I talked a little bit to D'haquille Williams — the nation's No. 2 JuCo prospect — last night, and he confirmed that he will in fact be taking an official visit to LSU this weekend for the Texas A&M game. Though he's still committed to Auburn, the purple and gold Tigers are the only other team he'd consider flipping to. We first started hearing the rumblings of LSU reentering the mix last week, and getting him on campus this weekend will be big for LSU's pursuit.
With Odell Beckham and Jarvis Landry likely heading to the NFL after this season, LSU will be left with mostly inexperienced receivers and a new quarterback in either Anthony Jennings or Brandon Harris. Having someone like Williams would really help the transitionary period, even if he's only going to be a one-and-done.
We should know more after this weekend where things stand between the two parties, but the door definitely seems to be opening for LSU.
STREET SETS OFFICIAL VISIT TO LSU
Kentavius Street, a four-star DE from North Carolina, has set his official visit to LSU for the weekend of January 24. Street has maintained interest in LSU since they offered in the spring, and he's consistently mentioned the possibility of taking an official visit. That is now set, and the Tigers will be getting him very late in the cycle, which is always a positive. Street has said he won't make a decision until he completes all his official visits.
The home-state Wolfpack have long been considered the favorite, as he's made many unofficial visits to the nearby campus. But with NC State currently looking at a 3-7 record, including a six-game losing streak, Street may seriously be looking around at other options. Definitely keep an eye on the two SEC schools in this one, and LSU will be looking to make a strong impression when he visits in late January.
Landing one of these highly-ranked out-of-state defensive linemen has always been an objective for LSU in this cycle. Miami commit Travonte Valentine is still expected to make an official visit in late January as well, and if he flips from the Canes, my pick would be LSU. Malik McDowell has also mentioned the possibility of visiting LSU lately, and he's reportedly growing more open to the idea of leaving the Midwest.
MAMA CUTS LSU, TIGERS HAVE NEW OL TARGET
Last night Damien Mama, the nation's No. 1 OG, posted on Twitter his final four schools — USC, UCLA, Alabama and BYU. LSU had been in the running to receive one of his two remaining official visits, but the Tigers now appear to be out of the mix. Mama took an official visit to Alabama for the LSU game, and also visited Wisconsin and Notre Dame, but those two schools are also out of the running. Expect BYU to get an official as well as one of the two LA schools. I'm expecting him to stay in California, but you can never rule out Alabama in these situations.
The next name on the list I've heard mentioned for LSU on the OL is Elijah Rodriguez, a Colorado commit from the Houston area. The coaches have monitored him throughout the season, and if they deem him worthy of an offer, LSU might ramp up its interest in him. The Tigers would like a third lineman in this class, but they aren't going to force one in they don't see as a fit, but definitely keep an eye on Rodriguez.