyshirt offer to LSU.
Cethan Carter, the Rummel TE who picked up a greyshirt offer after the state championship, recently picked up a Nebraska offer and will make an official visit there this weekend. He will also visit Louisiana-Lafayette and LSU this month.
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