Weekend Reset

The final weekend before National Signing Day proved to be a crazy one on the LSU recruiting trail. While the Tigers hosted the nation's No. 1 prospect, one longtime commit checked out another program. Get all the latest from the weekend in this Weekend Reset.

And now LSU waits.

The Tigers' staff hosted its biggest visitor of the 2013 recruiting cycle this past weekend, and now must suffer through two days of speculation as to where Robert Nkemdiche will sign. LSU has reportedly done all it could do in terms of impressing Nkemdiche enough to turn him away from likely favorite Ole Miss.

Nkemdiche arrived in Baton Rouge on Friday evening with his father and high school teammate David Kamara. The trip included some memorable moments, including a meeting with Shaq and a Wale concert, as well as plenty of one-on-one time with the LSU coaches.

Nkemdiche, who was hosted by Jeremy Hill, made it publicly known through his Twitter that he enjoyed his time at LSU, and that he now has a real decision on his hands. The feeling in Baton Rouge is that LSU is in about as good of a place as they could ask for, and with the Tigers getting the final impression before NSD, things are as optimistic as they could get considering Nkemdiche's links to Ole Miss.

Fans won't have to wait long as Robert Nkemdiche will announce his decision bright and early Wednesday morning. The nation's top recruit is set to announce at 6:30 a.m. on national television. That could certainly be an uplifting start to the day should things go LSU's way, but it will certainly be a long 48 hours for those awaiting that decision.


In addition to Nkemdiche and Kamara, who is expected to go through the JUCO system, LSU hosted one other official visitor on the weekend. Safety commit Jeremy Cutrer also made the trip to Baton Rouge, though he is not expected to sign with the Tigers on Wednesday.

Cutrer is not expected to qualify academically, and the LSU staff is helping him get to a JUCO with plans of him ending up at LSU down the road. This visit was mostly about shoring up any last-minute details about Cutrer's future, and allowing him to enjoy himself and get a good look at where he's expected to end up in a couple years.

Cutrer is expected to sign with Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College on Wednesday.


The biggest surprise of the weekend came out of Austin. Longtime DE commit Frank Herron made a surprise visit to Texas this past weekend, sending the rumor mill into a frenzy throughout the last two days.

Texas assistant Larry Porter made a swing through his old stomping grounds last week to check in on several schools in the Memphis area. One of those was Central High School, home to Herron, where Porter has a strong relationship with the coaching staff.

Porter, who was recruiting Herron to Arizona State before he moved to Texas, secured a last-minute visit out of Herron, one that his coaches didn't even know about until the weekend. One of Herron's coaches said he wasn't sure if there was genuine interest from Herron, or if the visit was made out of courtesy to Porter.

But having a commit make a visit this late in this process, especially to Texas, has to make LSU fans uneasy after the NSD flip of Torshiro Davis last season. There's still a lot of questions left to be answered in this situation, but reports came out Sunday night that Herron could be making an announcement about his future as early as Tuesday.


One other LSU commit made an official visit to another program this past weekend. OG commit Josh Boutte tripped to ULL this past weekend, leading some to worry about this four-star prospect.

Boutte, whose girlfriend attends ULL, reportedly made the trip out of courtesy to the staff there. Sources told Scout's Mike Coppage that there isn't anything to worry about for LSU fans, and Boutte is expected to sign with LSU on Wednesday.

ULL hosted another prospect with LSU ties on an official visit this past weekend. Tevin Lawson also made the trip to Lafayette, days after he learned his scholarship offer by LSU had been reduced to a greyshirt.

With his academic status holding him from landing at LSU on time, Lawson is reportedly exploring his other options. It should be interesting to watch where he winds up on NSD, or if he delays his decision while he gets his grades in order.


One of LSU's biggest remaining targets was also on the road this past weekend. Tashawn Bower capped off his busy month of visits with an unofficial to Auburn. Bower, who started exploring his options after Gene Chizik was fired, also visited Florida, Florida State and LSU in the month of January.

The trip was reportedly about the new Auburn staff ensuring that Bower still felt comfortable with the program, and the Plainsmen are still squarely in the mix for this four-star prospect. LSU still factors in as well, and after a positive official visit to Baton Rouge last week, expect LSU to be one of the finalists for his commitment.


LSU's top priority for the 2014 class headed to the Sunshine State this past weekend for Florida State's Junior Day. Leonard Fournette was in Tallahassee to check out the Seminoles, but the feeling there is that Florida State has little chance to break into the battle for his services.

It's still expected to come down to either LSU or Alabama, while most believing the Tigers have the leg up right now.

Tiger Blitz Top Stories