LSU lining up big visits this spring

LSU has set up some big visits this spring. TSD has notes on five prospects set to check out Baton Rouge before April 5, four of which will be on campus this week. Get all the latest here on Isaiah Washington, Zach Giella, Michael Divinity, Cameron Ordway and Josh Smith.

The spring is a big season when it comes to unofficial visits.

LSU has already had a lot of top prospects from the 2014, 2015 and 2016 classes on campus, and the Tigers have several more visits to come before spring camp wraps April 5.

TSD has the latest notes on five prospects that will be on campus soon, including four that will visit this week. There's an LSU commit that remains open in his recruitment and one of the state's hotter 2016 prospects.

You can also get the latest on a trio of out-of-state prospects set to check out LSU in the near future.


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WASHINGTON OPEN BUT STILL COMMITTED


Three-star LSU DE commit Isaiah Washington (New Orleans | Edna Karr) informed Scout's Mike Coppage on Monday that he wants to re-open his recruitment. Though Washington stopped short of saying he would decommit from the Tigers, he is open to other offers and will likely visit some of his other suitors.

This doesn't exactly come as breaking news considering Washington has mentioned this publicly in interviews over the last few weeks. He has received plenty of attention since committing to LSU on Feb. 15 after landing his offer at "Boys from the Boot." Texas and Florida have been two schools in particular that have stood out for him, with the Gators one of his most recent offers.

Washington said this in an interview with Scout's Jason Higdon on March 3.

"I am still open to all colleges, and I'm still in search for the perfect college," Washington said. "I plan on visiting a lot of colleges to make my decision more valid."

From the LSU perspective, there's no harm in allowing Washington to entertain other options this early in the process. The Tiger coaches will have an opportunity to make sure everything is clear when Washington visits campus for the scrimmage in Tiger Stadium on Saturday.

Defensive end is a major need for LSU in the Class of 2015, so they will be sure to do what they can to keep Washington in this class, though Brick Haley has extended more than a dozen offers at that position in recent months. With almost 11 months remaining until National Signing Day, you can expect Washington to take his share of visits, but there's plenty of time for him to sow his wild oats before he needs to make a final decision.


OT Zach Giella called his offer from LSU "mind-blowing" and he'll visit April 5

THREE-STAR OT CALLS LSU OFFER ‘MIND BLOWING'


It seems like every week we're able to put a new offensive lineman on LSU's Big Board. Over the weekend, Zach Giella (Martinez, Ga. | Augusta Christian) added his name to the list when he received an offer from Coach Grimes.

"Getting the LSU offer was kind of mind blowing," Giella said. "I never would have imagined I would get an offer from them. It was really great."

Giella's considered a three-star prospect, ranked as the No. 78 offensive tackle in the country. He does have a double-digit offer sheet, many of which he's added in the last couple months.

Giella said he talks with Coach Grimes at least once a week, and LSU is definitely a school he's interested in now that they've offered.

"Coach Grimes is a great coach based on his history," Giella said. "He's a down to Earth guy, and I'm excited to meet him."

Giella will get that opportunity when he visits Baton Rouge on April 5 for the LSU Spring Game. That will be his first time checking out the Tigers' campus, so that will go a long way in determining where LSU stands moving forward.

He'll have a busy spring as he also plans to visit Auburn this week, and he'll follow that LSU trip with a visit to Florida State on April 7. He also plans to check out South Carolina and Kentucky for a practice this spring as well. Stanford is one other school he's interested in as well.

Giella wants to make a decision before the start of his senior season, so these spring visits will be crucial for him in narrowing down his list.

IN-STATE SOPHOMORE TO KEEP AN EYE ON


There's a new name to keep an eye on at John Ehret High School in New Orlenans. 2016 LB Michael Divinity has been one of the hotter names in the state recently, adding offers from Oklahoma State, Southern Miss and Ole Miss the last couple weeks.

LSU is very interested in him as well, and he'll visit Baton Rouge with his mother on Thursday. According to a source close to both Divinity and the LSU program, there's a good chance the Tigers come through with an offer when he comes to campus. That would be a big one for Divinity, who's also reported interest from UCLA and Alabama.

LSU is already off to a big start in Louisiana with the 2016 class, landing commitments from five-star DT Ed Alexander and four-star WR Stephen Sullivan. The Tigers have also offered big in-state names like Mykel Jones, Devin White, Willie Allen and Kristian Fulton.

Divinity might be the next one on the list, and at almost 6-foot-3, 210 pounds, he's a physical specimen at outside linebacker. He's quick rushing off the edge but can also drop back and play the pass well. He needs to shore up some things in his tackling technique, but only a rising junior, there's a lot of football left in front of him.



TWO OF TENNESSEE'S BEST VISITING THIS WEEKEND


Two prospects hoping for a LSU offer will trip down to Baton Rouge this weekend. Four-star CB Cameron Ordway (Pulaski, Tenn. | Giles County) and three-star LB Josh Smith (Murfreesboro, Tenn. | Oakland) will visit together. Both recruits already have offers from some of the SEC powers, including Alabama, Auburn, Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Tennessee.

Both visited Tuscaloosa and Auburn a couple weeks back, so this weekend it will be LSU's turn to leave an impression. Ordway said he's routinely in communication with both Coaches Raymond and Chavis, and on possibly receiving an offer from the Tigers…

"That would be big time," Ordway said.

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