What We Learned at The Opening

The Opening is officially in the books, and a number of LSU prospects displayed their talents to a national audience. With their recruitments now becoming clearer, TSD's Hunter Paniagua provides an update on where things stand with all the LSU targets that took part in this elite summer camp.

Before Scout's team of evaluators can determine the nation's No. 1 prospect, they'll have to figure out who's best in Louisiana. With the talent so rich in the home state this year, it's fitting that the No. 1 overall prospect comes from Louisiana, but it appears No. 2 will come from The Boot as well.

Leonard Fournette has had top billing for quite some time, but Cameron Robinson appears to have closed that gap with his tremendous performance at The Opening. Though Robinson rarely showcases his pass protection at run-heavy West Monroe, the five-star OT showed quick feet and great reflexes that blew away everyone in attendance. Don't be surprised to see both players atop the national list once the new rankings come out.

On the recruiting front, it's still a LSU vs. Alabama battle for both players. Robinson maintains that both schools are still even, and a decision likely won't come until January. Robinson said he'll be on LSU's campus this month for a visit after spending four days at Alabama earlier this summer. It's clear LSU is where the most comfort is, but the Tide appear to be closing the gap in that department.

Cameron Robinson Update

With Fournette, the story is similar though a new team appears to have entered the picture. After Fournette spent some time at USC before heading up to The Opening, the Trojans have worked their way into his recruitment. Fournette said his visit there surprised him and they'll receive one of his official visits this fall. LSU and Alabama are still atop the list though, and both schools can expect officials as well. Fournette hasn't planned his other two official visits yet but mentioned Florida State as a possible fourth visit.

Leonard Fournette Update

Those two aren't the only ones in line for a No. 1 ranking after The Opening. Malachi Dupre showed enough at the elite summer camp to possibly earn the top spot at the WR position in 2014. Dupre impressed everyone in attendance while helping lead his team to the 7-on-7 tournament title and earning a spot on the All-Tournament team.

On his recruitment, Dupre named a top five with a sixth school that's in the picture. LSU, Florida State, UCLA, Arkansas and Auburn are atop his list with Notre Dame also in the running. LSU seems to be the consensus favorite but UCLA is making a strong push after Dupre has made several trips out West. Dupre plans to take all five official visits then announce his commitment either at the Under-Armour game or some time between then and National Signing Day.

Malachi Dupre Update

LSU's other in-state WR at The Opening — Devante Noil — put on a show as well, winning the SPARQ National Championship. Noil ran a 4.46-second 40-yard dash in the finals with a 44.1-inch vertical and a time of 3.87 seconds in the shuttle. Noil also shined in the 7-on-7 play, showing tremendous quickness as an inside receiver. With his recruitment, Noil maintains a top four — LSU, Texas A&M, USC and Florida — and he plans to visit each one officially before announcing his commitment at the Under-Armour game.

Speedy Noil Update

Along the defensive line is where Louisiana's talent was also on display. Gerald Willis was the talk of lineman 1-on-1s. Even though he continues to grow into the body of a defensive tackle, Willis impressed everyone with his quickness off the edge and was the only player to consistently get the upperhand on Robinson. On his recruitment, Willis has a top three of LSU, Florida and Texas A&M. He said the Gators and Aggies are still very much in the running and he'll visit all three officially before making a decision at the Under-Armour game. He also said Miami and USC are in contention for his other two officials, but those spots are still up for grabs.

Gerald Willis Update

Garrald McDowell also impressed as both a defensive tackle and a defensive end at The Opening. LSU's most recent in-state offer said it felt great when the Tigers came through with an offer, and they appear to be the leader right now. McDowell also mentioned Alabama, Ole Miss, Florida and Arkansas in his top five. McDowell will visit LSU for the first time with an offer on July 15 then follow that with a trip to Ole Miss on July 19. He visited Florida earlier this summer. He said he doesn't know when he'll make a decision but it could happen before his senior season starts.

Garrald McDowell Update

Out-of-state, LSU appears to still be in great shape with several prospects. The best example of that is with Clifton Garrett, the No. 2 MLB in the country. Garrett said that LSU is still his leader and his visit for the Spring Game really set the Tigers apart. LSU will receive one of his five official visits, as will Florida and Tennessee. Though Garrett's focus is mostly on the SEC, he did say Oregon has emerged back in the picture after their sanctions were announced. But everyone seems to be looking up at LSU, and the Tigers look to be in great shape to land his commitment, which he plans to announce at the Army All-American Game.

Clifton Garrett Update

Tony Brown, the nation's top corner, continues to play his recruitment close to the vest. Though most consider LSU a clear favorite for his commitment, Brown wasn't willing to make that distinction, saying he's still open to all schools. Brown didn't mention any favorites but he does plan to graduate high school in December in order to enroll early in college.

Tony Brown Update

Though Adoree Jackson is ranked as a five-star CB, he claims his future might be on the offensive side of the ball. Jackson performed several drills at The Opening as a WR and would like to play that position on the next level. LSU is still in his top 10 and he plans to pick five schools (in addition to USC and UCLA) to visit officially. LSU does appear to be in the running, but according to a source on the LSU side, the Tigers' staff will not recruit him as a WR because the board for that position is already crowded enough. They will continue pursuing him as a CB, but if Jackson legitimately wants to be a WR on the next level, it won't be at LSU.

Adoree Jackson Update

Some other prospects out-of-state continue to mention LSU among their list of favorites. S Quincy Wilson, a HS teammate of current Tiger Maquedius Bain, hasn't given an official list of top schools, but said he plans to visit LSU this month

Quincy Wilson Update

DE Chad Thomas said he hasn't heard as much from LSU as he'd like, but if they resume their interest, LSU will return to the top of his list with Florida State and Miami

Chad Thomas Update

DE Kentavius Street has a top two of North Carolina State and Florida State. LSU is also in the mix along with schools like Miami, Clemson and Ole Miss. Street knows the Wolfpack and Seminoles will receive an official visit, and he's still determining which others will as well

Kentavius Street Update

Though LSU's RB recruiting has been slow outside of Fournette, five-star Racean Thomas continues to mention LSU in interviews. Auburn and Alabama are the clear favorites but schools like LSU, Florida, Ole Miss and Oregon could be in line for an official visit in the fall

Racean Thomas Update

WR Josh Malone plans to narrow down his list to 10 schools after this summer. LSU is still in the mix and he may visit Baton Rouge this month.

Josh Malone Update

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