Inside the LSU Big Boards

TSD has the complete list of LSU targets for all three major sports, including a full rundown of the top football prospects.

TSD keeps track of all the top LSU targets for the three major sports — football, basketball and baseball.

Our big boards follow all the commits for each sport and track all the new offers that go out to the coaches' top targets. Below you'll find a complete, position-by-position breakdown of the LSU football team's big board for the Class of 2015.

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QUARTERBACK


Committed: None
Top Target: Torrance Gibson
Other Notable Offers: Brandon Wimbush (Penn State commit), Tucker Israel (Clemson commit)

Torrance Gibson is LSU's top priority when it comes to targeting quarterbacks in the 2015 class, and the interest is mutual. Gibson recently released his Top 15, and the Tigers came in at No. 3 behind Tennessee and Auburn. Gibson visited Baton Rouge earlier this spring, and his respect for Cam Cameron is a big reason why the Tigers have worked themselves up his board. Gibson plans to return to LSU for at least one more visit before making a final decision, so look for a trip this summer or possibly in the fall for an official.


Derrius Guice is still a top target for LSU

RUNNING BACK/FULLBACK


Committed: Nicholas Brossette, David Ducre
Top Target: Derrius Guice
Other Notable Offers: Johnny Frasier, Jacques Patrick

LSU got off to big start locking up two of the state's best backs in Nicholas Brossette and David Ducre. Brossette ranks as the No. 11 RB in the country and the coaching staff considers Ducre the nation's top fullback prospect. Guice remains the top RB on LSU's board despite his suspension from Catholic's spring practices. The Tigers are standing by their offer to him and will continue to recruit him hard, according to a source on the LSU side. They'll be sure to continue monitoring him throughout his senior year, and the Tigers are widely considered the team to beat in his recruitment. Outside of Guice, LSU hasn't targeted many other running backs, though the staff did extend an offer last week to Johnny Frasier, a four-star prospect from North Carolina.

TIGHT END


Committed: Hanner Shipley
Top Target: See offer list
Other Notable Offers: Devonaire Clarington, Will Gragg, Hale Hentges, Jalen Wilkerson, Chris Clark, Jackson Harris

LSU already has one tight end committed for the 2015 class, but they have their sights set on one more. Shipley is more of a blocker with a body type similar to an offensive lineman, so the Tigers will be looking for a TE that can factor into the passing game. The board hasn't narrowed down yet though, and the Tigers will work to see which ones are willing to visit. Gragg, Harris and Clarington have all mentioned a desire to see what LSU has to offer in-person, so look for someone to emerge this summer.

WIDE RECEIVER


Committed: Jazz Ferguson
Top Target: Tyron Johnson
Other Notable Offers: DaMarkus Lodge, Carlos Strickland, George Campbell

Jazz Ferguson was the first WR committed to LSU's 2015 class, quickly jumping on an offer extended to him at "Boys from the Boot" in February. The Tigers would also really like to bring Tyron Johnson, the state's top prospect, into the mix as well. LSU feels confident in its chances of getting him, particularly after the success Odell Beckham and Jarvis Landry had this past season under Cam Cameron. The Tigers have also extended a number of offers out-of-state, though the three names above have floated to the top of the board. None of the three have started to narrow down their recruitment, but each one has consistently mentioned LSU near the top of their lists, and the Tigers will look to get them to campus on visits, ideally as early as May 31 for the Bayou Picnic.


Kirk Merritt's one of the state's top athletes

ATHLETE


Committed: None
Top Target: Kirk Merritt
Other Notable Offers: Lanard Fournette, Jay Bardford (Texas A&M commit)

The name to watch in the "athlete" category is Kirk Merritt, who could very well end up being the top prospect in Louisiana by the time the cycle comes to an end. LSU offered him earlier this spring, and he's emerged as a national name with impressive performances on the track and in football camps. He turned in the nation's second highest Nike SPARQ score, and has schools from all over the country coming after him. LSU will have to work to keep him in-state, and Alabama and Stanford seem to be the programs to watch as the competition for Merritt's commitment gets more heated.

OFFENSIVE TACKLE


Committed: None
Top Target: Jerry Tillery (Notre Dame commit)
Other Notable Offers: Tyler Higby, Zach Giella, Drew Richmond, Jevonte Domond, Matthew Burrell, Abdul Bello, William Sweet (North Carolina commit)

After not signing an offensive tackle in the 2014 class, that position has been a huge area of focus for new assistant Jeff Grimes. He's covered the country looking for his targets, offering about a dozen in the last few months. But the top target is in the state of Louisiana. Jerry Tillery has been committed to Notre Dame for a while, and he maintains that he's solid to the Irish. But LSU seems to have his attention as he's made a pair of trips to campus since February, with another visit possible for the Bayou Picnic. Outside of Tillery, LSU's in good shape with Tyler Higby, and Zach Giella has the Tigers as his leader, though he'll need to solidify his offer during camp this summer. From there, LSU has its eyes on a number of different tackles, and the goal will be to see who they can get on campus this summer and fall. Also look for the Tigers to add a junior college tackle in this class to step in immediately and replenish the depth at that position.

OFFENSIVE GUARD/CENTER


Committed: Maea Teuhema, Adrian Magee
Top Target: See offer list
Other Notable Offers: Conner Dyer, Luke Hiers, Javon Patterson, Richie Petitbon (Alabama commit)

LSU has already struck gold when it comes to offensive guards with Maea Teuhema, the nation's No. 1 OG, and Adrian Magee, considered one of the top linemen in the state. Outside of them, Conner Dyer did visit LSU earlier this year, but most of the Tigers' attention has been spent focusing on tackles. If LSU doesn't add another guard in this cycle, they would be content with Teuhema and Magee as the class.


Rasool Clemons visited for the LSU spring game

DEFENSIVE END


Committed: Isaiah Washington
Top Target: See offer list
Other Notable Offers: Rasool Clemons, Keisean Lucier-South, Arden Key, D'Andre Walker, Darian Roseboro, Chauncey Rivers (Georgia commit), Mekhi Brown (Alabama commit)

DL coach Brick Haley has been very active when it comes to targeting defensive ends in this class. He's offered more than a dozen to this point in the cycle, and the coming months will start to sort out which ones are legitimate prospects for the Tigers. Rasool Clemons is one that's already visited, coming to Baton Rouge for the Spring Game. Keisean Lucier-South and Arden Key each recently included LSU in their top list of schools, and the Tiger have several other DEs they'd like to get on campus soon. The list is still growing though, as just this week, LSU handed out two more offers to four-star prospects in Darian Roseboro and Chauncey Rivers. So look for that position to be an exciting one to track as the cycle winds down.

DEFENSIVE TACKLE


Committed: None
Top Target: T.D. Moton
Other Notable Offers: Tim Settle, Du'Vonta Lampkin, Daylon Mack (Texas A&M commit), Quentez Johnson, D. J. Jones

LSU's recruitment of defensive tackles is in a similar situation to the defensive ends. Once the Tigers start to get some of the many out-of-state prospects to campus, then the board will start to clear up. Looking in state though, TD Moton remains high on the board despite missing his entire junior season. The coaches will get a good look at him this spring, and assuming he performs well at camp this summer, he should remain a top target for LSU. Looking outside the state, Tim Settle recently included LSU in a group of top schools, and former Oklahoma commit Du'Vonta Lampkin has legitimate interest in the Tigers. Daylon Mack has also mentioned visiting LSU this summer or fall, but until he actually makes that trip, look for him to remain an Aggie commit.

LINEBACKER


Committed: None
Top Target: See offer list
Other Notable Offers: Malik Jefferson, Ricky DeBerry, Adonis Thomas, Jeffery Holland, Keaton Anderson, Austin Smith

There are a lot of names on LSU's board at linebacker at this point, though it will still take some work to narrow down. The Tigers haven't yet offered an in-state linebacker for the 2015 class, so most of the attention as gone out of state. Most of the names mentioned above are highly-ranked prospects that LSU hopes to be involved with moving forward, and getting them to campus for visits is the top priority. Keaton Anderson and Austin Smith are two that have already tripped to Baton Rouge, but they're a bit lower on the board than some of the other names at this point.


LSU commit Kevin Toliver is the nation's top cornerback

CORNERBACK


Committed: Kevin Toliver
Top Target: Xavier Lewis
Other Notable Offers: Kendall Sheffield, Tarvarus McFadden, Holton Hill

With the nation's top cornerback still firmly committed to LSU, the top priority for the Tigers is getting Xavier Lewis back in the mix. LSU remains high on his list despite his decommitment, and the Tigers seem like the team to beat once he decides to shut things down again, which could happen by the end of the summer. Kendall Sheffield is another five-star to watch as he visited for the Spring Game, and Tarvarus McFadden has mentioned LSU high on his list throughout the process. And with Toliver as the foundation, this class certainly has the potential to be a special one at cornerback for LSU.

SAFETY


Committed: Kevin Henry
Top Target: See offer list
Other Notable Offers: Jamal Peters, Roney Elam, Ronnie Harrison (UNC commit), Deionte Thompson (Alabama commit)

After a big class of safeties in 2014, the Tigers will be looking for another solid haul in this class. Kevin Henry will likely be a strong safety on the next level, so the coaches will have their eyes on some that can play free safety with more range in coverage. Jamal Peters visited last fall and plans to return again this summer. LSU was Roney Elam's first offer, but Texas and Texas A&M seem to be the likelier destinations for him. LSU's also paid a lot of attention to Ronnie Harrison and feel like they have a good chance at flipping him. Deionte Thompson has been committed to Alabama for a long time, but he's visited LSU twice since making that pledge, and if he decides to reopen things, the Tigers would seem to be right in the mix.

SPECIALISTS


Committed: Blake Ferguson (long snapper)

LSU landed the nation's top long snapper in Blake Ferguson, younger brother of current snapper Reid Ferguson. The coaches will have a special teams camp this summer, so if there is a need for a kicker or punter, look for a name or two to emerge this summer.

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