Today, TSD will take a closer look at those two new offers and also highlight some Louisiana prospects in the 2016 class that will make this a very special in-state group. The Tigers already have a pair committed for 2016, and if these two recent offers are any indication, LSU should look forward to a big haul down the line.
S Brandon Jones | Nacogdoches (Texas) | 6-foot, 190 pounds
LSU became the eighth offer for this East Texas standout, joining schools like Ole Miss, Texas A&M and Florida State among others on his list. This big-hitting safety has been on varsity since his freshman year and really emerged during the 2013 season. He finished with 95 tackles, five interceptions and also returned a pair of punts for touchdowns.
Jones has speed in the 4.4-second range and is a fluid runner with long strides. He has tremendous closing speed and hits with authority when he makes contact on the ball carrier. He's got a knack for the ball and plays with that swagger and confidence LSU DBs are known for.
Jones is just the second 2016 offer LSU has extended in the state of Texas (TE Kaden Smith became the first earlier this week) and the Tigers will try to strike big in a region that's been good to them in the past.
LB Michael Divinity | Marrero (La.) John Ehret | 6-foot-3, 200 pounds
The big news of the day came when Divinity landed his offer late Thursday night. We'd been hinting all week that he could become the next in-state sophomore to land an offer, and that proved to be the case. Divinity visited campus with his mother, and the coaches made sure he didn't leave without knowing he's a big priority for the Tigers.
According to those close to him, the visit was a home run before he even landed the offer, which was just the icing on the cake. Divinity strongly considered pulling the trigger and committing to the home-state school, but decided to wait a little longer to make sure he's 100 percent sure in his decision. But that's an encouraging sign for LSU and those positive feelings should only get stronger as the coaches start to build that relationship with him.
On the field, Divinity's an extremely promising prospect at outside linebacker. He's quick rushing off the edge and has a knack for wrapping up the ball carrier, though he has some room to shore up his technique which will come with time. He has a smooth backpedal and adjusts his body well when defending the pass. He's already got great instincts with ideal size, and his best football should still be in front of him.
Divinity is just one example of what should be an extremely talented in-state group in the Class of 2016. Divinity became the seventh Louisiana sophomore to receive an offer from the Tigers, compared to 13 in the Class of 2015, which is a full year deeper into the process.
LSU's already off to a fast start in 2016, with commitments from five-star DT Ed Alexander (St. Thomas Aquinas) and four-star WR Stephen Sullivan (Donaldsonville). Neither prospect waited very long to accept those offers either, with Sullivan committing on the spot and Alexander making his pledge only a few days afterward. That's a promising sign for the Tigers as that home-state feel is having a big impression on the 2016 class.
Looking at some of LSU's top targets for 2016, four-star OT Willie Allen (John Curtis) will be on campus this weekend. He's made multiple trips to campus since the fall, and was most recently in Baton Rouge for "Boys from the Boot" in February. He's a mammoth of a left tackle and should be one of the nation's top linemen when it's all said and done.
The Tigers have visions of seeing Allen block for four-star RB Devin White (North Webster), who LSU offered last summer during camp. White is a big-bodied back that also runs well, and the Tigers feel they're in a great position at this early stage. Allen and White have even talked about picking the same school, which should obviously have LSU fans giddy for the future.
As for the other two in-state offers, four-star WR Mykel Jones (Patterson) and CB Kristian Fulton (Rummel) have been high on LSU throughout their recruitment. Though there's a long way to go, the Tigers have a lot to look forward to in 2016 with such a talented crop of players within their own borders.