This weekend could prove to be the most pivotal in terms of how LSU closes the 2013 class.
The staff will host five recruits on official visits, including three not committed to the Tigers. With at least two spots still remaining in the class, LSU still has its sights set on some elite prospects, and some of its top defensive targets will be on campus as early as this afternoon.
Below is a rundown of which recruits are expected for visits this weekend, as well as a look at where LSU's other targets will be:
Tashawn Bower: The soft Auburn commit will make his third official visit in as many weeks after taking trips to Florida State and Florida. The staff has placed a strong emphasis on Bower as they hope to add another DE to an already impressive DL class. Les Miles and Brick Haley made the trip up to New Jersey this week to see Bower and his family in person, and they will continue to develop that relationship this weekend when Bower makes his first trip to Baton Rouge.
Eddie Jackson: Like Bower, Jackson has been busy the last couple weeks after making official visits to Florida State and Alabama. This weekend it's LSU as the Tigers seem to have landed themselves in another recruiting battle with the Tide. Jackson named Alabama his leader after his visit last weekend, and Nick Saban made an in-home visit with him earlier this week. Corey Raymond has also gotten some facetime with Jackson, and the staff will hope his trip to Baton Rouge will put them in position to compete with Alabama. Jackson has stated he hopes to have his decision next week, making this visit all the more pivotal for LSU.
Duke Riley: It's been back-and-forth for Riley, but the John Curtis LB should be on LSU's campus this weekend. After he changed his plans earlier in the week to trip to Ole Miss instead, Riley switched it back to LSU after an in-home visit with Les Miles and a phone call with Frank Wilson. Riley told Scout on Thursday that Wilson is pressing to upgrade that greyshirt offer into a full 2013 scholarship, and if that happens, it would be safe to assume a commitment to LSU would soon follow. Numbers are still tight, and with the prospects still available, LSU may not be ready to pull the trigger on Riley quite yet. It will be something to keep an eye on though, especially after this weekend.
Tevin Lawson: The Denham Springs standout will be one of two commits on official visits this weekend. Lawson has been solid to LSU for a long time, and he said earlier this week that this trip is mostly about setting up his academics. Long considered a risk to not qualify, Lawson has done work in the classroom to try and clear things up. It will still be close, but it appears he's put himself in good shape.
Jeremy Cutrer: Like Lawson, Cutrer's on the bubble to qualify academically. His coach told Austin Cooper earlier this week that Cutrer received good news, but still has some work to do get everything taken care of. It's something the staff has kept its eye on, and it will likely be a main topic this weekend. But should Cutrer qualify, he can provide depth in the secondary early in his career.
Robert Nkemdiche and David Kamara will visit Ole Miss this weekend. The high school teammates have had the Rebels atop their leaderboard since decommitting from Clemson in November. LSU will still try to get these two on campus before NSD, but it's not far-fetched to believe they might put an end to their recruitment after this visit to Oxford.
Reuben Foster will visit Georgia this weekend. Foster has said that he will make one last visit to Auburn before NSD, but the LSU staff will still try to get him on campus. Unless they do, it would appear the Tigers are out of the mix for the nation's top MLB.
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