LSU's annual spring game weekend has come and gone, leaving in its wake one commitment for the Class of 2014 and a slew of interesting developments across the Tigers' recruiting landscape.
Here's a rundown of all the happenings and movement in LSU recruiting this weekend.
Garrett Brumfield became the ninth member of the 2014 class when he pulled the trigger on a verbal pledge late Saturday afternoon following the exhibition game in Tiger Stadium. Brumfield, whose father accompanied him, met with Les Miles in Miles' office and gave some long-awaited good news to the Hat.
The U-High standout is a four-star prospect and figures to factor in more at guard than tackle on the offensive side of the ball. Brumfield could also start the domino effect for top-flight Louisiana prospects coming off the board late this spring and into the summer. Several high-profile in-state players have said they'll wait until the All-American games in January, but others – such as Trey Quinn and Malachi Dupre – have set no such timeline. Could Brumfield's commitment spark a chain reaction?
The Brumfield commitment also reflects that LSU is sitting just fine with University High recruits. Despite having several sons of Tiger coaches on the team, some in purple-and-gold country were ready to hit the panic button after Tim Williams went north (with little resistance) to Tuscaloosa in 2013. With Brumfield now in the fold, look for LSU to feel good about its chances of picking off the Cubs' tree again in 2015 with running back Nicholas Brossette, who was also in attendance at Saturday's game.
Aside from Brumfield committing, the biggest recruiting news of the weekend was the show LSU put on for Illinois linebacker Clifton Garrett. The 2014 stud made his way to Baton Rouge along with his Core 6 Academy trainer after taking in Alabama, and picking up an expected offer, on Friday. But the impression left by LSU has reportedly been outstanding.
The coaching staff made Garrett their number one priority on Saturday, spending a lot of time with him on the sideline before the game as the team warmed up. Garrett also was spotted hanging out with a number of 2013 LSU signees, including wide receiver Quantavius Leslie. Upon leaving Sunday, Garrett sent his thanks to Baton Rouge via Twitter, citing "the southern hospitality" and saying he had "a GREAT time."
He's since announced he won't be talking to reporters for a stretch of time, allowing his pair of visits to sink in for the foreseeable future. Garrett has made it no secret that he wants to play SEC ball, and LSU went a long way toward putting its name in the hat this weekend. Alabama will continue to be a major player in his recruitment, as will Ohio State, but no conversation of his favorites can be had going forward without mentioning LSU at or near the top.
The offensive show put forth Saturday in the White team's 37-0 victory has resonated with at least one major 2014 prospect for LSU. Barbe wide receiver Trey Quinn, according to a source who spoke with Quinn throughout the day on Saturday, came away from the outing very impressed with how the Tiger offense looked and operated under Cam Cameron.
TSD had been hearing similar things from Quinn's father in recent weeks, but it certainly didn't hurt LSU's cause that Quinn got to see it in person in front of Tiger faithful in Death Valley. Our source indicated he liked the fact that LSU aired the ball out far more than in the past and allowed multiple receivers to get in on the action and "play their game."
Another 2014 receiver in attendance who liked what he saw was Kennen Brown. The Houston, Texas, native was at the game with his teammate and current LSU commit Chris Hardeman. According to Hardeman, Brown was excited and even a bit surprised with how open the offense was. The four-star recruit will likely take another visit to LSU either over the summer or early in August's Fall Camp. If all goes according to play, look for Brown to end up a Tiger.
Maybe the biggest surprise as far as who was there was the top player in the state, Leonard Fournette. The St. Augustine running back, who came in town the weekend prior for LSU's third spring scrimmage, was rumored earlier in the week to be staying home, preparing for the upcoming state track meet. Fournette did end up making the trip from New Orleans for the second time in a week span. All indications are that he had a good visit. Frank Wilson and LSU have to like where they are with Fournette.
From there the rest of the surprises were of a less-than-thrilling variety for LSU. The North Louisiana duo of Laurence Jones and Cameron Robinson, expected on the LSU side less than 36 hours prior to the game, ended up at the A-Day game in Tuscaloosa. It will be interesting to monitor how the LSU staff reacts and handles things in the near future in regards to those two considering both told members of the Tiger staff that they didn't have rides to Baton Rouge. They're both massive priorities still in the Class of 2014, but the approach may be tweaked on the LSU side. Getting these two on campus soon is paramount.
Also M.I.A. in the Red Stick on Saturday was the Edna Karr crew. That was anticipated in the case of a player like Gerald Willis, who had told the staff he was going to watch his brother play in the Alabama spring game. It was not expected, however, for tight end Anthony Jones. A player thought to be on the cusp of committing, Jones decided to take in the Florida State campus instead this weekend, as reported by several media outlets. Jones' recruitment is starting to gain steam, and LSU, still considered his leader, will have competition for his services.
Finally, for a lengthy list of prospects in attendance, including 2015 and 2016 targets, and live recruiting reaction during the game from TSD's Hunter Paniagua, CLICK HERE.
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