The 2014 class has now been the focus of attention for a week after the 2013 signees finalized their recruitment last Wednesday. The action has already picked up with news dropping daily across the country.
LSU can expect things to take off this weekend as the Tigers are set to host their second Junior Day of the year. TSD will have a complete list of attendees no later than Thursday morning, with plenty more coverage to come throughout the rest of the week.
We have already confirmed an impressive list of names that should bring to campus an elite group of talent. According to our sources, some names in particular have the LSU staff excited, so don't be surprised to hear word of new offers and commitments once these players arrive.
Stay tuned to TSD for complete coverage of LSU's Junior Day…
Some other programs have already gotten a jump on the 2014 class, holding Junior Days of their own. Two in particular — Texas and UCLA — made strong showings with some of the top prospects on LSU's Big Board.
The Longhorns invited some of their state's best talent to Austin on Sunday with LSU targets Solomon Thomas, Edward Paris and Tony Brown some of the names in attendance. By all accounts, the Texas staff put on an impressive show and most every prospect came away high on that program.
Paris and Brown, who are both considered favorites to land at LSU, sent fans into a bit of a panic when a picture of the two wearing Texas jerseys made its way across the Internet. Still, it's highly likely that both players eventually commit to LSU, and with Brown's sister planning to attend LSU for track, it appears that LSU landing this five-star CB is even more of a lock.
LSU wasn't so lucky as one of its top targets at LB committed to Texas over the weekend. Cameron Hampton, who had long listed LSU as one of his favorites, made the pledge to Mack Brown during the Junior Day. Another defensive target, John Bonney, came close to committing after receiving an offer from the staff, but he later told Scout's Kevin Flaherty he will take more time to consider his options and has no leader at this point.
UCLA also brought in an impressive group of talent for its Junior Day, including a pair of Louisiana prospects LSU has coveted for quite some time.
John Curtis teammates Malachi Dupre and Kenny Young each made the trip to Los Angeles to check out the Bruins' program. Dupre has had an offer from UCLA since October 2012, and Young was able to add that school to his offer list as well during the trip.
Young's recruitment has taken off since he received an offer from LSU during "Boys from the Boot" in January. He's also added offers from schools like Oklahoma State, Nebraska, Tennessee and Florida in recent weeks, but told TSD's Austin Cooper he's still in no hurry to make a commitment.
Young has said he plans to wait until National Signing Day to make a decision, and LSU still has to feel good about landing this in-state star. But the more schools that hop aboard will certainly leave LSU fans a little concerned they might lose this promising LB.
The other LSU target on UCLA's campus this past weekend was four-star CB Adoree Jackson. The California native picked up an LSU offer in late January and has long had the Tigers near the top of his list.
He told Scout's Greg Biggins though that the Bruins staff made a serious enough impression on him this week to put them near the top as well. LSU would hate to lose another elite DB prospect to UCLA after Priest Willis signed with them last week. But at this early stage, the LSU staff will still like its chances of landing Jackson.
Perhaps the most impressive group of talent assembled this weekend came at South Florida Express tryouts. This elite 7-on-7 team features the region's best prospects year in and year out, and the 2014 group doesn't appear to be an exception.
Several LSU targets were in attendance, and some even said afterwards the Tigers are in great shape to land their commitment.
ATH JoJo Robinson told TSD on Monday that LSU was his new leader now that he's beginning to reconsider his Florida State commitment. With his two main recruiters now gone from the program, Robinson has started to seriously examine his other suitors.
Robinson said he grew up a fan of LSU, and the Tigers are currently standing out from a group of options that also includes Florida and Georgia. Robinson said he isn't rushing to make a final decision, but things already appear to be in LSU's favor.
Some other recruits at SFE tryouts spoke highly of LSU during interviews this past week. DL Chad Thomas reaffirmed LSU as one of his top schools, along with Florida and Miami. Four-star WR Ermon Lane also mentioned LSU in the mix as one of his top schools with plans to check out Baton Rouge this summer.
Two other DB prospects spoke highly of LSU. Quincy Wilson, a high school teammate of signee Maquedius Bain, plans to camp at LSU this summer and mentioned the Tigers as one of his early leaders. CB Chris Lammons, who does not yet hold a LSU offer, mentioned the Tigers as a school showing serious interest, and he picked up offers from Florida and Miami in the days following SFE tryouts.
TSD will also have an update coming in the next day or two on DB John Battle, who participated in SFE tryouts. Battle landed an offer from LSU at the end of January, and despite almost reaching double digit offers in less than three weeks, still has LSU at the top of his options right now.
With tremendous talent coming out of Florida and Texas for the 2014 class, LSU will certainly hope to make a splash in those states to go with the elite prospects in Louisiana. If the first week of the 2014 recruiting cycle is any indication, the LSU staff has to feel confident about accomplishing that goal.
Check out LSU's complete list of 2014 offers HERE
Where They Stand: 2014
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