The Tigers have extended 13 offers in Louisiana for the Class of 2015, with almost half of those coming since the start of the new year. Of those 13, five have already committed to LSU, which leaves only a handful of uncommitted in-state recruits high on LSU's board.
The next evaluation period starts April 15, so you can expect a number of new offers to go out in Louisiana considering there are several in-state prospects on the border when it comes to getting offered by LSU. But for now, TSD is going to examine the top five uncommitted LSU targets in the state for the 2015 class.
| #8 WR
Johnson ranks as the top overall prospect in the state, and there's no question he's the No. 1 in-state target on LSU's board. The Tigers first offered him in May last year, making him the third Louisiana recruit at the time to receive a LSU offer. In the 10 months since, Johnson only continues to reinforce why LSU was so high on him early.
Johnson has taken the camp circuit by storm this spring, earning an invite to The Opening and reeling in MVP honors at almost every workout he attends. Johnson has racked up dozens of offers over the last year with schools like Texas A&M, Oklahoma, Texas, Auburn, Ole Miss, Florida and Arkansas among others squarely in the mix. Johnson is one of, if not the most heavily recruited prospect in the state this year, which means LSU has plenty of work to do to lock him up.
The Tigers are optimistic though and Johnson has made a pair of visits within the last two months. The four-star prospect was on campus for "Boys from the Boot" in February and returned last weekend for the Tigers' first full spring scrimmage. Johnson hasn't identified when he'd like to make a decision, and the Under-Armour All-American may take it late into the cycle. Most consider the Aggies the stiffest contender to LSU in his recruitment, especially with his teammate Deshawn Capers-Smith committed in their class.
But it's been three classes since LSU last missed out on the state's top prospect, and the Tigers don't intend on letting Johnson leave Louisiana.
Kirk Merritt | Destrehan | | #32 RB
There hasn't been a hotter name in the state than Merritt, who LSU offered in February during Junior Day. The Tigers targeted him as an athlete or offensive weapon that can contribute as a slot receiver, out of the backfield and in the return game. Merritt still holds the No. 1 overall Nike SPARQ score, which earned him an invite to The Opening earlier this month.
There's no question he's one of the state's top athletes in 2015, and that's what makes him such a high priority for the Tigers. But LSU certainly has plenty of competition for him. Merritt's up near the 20-offer mark with new ones coming in every week. He hasn't narrowed down his focus either, listing LSU, Texas A&M, Texas, Alabama, Ole Miss and several others as schools standing out for now.
Merritt most recently visited Texas A&M earlier this month, and he also plans to check out Texas and Alabama this spring. LSU does intend to get him on campus in the near future as well as they attempt to set themselves apart from his out-of-state suitors. But Merritt does appear wide open at this point and finding an offense that will best utilize his talent is his primary goal. His recruitment will likely be one that goes late in the cycle, so LSU has a long way to go if they want to ensure they land his signature on NSD.
Guice has been high on LSU's board for almost a year, landing an offer from the Tigers at the Spring Game last April. He was the second in-state RB LSU offered after Nicholas Brossette, and if all goes according to plan, the Tigers won't have to leave Baton Rouge to satisfy their need at that position in the 2015 class.
Most everyone considers LSU the heavy favorite to land Guice once it's all finished, and he hasn't said or done much recently to dispel that notion. He does like to mention Alabama as a serious contender after they offered last month, but it would be a tremendous surprise — at least at this point — if LSU is not where he ends up. Guice seemingly makes multiple trips a week to the nearby LSU campus, often training in the indoor facility after hours.
He's also close with a number of the current commits and considers 2017 pledge Dylan Moses his younger brother. LSU hasn't put much focus on recruiting out-of-state running backs, and a lot of that has to do with the optimism they feel with Guice. He hasn't given any indication as to when he'll shut it down, but there aren't many that argue against the Tigers in Guice's recruitment.
Xavier Lewis | East Saint John | | #27 CB
LSU was off to a solid start in his DB recruitment for 2015 when Lewis committed this past summer. Paired with No. 1 CB Kevin Toliver, the Tigers had an early tandem that rivaled any class in the nation. But Lewis reopened his recruitment in February to ensure he made the right decision.
Lewis was still receiving plenty of attention at the time, and that picked up even moreso after he dropped his LSU commitment. Texas, Texas A&M, Clemson and Notre Dame were just some of the schools to come calling in recent weeks, and Lewis intends to give them all a fair shot, That being said, he also doesn't hide the fact that LSU is still the standard bearer and other schools have to catch up to the Tigers.
Lewis most recently made a swing through the Lone Star State late last month, and he plans to take several more visits before the end of his recruitment. He hasn't given any indication when that might come, but LSU continues to fortify their strong relationship with him and have good reason to feel Lewis will find his way back in to the Tigers' class before it's all over.
Magee's recruitment hasn't taken off yet, but he is the top uncommitted in-state lineman on LSU's board. Jerry Tillery's right up there with him, but considering how difficult it will be for the Tigers to flip him from Notre Dame, Magee's the top OL on this list. LSU entered the mix for Magee at Junior Day last month, becoming his third offer with Louisiana Tech and Oklahoma State.
Magee's offer list still stands at three, but that figures to change once college coaches start stopping by his school next month. It's safe to assume that LSU leads for now, but Magee isn't focusing much on the recruiting process at this point. He wants to wait and see just how many schools come through with an offer then start narrowing it down from there.
New OL coach Jeff Grimes has big plans for the Class of 2015, and Magee's a big part of it. An agile mauler on the interior offensive line, Magee fits what Grimes wants to bring to the program, and you can expect a hard push from the Tigers once Magee's ready to start winding down the process.