The Tigers held their first scrimmage of spring camp on Saturday, which attracted some notable visitors to campus. The trip received rave reviews from one four-star offensive lineman, and the Tigers also feel they're making big strides with one of Alabama's best commits.
LSU's also poised to receive a visit from one of the nation's top quarterbacks next week, and TSD also has notes on a pair of new offers that went out Friday.
Get all the latest on LSU recruiting below the jump:
FOUR-STAR OG IMPRESSED BY COACH GRIMES
Four-star offensive guard Conner Dyer (Mesquite, Texas | Horn) spent two days in Baton Rouge, arriving Friday and sticking around for Saturday's practice. This marked his first visit to LSU's campus, so he got the full sell on what the Tigers have to offer.
A big focus of the visit was Dyer spending time with new offensive line coach Jeff Grimes. The two had only spoken on the phone throughout his recruitment, as tight end coach Steve Ensminger, who handles the Dallas area, has been his lead recruiter thus far. Dyer said he and Grimes really hit if off.
"He was really impressive," Dyer said. "There was one specific thing he did that really got my attention. He showed me film of NFL offensive linemen he had coached and pointed out what he liked that they were doing. Then he pulled up my film and pointed out the same things."
Dyer also said he spoke with several current LSU linemen that gave Grimes rave reviews in his short time on campus.
"The whole coaching staff was also very easy to get along with," Dyer said. "Everyone I talked to said that they love Coach Grimes, so that's also a good thing to know their opinion."
Dyer wants to narrow down his recruitment to about four or five schools by the end of the summer. He didn't disclose his top schools, but he did say LSU is off to a good start.
"I'd say they're up there for sure," Dyer said.
Dyer's next visits will likely go to Baylor, Texas A&M and Oklahoma and he said he's still working on some others.
ALABAMA COMMIT CHECKS OUT LSU
A surprise visitor to campus this weekend was four-star safety Deionte Thompson (Orange, Texas | West Orange-Stark), an Alabama commit. A source close to the LSU staff confirmed that Thompson was in Baton Rouge on Saturday to check out the Tigers' scrimmage.
The nation's No. 2 safety committed to Alabama back in May, but he has made a pair of visits to LSU since he made that pledge. The first came in July when he stopped through Baton Rouge on his way back home from Tuscaloosa. The Tigers extended him an offer at that time and haven't stopped recruiting him.
Considering he lives only a few hours away from Baton Rouge, the LSU coaches hope that proximity will provide them with an appeal to overtake the Tide. It certainly helped this weekend as the convenience got him to make the short trip for an unofficial visit.
The Tigers still have a long way to go if they want to try and flip Thompson, but he is at least willing to give LSU a look. It's up to the coaches to capitalize on those opportunities, and they feel they did this past weekend. An official visit later in the fall would be the ideal next step for LSU.
NATION'S NO. 3 QB COMING TO CAMPUS
LSU will have a five-star visitor on campus next week. QB Torrance Gibson (Plantation, Fla. | American Heritage) will check out Baton Rouge during his spring break, which starts next week, March 24. Gibson, who received an invite to The Opening on Sunday, said he's still working out the final details, but LSU will be one of at least four schools he visits next week. Ohio State, Oklahoma and Tennessee are the others he plans to check out, and a few other schools might find themselves on the itinerary as well.
Getting Gibson on campus is a big opportunity for LSU to make waves with the top quarterback prospect on their board. Coaches Cam Cameron and Corey Raymond made multiple visits to Gibson's school during the most recent contact periods, and this will mark Gibson's first time in Baton Rouge. He consistently mentions LSU as one of his top schools, though he admits he's nowhere near narrowing it down.
Gibson plans to take his recruitment late into the cycle, making all five official visits before a final decision. That means there's a long way to go, but his visit next week will be a good step in the right direction for LSU.
Gibson also said he doesn't think his teammate Tarvarus McFadden, a four-star LSU target, will accompany him on his visits. McFadden has consistently mentioned LSU as a top contender as well, so he is a defensive back to keep an eye on moving forward.
TIGERS OFFER A PAIR OF FOUR-STARS ON FRIDAY
LSU extended a pair of new offers Friday afternoon to four-star DE Mekhi Brown, an Alabama commit, and four-star ATH D'Anfernee McGriff.
Brown (Columbus, Ga. | Carver) has been committed to the Tide for almost a year, but he remains open to other attention. He has said he wants to have backup plans in case something happens down the line, so he's willing to take visits and check out other programs.
Brown told Scout's John Garcia that the LSU offer came as a surprise to him, but that Baton Rouge is a place he plans on visiting. The Tigers will push to make that happen, and it will start with Brick Haley working his connections in Georgia to start building a relationship with Brown.
Brown's listed as a defensive end in Scout's rankings, though he could also fit as an outside linebacker in a 3-4 scheme. At 6-foot-6, 230 pounds, Brown has exceptional length and speed off the edge. He has room to develop his technique when it comes to getting off blocks and he could afford to add weight, but the raw tools are certainly there for him to be a force as an edge rusher.
McGriff (Tallahassee, Fla. | Leon) was the other four-star prospect to receive an LSU offer Friday. McGriff ranks as the No. 16 RB in the country, though he has the skillset to contribute from a number of different offensive positions. At about 6-foot-3, 220 pounds, the LSU coaches see him as a similar player to 2014 signee Tony Upchurch, in that he has great size but can still do damage with the ball in his hands.
McGriff's been recruited by most of the major programs in the South, and most recently visited Alabama and Florida State for Junior Days. He also mentioned Florida, Auburn and South Carolina as schools that are standing out at this point in the process.
But he does still seem open and isn't close to making a final decision. LSU will start to build that relationship with him and gauge whether the interest there is mutual. If it is, getting him on campus this spring or summer would be a good sign for the Tigers.