The Tigers have handed at least five new offers this week, with several more stops being made to check on top targets and scout new prospects. The coaches have been all over the country, hitting states like Texas, Georgia, Tennessee and Alabama this week.
TSD has all the recruiting notes from the trail to get you caught up on everything that's happening during the evaluation period.
One of the first new offers of the week went out Monday to four-star OLB Adonis Thomas (Lawrenceville, Ga. | Central Gwinnett). After spending most of last week in Tennessee, LSU defensive coordinator John Chavis made a sweep through Georgia and stopped by Thomas' school to extend the offer. Thomas' list already has about two-dozen schools on it, but the Tigers will hope their defensive reputation can get them in the mix.
Florida, Georgia and Alabama have been the three schools mentioned most consistently at the top of Thomas' recruitment, and he's visited each of those schools this spring. In an interview with Scout's Bob Redman, Thomas' coach also mentioned Notre Dame and LSU as contenders, and Thomas plans to have a final decision by August.
Speaking of five-star defensive tackles, LSU also checked in on Texas A&M commit Daylon Mack, who ranks behind Thompson as the No. 2 DT in the country. The Tigers were very involved in Mack's recruitment before he committed to the Aggies in the fall. Mack was planning to visit Baton Rouge for the Tigers' game against Towson, but a late change of plans prevented him from making the trip, and he committed to A&M shortly after.
Mack appears solid to the Aggies, though he has visited Auburn since making that pledge. He seems interested in making a visit to Baton Rouge to at least give the campus a look, and LSU will certainly do what it can to court the Aggies' biggest commit.
Mack isn't the only Texas A&M commit LSU has reached out to this week. The Tigers extended an offer to four-star RB Jay Bradford (Splendora, Texas), and LSU will recruit him as an athlete. He seems very solid to the Aggies though, and after they lost RB commit Rodney Anderson earlier this month, they'll make holding on to Bradford a big priority.
Staying in Texas, the LSU coaches also extended an offer to 2016 WR Reggie Hemphill (Manvel, Texas). Over the weekend, LSU offered his teammate, 2016 S Deontay Anderson, so the Tigers now have both of these talented sophomores on their board. Hemphill originally committed to Texas last summer, becoming the Longhorns' first commit for the 2016 class. But the new coaching staff wanted to take its time evaluating him, so he backed off that pledge.
Since then, Texas A&M has been a big factor in his recruitment, as he builds a new relationship with Charlie Strong & Co. Hemphill isn't in a hurry in his recruitment though, so the Tigers will have time to work on both him and Anderson moving forward.
The other new offer of the week went out Tuesday to three-star OL Zach Robertson (Bellflower, Calif. | St. John Bosco). He ranks as the No. 24 OG in the country with offers from most of the major players out West. He's considered a heavy lean to UCLA, and most would be surprised if that's not where he ends up.
But LSU will kick the tires, and it's always a good idea to make your presence known at Bosco, which is one of the top programs in California. Also coming up at that school is 2016 four-star WR D.J. Morgan with a number of other possible Scout 300 prospects coming through the pipeline, so look for LSU to continue working connections there moving forward.
The LSU coaches have also used the evaluation period to check on some prospects they'd consider offering down the line. One of which was 2016 TE Gabe Angel (Cookeville, Tenn.), who Coach Chavis saw in person last week. Angel doesn't yet have an offer from the Tigers, but Coach Chavis told him he'll be keeping a close eye on him moving forward. Angel has offers from Tennessee, Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Kentucky.
The newest LSU assistant was spotted in his native Southeast Texas on Tuesday as Coach Peveto checked in on a practice at Crosby High School, which is about 30 miles northwest of Houston. Peveto came to see 2016 OG Keenan Murphy, a 6-foot-2.5, 285-pound prospect. Oklahoma, SMU, BYU and Houston are some of the other schools to check him out lately, and LSU will look to get another good look at him this summer at camp. 2016 DB Joseph Pickney also caught Coach Peveto's eye, so keep an eye on those prospects for the 2016 class.
Moving to the state of Louisiana, the coaches have been hard at work pining the home-state talent. Frank Wilson visited Riverside High School earlier this week to check on 2015 DE/OLB Joe Anderson. He's a three-star prospect, and could be a candidate for an LSU offer with a strong spring and camp performance this summer. Riverside QB Deuce Wallace is also on LSU's radar as he's one of several talented signal callers in Louisiana for the 2016 class.
LSU also stopped by Kaplan High School to check out DE Jalen Bates, who's been a hot name lately. Ole Miss, Michigan and TCU are some of the schools to offer him recently, but LSU is also interested in him as a tight end. The Tigers will look to see what he can do this summer at camp on both sides of the ball.