New targets emerging on LSU's radar

LSU's been active in the last 24 hours, extending a handful of new offers to some intriguing prospects. Fresh off a big weekend with in-state recruits, the Tiger coaches are turning some of their focus to some out-of-state targets.

Fresh off a big week in which LSU landed four commits from in-state prospects, the Tiger coaches have started turning some of their focus outside the walls of Louisiana.

Three new offers have gone out since Wednesday night, and the Tigers appear set to make a big splash with some out-of-state targets as we head into the spring.

Miami-area WR Jovon Durante landed an offer from Coach Raymond last night. He's a four-star prospect, ranked as the No. 35 WR in the country, though LSU will gauge his interest in playing as a defensive back.

Speed is Durante's biggest strength, and he has great body control and natural ability as a pass-catcher. That kind of athleticism typically translates well to the defensive side as well, and Durante has a skill set that Coach Raymond likes in his players.

Durante has been committed to West Virginia since the summer, but most feel he's still open in the recruiting process. He's expected to take visits, and LSU will work to get him on campus.


ATH Roney Elam landed an offer Wednesday night as well. A 6-foot-3 prospect from small-town Newton, Texas, Elam could land just about anywhere on the football field, but LSU likes him most as a defensive back.

Elam's considered one of his state's top sleepers, and the Tigers were the first school to come through with an offer. Many more are expected to follow though, so it will be good for LSU that they got in early.


The offers continued to roll out Thursday, as LSU entered the mix for five-star DE Josh Sweat (Chesapeake, Va.). Ranked No. 2 at his position, Sweat has offers from just about every major program in the country.

He's an extremely gifted pass-rusher and plays much larger than his 230 pounds. There's no question he's one of the nation's best along the defensive line, and LSU will begin to gauge interest. Most feel like Virginia Tech will be the team to beat with Sweat, but there's still a long way to go in his recruitment.


LB Leo Lewis is another out-of-state prospect to keep an eye on in the 2015 class. He's had an offer for several weeks, but Scout's Chad Simmons caught up with him recently for the latest in his recruitment.

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"I had a lot of fun at LSU and it was a great environment there," Lewis said in that interview. "It was a great college game atmosphere and it was very exciting for me. LSU has been recruiting me hard and I like their defense."

Lewis visited Baton Rouge back in the fall for the Tigers' game against Arkansas. He didn't have an offer at the time, but he kept in contact with Coach Raymond, who extended him the offer earlier this month.

Coach Chavis will ultimately take the charge in Lewis' recruitment considering he's an inside linebacker. He's the only MLB that LSU has offered at this point.


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