Tigers the 'top choice' for Kelly, more notes

Recruiting only continues to heat up as we get closer to Signing Day and TSD has all the latest notes: LSU's the "top choice" for Derrick Kelly after his meeting with Coach Grimes, RB commit Darrel Williams has a pair of visits set and two fringe prospects have eliminated LSU.

Freshly named LSU OL coach Jeff Grimes met Derrick Kelly, the Tigers' top OL target, at his school on Wednesday.

This marked Grimes' first in-person visit with Kelly as Les Miles led his recruitment before Grimes, whose hire was officially announced Tuesday, came on board. Kelly will take an official visit to LSU this weekend, where the Tigers will try to land a commitment from this fast-rising tackle.

Heading into the weekend, LSU is the "top choice" for Kelly, according to his coach. Kelly will take an official visit to Georgia on Jan. 31 then make a decision once he returns.

Florida State also remains in the picture, but their tight numbers likely won't leave a spot open for Kelly. That puts the Tigers in a very good position to land Kelly come Signing Day.


LSU RB commit Darrel Williams will take a pair of visits elsewhere before the end of the cycle.

Williams plans to take a visit to Tennessee this weekend and Texas A&M on Jan. 31. Both the Vols and Aggies have stayed on Williams throughout his commitment to LSU, and they continue to sell him on not having to play behind Leonard Fournette.

LSU RB coach Frank Wilson met with Williams and his parents last week and is aware of their plans to take these visits. LSU isn't concerned that Williams will flip, though they will continue to make sure he sticks in this class.


Alabama DT commit Johnny Dwight is "locked in" on the Tide, according to Scout's John Garcia.

Dwight said earlier this week that he was still in contact with the LSU coaches and was considering taking an official visit to Baton Rouge before Signing Day. After an in-home visit with Alabama DC Kirby Smart on Tuesday night, Dwight has said he will stick with the Tide and not take any visits.


WR George Rushing, who has not been offered by LSU, tweeted Wednesday morning that he has canceled his official visit to Baton Rouge.

The former Louisville commit had planned to visit LSU either Jan. 24 or Jan. 31, but instead of making that trip, he'll instead visit Missouri. Rushing was a fringe prospect for LSU, someone they'd consider late in the cycle if there was room.

LSU wanted to bring him in for a visit so he could meet the coaching staff in person and discuss where he stood on the Tigers' board. Because that visit will not happen, it does not appear Rushing will be a target for LSU moving forward.


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