The coaches did their best to impress the recruits that made their way to campus, as every year this weekend proves to be a big one in the Tigers' recruiting efforts. Though it didn't yield a new commitment this time around, the coaches did extend a handful of new offers and got to show off LSU to some of their top targets for the upcoming recruiting classes.
Some visitors began arriving as early as Thursday to get a feel for campus, with most showing up Saturday to soak in the closest thing to a gameday atmosphere as there is in the spring. After the game Saturday, the coaching staff held a crawfish boil at the football facility for all the recruits in attendance.
And those that stayed until Sunday got to spend the morning having breakfast with Coach Miles and the assistants. TSD put together a photo gallery from the sidelines Saturday, highlighting a number of the recruits that made it to campus. And here's the list of notable prospects that were in Tiger Stadium on Saturday, with more notes and reaction below:
WR Malachi Dupre
DT Travonte Valentine
RB Leonard Fournette
S Jamal Adams
LB Clifton Garrett
DT Davon Godchaux
WR Trey Quinn
K Cameron Gamble
DE Deondre Clark
WR D.J. Chark
OG Garrett Brumfield
TE Jacory Washington
OG William Clapp
CB Kendall Sheffield
DE Rasool Clemons
DB Ronnie Harrison (North Carolina commit)
OT Zach Giella
S Keivon Ramsey
OT Jerry Tillery (Notre Dame commit)
ATH Lanard Fournette
CB Xavier Lewis
OG Adrian Magee
ATH Kirk Merritt
RB Derrius Guice
RB Nicholas Brossette (commit)
CB Kevin Toliver (commit)
WR Jazz Ferguson (commit)
FB David Ducre (commit)
LS Blake Ferguson (commit)
WR Mykel Jones
CB Kristian Fulton
LB Michael Divinity
OT Willie Allen
S Korey Charles
QB Feleipe Franks
WR Stephen Sullivan (commit)
DT Ed Alexander (commit)
QB Zadock Dinkelmann (commit)
FIVE-STAR CB CHECKS OUT LSU
LSU already has the nation's No. 1 CB committed in the 2015 class, and Saturday the Tigers hosted the nation's No. 2 CB for a visit. Kendall Sheffield (Missouri City, Texas | Marshall) has been on LSU's board for quite some time, first landing an offer from the Tigers more than a year ago.
This marked his first trip to Baton Rouge where he got to spend plenty of time around Coach Miles and his lead recruiter Coach Raymond. Just about every major program in the country has come calling for Sheffield's services, but LSU has a spot near the top after his visit this weekend.
Scout's Annabel Stephan spoke with Sheffield on Sunday at the NFTC in Houston.
"The Spring Game was a great experience," Sheffield said. "We talked a lot with Coaches Miles and Raymond. The defense impressed me, especially the cornerback [Rashard Robinson]. He had good footwork…
"I like LSU a lot. They are pretty high on my board."
Sheffield has mostly played his recruitment close to the vest in terms of what he says publicly. He's mentioned schools like Oregon, Alabama, Texas, Florida and Texas A&M among many others that have stood out at one point or another, and he doesn't seem to be in a hurry to narrow anything down.
A busy track schedule this spring will also limit his opportunities to check out schools, so LSU took advantage of a big opportunity to make a mark this past weekend. The program's reputation for producing cornerbacks should go a long way, and the Tigers will hope to remain in the mix as long as possible.
TILLERY MAKES ANOTHER TRIP TO BATON ROUGE
Notre Dame commit OT Jerry Tillery (Shreveport Evangel) made his second trip to Baton Rouge in two months this past weekend. Tillery was most recently in attendance for February's "Boys from the Boot," and he returned to check out the Spring Game on Saturday.
Tillery was on his way to Houston for the NFTC, which took place Sunday, so a quick visit to LSU made for a reasonable pit stop. Tillery has been high on LSU's board for more than a year, and he's the Tigers' top in-state OT prospect despite his commitment to Notre Dame.
Scout's Greg Powers spoke to him at the Houston NFTC, and Tillery said he's very solid in his pledge to the Irish, and he's always dreamed of attending that school. He doesn't leave the impression that LSU will have a chance to sway him from that commitment, but the Tigers will continue to try.
The coaches were obviously encouraged by getting to spend some one-on-one time with him Saturday, and new OL coach Jeff Grimes will continue to build that relationship as the months progress. But considering Tillery has aspirations of being a neurosurgeon, the academic prestige of Notre Dame may be too much for LSU to entice him to stay home.
LSU OFFERS THE NEXT HONEY BADGER
2016 S Korey Charles received some high praise during his visit to LSU this weekend. Charles arrived Friday night with close friend and fellow LSU target Ronnie Harrison and stuck around until Sunday. It was during breakfast with the coaches that Coach Peveto extended him an offer and compared him to one of the greatest players in LSU history.
"We were having breakfast and he said that he really likes how I play," Charles said. "He compared me to the Honey Badger. I'm honored to be compared to him. It was really great to get offered and I'm really excited."
That offer marked Charles' third total and his second from the SEC. The Tigers join Ole Miss and North Carolina in the mix for this playmaking safety. Charles has not yet been ranked by Scout, but considering he's only a sophomore, he has plenty of time to leave his mark on the recruiting scene.
LSU will have an advantage by being in on him early, and Charles said his visit this weekend really impressed him.
"My main thing is the fans and people," Charles said. "They really love and support LSU. And the atmosphere feels pretty nice and I like that."
CAMERON FINDS A QB FOR THE 2016 CLASS
Recruiting's only just starting to heat up for the Class of 2015, but Cam Cameron had his eyes on 2016 this weekend. The LSU offensive coordinator extended an offer Saturday to Feleipe Franks (Crawfordville, Fla. | Wakulla) a four-star prospect and one of the top signal callers in the sophomore class.
Franks already has more than a dozen major offers, so the Tigers will have plenty of competition for this big-time quarterback. But LSU took advantage of a tremendous opportunity this weekend to make an impression on his recruitment.
Before Franks, LSU had only extended one QB offer in the 2016 class — four-star Avery McCall — so Franks will be a big target for the Tigers moving forward. At 6-foot-5, 195 pounds, Franks has ideal size for a quarterback and he stands strong in the pocket.
He's also got a powerful arm and can flash the appropriate amount of touch on the deep ball. He's not as much a dual-threat quarterback as some of the QBs Cameron has offered lately, but Franks has good pocket awareness and throws well on the move. It's very early in his recruitment, but LSU is certainly a contender moving forward after a successful visit this past weekend.
ANOTHER NEW OFFER FOR THE SECONDARY
The third offer of the weekend went to three-star S Keivon Ramsey (Converse, Texas | Junction). The Tigers have handed out dozens of offers to defensive backs in the 2015 class, and Ramsey is the latest addition to a long list. He made his unofficial visit to Baton Rouge this weekend, and spent a large portion of his time with Coach Peveto, whose been very active in targeting DBs since rejoining the LSU coaching staff.
LSU joined a list of about seven other offers for Ramsey, including some of the major Big XII schools like Texas, Texas Tech, Oklahoma and Baylor. Ramsey has said he's still wide open in his recruitment, and doesn't have any plans to shut down his recruitment by a specific time. The Tigers will be one of his contenders moving forward though, and the next few months should determine where things stand between the two parties.