And that's exactly what they've done. LSU is bringing in seven prospects for official visits this weekend, including five five-star prospects. Below are the notes heading into a major weekend for the future of the Tigers.
TRIO OF TEXAS STARS HEADING TO BATON ROUGE
The future of DBU could become much brighter after this coming weekend. Five-star DBs Tony Brown and Jamal Adams are expected to be on campus this weekend along with ace recruiter and commit Edward Paris. Those three have grown very close on the recruiting circuit, and getting them on campus together is no coincidence.
This marks Brown's fifth and final official visit despite a strong effort by Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin to get him to College Station this weekend. The writing's on the wall that Brown is nearing the end of his recruiting process, and it's not a reach to expect he might shut things down this weekend. With so many factors making LSU the ideal destination for him, it's safe to say the Tigers have him all but locked up at this point, and this official visit could be the final piece of the puzzle to get him on board.
Adams and Paris are expected to make it to campus Saturday night as the icy weather in Dallas altered their travel plans. But the duo is expected to make it for their official visits, and this will be a great opportunity for LSU to capitalize on its positive momentum with Adams. The five-star safety took an unofficial visit to LSU last weekend for the Arkansas game, and getting him back to Baton Rouge in a week's time is encouraging for LSU.
Though Florida and Texas still have reasons to be optimistic about where they stand with Adams, LSU's hoping its trending in the right direction and has enough firepower to seal the deal. Adams is expected to announce his decision at the Under-Armour game, so don't expect him to pull the trigger this weekend, but this visit will be all about making sure he feels comfortable in Baton Rouge, and his close friend Paris will be in charge of making sure that happens.
The No. 1 overall prospect is set to kick off a two-week stretch that will mark the beginning of the end of his recruiting cycle. Leonard Fournette is set to make an official visit to LSU this weekend, and he's expected to be in Alabama next weekend for his official there. With him set to announce a commitment at the Under-Armour game, these visits will be the last opportunities for both schools to make their final pitches before the dead period.
Though the Tide remain in the picture, LSU loves where it stands with Fournette, and the Tigers have reason to be optimistic about their chances. But that doesn't mean LSU's going to let off the pedal. Fournette's been the coaches' No. 1 priority for four years now, and they want to make sure they do everything they can this weekend to lock him in.
KARR'S BIG THREE TAKING THEIR OFFICIALS
LSU has essentially turned Edna Karr into its farm system and three of the Cougars' best will take their official visits to Baton Rouge this weekend. LB commit Donnie Alexander plus targets WR Devante Noil and DL Gerald Willis will all head to LSU Saturday morning after battling Landry/Walker in the Class 4A semifinals on Friday.
Alexander remains someone the coaches think is a hidden gem in this class, and getting him committed back in February has been big for LSU in helping lure Noil and Willis as well. Everything remains positive for the Tigers' chances of landing both five-star prospects despite efforts from Texas A&M and Florida to steal them away. It's no secret that Noil and Willis want to play together on the college level, and LSU seems to be the best fit for each one. Expected to announce their commitments along with Fournette at the Under-Armour game, this weekend could be the early start to the celebration.
TSD will have plenty of more notes as the weekend progresses, so stay in tune by checking out all the latest on the TSD Message Board thread devoted to the official visits this weekend.