The focus starts on those five recruits that could be LSU commits by the end of the week. Leonard Fournette, Gerald Willis, Devante Noil, Tony Brown and Jamal Adams will all announce their commitments during the game on Jan. 2.
At this point, LSU feels very confident with where they stand for each of those five-star prospects, particularly the three in-state recruits. Alabama has always been the only legitimate contender for Fournette's commitment, but the relationship LSU's built with him since he was a freshman should win out in the end. Same goes for Noil (down to LSU and Texas A&M) and Willis (down to LSU and Florida). Tiger fans should expect good news when all three announce their final decisions.
Things are looking positive for the two Texas prospects as well. Brown has said he's down to five schools — LSU, USC, Alabama, Texas and Ohio State — but the overwhelming consensus has him landing with the purple and gold. The Tigers could add another five-star DB in Adams, whom LSU has made up major ground with in the last couple months. Florida was long considered the favorite, but with the coaching instability there, LSU's the favorite heading into his announcement as well.
If all goes according to plan, LSU will finish the week with eight commits to go along with the three in-state pledges at the Under-Armour game. LSU's possible QB of the future in Brandon Harris headlines the group. These All-America games are always hard for quarterbacks as they have only a short time to learn plays and develop chemistry with receivers. But Harris' arm strength, mobility and charisma will certainly be on display and he should be a solid ambassador for the program while he's there.
He's joined by TE Jacory Washington and OL Garrett Brumfield. Both have been committed to LSU for quite some time, and the four-star prospects will look to showcase their ability against some elite competition.
Fans and media will also be curious to check out Laurence Jones, who recently dropped his commitment to Alabama. While his recruitment still remains up in the air, it will be interesting to see how he stacks up to some of his peers, namely Adams, who surpassed Hootie on LSU's big board.
Fans should also keep a close eye on a pair of five-star out-of-state prospects that LSU remains in the mix for. Lorenzo Carter, the nation's No. 1 DE, is set to make an official visit to Baton Rouge in January. He's developed a strong relationship with DL coach Brick Haley, and though the Tigers are a longshot at this point, they will get their chance to leave an impression on this promising lineman.
Also watch for five-star ATH Adoree Jackson, who took an official visit to LSU in October. Though the Tigers made a strong pitch on him then, Florida has picked up a lot of momentum in recent weeks and they're considered the favorite for now. But there's still time left as Jackson's not set to announce until NSD.
The state of Louisiana will be well-represented at the Under-Armour game. The 13 prospects in attendance this year is one fewer than the 14 that participated in the event the last six years combined. In addition to the in-state prospects already listed, Alabama commits Cameron Robinson (West Monroe), Cameron Sims (Ouachita), O.J. Smith (Shreveport Airline) and Ole Miss commit Garrald McDowell (Covington) will all compete in the Under-Armour festivities this week.