Thursday Recruiting Tidbits

LSU recruiting is really about to start heating up as the Tigers head into a big weekend. But before we get to the Spring Game, TSD wants to catch you up on some other big storylines. The Tigers are targeting some elite Texas wide receivers, and Bradley Dale Peveto's made a mark in North Florida since rejoining the coaching staff.

In advance of a very big weekend for LSU, TSD's here to catch you up on the big recruiting storylines from this week. Before the Spring Game, LSU has been hard at work handing out new offers and building relationships with the top targets on their board.

Wide receiver's an important position in the Class of 2015, and LSU's making the state of Texas a big area of focus for their pass catchers. Bradley Dale Peveto has also been hard on the recruiting trail since rejoining the LSU staff, and he's carved out a slice of the country for his attention.

Catch up on all the latest in LSU recruiting below:



LSU's looking for another big haul of wide receivers in 2015 after reeling in one of the nation's best classes in 2014. The Tigers are off to a strong start at that position with four-star Jazz Ferguson already on board, but LSU's certainly looking for more.

Though Louisiana's brimming with wide receiver talent, LSU's paid a lot of attention to their western neighbors when it comes to pass catchers. The Tigers offered their third Texan wide receiver earlier this week, and LSU seems to be in great shape already with the other two.

Five-star DaMarkus Lodge (Cedar Hill, Texas) recently named LSU his leader in an interview with 247. The nation's No. 2 WR received an offer from the Tigers shortly after National Signing Day, but has not yet made a visit down to Baton Rouge. That hasn't prevented him from being extremely high on what the Tigers have to offer though, especially after the 1,000-yard seasons of Jarvis Landry and Odell Beckham in 2013.

There's still a long way to go in his recruitment, but it says a lot about LSU's chances to have such a high standing at this early stage. The coaches will be sure to get him on campus as soon as possible to make that full pitch with hopes of widening their lead on the rest of the competition.

Another Dallas-area receiver LSU's actively recruiting is Carlos Strickland (Skyline HS). The four-star prospect also consistently mentions the Tigers as one of the schools standing out early in the process. Ranked as the No. 10 WR in the country, Strickland stands between 6-foot-4 and 6-foot-5, so he definitely fits the tall mold of pass catchers LSU is trying to bring in.

Assistant coaches Steve Ensminger and Adam Henry have been vital in recruiting these DFW prospects. Coach Henry in particular has strong relationships in that area after spending a significant amount of time there recruiting TCU signee Emanuel Porter late in the 2014 cycle. He's a big reason why LSU is high on the lists of both Lodge and Strickland, and he'll be the key to getting one or both on campus.

But Dallas isn't the only Texas city where LSU's recruiting receivers. The Tigers went down to Houston earlier this week to offer four-star prospect Kemah Siverand (Cypress-Ridge). The nation's No. 22 WR doesn't have the height that Lodge or Strickland do, but he's an absolute burner on the football field. He's a smooth runner with long strides that has no problem slipping past defenses and separating from the pack.

At this stage of his recruitment, he's only been able to check out the nearby in-state schools like Texas and Texas A&M. He's made a pair of trips to Austin in the last couple weeks, so the Longhorns are confident where they stand with him, but LSU will do its part to get him on campus and sell what they have to offer.



There were two questions that popped up when Bradley Dale Peveo rejoined the LSU coaching staff a couple months ago: What would his on-field coaching duties entail and where would he recruit? Well through the early weeks of his new LSU career, Peveto has primarily assisted Corey Raymond with the defensive backs, and he's also following Raymond on the recruiting trail.

Peveto has been tasked with mining North Florida for recruiting talent, and he's hit the ground running in recent weeks. With Raymond's strong connections in South Florida, particularly the Miami area, Peveto has stepped into the Florida panhandle to give LSU a full presence in that state.

Peveto's been the lead recruiter for three-star defensive back Ronnie Harrison, a North Carolina commit that will visit Baton Rouge this weekend for the Spring Game. He's paid plenty of attention to the Tallahassee native, and did a solid enough job to entice him to take a visit and check out Baton Rouge. Peveto also led the charge for four-star ATH D'Anfernee McGriff, another Tallahassee standout, though not much has transpired there since the Tigers offered.

Peveto also expanded his reach to the offensive line this week, extending an offer to three-star tackle William Sweet (Jacksonville, Fla. | First Coast) on Thursday.

"He said everyone talks very highly of me and that I'm a great kid," Sweet said of his discussion with Peveto. "He said I'm a talented player and he wanted to let me know they're offering me a full scholarship."

LSU would have some work to do to pull Sweet from the in-state powers, but he is open to visiting Baton Rouge and is interested in the Tigers' program. But more than that, Peveto's emergence in North Florida is a big sign LSU wants to continue panning that state for its elite talent.



TSD will release its confirmed list of Spring Game visitors Friday as we're still reaching out to prospects to learn their plans. But it's definitely shaping up to be a major day for the Tigers' recruiting efforts, and we'll have plenty of notes to pass along as the weekend draws near.

The vast majority of the 2014 signing class will be in Baton Rouge to lead the recruiting efforts, with even some out-of-state guys like Clifton Garrett, Trey Lealaimatafao and John Battle expected to make it in. LSU will also have committed prospects like Nicholas Brossette, David Ducre and Jazz Ferguson there to entice others to join them.

The Spring Game should also serve as a tremendous opportunity for the coaches to leave an impression on some out-of-state targets for the Class of 2015. Roney Elam, Jaylon Lane, and Zach Giella are some of the prospects expected, and the Tigers will look to make a big impression on them moving forward in the cycle.

So stay tuned as it should be a big weekend of recruiting, and there'll be plenty of recruiting news to come out of the next few days.


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