LSU Prospects at The Opening

The elite recruiting camp of the summer kicks off Sunday, June 30, and LSU fans will have plenty of players to watch once The Opening begins. With a pair of committed prospects and eight from Louisiana, it should be an interesting week for LSU recruiting fans.

The elite recruiting camp of the summer is set to begin Sunday, June 30, and LSU fans will have plenty of prospects to watch once the festivities begin. The Opening attracts the top recruits from across the country, many of which could wind up at LSU before it's all said and done.

In order to get you ready for the action, TSD's Hunter Paniagua provides a rundown of which prospects to watch at The Opening.

THE COMMITTED

LSU will have two commits represented at The Opening, and fortunately for the Tigers, they're two of the class' biggest recruiters. Lone Star State DBs Chris Hardeman and Edward Paris will each take part in the elite camp, and will surely have it on their mind to steer others to LSU. Both recruits will look to prove why they're four-star CBs and show how DBU is still very much in effect.

THE BOOT

With a remarkable amount of talent in Louisiana for the 2014 class, it stands to reason the state would also be well-represented at The Opening. Eight Louisiana prospects will make the trip to Oregon, including six that have offers from LSU. The four five-star prospects — Leonard Fournette, Gerald Willis, Cameron Robinson and Malachi Dupre — will all be in attendance. LSU seems to be in great shape for all four, with Robinson still 50/50 between the Tigers and Alabama.

Devante Noil will make the trip as well, the second Edna Karr Cougar on the roster. And the newest in-state prospect to receive an offer, Garrald McDowell, will show what made the staff so confident in him. It will be interesting to see where McDowell competes along the defensive line, considering it's still uncertain if he fits best as a DT or DE.

Two other John Curtis prospects — Terrance Alexander and Mattrell McGraw — will attend The Opening, but they seem to be on the outside looking in with LSU.

THE OUT-OF-STATE FAVORITES

LSU fans can also look for a pair of out-of-state prospects that have maintained LSU as their leader for quite some time. Tony Brown has been atop LSU's list since his freshman year. Brown has been quiet on the recruiting front, and most consider it only a matter of time before he pledges to LSU. Clifton Garrett has been high on LSU since they offered earlier this spring, and after his visit in April, Garrett tabbed the Tigers as his No. 1. LSU is sure to get one of his official visits and seem to be a definite favorite to land his commitment.

THE DEFENSIVE LINEMEN

As LSU looks to build another stellar DL class in 2014, there are some Opening attendees that LSU fans should take notice of. Five-star prospects Dashawn Hand and Lorenzo Carter have each stated then intend to visit LSU between now and Naitonal Signing Day. Andrew Williams is another that has mentioned the possibility of checking out Baton Rouge.

Chad Thomas and Kentavius Street each have offers from LSU and have mentioned at one point that the Tigers were standing out. With one DL commit already on board, LSU will go after anyone from this group to build what should be an elite group of defensive linemen.

THE DBs

LSU has gone coast-to-coast for elite DB talent in the past, and that will be evident at The Opening. California prospect Adoree Jackson has maintained serious interest in LSU throughout the process, and the Tigers seem poised to receive one of his official visits this fall. Quincy Wilson, a HS teammate of current Tiger Maquedius Bain, has also mentioned LSU among his favorites, but he has yet to narrow down his list of suitors. Houston's John Bonney visited LSU for the Spring Game, but he's a bit undersized for a safety, so it's unclear how serious LSU's interest is in him.

THE OFFENSIVE LINEMEN

While Cameron Robinson is the obvious headliner for the offensive line, two other prospects have mentioned LSU as finalists that will be at The Opening. Corey Martinez picked up a LSU offer during the evaluation period, and he will announce his college decision at the event. LSU did make his finalists, but he is expected to stay in Florida. Bentley Spain has also mentioned LSU as a finalist, but LSU appears to be longshots for both prospects.

OTHER NAMES TO WATCH

Other players that will be in attendance with LSU offers — Racean Thomas, JoJo Robinson, Ermon Lane, Josh Malone, Solomon Thomas, Rashaan Evans, Demetrius Knox, Jamal Adams and Derek Barnett.

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Fox Sports Next/Scout will be well-represented at The Opening to provide you with wall-to-wall coverage of the event. LSU fans can find a message board dedicated specifically to the camp at the link below:

The Opening: LSU Forum

And you can find all of Scout's national coverage of The Opening at this hub, linked below:

The Opening Hub


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