Here's the complete list of recruits that will be on visits to LSU this weekend:
No. 2 WR Malachi Dupre
No. 5 DE Lorenzo Carter
No. 19 DT Breeland Speaks
No. 36 DT Trey Lealaimatafao
No. 6 TE Jacory Washington
No. 13 OG Garrett Brumfield
No. 15 OG William Clapp
No. 24 RB Darrel Williams
No. 33 WR Trey Quinn
No. 167 WR D.J. Chark
K Cameron Gamble
KEEPING DUPRE IN-STATE THE PRIORITY
LSU will get its biggest chance to press Malachi Dupre this weekend when he makes his first of four scheduled official visits. After this weekend in Baton Rouge, Dupre will take a midweek trip to Alabama on Jan. 20, then trips to Florida State (Jan. 24) and UCLA (Jan. 31). Though Dupre has said he'll give each of his finalists an even look, the feeling is still that he's LSU's to lose.
The Tigers won't take that for granted and will pull out all the stops this weekend to ensure he stays close to home. LSU will also have an in-home visit with him Thursday to get the wheels in motion and excitement building for his official. Dupre will make his announcement on National Signing Day, so don't expect any surprise commitment from his this weekend.
But LSU will have a much surer understanding of where they stand with him after this weekend. If all goes well, the Tigers should be brimming with confidence leading into the final couple weeks of the cycle.
A CHANCE TO IMPRESS CARTER
LSU still has a long way to go if it wants to eventually land Lorenzo Carter's signature, but this weekend will go a long way in determining the Tigers' chances. LSU is one of four finalists for Carter, but they definitely rank fourth at the moment. That being said, the Tigers have a lot of momentum, particularly because of Brick Haley's relationship with Carter and his family. The LSU DL coach really impressed Carter during an in-home visit last month, and that's the primary reason he's willing to make this official.
Georgia does appear to have a comfortable lead at this point, and it will take a lot to overtake the Bulldogs. This will Mark Carter's first visit to Baton Rouge, so this weekend will be all about making him feel comfortable on campus. LSU will also sell Carter on their need along the defensive line, as he can absolutely step in as a freshman and compete for early playing time.
If all those points hit home, LSU will definitely stay in the hunt until Signing Day. If LSU doesn't quite hit a home run this weekend, expect the Tigers to fall out of contention.
A SHOT WITH SPEAKS
LSU does expect to get an opportunity to host Ole Miss commit Breeland Speaks this weekend, though sources continue to indicate that he will ultimately sign with the Rebels. The Tigers will take a swing though and try to impress him enough this weekend to stay in the mix. Speaks has said LSU was his favorite school growing up, but he has grown very firm to Ole Miss throughout his recruitment.
It will take a lot for that to change at this point, though LSU will try to sell him on their history of producing defensive linemen and the need they have the position. We'll see if that'll be enough for LSU to keep the door open, but it's still an uphill climb for the Tigers.
Former Texas commit Trey Lealaimatafao had a slight change of plans that will bring him to Baton Rouge on an unofficial visit this weekend. The three-star DT originally planned to take an official visit to Oregon this weekend but has instead pushed that trip back to Jan. 24. That freed him to come to Baton Rouge for an unofficial visit.
Lealaiamatafao has family in Baton Rouge and is definitely comfortable with the area. His sister plays volleyball for Southern and most of his mother's family lives in the Red Stick. He said he comes to Baton Rouge about once or twice a year to see family, so LSU will definitely work that angle during this visit.
Lealaimatafao is still very open in his recruitment since dropping his pledge to Texas, and LSU has as good a chance as any school to land him. LSU will also follow this upcoming visit with an in-home next week, so the Tigers are definitely making him a priority moving forward. Look for them to continue riding this early momentum throughout the remaining weeks of the cycle.
MINDING THE SHOP
For the seven committed prospects coming to campus, this weekend will mostly be about having fun and getting comfortable with the program. LSU feels very confident that all seven will stick with LSU and sign with the Tigers on Signing Day.
Trey Quinn has given fans a little cause for concern lately because of Ole Miss and Clemson's continued efforts to flip him. Heading into the weekend, Quinn's only scheduled visit is this one to LSU, and assuming all goes well, don't expect him to visit anywhere else before Signing Day.
Neither Brumfield nor Clapp wavered in their commitment after Greg Studrawa left the program. Both OL commits are still very solid and are both looking forward to possibly meeting the new OL coach this weekend.
KELLY RESCHEDULES VISIT
OT Derrick Kelly will take his official visit next weekend, Jan. 24, instead of this weekend as originally planned, according to his coach.
The new visit date does not change where LSU ranks with this fast-rising prospect. The Tigers are still felt to be in the lead for Kelly and will continue to ride that momentum. LSU will make an in-home visit with him next week in advance of the official visit.