With Cam Cameron squarely in control of quarterback recruiting, it has become clear what the new OC is looking for in a QB. After LSU took a pair of signal callers in the 2013 class, the Tigers are looking for one more in 2014. With mobility the theme of the position moving forward, that "dual-threat" option has been a quality we've seen in the primary QB targets in this class.
Mason Rudolph appears to be the No. 1 option at this point. He recently made a trip to Baton Rouge for LSU's first scrimmage of the spring, and came away high on what the Tigers have to offer. He picked up an offer early in his junior year, and after Cameron was hired, he maintained contact with the South Carolina prospect. There appears to be serious mutual interest, and the Tigers are in great shape early for a QB that wants to end his recruitment by the end of the summer.
But Cameron has offered a pair of QBs since he took over in February. DeShone Kizer and Randall Cunningham, Jr., have each picked up offers in the last two months. Kizer recently put LSU in his top six, and Cunningham has some early interest in LSU. Should things not work out with Rudolph, expect LSU to continue pursuing each of those mobile prospects.
Outside of those three, one in-state quarterback appears closest to an LSU offer. Brandon Harris has seen his recruitment pick up in recent weeks, adding offers from Arkansas, Nebraska and North Carolina. But he does have interest in LSU and plans to camp in Baton Rouge this summer with hopes of landing an offer. Scout's Mike Coppage reported that Harris plans to make a commitment July 18, so expect things to continue heating up for Harris in the next couple months.
The primary focus of the 2014 RB landscape hasn't changed in two years. Leonard Fournette remains the target atop the list, and the staff will hope to secure at least a silent commitment from the nation's No. 1 prospect as soon as possible. LSU has made it clear they'll wait to move forward recruiting the position until after Fournette makes his decision. Though Fournette has made visits to Alabama and Texas in recent weeks, LSU still appears to be in great shape and fans will hope it becomes final soon.
After Fournette, the staff's true intentions for RB have been a bit of a mystery. Racean Thomas, who has held a LSU offer for quite some time, recently mentioned the Tigers in his top six, though he's considered unlikely to leave the state of Alabama. LSU also extended an offer to Kevin Shorter after he attended one of the Tigers' practices earlier this spring. The staff considers Shorter a speedy complement to Fournette, and would seem to be in an early competition with Texas A&M should they continue to move forward with him.
As for prospects without offers from LSU, Darrel Williams is the name atop most fans' wish lists. The New Orleans area standout would be a powerful back to add to the Tigers' stable, but the staff seems content to wait through at least the spring evaluation period to offer him, possibly even this summer after a camp. Williams is open to his other suitors though, and will visit his biggest one — Georgia — later this month.
LSU picked up its first commitment two weeks ago from a very deep position when Tony Upchurch pledged his name to the Tigers during a visit to campus. A strong receiver that fits either inside or outside, LSU has a prospect with a lot of potential on board as the staff can keep its attention on several other big-time targets.
Atop that list are the big trio of in-state prospects — Devante Noil, Malachi Dupre and Trey Quinn. Noil was expected on campus for the Tigers' first scrimmage, but a track meet prevented him from making the trip. He should make it later this spring, and he'll be on commitment watch as LSU's a pretty sure-bet to land his services. Dupre made a visit earlier this spring and is still high on LSU. He maintains that he's still taking his time with his recruitment, but the staff would like to get him locked up soon, and they appear in better shape to make that happen. Quinn is in the midst of a spring college tour with stops at Ole Miss, Clemson, Texas Tech, Texas and others. He's already made one trip to LSU this spring, and he plans to make at least one more as he continues to build his relationship with Cam Cameron. After he finishes up these other visits, it's expected he'll make a commitment to LSU before the end of the summer.
Should all go according to plan, that would leave LSU with four big-time commits at WR, but it appears the Tigers won't be done. The staff has its sights set on several other out-of-state prospects as they look to find more WRs to fit that X-position. Ermon Lane, who plans to visit this summer, Saeed Blacknall, who visited last week, and Keenen Brown, a teammate of DB commit Chirs Hardeman, are some of the targets, as well as players like Josh Malone and Markell Pack.
Another position that's seen a shift in focus since Cam Cameron came on board is at TE. LSU looks to be stockpiling big, athletic TEs that will surely factor into the passing game as most expect Cameron to bust out some five-wide sets down the road.
The staff already locked up one such prospect — Jacory Washington — during Boys from the Boot in January. Though he still claims he's listening to other programs, he remains firmly committed to LSU and appears excited about where he fits in Cameron's offense. Adding him to 2013 signee Desean Smith is a great sign for the future at the position, though LSU looks like it could be willing to add another in this class.
Koda Martin has LSU among his finalists and will probably make a commitment this summer. But some expect him to bulk up and wind up on the offensive line, and LSU would still like to add another athlete to the position.
Edna Karr standout Anthony Jones has picked up an offer from LSU, though it's expected he'll need to impress at camp to make that offer committable. He may receive some competition from another in-state prospect that has popped up on LSU's radar in recent weeks. Ville Platte TE Kendall Ardoin made a visit to campus last week and has heard from the staff that there is some serious interest there. He plans to camp at LSU this summer with hopes of adding an offer.
Not much has changed with LSU's recruitment along the offensive line in recent weeks. William Clapp remains the Tigers' lone pledge at the position thus far, though he has become one of LSU's biggest recruiters in the class.
Outside of Clapp, in-state prospects Garrett Brumfield and Cameron Robinson are atop the staff's list of targets. Neither has divulged much about which schools have taken the lead for their commitment, though LSU is doing its best to maintain their strong relationships with these prospects. Both Brumfield and Robinson have made multiple trips to campus in recent months, and LSU will like its positioning at this point. But both recruits are open to other suitors — particularly Alabama, who has offered both — and it will probably come down to late announcements for each one.
Other than that duo, out-of-state prospects Bentley Spain and Alex Bars are the next options to watch. Spain has mentioned LSU in his final six and plans to make an announcement in the coming months. Despite familial ties to Notre Dame and the Big 10, Bars has expressed interest in playing in the SEC, and LSU is one of the schools that has grabbed his attention early.
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