LSU set for big 'Boys from the Boot'

LSU is set to host its first big recruiting weekend for the Class of 2015. Dozens of the state's top underclassmen will descend upon campus for the annual "Boys from the Boot" event. TSD has the complete list of attendees as well as the latest on their recruitment.

LSU will host its first major recruiting event for the Class of 2015 on Saturday when the coaches hold their annual "Boys from the Boot" Junior Day.

The Tigers have invited dozens of their top in-state targets from not just the 2015 class, but also 2016 and 2017 as well. The festivities will begin around 10 a.m. on Saturday and last until about 4 p.m. The recruits will take part in campus tours, meetings with academic advisors and receive plenty of quality time with the coaches.

This event is traditionally an opportunity LSU uses to extend offers and encourage prospects to commit. At last year's "Boys from the Boot, LSU picked a pair of commitments Jacory Washington and William Clapp and was one of several chances they had to make guys like Leonard Fournette and Malachi Dupre feel comfortable on campus.

Whether this year's event will have the same fireworks remains to be seen, but with at least 35 recruits planning to attend, there should be plenty of action on Saturday. TSD has compiled the complete list of players that plan to be on LSU's campus this weekend, and we'll provide some more information on the most notable prospects below.

2015


S Kevin Henry (Central)
RB Nicholas Brossette (U-High)
LS Blake Ferguson (Buford, Ga.)
DT T.D. Moton (Woodlawn)
WR Stanley Morgan (St. Aug)
RB Derrius Guice (Catholic)
WR Tyron Johnson (Warren Easton)
RB/WR Lanard Fournette (St. Augustine)
CB Xavier Lewis (East St. John)
RB David Ducre (Lakeshore)
LB Arthur McGinnis (Warren Easton)
DE Isaiah Washington (Edna Karr)
WR Terrell Chatman (Central)
WR Daylon Charlot (Patterson)
DE/OLB Bo Wallace (John Curtis)
DB/WR Derrick Dillon (Pine)
WR/TE Jazz Ferguson (West Feliciana)

CB Henry Black (Woodlawn)
DT Jozie Milton (Silliman)
OT Grant Burguillos (Mandeville)
WR Jaquel Gant (Donaldsonville)
TE Bry'Keithon Mouton (Acadiana)
ATH Deshawn Capers-Smith (Warren Easton)
QB Jason Pellerin (Catholic-New Iberia)
OT Garrett Thomas (Many)
DE Joe Anderson (Riverside)

2016


DT Ed Alexander (St. Thomas Aquinas)
RB Devin White (North Webster)
WR Mykel Jones (Patterson)
CB Malik Antoine (U-High)
QB Shea Patterson (Calvary)
S Kazmi Antoine (Belle Chasse)

2017


RB/LB Dylan Moses (U-High)



The LSU coaches will have some help in the recruiting efforts this weekend as all four of the Tigers' in-state commits between the three classes will be on campus. Even long snapper commit Blake Ferguson will make the trip down from Georgia as an honorary "Boy from the Boot." Guys like Nicholas Brossette and Kevin Henry have developed strong relationships with some of the other top prospects in the state, and they'll be doing their best to get some other to jump on board.

One they'll certainly be after is Warren Easton WR Tyron Johnson, the state's top prospect for 2015. Johnson was one of the first players LSU offered in this class, and they've since made him one of their top priorities. He's an extremely dynamic athlete that can have a significant impact in many ways. He's certainly worthy of his four-star rating and has received attention from schools across the country. Johnson has been quite on the recruiting front lately, but this will be a tremendous opportunity for LSU to make a splash with the top player in the state.

The wide receiver position will be a big one at LSU this weekend, with the state producing some of the deepest ever talent. One guy to really keep an eye on Saturday is Central's Terrell Chatman. He's still looking for his first offer, but there's a strong feeling LSU will come through with one this weekend. If so, he's said before that he'd strongly consider committing, and that would be a big addition for this raw but incredible athlete.


Pine's Derrick Dillon is one of the state's top athletes
Also watch out for Patterson's Daylon Charlot. He committed to Alabama a couple weeks back during their Junior Day, but most feel that if LSU were to come through with an offer this weekend, it could shake things up. There's a long way to go in his recruitment, so if LSU does make things official, look for them to make a hard press with him in the coming months.

Speaking of playmakers, Pine's Derrick Dillon certainly fits that mold. LSU's kept a close eye on this three-star prospect and the Tigers could very well offer him this weekend. The only question will be what side of the ball. LSU worked him out mostly as a DB at camp this past summer, but Dillon is a huge weapon with the ball in his hands. With schools like Florida having already offered him as a WR, and Texas A&M showing more interest, it might take some convincing from LSU to sell him on being a DB.

The offensive line will be a major need for LSU in 2015, and this weekend may offer some clarity at that position. Many's Garrett Thomas will be on campus hoping to finally land an offer from the Tigers. He's been on their radar for quite some time, but this will be his first opportunity to spend quality time with new OL coach Jeff Grimes. Thomas is one of the state's best linemen, with offers from Auburn and Michigan among others, but LSU would be in great shape if they do decide to offer.

LSU will also be hosting some impressive defensive prospects as well. East St. John's Xavier Lewis will come to campus less than two weeks after he dropped his commitment to the Tigers. Lewis has said though that LSU still leads, and he simply decommitted to get the full experience of the recruiting process. There's still a good chance he winds up back with LSU before it's all over, and this weekend will be a good chance for both parties to clear up where things stand.

The defensive line will be another big focus this weekend. Woodlawn's TD Moton will be on campus, as will some other intriguing prospects like Edna Karr's Isaiah Washington and Riverside's Joe Anderson.


Devin White's one of the state's best for 2016
LSU offered Moton a while back, but because he missed his entire junior season after transferring schools, things are on hold with him. LSU would like to see more from him before that offer becomes committable, but this will be a good chance for the two sides to cach up and see how Moton's been progressing after a year away from football.

Also keep an eye on John Curtis' Bo Wallace, who moved to Louisiana from Texas before his junior season. Wallace is a physically impressive prospect, that could either be a defensive end or pass-rushing outside linebacker. He would seem to be one of the next in line from that powerhouse Curtis program.

While the primary focus for this weekend will be on the 2015 class, LSU will also be looking ahead. The Tigers will have their lone commit for 2016 on campus in St. Thomas Aquinas' Ed Alexander. They'll also host a pair of kids they've already offered in RB Devin White and WR Mykel Jones, and LSU would love to get them on board the sooner the better.

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