Looking at LSU's newest offers

LSU continues to span the country looking for new targets to recruit. The Tigers offered four prospects within the last couple days, and TSD has notes and film on each one. Be sure to also check out some other quick recruiting stories at the bottom of the piece.

It's been another week of new offers as the Tigers have extended four in the last two days.

TSD is here to make sure you're caught up, providing you with all the notes on each new target, including a look at each one's highlights as well. LSU continues to make the secondary and defensive line two of its biggest priorities in the 2015 class, and John Chavis also found a middle linebacker he really likes.

The Tigers also offered a tight end in the sophomore class, and TSD also has some quick LSU recruiting notes at the end of this piece as well. Check it all out below.


P.J. Mbanasor | Pflugerville (Texas) Hendrickson | | #13 CB

Mbanasor has been one of the hotter names in Texas recently. The four-star CB originally committed to TCU back in January but reopened his recruitment last week amidst some bigger offers. Oklahoma and Oklahoma State are two schools he mentioned throughout his commitment to TCU as schools he was still interested, and he said he plans to make a second visit to those campuses this spring.

Arkansas is another school that has gotten on him recently, and Mbanasor is also expected to visit Texas this weekend. Mbanasor seems to want to take as many visits as he can in the next few months in order to narrow down his options, so LSU will work its way into that discussion.

He certainly fits the mold of what Coach Raymond likes in his corners, long with a lot of range and good closing speed. He plays with that confidence and swagger that LSU DBs have been known for, and he isn't afraid to play against physical receivers because of his size and strength.

Roquan Smith | Montezuma (Ga.) Macon County | | #1 MLB

Smith is one of Georgia's mostly heavily recruited defensive prospects, with offers from all the major players in the South. LSU is his most recent offer, but they join a big group of suitors. Coming off a visit to Tennessee two weekends ago, Smith named a Top 12 in no particular order — USC, Clemson, Auburn, UCLA, Georgia, Florida, Florida State, Texas A&M, Ole Miss, Tennessee, Miami and Alabama.

He plans to visit Auburn this weekend before participating in the Atlanta NFTC on Sunday. LSU will need to make up ground a build a strong enough relationship with him over the next couple months in order to get him to open up from his current top schools. But with so many options right now, it's safe to assume Smith is still pretty open to all suitors.

Looking at his tape, you can see why so many schools are after this four-star linebacker. Smith recorded 100 tackles in his junior season with six sacks, forced six turnovers (three fumbles, three interceptions) and scored a pair of defensive touchdowns. He also produced more than 700 yards receiving and another 11 touchdowns on the offensive side of the ball. Smith has that kind of athleticism to do just about anything with the size of a SEC linebacker.

Tim Settle | Manassas (Va.) Stonewall Jackson | | #15 DT

It's safe to say LSU has some competition for this five-star prospect, considering the Tigers were his 35th offer. The entire nation seemingly wants the No. 3 overall defensive tackle, and LSU will do its best to stand out from the group. The good news for the Tigers is that Settle plans to take a lot of visits before narrowing down his choices.

Settle and his close friend Ricky DeBerry, a fellow five-star and LSU target, most recently visited Ole Miss and Tennessee. Settle has also mentioned schools like Alabama, Auburn, South Carolina, Ohio State and Clemson, among others, as schools he'd like to check out next, so there's definitely an opening for the Tigers to work their way into the mix. Coach Chavis first started showing interest in Settle last spring, so there is some foundation there in the relationship that could help speed up the process.

As far as his game, Settle is an absolute monster on the inside of the defensive line. Already at 6-foot-3, 310 pounds, he has tremendous size, strength and explosion that makes it very hard for the opposing blocker to keep up. But he's not just a bruiser, Settle also has quick hands and some agility to get around guys as well, he just needs to shore up some of that technique to really take his game to the next level.

Kaden Smith | Flower Mound (Texas) Marcus | TE

Smith became LSU's first TE offer in the 2016 class when he picked one up on Wednesday. Steve Ensminger was the one to hand it out and he'll take the lead in Smith's recruitment moving forward. Michigan, Texas and Texas A&M were some of the first schools to offer Smith, and Alabama, where his sister attends, is considered an early favorite.

Smith visited Tuscaloosa twice this past fall, and he has mentioned Clemson and Stanford as schools he may check out next. Hailing from Flower Mound, a Dallas suburb, Smith only lives about six or seven hours away from Baton Rouge, so the LSU coaches will work to get him to take a quick trip this spring to see what the Tigers have to offer.

At almost 6-foot-5, 230 pounds, Smith already has ideal size for a tight end, and he's only just a sophomore. He's a natural pass catcher that reeled in almost 700 receiving yards and eight touchdowns this past season. He's an intelligent, motivated player that can also factor into the blocking game, so he certainly brings the complete package with what LSU tries to do with its tight ends.



---Four-star offensive tackle Willie Allen (New Orleans | John Curtis) said he'll visit LSU on Saturday for the scrimmage in Tiger Stadium. Allen made multiple trips to campus this past fall and also attended "Boys from the Boot" in February. He's one of the Tigers' top priorities in the 2016 class, and LSU is excited to get him on campus again.

---Keep an eye on this 2016 prospect today — LB Michael Divinity (New Orleans | John Ehret). As we reported earlier this week, Divinity will visit campus today (Thursday) with his mother, and according to our sources, he may very well be the next in-state sophomore to land an offer from LSU.

---According to a report by Nola.com, 2015 S Roney Elam named LSU as one of his leaders along with Texas and Texas A&M. The Tigers were the first program to offer Elam before he blew up, landing offers from schools like Alabama, Mississippi State and Oklahoma among others, all within the span of a couple weeks. Elam plans to visit Baton Rouge for the Spring Game on April 5.

---Per a 247 report, LSU may receive a visit from four-star OLB/DE Arden Key in the near future. The former South Carolina commit has long mentioned LSU as a school of interest since he dropped the pledge, and the Tigers have been working to get him on campus. Key hasn't said publicly if he has a date set to visit LSU, and the only visit on the docket is a trip to Georgia this weekend.


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