NSD Preview: Announcement Predictions

National Signing Day is finally upon us. The final day of the 2014 recruiting cycle should be a wild one for LSU with 11 targets (including two soft commits) set to announce their decisions. TSD provides the schedule of announcements and their final predictions for who goes purple and gold on NSD.

LSU's in store for the wildest National Signing Day in recent memory. With 11 targets (including two soft commits) set to make final decisions on Wednesday, the Tigers' 2014 class will look drastically different when the day is done.

With so much left to be decided, TSD takes a look at all 11 prospects and provides all the latest rumblings heading into their announcements. TSD's Hunter Paniagua also gives his prediction for each recruit.


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DT Trey Lealaimatafao

Time of announcement: 8:30 a.m.
Finalists: LSU, Oregon and UCLA

The Lowdown: Though UCLA will have a hat on the table, this one is really down to the Tigers and the Ducks. Those two schools received his final two visits, and that trip to Baton Rouge in particular really stood out to Lealaimatafao. The three-star DT has a lot of family in the Red Stick and his cousin, Seimone Augustus, is a LSU legend. Reports are that Oregon trip didn't quite match the one to LSU, and the Tigers feel they have a major lead heading into his announcement.

Prediction: LSU

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WR Emanuel Porter

Time of announcement: 9 a.m.
Finalists: LSU and TCU

The Lowdown: This one may still be a toss-up because LSU feels it's made up significant ground the last couple weeks. According to Porter's trainer, he absolutely loved his official visit to LSU on Jan. 24 and hasn't stopped talking up the Tigers since. Porter also had a long talk with Cam Cameron on Monday night, and LSU could be poised for a late steal. But there's still a lot of comfort with TCU, and that is the school his mother wants him to attend. It does seem like family and distance will win out in this one though, and Porter is expected to sign with the Horned Frogs on NSD.

Prediction: TCU

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WR Malachi Dupre

Time of announcement: 9:30 a.m. (ESPNU)
Finalists: LSU, Florida State, UCLA, Alabama, Ole Miss

The Lowdown: Heading into his announcement, most feel this is a two-horse race between LSU and Florida State. The Seminoles have been a serious threat to LSU after an impressive official visit a couple weeks back. Dupre has raved about his time in Tallahassee, and has grown a strong friendship with Jameis Winston, the reigning Heisman winner. Word is that Dupre's family is sold on both programs, but the rumblings heading into the final hours are that LSU will be the pick.

Prediction: LSU

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LB Kenny Young

Time of announcement: 9:30 a.m. (ESPNU)
Finalists: LSU, UCLA, Texas A&M, Arkansas, Oklahoma State

The Lowdown: As with his fellow John Curtis teammate, Young's recruitment has essentially boiled down to two programs — LSU and UCLA. The Bruins have held an edge on LSU through the last couple months, but the Tigers did make up some ground with their official visit last week. But it doesn't appear it was enough as Young's trip out west this past weekend seems to have sealed the deal. UCLA is expecting to pull Young from Louisiana.

Prediction: UCLA

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DT Travonte Valentine

Time of announcement: 9:30 a.m.
Finalists: LSU and Miami

The Lowdown: Though Valentine will announce between the Tigers and Hurricanes on Wednesday, his decision has been made for quite some time, according to multiple sources on different sides of this recruitment. Long before Valentine decommitted from Miami in early January, the feeling was he was LSU's to lose. The Tigers solidified that during his official visit on Jan. 24. Miami made a late charge, and tried to get him on campus last weekend, but that visit didn't happen. LSU has all the confidence and should be the choice on NSD.

Prediction: LSU

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DE Davon Godchaux

Time of announcement: 10:30 a.m.
Finalists: LSU, Auburn, UCLA

The Lowdown: Godchaux surprised many when he said he was "open to all his option." But the feeling has always been that he just wanted to get a feel for the process and take his visits. That's what he did, tripping to Auburn and UCLA in recent weeks. But sandwiched in the middle was a visit to LSU that solidified his commitment to the Tigers. Though he won't admit it until Wednesday, LSU should feel very confident about holding on to this four-star lineman.

Prediction: LSU

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OT Derrick Kelly

Time of announcement: Noon
Finalists: LSU, Florida, Florida State

The Lowdown: As of Tuesday afternoon, Kelly's recruitment still seems very up in the air. LSU lead for quite some time, but Florida has also made a late charge and seems confident heading into the announcement. Florida State is also lingering in the background, and if they find room in their class for Kelly, some feel a real offer would secure him to the Noles. But time is running out and LSU's banking on the strong relationship it's built with Kelly and their favorable depth chart paying off. Still seems like this could go any direction with less than 24 hours to go, but LSU does seem to be playing from behind heading into the final day.

Prediction: Florida

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CB Adoree Jackson

Time of announcement: 1 p.m. (ESPNU)
Finalists: LSU, USC, Florida and UCLA

The Lowdown: LSU remains a darkhorse candidate for the five-Star Jackson, but the Tigers have done everything they can to better their position. The coaches have made numerous visits with both Jackson and his parents over the recent weeks, and LSU does have a strong track program to sell. USC and Florida have a lot of momentum though. With many feeling Jackson wants to play in the SEC, the Gators like their chances heading into his announcement.

Prediction: Florida

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DE Lorenzo Carter

Time of announcement: 2 p.m. (ESPNU)
Finalists: LSU, Georgia, Florida, Florida State

The Lowdown: LSU made great strides in recent weeks, particularly because of Brick Haley and the relationship he developed with Carter and his family. His official visit to Baton Rouge on Jan. 17 kept the Tigers in the race, but it does appear that Georgia has pulled away for good. Carter was in Athens this past weekend, and the UGA coaching staff was able to ease any and all remaining concerns he had about the coaching changes on the defensive staff. Carter seems to be Georgia's to lose heading into the final day.

Prediction: Georgia

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DE Deondre Clark

Time of announcement: 2 p.m.
Finalists: LSU and Oklahoma

The Lowdown: This is another that still seems like a toss-up heading into the final 24 hours. LSU still feels that if it's up to Clark, he would choose to stick the pledge he made this past summer. But his mother is still a strong presence and her preference to keep him in Oklahoma could still win out. Clark hasn't tipped his hand one or the way other in recent weeks, and it's almost too close to call at this point. But LSU was able to get him once, and the Tigers have tried their best to get him again. We'll find out for sure on NSD.

Prediction: LSU

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DE/OLB Sione Teuhema

Time of announcement: TBD
Finalists: LSU and Texas

The Lowdown: Teuhema and his four-star brother Maea (2015) stole the headlines on Tuesday. The duo dropped their longtime commitment to Texas just days after returning from a visit to Baton Rouge. There is no announcement scheduled, but there's a strong feeling that Sione will send in his NLI to LSU on Wednesday. They've said in the past they'll attend the same school, so look for the Tigers to pull two big-time recruits from Texas for both 2014 and 2015 on NSD.

Prediction: LSU

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