The countdown to National Signing Day has reached the two-week mark.
With the announcements from Tahaan Goodman and Priest Willis that they have committed to UCLA, the number of targets remaining on LSU's board has started to dwindle. With at least two spots remaining in the 2013 class, the staff still has its sights set on some big-time prospects.
We'll get into a rundown of which prospects LSU is still after, but first, here's how the class currently stacks up:
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
Kevin Spears – WR (Not Ranked)
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
---LSU's best remaining chances probably lie with soft Auburn commit Tashawn Bower. The four-star DE will make an official visit to Baton Rouge this coming weekend after taking trips to Florida State and Florida in consecutive weeks.
The LSU staff has made Bower a point of emphasis, with Les Miles and Brick Haley making the trip up to New Jersey this week to meet with him in person. It's clear the staff would like to add another defensive lineman to the class and Bower appears to be one of their top priorities.
Bower's visit this weekend will mark his first time in Baton Rouge, and a positive trip will go a long way for LSU. Bower still has an unofficial visit planned to Auburn the weekend before NSD, and Rutgers still appears to be in the mix.
Bower's recruitment will become a bit clearer after he takes his trips, but most would think LSU still stands a chance.
---With Goodman and Willis off the board, a need in the secondary still remains for LSU, and it appears Eddie Jackson is the top target to fill it.
LSU is recruiting Jackson as an athlete that could wind up on either side of the ball, but DB seems his likelier position on the next level. The battle for Jackson has seemingly boiled down to Alabama and LSU, and he will be in Baton Rouge this coming weekend.
Goodman tripped to Tuscaloosa last weekend and has hosted coaches from both schools for in-person visits this past week. Jackson was reportedly very high on Alabama after his visit there, so the staff will need to impress him this coming weekend to overcome the Tide.
While it would appear Alabama has the upperhand, anything can happen, but a decision is expected shortly after his visit with LSU.
---Though Robert Nkemdiche would obviously be the biggest get in the 2013 class, the odds appear to be dwindling that LSU stands a chance to land the nation's top prospect.
Nkemdiche still hasn't confirmed whether he intends to make that official visit to LSU he's talked about since the Under-Armour All-American Game. Until he actually steps foot on LSU's campus, it looks unlikely he winds up with the Tigers.
He also has that long-awaited official visit to Ole Miss this weekend — which he'll take with friend and high school teammate David Kamara — and don't be surprised if his recruitment comes to an end after that.
---LSU still hopes to land John Curtis standout Duke Riley on a greyshirt offer. But with Riley picking up real interest from other programs, including SEC rival Ole Miss, the odds LSU gets him without extending a 2013 scholarship offer are getting low.
Riley canceled his official visit to LSU for this weekend, and instead will head to Oxford to check out the Rebels. Miles met with Riley Wednesday night, but it's not yet known where Riley currently stands with the Tiger staff.
---It would also appear that LSU has missed on Reuben Foster, the nation's top MLB. Foster told Scout's Chad Simmons earlier this week that he plans to take an official visit to Auburn on the weekend before NSD.
The LSU staff had hoped to get Foster to Baton Rouge that weekend for an official visit, and aside from a midweek trip, it wouldn't appear LSU will have an opportunity to get him on campus.
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