Kahlil Haughton | Waco (Texas) Midland | | #23 S
Haughton is LSU's most recent offer, landing one yesterday from Coach Raymond. The four-star safety has already visited LSU once, tripping to Baton Rouge for the Tigers' 2013 regular season finale against Arkansas. That exciting game created an energetic atmosphere in Tiger Stadium, and that was something Haughton noted from his visit.
"I just love the way they play," Haughton said. "The fans are also amazing and it just seems like a place like no other to play in."
Already getting Haughton on campus once is a big deal for LSU. The coaches have already gotten their eyes on him and have a feel for who he is as a person. That's a big part of what led to his offer. Haughton's an intelligent defender with a knack for getting to the ball. He has great closing speed and solid length, a trait Raymond covets in his secondary.
Haughton most recently visited North Carolina and Duke, and hometown Baylor expects to get him on campus a couple more times this spring. He also mentions Oklahoma, Texas Tech, Oklahoma State and Arkansas as some of his other leaders. He hopes to have a decision before the end of the summer, so these next few months should be telling in terms of where the mutual interest lies.
Patrick Allen | Reisterstown (Md.) Franklin | | #21 OT
New OL coach Jeff Grimes continued his search for offensive tackles Tuesday by offering Allen. The Maryland native comes from Grimes' old stomping grounds from his time at Virginia Tech, and that's been a region Grimes has focused on since coming to LSU. Allen's ranked as the No. 22 OT in the country, but most feel his best football's ahead of him.
Allen is very quick off the ball and engages the rusher well. He gets the defensive linemen on their heels and is good at driving them backward. He still needs to improve in his pass blocking, especially against speedier rushers, but he has the ideal length and athleticism that Grimes likes in his tackles.
Allen doesn't seem to be in a hurry to make a decision in his recruitment. His plans for now are to wait until next winter after taking official visits once his senior season concludes. Most feel Florida State is the leader at this point, with Ohio State also in a good position. Allen has said he wants to hit a number of schools this summer, so LSU will try to position themselves for a visit at some point. Allen has mentioned in interviews that LSU was a school he liked growing up, so getting him on campus and building that relationship will be big for the Tigers.
DE CeCe Jefferson | Glen Saint Mary (Fla.) Baker County | | #3 DE
On Tuesday, LSU entered the mix for five-star prospect Cece Jefferson, ranked the No. 1 defensive end in the country. Brick Haley has offered several of the nation's best defensive linemen in recent weeks, and Jefferson is just the most recent target. Haley's clearly casting a big net and isn't afraid to go after the big fish. That's the case every year considering LSU got late visits from Robert Nkemdiche and Lorenzo Carter the last two cycles.
That will be the goal for LSU to get involved with Jefferson. He doesn't intend to make a final decision until National Signing Day, so the Tigers have plenty of time to start building that relationship. At this point, Florida is the early leader with Alabama coming in behind the Gators. Behind them it's wide-open, so LSU will try to get a feel on where things stand.
Jefferson is certainly deserving of his lofty ranking. He's a pass-rushing extraordinaire with a great frame that should fill out nicely as he develops. He has all the tools to be a force off the edge, and college coaches will just need to round out the rest of his game.
Tyrek Cole | Miramar (Fla.) | | #19 CB
LSU's offer to Cole went out one week ago on March 6. The nation's No. 14 CB has been committed to Florida State since January, but LSU rarely lets that prevent them from going after a recruit they want. That being said, it's a tough hurdle to overcome for the Tigers. Cole followed in the footsteps of his four-star friend Calvin Brewton, committing to the Noles the day after he did, and there's a lot of appeal to Florida State for the Miramar, Fla., native.
Cole did say though after committing that he still wanted to take all five of his official visits. It remains to be seen whether he'll live up to that, but LSU will still give it a shot. That being said, there are other defensive back targets LSU has a better chance with than Cole.