Where They Stand: The Quarterbacks

Wednesday was a big day for several of LSU's top QB prospects for the 2014 class. One committed elsewhere, another picked up an offer from the BCS runner-up and a new name has popped up on LSU's radar. TSD's Hunter Paniagua breaks it all down in this edition of "Where They Stand."

QB recruiting is never certain, and Wednesday proved how quickly things can change.

The day saw one of LSU's top three targets commit elsewhere, another pick up an offer from a school he's long cherished and a new target possibly emerge on the radar. In this edition of "Where They Stand," TSD's Hunter Paniagua recaps all the latest as LSU continues to search for at least one QB in 2014.

Mason Rudolph is a Poke

Rock Hill, S.C., QB Mason Rudolph, one of the first 2014 QBs offered by LSU, made a public announcement at his school Wednesday that he had committed to Oklahoma State.

Rudolph was one of LSU's top targets, earning an offer in the Steve Kragthorpe era, then maintaining interest from new offensive coordinator Cam Cameron. Rudolph never mentioned favorites during the recruiting process, but it was believed that LSU was his top choice at one point, especially after a visit to campus earlier this spring.

But things started to change between the two parties during the spring evaluation period. As Cameron hit the road to observe his QB prospects in person, the OC began moving other targets up the board while Rudolph seemingly fell to the bottom of the pecking order.

Though Cameron maintained contact with the three-star prospect, Rudolph began to pick up that LSU had other quarterbacks higher on their priority list. So that ultimately led Rudolph to select Oklahoma State on Wednesday, and leaves LSU with two QBs at the top of the big board.

DeShone Kizer hears from the Irish

DeShone Kizer has maintained a top five for quite some time, but there were a pair of schools in that list that hadn't actually offered Kizer a scholarship. One of those was Notre Dame, and that changed Wednesday when the Irish extended him an offer.

LSU has seemingly been the favorite throughout the evaluation period, as Cameron and Kizer have developed a strong relationship over the last few months. Most felt that when Kizer visits Baton Rouge for the first time — on June 14 — that he might be ready to pull the trigger then.

But with the Irish now on board, LSU may have more competition than originally thought. Kizer and his family already held Notre Dame in high-esteem, particularly because of its academics and tradition. The proximity to home — South Bend, Ind., is only a couple hours from Kizer's home in Toledo, Ohio — is another positive in Notre Dame's favor. Kizer may check out Notre Dame as early as Monday, days before he travels south to Baton Rouge.

Kizer plans to definitely make that trip to LSU, even if he's blown away by what he sees at Notre Dame. Will the Tigers show him enough to remain in his top spot? That remains to be seen, but what was once considered a near-certainty is now a bit fuzzier.

Brandon Harris still wide open

There will certainly be a lot of speculation on the Brandon Harris front until he finally makes his decision public on July 18. Harris eliminated Texas A&M on Tuesday when No. 1 QB Kyle Allen committed to the Aggies.

Harris has already visited three of his finalists — LSU, Alabama and Ohio State — and left each trip with high praise. Auburn appears to be the next destination, while some have started to believe the Plainsmen may actually be the leader. Harris remains wide open — at least publicly — but has said that he will make a silent commitment if he becomes ready.

There's no word as to when he'll visit his other two finalists — Baylor and Ole Miss — but expect many more twists and turns over the next six weeks.

Brandon Dawkins on LSU's radar

LSU had a surprise visitor for the final camp session on Wednesday. California QB Brandon Dawkins made the trip to throw in front of Coach Cameron. The OC and Les Miles first got a look at Dawkins at the Columbus NFTC, where their sons were also participating.

They got Dawkins to make the trip down to Baton Rouge, and Dawkins said via a text message that he felt good about his performance, that he showed his full potential to the LSU coaching staff. TSD's Ben Love posted in his Wednesday camp report that Dawkins doesn't yet appear to be on the verge of an offer. Dawkins is likely someone LSU is maintaining contact with as a backup plan in case things with Harris or Kizer don't pan out.

Dawkins, once considered a heavy Notre Dame lean before the coaches didn't accept his commitment, appears to be back on the market. His trip to LSU shows his intent to earn more offers, and if LSU chooses to get involved, the Tigers would likely shoot up Dawkins' board.


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