The LSU coaches were particularly active toward the end of this past week, handing out at least nine offers since Thursday to prospects in the classes of 2015 and 2016.
Perhaps the biggest offer of the week went out Friday evening to three-star CB Donte Jackson (New Orleans | Riverdale). He's the first in-state prospect from 2015 to pick up an LSU offer since February, and the third Louisiana DB to get one from the Tigers, joining commit Kevin Henry and Xavier Lewis on the Tigers' board. Jackson's been one of the hotter recruits this spring, landing a number of big offers from schools like Oregon, Oklahoma, Texas A&M and Georgia in recent weeks.
Now LSU is officially in the mix, and they'll look to make a big push on one of the state's top athletes. Corey Raymond was in attendance for Jackson's spring game Friday, and he liked what he saw enough to officially extend the offer. Jackson is a speedster on the outside, which he showed in the State Track Meet, winning the 4A 100m with a time of 10.42 seconds.
Afterward, Jackson told TSD that he felt the LSU offer was close and it would be a big one in his recruitment. Now that spring football is complete, Jackson plans to map out his visits for the summer, and look for LSU to get him on campus for the Bayou Picnic on May 31 and then again for camp in July.
LSU also officially added one of 2015's top recruits this week in five-star DT Daron Payne (Irondale, Ala. | Shades Valley). The nation's No. 4 DT has long been sought after by the SEC powers, and to this point it's seemed like an Alabama vs. Auburn fight for Payne. But he's not in a hurry in his recruitment, as he plans to take the process until after his senior season. That gives the Tigers an opening to sell Payne on their long lineage of elite DTs and work their way up his list.
Heading west down I-10, LSU dipped into Texas with an offer to Boise State commit Darrell Stewart (Houston, Texas | Nimitz). The three-star safety's been pledged to the Broncos since February, but he continues to reel in big offers, as schools like Michigan State and Texas Tech have recently joined his list. Stewart has the athleticism to play either side of the ball, and most schools are recruiting him as an athlete.
The Tigers handed out another offer this week to a prospect already committed elsewhere. LSU officially offered four-star RB Jaason Lewis (Virginia Beach, Va. | Ocean Lakes), who pledged to UCLA in February, is a big back (6-foot-3) with the athleticism to also factor heavily in the passing game. Lewis hasn't given much indication that he'll waver on his commitment to the Bruins, but it's possible he takes some visits before it's all said and done.
LSU also made sure to offer Lewis' teammate while they were at Ocean Lakes this week. 2016 four-star CB Levonta Taylor picked up an offer from the Tigers, which already puts him near 20 offers this early in the process. Taylor isn't the biggest corner (5-foot-10, 170 pounds), but he's a pesky defender that sticks tight on the receiver's hips. Schools like Penn State, Ohio State and NC State have received visits from him, but he hasn't given any indication to when he hopes to shut down his recruitment.
As the coaches have throughout the evaluation period, LSU spent a lot of time this week in the state of Georgia.
2016 four-star DT Shug Frazier
Buford High School is a powerhouse program that's been good to the Tigers in the past, producing Vadal Alexander and Reid Ferguson in addition to 2015 commit Blake Ferguson. LSU's also shown interest in 2015 Buford LB Austin Smith and will look to see more from him this summer.
This week the Tigers offered the next wave of Buford prospects in 2016 DT Shug Frazier and 2016 TE Isaac Nauta.
Nauta, a four-star prospect, figures to be one of the nation's top TEs in his class and has already been heavily recruited by several national powers. Bradley Dale Peveto extended him the offer while visiting his school this week, and Nauta certainly fits the versatile TE mold that LSU has targeted recently. He hasn't publicly listed any favorites, but he has had the chance to visit schools like Auburn, Georgia, Michigan and Florida State. LSU will try to get him on campus this summer, and he plans to make that trip along with several others in the coming months.
For Frazier, the LSU offer came along with a flurry of several big offers this week. In addition to the Tigers, Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee all offered this week as he figures to be heavily recruited by the SEC. LSU is already one that stands out though to this massive lineman (6-foot-3, 320 pounds), and the Tigers' program is one he's had his eye on for quite some time.
"I grew up a fan of LSU," Frazier said in an interview with Scout's Chad Simmons. "I like their defense, the tenacity they play with, and how good they always are. I have not heard anything from them until Thursday when they offered. They want me and my family to come out and visit."
LSU handed out two more offers to 2016 prospects during their sweep through Georgia this week.
Four-star QB Jawon Pass picked up an offer from the Tigers on Thursday. He's been someone they've had their eye on throughout the spring, and this week the officially joined the hunt. Pass is the third 2016 QB LSU has offered, and Feleipe Franks remains the top target at that position. But if the Tigers don't land a QB in 2015, it's possible they take two in the next class, so the coaches want to be sure they have several options there in 2016. Ohio State, Penn State and Missouri are some of the other schools to offer him recently, and he should be one of the more heavily recruited players in his class.
Lastly, the Tigers came through with an offer to four-star OT E.J. Price (Lawrenceville, Ga. | Central Gwinnett). LSU is also coming hard after his teammate, 2015 LB Adonis Thomas, who recently included LSU in his top five. Price figures to receive plenty of attention from the Tigers as well. He's only played on the offensive line for one year, so his potential is high and most feel his best football's is very much in front of him. He already has upwards of 20 offers, and LSU will likely have plenty of competition in Price's recruitment.