LSU targets at the Army Bowl

Practices begin Monday at the U.S. Army All-Ameircan Bowl, where plenty of LSU commits and targets will be on display. Headlined by guys like Clifton Garrett, Trey Quinn and Travonte Valentine, TSD has the full rundown of who to watch in San Antonio.

SAN ANTONIO — While a lot of the focus is on the Under-Armour game, the U.S. Army All-American Bowl deserves its fair share of focus from LSU fans as well. With four commits and several other top targets participating in the weeklong event, there will be many future Tigers on display.

Headlining the list of pledges is LSU's newest addition Clifton Garrett, the nation's No. 1 MLB. He'll have an opportunity to show why just about everyone in the country loves his physical ability against some elite competition. He's joined by future teammates Trey Quinn, Edward Paris and Davon Godchaux (though he won't participate in workouts because he's still rehabbing from his torn ACL).

Quinn will look to follow up his record-breaking senior season with a strong performance against some tougher DBs than the ones he faced at Barbe. One of those DBs will be Paris, and it will be interesting to see which position he plays most often during the week. A possible corner or safety on the next level, this week will provide a feel for where he fits best.

All four LSU commits are on the West team, giving them a chance to get to know each other better, much like last year when LSU's Tre'Davious White, Hayden Rettig, Josh Boutte and John Diarse all played together.

While this game doesn't have as much excitement around uncommitted prospects as the Under-Armour game, there are some to keep an eye on, most notably John Curtis LB Kenny Young. After a strong senior season, Young is a major priority for LSU and the Tigers are in his top schools along with Texas A&M, Miami and UCLA. Young will be part of a LB corps that also includes Garrett, which could be a preview of what's to come for the LSU defense.

LSU"s making a serious run at Miami commit Travonte Valentine
LSU fans should also keep an eye on defensive linemen Malik McDowell and Travonte Valentine. Both have set up official visits to Baton Rouge in January, and LSU will try its best to make strong impressions. LSU's more of a longshot for McDowell, though he's opening up to the idea of leaving the Midwest for the SEC and the Tigers hope to be that destination.

Valentine remains committed to Miami, but he's leaving LSU in the mix, primarily because of his relationship with Corey Raymond. The big-time DT measured in at 6-foot-3 and nearly 340 pounds with a 6-foot-7 wingspan, which just goes to show what kind of monster he is along the interior line. Expect LSU to make a big push for him in the next month.

LSU will have hats on the table for a pair of prospects that announce during the game on Jan. 4, but it would be a surprise if the Tigers land either. TE/WR Frank Iheanacho took an official visit for the Texas A&M game and came away with some praise for the Tigers. Since then he's also checked out Oregon and Arkansas, but the close-to-home Aggies appear the likeliest choice.

LB Dwight Williams surprised many when he said LSU was one of his finalists, considering he's never visited Baton Rouge. The LSU coaches do value Young more than Williams, so don't expect this California three-star to pick the Tigers on Saturday.


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