Weekend Preview: Spring Game

The visitor list for LSU's spring game is absolutely loaded, and TSD has the full rundown of what to expect this weekend. Who will receive the red-carpet treatment? Who's on commitment watch? TSD's Hunter Paniagua answers those questions and more in this edition of the Weekend Preview.

For the first time since November, tailgaters will hit the campus and fans will fill Tiger Stadium for the annual Spring Game.

So will the recruits.

LSU is set to host dozens of prospects from not only Louisiana, but from throughout the country. Below I'll set the stage for the weekend, running down all the names to watch, who's getting the red-carpet treatment and who I'm putting on commitment watch.

You can also get the full list of recruits expected on the TSD Message Board:

Spring Game Visitors

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The "Red Carpet" Visitors

After spending Friday in Tuscaloosa, four-star MLB Clifton Garrett will make the trip to Baton Rouge to get his first look at LSU. The Tigers offered Clifton back in February, and instantly jumped near the top of his list. An Illinois native, Clifton wants to play in the SEC, and he has LSU on his shortlist of top options. The LSU staff will pull out all the stops for him, and a good visit will go a long way for the Tigers as they hope to keep pace with schools like Alabama and Ole Miss.

The other big-time out-of-state prospect is Arlington, Texas, native Myles Garrett. The four-star DE has held an LSU offer for quite some time, but he said Thursday the staff hasn't paid him much attention. The coaches did recently reach out to him and asked him to make a visit, and that's what he'll do this weekend. The staff considers Myles a legitimate DE prospect and will give him the full tour of what the program has to offer. He's considered by most a heavy Texas A&M favorite, so LSU will look to work its way into the mix.

Commitment Watch

A few prospects hitting campus this weekend definitely have the staff excited as they're hoping to bring in at least a couple commitments. One of those recruits is Garrett Brumfield. Though Brumfield has long mentioned out-of-state schools like Florida and Texas A&M among his favorites, the LSU coaches like where they stand with Brumfield and think he might be ready to pull the trigger.

The other name to watch is Edna Karr TE Anthony Jones. The staff has made it clear they'd like to make Jones the second TE commit in this class, and according to the three-star prospect, he's close to being ready. He said earlier this week he almost committed to LSU during his visit last weekend, but went home to talk things over with his family. The coaches are certainly going to put on the press, and Jones appears likely to make the call.

WR Keenen Brown said on Thursday that he might consider committing if he likes what he sees. Brown, teammates with commit Chris Hardeman (who will also visit), picked up an offer after attending Junior Day in February, and has been high on LSU since. He said he'll be paying a close eye to Cam Cameron's new offense, and if everything impresses him, he might just make a commitment.

The Commits

Five of LSU's eight commits will be on campus this weekend. In addition to Hardeman, William Clapp, Donnie Alexander and Devin Voorhies will all attend the Spring Game. Jacory Washington will also be in Baton Rouge, but he said a family function will prevent him from taking in the game.

In-state prospects with offers

Most of Louisiana's best 2014 prospects will be on campus as LSU looks to lock up the state in one of its deepest years in terms of talent. Trey Quinn, Cameron Robinson, Laurence Jones and Malachi Dupre will all be on campus. All four of those prospects have spent significant time at LSU this spring, and the staff feels confident those relationships will go a long way when they're ready to commit.

Devante Noil may also show up, but with the state track meet coming soon, the staff isn't expecting him to attend the game Saturday. The same is expected for Leonard Fournette.

In-state prospects without offers

Headlining the list of Louisiana prospects without scholarship offers is Ehret RB Darrel Williams. He's received a lot of attention this spring and has made visits to Georgia and Florida already. LSU plans to bring Williams into camp, and an offer would likely follow assuming he has a good showing. Williams is still very high on LSU, and the staff plans to make him and Fournette the one-two punch at RB in this class.

John Curtis DB Mattrell McGraw also said he might come to the Spring Game. McGraw made a trip to Oregon earlier this week. McGraw doesn't have an offer from LSU, but he's said the staff invited him to meet with them to discuss their plans for him. It's expected he'll need to camp this summer in order to receive an offer.

Other out-of-state prospects

JUCO WR D'Haquille Williams has been a major topic of discussion for this recruiting cycle and he'll make a trip to LSU for the Spring Game. He's been very public in his love for LSU, and if the staff decides they want him in this class, he'd be a heavy favorite to commit. But with grade issues and a lot of 2014 targets at WR, it will be interesting to see how things play out for him.

Also keep an eye on MLB Josh Mabin, from Klein Oak HS outside Texas. Mabin has made several trips to LSU before, and the staff plans to work him out this summer before they consider offering him.

Underclassman

It won't just be 2014 prospects on display at the Spring Game. LSU is also bringing in some of the top names for the 2015 and 2016 classes. RB Nic Brossette, CB Deshawn Raymond, WR Jazz Ferguson and WR Rhashid Bonnette all plan to make the trip and represent the 2015 class. 2016 prospects RB Kameron Martin and a pair of U-High freshmen DBs Malik Antoine and Tre Jackson will also be on campus.


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