National Signing Day Primer

National Signing Day is just hours away now. TSD will have you covered all day Wednesday. Come inside to prepare yourself with all the questions and storylines that you'll need to follow throughout the day, as well as a schedule of when recruits plan to sign their Letters of Intent.

The biggest day of the recruiting calendar has finally arrived. In a matter of hours, National Signing Day will commence and the nation's top football recruits will make official their college plans.

Starting before the sun even rises, LSU's 2013 class will continue to take shape as the nation's top prospect will announce his commitment at 6:30 a.m. That will only be the beginning as there will be plenty to discuss, dissect and debate throughout the day.

TSD will have you covered from Hour 1 and will bring you all the recruiting information you crave. We're going to set the stage below with all the storylines you'll need to follow on NSD, but first here's the rundown of when LSU commits and targets are holding ceremonies to sign their National Letters of Intent.

LSU Targets

Robert Nkemdiche – 6:30 a.m. (Televised on ESPNU)

Tashawn Bower – 8:30 a.m.

Jamal Carter – 8:30 a.m.

Eddie Jackson – 9 a.m.

Artie Burns – 9 a.m.

Cethan Carter – 10:45 a.m

Priest Willis – No Ceremony Planned

LSU Commits

Andy Dodd – 7:30 a.m.

Rickey Jefferson – 8 a.m.

Maquedius Bain – 9 a.m.

K.J. Malone – 9 a.m.

Desean Smith – 9 a.m.

Rashard Robinson – 9 a.m.

Quantavius Leslie – 9 a.m.

Kendell Beckwith – 9:30 a.m.

Josh Boutte – 10 a.m.

Michael Patterson – 10:30 a.m.

Tre'Davious White – 10:30 a.m.

Lewis Neal – Noon

Kevin Spears – Noon

Jeryl Brazil - Noon

Greg Gilmore – 1 p.m.

Duke Riley – 1 p.m.

Frank Herron 1 p.m.

Melvin Jones – 1 p.m.

*All times are CST

**Publisher's note – at 4 p.m., Les Miles will hold a press conference to wrap up National Signing Day. TSD's Hunter Paniagua will be in attendance to provide coverage of what Miles has to say. Following that press conference, Miles will return to address fans at the Bayou Bash.

Though the hours are dwindling down to NSD, there are still several questions that will need to be answered Wednesday. TSD will provide you with all the answers and storylines to follow throughout the day.

Who's it going to be for Robert Nkemdiche?

LSU fans got a jolt in the arm this past weekend when Nkemdiche, the nation's No. 1 prospect, made that long-awaited official visit to Baton Rouge. Long considered a lock to sign with Ole Miss, LSU has made things interesting in the final hours as it would appear the Tigers have a legitimate chance of landing Nkemdiche. According to sources at LSU, the visit went about as good as it could have gone, and the Tigers have positioned themselves nicely to get his commitment. Perhaps the most important part of the visit was Miles' chance to have a conversation with Nkemdiche's mother over the phone, something that will be critical with her publicly expressed desire for her soon to play at Ole Miss. Whether the LSU staff did enough to get a commitment remains to be seen, but fans will know bright and early Nkemdiche's decision as he's set to announce on national television at 6:30 a.m.

Will LSU land Tashawn Bower?

Only two hours after Nkemdiche makes his decision public, LSU fans will hear where Tashawn Bower has decided to commit. Bower will make his announcement at 8:30 a.m., and LSU has to feel good about where they stand. Bower, who began exploring his other options after the Auburn coaching staff was fired, made official visits to Florida, Florida State and LSU in January (as well as an unofficial one to Auburn last week). Bower has played his recruitment close to the vest and hasn't let out any hints about which program holds an advantage. Bower spoke highly of his visit to Baton Rouge, complimenting LSU's business school as well as his ability to play early. Will that be enough to steer Bower toward LSU? We'll find out Wednesday morning.

Will LSU lose any commits?

The rumor mill went crazy this past weekend as a pair of longtime commits took official visits to other programs. The biggest was DE commit Frank Herron, who made a surprise trip to Texas that took everyone off guard. While message boards went haywire from Saturday to Sunday with speculation that Herron had flipped to the Longhorns, those speculations were put to rest Monday as all reports indicate Herron will indeed sign with LSU on Wednesday. Though Larry Porter tried his hardest to get Herron on board with Texas, the trip was mostly made out of courtesy to Porter, who has strong ties to Herron's high school. Ultimately, Herron and his family realized LSU was still the place for him.

Josh Boutte's trip to ULL came with more confusion than anything, Boutte, who has a girlfriend that goes to school in Lafayette, apparently made the trip out of courtesy to the staff there, and will also sign with LSU on Wednesday. Rashard Robinson, who has made several unofficial visits to Miami in recent months, has also been a cause for concern, but according to sources close to his recruitment, expect him to sign with the Tigers as well.

Can LSU make any flips?

The LSU staff has maintained contact with several committed prospects as NSD draws closer. While the odds appear low that LSU can flip any of those recruits, it will still be something to watch for throughout the day.

With Priest Willis, Artie Burns, Jamal Carter, Eddie Jackson and Cethan Carter still on several fans' wish lists, sources close to the staff aren't expecting any of these players to make a last minute flip. Willis, who committed to UCLA, had LSU high on his list after taking an official visit there, and his and his family's relationship with the staff has kept him in the discussion of a possible flip. Reports surfaced Tuesday afternoon that Willis may wait until after NSD to sign, waiting for his mother to return home. While that doesn't mean LSU is back in the picture, it will be something to keep an eye on.

The two Miami commits — Burns and Jamal Carter — have each made official visits to LSU before, but by all reports, each one is sticking with their pledge to the Hurricanes. Cethan Carter, who holds a greyshirt offer from LSU, held firm to his Nebraska pledge despite the staff's best efforts to get him on campus for an official visit. Unless LSU makes a last-minute upgrade to his greyshirt offer, expect him to sign with the Cornhuskers on Wednesday. LSU has stayed on Jackson since he made his commitment to Alabama, but like the others, it probably isn't worth getting your hopes up that he'll flip.

Who won't sign with LSU?

The academic casualties usually get confirmed on NSD. For LSU, it appears there will be two recruits that don't sign Wednesday. According to his coach, Jeremy Cutrer will not sign on Wednesday, with hopes that he can improve his ACT scores enough to qualify with LSU. Tevin Lawson, who was asked by the staff to greyshirt, is now exploring his other options and will likely take until after NSD to decide what's best for him.

Two other rumored recruits on the academic border — Quantavius Leslie and Rashard Robinson — are both expected to sign with LSU on Wednesday morning.

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