With three weeks until National Signing Day, the 2013 recruiting scene is set to hit a frenetic pace.
From visits to commitments, the next 20 days will have plenty of news to give every recruiting junkie their fix. With LSU's class currently sitting at 26 players (with four players counting back to 2012), the staff can potentially land at least three more, with the potential to add more should a handful of current commits not qualify academically.
And with the remaining targets starting to dwindle down, LSU fans can start to hone their focus on a smaller group of prospects through the final few weeks. We'll get into a rundown of who's still left on the big board, but first here's the list of current 2013 commits:
Christian Lacouture – No. 14 DE – Enrolled
Logan Stokes – JUCO TE – Enrolled
Avery Johnson – Prep WR – Enrolled
John Diarse – No. 14 S – Enrolled
Hayden Rettig – No. 19 QB – Enrolled
Anthony Jennings – No. 28 QB – Enrolled
Ethan Pocic – No. 4 OT – Enrolled
Fehoko Fanaika – JUCO OL – Enrolled
Kendell Beckwith – No. 15 DE
Maquedius Bain – No. 32 DT
Quantavius Leslie – JUCO WR
Greg Gilmore – No. 5 DT
Rashard Robinson – No. 32 CB
Desean Smith – No. 9 TE
Tre'Davious White – No. 6 CB
Rickey Jefferson – No. 24 WR
Tevin Lawson – No. 52 DT
Jeremy Cutrer – No. 19 S
Jeryl Brazil – No. 22 CB
Melvin Jones – No. 8 MLB
Frank Herron – No. 5 DE
Lewis Neal – No. 33 MLB
Andy Dodd – No. 34 OG
Michael Patterson – No. 46 DE
K.J. Malone – No. 43 OG
Josh Boutte – No. 8 OG
---Robert Nkemdiche – the nation's top recruit is now LSU's top target. Brick Haley put in the time this week to make a visit to his high school with all hopes of pinning down an official visit. LSU hoped to get him in this weekend, but it now appears he's set to visit Florida. He'll visit likely-favorite Ole Miss the following week, with all LSU eyes now set on the final weekend before NSD. If the staff actually gets him on campus, LSU fans can start feeling better about their chances, but until then, I don't see him signing with any school other than Ole Miss.
---David Kamara – this teammate of Nkemdiche looks more and more like a kind of package deal. Though it's understood that he's a longshot to qualify academically, most schools are still recruiting with plans of helping him take the JUCO route in hopes of increasing their odds of landing Nkemdiche. Kamara doesn't yet hold an offer from LSU, but they have every intention of getting him on campus the same weekend as Nkemdiche. If they do, LSU will likely push him through the JUCO route and take him in a couple years should he make the grade. But it would appear Kamara will follow Nkemdiche, and I have a hard time believing that will be to any place other than Ole Miss.
---Priest Willis – this five-star cornerback has been high on LSU since his official visit a month ago. He still has one official visit remaining, which will either go to UCLA or Arizona State. The Tigers have to like where they stand, but they've always been playing catch-up to UCLA. The staff definitely gave Willis something to think about after his visit, but it remains to be seen if it will be enough to overcome the Bruins. I still believe UCLA has the upperhand, but the longer he takes with his decision, the better odds I give LSU.
---Tahaan Goodman – much like Willis, Goodman has always been considered a favorite to land at UCLA. And with the two expressing intentions of playing together on the next level, both of their recruitments will be interesting to follow. Goodman is set to make a long-awaited official visit to LSU this weekend, and if it goes as well as Willis', it may put the Tigers in better position to land this elite safety. It still would appear it's UCLA's to lose and the Bruins have set the standard to which Goodman compares other schools.
---Kevin Spears – the Holy Cross standout popped up on LSU's radar late in his senior season. After only playing the sport for two years, Spears really impressed the coaching staff and has shown them a high enough ceiling that they decided to offer him a scholarship last weekend. After committing to Louisiana Tech last week, Spears will visit LSU this weekend and could become the tall WR prospect the coaches have been searching for. It would appear that LSU is in great shape to land him and a commitment could even come as early as this week.
---Tashawn Bower – the soft Auburn commit has played his recruitment quietly, not letting on to which, if any, program has the advantage at this point. He visited Florida State last week and has trips to Florida and LSU on his schedule. He will also make one last unofficial visit to Auburn before NSD. Bower hasn't ruled out sticking with his commitment to Auburn, but the two Florida schools, LSU and home-state Rutgers would all appear to still be in the picture. Look for more change after he takes his visit, but expect Auburn to have a leg up based on his familiarity with the campus and program.
---Eddie Jackson – this late-blooming prospect appears to be set for a busy final few weeks. He visited Florida State last weekend and has trips on the docket to Alabama, LSU and Arkansas. The staff is recruiting him as an athlete to either play wide receiver or cornerback. Like Bower, we'll know more about his intentions after he takes his visits, but he's one that has several schools on an equal playing ground right now.
---Reuben Foster – it seems LSU is well behind Alabama, Georgia and Auburn for Foster. Haley went to visit Foster and his mother yesterday with hopes of getting him on campus the final weekend before NSD, but it's been reported that he doesn't plan on making any trips after his visit to Georgia on Jan. 25. If LSU can get him on campus, it may change things, but Alabama and Georgia appear to be heavy favorites to land this five-star prospect.
---Duke Riley – one of the two LSU greyshirt candidates, Riley has been exploring his other options lately. He most recently visited TCU, with plans to check out Tulane, LSU and Ole Miss. Though he has scholarship offers from the other three, LSU has always appeared to be high on his list. There are opportunities for him to venture elsewhere, but if the love is strong enough, I wouldn't be surprised if he took the LSU greyshirt.
---Cethan Carter – like Riley, Carter is also making the rounds to explore his other options beside the greyshirt offer from LSU. He officially visited Nebraska this past weekend and came away impressed by the Cornhuskers. Arkansas, ULL, Louisiana Tech and Alabama are all in the picture as well. As is the case with Riley, as the other real opportunities become available, I find it less and less likely that either one ends up at LSU. But like I said for Riley, if the attraction is strong enough, don't count out the Tigers to land either Carter or Riley.
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