On Wednesday TSD's Matt McCurdy detailed who LSU was recruiting hardest and extending offers to for 2014. Today he attacks the recruiting Class of 2015. Come inside for a list of offers extended and gauges of interest on some of LSU's top prospects for that class.

Despite not having any commitments yet for 2014, the LSU basketball coaching staff is deep into recruiting for 2015. According to sources, the staff feels that 2015 could be its best recruiting class. The following are the top eight prospects on LSU's board for 2015. All have been offered.

The top prospect on LSU's board, and potentially the top overall prospect in the nation, is Australian Ben Simmons. The 6-foot-8 combo forward is currently playing at Montverde (Fl.) Academy. As has been well documented, LSU assistant David Patrick is a former teammate in the Australian NBL of Simmons' father, Dave Simmons, and is Ben Simmons' Godfather.

LSU is in excellent shape in its recruitment of Simmons and, while he is being courted by all of the major programs, LSU has a considerable lead and is the favorite to sign him at this point. However, Simmons wants to play for a successful program, so a strong season on the court for LSU this year, could close the deal.

LSU doesn't have to go quite as far to recruit Brandon Sampson, who plays locally at Madison Prep. With his former teammate, Jarell Martin, currently playing for LSU, the Tigers are considered a strong leader for Sampson, who is a 6-4 shooting guard.

While Sampson is likely to be the top-rated prospect in Louisiana for 2015, his top competition for that honor is also high on LSU's board: Byrd shooting guard Chad Lott. After a solid showing during his sophomore season at Byrd, where he was the MVP on the Shreveport Times All-City team, Lott continued to impress in the EYBL, where he played with the Red Storm. He was offered a scholarship earlier this summer.

Another player that has a connection to LSU is Prime Prep center Elijah Thomas. While he is not technically related to LSU freshman and former teammate Jordan Mickey, the two are so close they refer to each other as cousins. The LSU staff is in hopes that the connection to Mickey will help them in Thomas' recruitment, as the 6-foot-8 post player is a 5-star with offers from all the major programs. Mickey's father, James Wright, has told me that he plans to bring Thomas with him to LSU when he comes for football and basketball games.

Another DFW player is D.J. Hogg, a power forward from Plano. Hogg is more of a stretch-4 and is a lights-out shooter.

Former LSU assistant Robert Kirby got LSU involved with Jackson guard Malik Newman, who is a top-5 player in the 2015 class. However, LSU has kept the recruitment alive since Kirby departed for Memphis. Newman knows current LSU players Johnny O'Bryant and Andre Stringer well and the LSU staff is hoping those connections will keep Newman interested in LSU.

New assistant coach Korey McCray has used his Atlanta connections to get LSU involved in several 2014 players, but it may be too late for the hire to pay off in this class. Those relationships could pay dividends for 2015, as LSU is involved with two of the top ATL players: Jaylen Brown and Daniel Giddens. Brown is a 5-star small forward and Giddens is a 5-star center.

LSU coach Johnny Jones has just one season under his belt in Baton Rouge. His staff has already done an impressive recruiting job, selling players on the potential of the LSU program. However, beyond 2014, recruits will be looking at the results on the court. The eight players listed above are all interested in LSU, but how far that interest goes will likely depend on how much success the current group of LSU players has on the court.

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