LSU's annual Bayou Picnic is the unofficial start to the recruiting summer. Before the camp circuit heats up, the Tiger coaches invite some of the top targets from both in-state and out-of-state for a day of fun, food and Louisiana hospitality.
This year's picnic — which will take place Saturday — has attracted some of the nation's best talent, and it will be LSU's biggest recruiting event since the Spring Game. With several five-star prospects in addition to several other top recruits descending on campus, TSD will have you covered throughout the day with all the important recruiting news.
To get you prepared, you'll find the list of prospects at the link below that have either confirmed to TSD they'll be in attendance or have told the LSU staff they plan to be there. We've also got all the pertinent notes on the headliners for this weekend's Bayou Picnic.
The biggest name on this list is certainly five-star George Campbell (Tarpon Springs, Fla. | East Lake), the No. 3 wide receiver in the country. LSU has been pressing him very hard, as have most other major programs, for the last year, first entering the mix for him last summer. The Tigers have made numerous trips to see him during past contact and evaluation periods and have made him an incredibly high priority.
This visit will go a long way in LSU's chances of staying near the top of his list moving forward. Campbell isn't anywhere near close to ending his recruitment, and his will be one that drags toward the end of the cycle. He does want to narrow his list by the end of summer, so this trip to Baton Rouge should help position the Tigers for that first cut. Cam Cameron and the success he brought for Odell Beckham and Jarvis Landry should resonate with Campbell, as he can certainly see the type of success possible in LSU's offense.
Roney Elam (Newton, Texas) is another prospect the coaches are excited to get on campus. LSU was the first school to offer him, and this will be his first trip to Baton Rouge. He originally planned to visit for the Spring Game, but was unable to make it, so this will be the Tigers' first opportunity to give him the hard sell.
He originally mentioned LSU in his top three along with Texas and Texas A&M, though the Tigers have fallen behind those two. This visit though could propel LSU back into that lead group, and that's what the coaches will try to do Saturday.
Brick Haley's efforts in the state of Georgia have him involved with a number of elite prospects in that talent-rich area. Saturday he'll have two four-stars on campus in Austin Bryant (Thomasville, Ga. | Thomas County Central) and Arden Key (Lithonia, Ga. | Hapeville Charter).
LSU offered Bryant earlier this spring, and the Tigers quickly stood out to him based on their reputation for defensive linemen. That will certainly be the primary pitch LSU makes, and the early indications are that he's very receptive to what the Tigers are offering. They'll hope that this visit sets them apart moving forward.
Key has consistently mentioned LSU since he reopened his recruitment from his South Carolina commitment. As of May 10, the Tigers were in his top five along with Oregon, Miami, Ole Miss and the Gamecocks. As with Bryant, the LSU coaches will hope this visit makes them a mainstay at the top of his list moving forward.
LSU's also excited about getting two of Mississippi's best prospects to campus in Jamal Peters (Bassfield, Miss.) and Leo Lewis (Brookhaven, Miss.). Both have visited campus before, coming to Baton Rouge for games in the fall, so this will be their second in-person look at LSU. Corey Raymond is the lead recruiter for both.
Peters, the No. 5 overall safety, recently included LSU in his top 10, along with Mississippi State, Florida State, Alabama, Ole Miss, Florida, Texas A&M, Louisville, Clemson and Southern Miss. There've been times where he's flirted with making an early decision, but it appears now that he'll wait until after his senior season. But LSU likes its early position and this visit should help continue the relationship they've been building with him for almost a year.
Lewis, No. 7 MLB, picked up his LSU offer in November, but he committed to Alabama in April. He seems to be a tough prospect to flip, but getting him on campus this weekend has the Tigers encouraged.
Four-star TE Will Gragg
Two other out-of-state prospects to keep an eye on this weekend are Will Gragg (Pine Bluff, Ark.) and William Sweet (Jacksonville, Fla. | First coast).
This will be the first of two trips Gragg has planned to Baton Rouge as he's also expecting to take an official visit during the season. The nation's No. 5 TE has made numerous trips to Arkansas, and he's also high on Texas, Florida State, Ole Miss and Alabama. He's also visited Tuscaloosa and Oxford this spring, and he plans to make a commitment in November.
LSU first entered the picture for Sweet in early April, but he actually committed to North Carolina about two weeks later. Coach Grimes has stayed on him though as he's super athletic for his size, which is the ideal fit for what LSU's looking for. The Tigers still feel they have a shot at flipping him down the line, and this visit will be the first step in that process.
As for the in-state crop, LSU's set to host all of their top uncommitted targets with Kirk Merritt, Tyron Johnson, Xavier Lewis, Donte Jackson and Derrius Guice expected to be in attendance. All five are already very familiar with campus and this visit will help to build that relationship and get that chemistry brewing.
Lewis and Guice would be the two to watch for a possible commitment. Lewis has said he wants to shut things down again by the end of summer, and Guice always seems like he's ready to pull the trigger. LSU would be thrilled to get both on board sooner rather than later.
The headliners aren't just limited to the Class of 2015 though as LSU's expecting some top targets from the rising junior crop.
Feleipe Franks (Crawfordville, Fla. | Wakulla) will make his third trip to Baton Rouge since the Spring Game in April as he was on campus in May to see the baseball team in action. An early candidate to be the South's top quarterback, Coach Cameron is extremely high on Franks' ability and are pushing hard to get him in the class. Having him on campus for the third time in such a short span is very encouraging for LSU, and things are certainly looking positive at this early stage.
The talent is rich in Louisiana for 2016 and some of the state's best will be on campus Saturday. Ed Alexander, Kristian Fulton and Glen Logan all have offers from the Tigers, and LSU likes where they stand. Despite decommitting earlier this spring, LSU is still the team to beat for Alexander as he just wanted to take a step back from recruiting while he rehabs his knee. Shyheim Carter doesn't yet have an offer from the Tigers, but he's already one of the state's best DB prospects.
It should be a very exciting weekend for LSU's recruiting efforts, so stick with TSD throughout for all the latest news, rumblings and information.
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