A not so dead period

A month-long dead period begins Monday, but it will be anything but dead for the LSU Tigers. Over the next four weeks, LSU could land as many as six five-star prospects, including some of the best players in the country. TSD's Hunter Paniagua breaks down who could pull the trigger during this so-called "Dead Period."

Today begins a month-long dead period that will last until Jan. 15, but for LSU, it will be anything but dead. Coaches are prevented from meeting face-to-face with prospects or their parents and may not visit high schools, but that won't stop the dominoes from falling. The NCAA implemented this extended period to ease the pressure on recruits, but this will likely be the most active time for LSU's 2014 Class.

As many as six five-star prospects could commit to the Tigers by the time this dead period ends, including some of the most-anticipated recruits in LSU history. The 2014 Class will look entirely different by mid-January, and TSD's Hunter Paniagua is here to break down who will pull the trigger in this so-called "dead period."

Clifton Garrett will announce his commitment on Tuesday
Clifton Garrett – No. 1 MLB

Garrett could be the first domino to fall as he's set to announce his commitment Tuesday at 3 p.m. LSU has been considered the heavy favorite since the Tigers offered in the spring, and they've only solidified that position as the process has gone on. LSU first made its big impression when he visited for the Spring Game, then followed that up with an equally impressive official visit for Garrett and his parents during the Texas A&M game.

Garrett has a strong relationship with defensive coordinator John Chavis, and that's played a big part in LSU's surge to the front. Ole Miss, Florida and Tennessee may be in the mix, but the odds are heavily in LSU's favor that Garrett's a Tiger by Tuesday afternoon.

Tony Brown – No. 1 CB

It seems like we've been waiting months for Brown to finally pull the trigger and commit to LSU. But after his official visit to Baton Rouge two weekends ago, Brown's expected to announce his ultimate decision Jan. 2 at the Under-Armour game. LSU has been on Brown for years now, and the Tigers' coaches have developed a strong relationship with his entire family. Though he's made official visits to Alabama, Florida State, Ohio State and USC — with Texas A&M also making a strong push — everyone's been looking up at the Tigers throughout most of his recruiting process. When Brown does ultimately announce his commitment, it would be a major surprise if it's anyone but LSU.

LSU's made a strong push for Jamal Adams
Jamal Adams – No. 2 S

LSU's done everything it can to make a final press on Adams. The reports were extremely positive following his unofficial visit for the Arkansas game, then his official visit the next weekend. The coaches really sold Adams on early playing time as there's no question the Tigers need help at safety.

It also helps that Adams is close friends with LSU commit Edward Paris, who's one of the more vocal recruiters in the Tigers' class. Adams will also announce at the Under-Armour game, and it'll come down to either Florida or LSU after Adams dropped Texas following Mack Brown's resignation. Ole Miss remains in the picture, but LSU has to like its chances after the last few weeks.

Leonard Fournette – No. 1 RB

It seems like only yesterday that Fournette was grabbing headlines as a true freshman with offers from just about every major program in the country. Well we're only a few short weeks away from him finally shutting down his recruiting process and announcing a decision. It's been down to LSU and Alabama for quite some time now, and both have made their final sales pitches in the last couple weeks. LSU has felt extremely confident about where they stand with him, and they solidified that during his official visit two weekends ago. But Alabama hasn't backed down, and they too have high hopes after his official visit this past weekend. But LSU's still a tremendous favorite, and it would be a major upset if he doesn't pick the purple and gold on Jan. 2.

LSU's considered a heavy favorite for Gerald Willis
Gerald Willis – No. 4 DE

Stop me if you've heard this before, but Willis is another five-star prospect set to announce on Jan. 2 with LSU as a tremendous favorite. As with Noil, only one other school has made much of an impression on Willis, and that's Florida. But the Gators don't really stack up to the Tigers, and the expectation is that the two Edna Karr teammates want to attend the same school.

It's not hard to figure out what the common denominator is. It's been a long wait, but that Under-Armour game should be must-watch television in Baton Rouge as it could mark the most important date in LSU recruiting history.

Devante Noil – No. 2 WR

Speedy's commitment is another that LSU fans have been anticipating for quite some time. It'll come on Jan. 2, and as with most of the prospects mentioned in this article, LSU's an overwhelming favorite to land his commitment. Texas A&M has been the only school to really grab Speedy's attention during the recruiting process, and he visited College Station earlier this season. But since then, he's spent a lot of time in Baton Rouge, including an official visit two weeks ago that only solidified LSU's lead. Speedy's one of the nation's most dangerous players in the open field, and LSU fans can look forward to seeing him in Tiger Stadium as he too is set to announce at the Under-Armour game.


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