LSU hosted five official visitors this past weekend, while some SEC rivals held some pretty big recruiting events.
The Tigers' staff had five 2013 recruits on campus, including three of their primary targets to finish out the class.
Tashawn Bower made the trip from New Jersey, arriving Friday afternoon and departing Sunday morning. He spoke positively of his visit, saying he enjoyed getting to know the coaches and players. The visit marked his first trip to Baton Rouge, and the staff apparently left a solid enough impression on him to stay in the mix for this four-star DE.
After taking official visits to Florida State and Florida, Bower still has one more unofficial visit planned to Auburn with a decision likely to come after that. Bower hasn't named a leader at this point, but the LSU staff has to like its chances. They sold him on an early opportunity to play, and that could be something that pushes the Tigers ahead.
LSU also brought in uncommitted athlete Eddie Jackson for an official visit. Jackson made the trip with his father after taking official visits to Florida State and Alabama in previous weeks. After naming Alabama his leader following his trip to Tuscaloosa next week, the LSU staff had its work cut out for them.
Though Jackson did take to Twitter saying he enjoyed his visit, it doesn't appear it was enough to push the Tigers ahead of the Tide. He is reportedly done with visits and a decision is expected this week.
The other uncommitted target on campus was Duke Riley, the John Curtis standout who currently holds a greyshirt offer from LSU. Riley rescheduled a visit to Ole Miss to make the trip to Baton Rouge, and skipped his team's national championship banquet to stay the whole weekend.
Riiley came hoping to have his greyshirt offer turned into a real 2013 offer, and though that didn't happen, he told Scout's Mike Coppage the Tigers were still his leader along with TCU. Riley will host Horned Frogs coach Gary Patterson for an in-home visit this weekend, but LSU still appears to be the team to beat. And if the staff does upgrade that greyshirt offer, consider it a guarantee Riley ends up at LSU.
LSU also hosted a pair of committed prospects — Tevin Lawson and Michael Patterson — but another didn't make the trip as planned. Jeremy Cutrer reportedly was not in attendance this weekend. The Jewel Sumner safety has been on the border in terms of qualifying academically, and it's looking more and more likely that Cutrer will have to go the JUCO route.
It was a big recruiting weekend in the SEC West. Ole Miss hosted perhaps the most talented group of recruits of any program this year, while Alabama and Texas A&M turned focus to the 2014 Class with Junior Days.
The Rebels hosted five five-star recruits, including the nation's top target Robert Nkemdiche. In addition to Nkemdiche, Ole Miss also had uncommitted prospects Laremy Tunsil and Antonio Conner on campus, as well as Mississippi State commit Chris Jones and Ole Miss commit Laquon Treadwell.
Long considered the favorite for Nkemdiche, it would still appear after this weekend that the Rebels are in the lead. His teammate, David Kamara (who also made the trip to Oxford), listed Ole Miss No. 1, and it would appear Nkemdiche's in the same boat.
LSU fans still hope Nkemdiche makes it to LSU for an official visit next weekend, but that still remains to be seen, and unless he does, it looks like it's all Ole Miss for the No. 1 recruit.
Alabama hosted its first Junior Day on Saturday for the Class of 2014, inviting some of the nation's top junior prospects to campus.
That list included four from the state of Louisiana — Cameron Robinson, Laurence Jones, Garrett Brumfield and Cameron Sims. Two of those — Brumfield and Sims — left Tuscaloosa with new offers, which sent the rumor mill into a frenzy late Saturday night.
With word flying that both players would commit to Alabama that night, each one disputed the rumors saying they would still take their time with the recruiting process.
Of that group, only Sims doesn't have an LSU offer, and it will be interesting to watch if Alabama's interest speeds up the process for Sims in terms of receiving that offer from the LSU staff.
Texas A&M also hosted their first Junior Day of the 2014 class, and included on the list were two of LSU's top in-state targets.
Devante Noil and Gerald Willis made the trip with Edna Karr teammate Noel Ellis, a 2013 Aggie commit. Willis has long been high on Texas A&M, including them in a top three with LSU and Florida, and the trip apparently left a solid impression on him. Willis has now attended Junior Days at both LSU and Texas A&M, but don't expect a decision to come anytime soon from the five-star prospect.
Noil also took to Twitter raving about his trip to College Station. Though his relationship with Frank Wilson makes LSU a near-lock to land Noil, it appears the visit left him with a little more to think about. It also doesn't help LSU that Ellis, who is expected to sign with the Aggies in nine days, will be there to help convince both of his Karr teammates to join him at Texas A&M.
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