TSD has all the latest in this notebook, as LSU's currently hosting one of the nation's best sophomores for a three-day visit. The Tigers added another top 2015 target to its visitor list for the Spring Game, and LSU offered a fast-rising DB earlier this week.
We also catch up with four-star OG commit Maea Teuhema, so be sure to check it out for all the latest in the world of LSU recruiting.
FIVE-STAR SOPHOMORE ON CAMPUS
LSU's currently hosting one of the nation's best sophomores for a three-day visit this weekend. Five-star OLB Keion Joyner (Havelock, N.C.) arrived on campus Thursday along with his coach, who's in attendance for the LSU coaches' clinic. Joyner will stay until Saturday, giving him a tremendous opportunity to see what LSU has to offer.
But Joyner didn't just join his coach for a trip down south. He also has family in Abbeville, a town south of Lafayette about 90 minutes from Baton Rouge. He actually grew up in Louisiana before moving to North Carolina in middle school. So with those kinds of connections to the state, Joyner plans to give LSU a hard look in his recruitment, and he has mentioned the Tigers as one of his top choices this early in the process.
LSU made a point to go out and see him during the most recent contact periods after offering him in the fall. Joyner was one of the first out-of-state prospects on LSU's board for the Class of 2016, and he's certainly one of their top targets moving forward.
Joyner's already a physical specimen though he's only just touched on his development and maturation. At about 6-foot-3, 215 pounds, Joyner runs a 40-yard dash in the 4.5-second range and can also squat 400 pounds. Starting as a sophomore, he racked up 108 tackles, including 19 for a loss and 7.5 sacks. He also had two interceptions, seven pass breakups, forced seven fumbles and blocked a field goal.
Getting Joyner, who also picked up an Alabama offer this week, is a huge sign for the Tigers as they'll certainly try to sell him on returning home to Louisiana. It's far too early to make any calls on where he'll end up, but LSU has a lot working in its favor, and this weekend will go a long way in determining the Tigers' chances.
UNC COMMIT TO VISIT FOR SPRING GAME
LSU's Spring Game on April 5 is already shaping up to be a massive recruiting event for the Tigers. You can add another top target to the visitor list as three-star DB Ronnie Harrison (Tallahassee, Fla. | Florida State University School) said this week he'll trip to Baton Rouge next weekend.
"I want to see the campus, the coaches, facilities, just the whole atmosphere of the school," Harrison said. "I want to see what the players are like and find out if I could fit in there."
The Tigers first offered Harrison on Feb. 28 and Bradley Dale Peveto is leading the way in his recruitment. Harrison said LSU likes him as either a safety or a cornerback, and at 6-foot-2, 200 pounds, he has the size and range to play either.
Harrison committed to North Carolina this past July, becoming the Tar Heels' first pledge in the 2015 class. But he's done anything but shut down his recruitment since. He does say that other schools will have to surpass UNC for his commitment, but he's giving those other programs the opportunity.
Harrison visited Florida last month and Georgia earlier this week. He will also check out nearby Florida State this weekend. Then comes the trip to Baton Rouge on April 5 before a visit to Chapel Hill the following weekend. There is an opening though in his recruitment, and LSU will gauge their chances once they get him on campus in eight days.
TEUHEMA CONTINUES TO IMPROVE
Maea Teuhema and his brother, Sione, served as the big surprise before National Signing Day 2014. The longtime Texas commits flipped their pledges after a late visit, serving as two major pickups for the Tigers. Sione's already signed his NLI as a member of the 2014 class, and he'll arrive on campus in just a couple months.
Maea, the nation's No. 2 OG for the 2015 class, still has a long way to go, but LSU won't have anything to worry about. Scout's Jason Higdon caught up with Maea this week for an update. Though Maea always intended on following his brother to college, he said there was plenty LSU had to offer that made it the logical choice for both brothers.
"The most important things I looked at are the education system," Maea said. "And what the graduation rate is because at the end of the day the only thing that can help you is the degree you have worked for."
Maea's a massive offensive line prospect that will likely project as a guard on the next level. LSU will have plenty of holes to fill along the offensive line by the time he gets to campus, and he said he continues to work to be ready for that challenge.
"I just keep playing until the echo of the whistle," Maea said. "I get lazy at times, but I've been really working on my conditioning this offseason."
LSU OFFERS HOT EAST TEXAS CB
It's been a busy month for CB Jaylon Lane (Nacogdoches, Texas). It started when he made a commitment to Ole Miss on March 9, but that pledge wouldn't even last two weeks. With attention coming from all across the country, Lane decided it would be best to step back from his recruitment and take more time with his decision.
Since then, Lane has added more than a dozen offers, with four coming this past Wednesday alone. LSU joined the party Thursday, extending this fast-rising prospect an offer. Lane's not yet ranked by Scout, but at 6-foot-2, 170 pounds, he has that length that Corey Raymond loves in his DBs.
Lane most recently visited Texas this past weekend, and he's expected to be on Texas A&M's campus this weekend. LSU will try to lock up a visit from him, and distance should play in the Tigers' favor. Lane lives only about four hours from Baton Rouge, which isn't much further than those two Texas schools.
LSU also recently offered his teammate 2016 S Brandon Jones, so the Tigers will try to work both relationships for a visit in the near future. LSU has targeted a number of different DBs in Lane's mold — long, lean and fast. It's early and there's loads of competitions, but he is a name to keep an eye on moving forward as LSU's poised for a big DB haul in 2015.