What We Learned: June Camp

LSU's June camp attracted dozens of top prospects to campus, and TSD recaps all the recruiting story lines from the Tigers' first camp of the summer.

LSU completed its first week of summer camps on Tuesday, wrapping up a three-day high school session after a postgrad camp on Saturday. There were dozens of top prospects on campus throughout those four days, which led to plenty of new developments in the recruiting world. TSD will recap all the major storylines from this week's camp, passing along all the pertinent notes on some of LSU's top targets. First, here's a list of the notable recruits that participated in at least one camp session:
2015:

WR Daylon Charlot
TE Jalen Harris
OT Matt Womack
OL Tyler Higby
FB David Ducre
RB Derrius Guice
ATH Lanard Fournette
RB Corey Dauphine (Texas Tech commit)
WR Terrell Chatman
S Justin Reid
WR Jalen McCleskey
WR Darius Williams
QB Justin McMillian
CB Darius Mouton
LB Maciah Long
2016:

WR Stephen Sullivan
LB Michael Divinity
CB Andraez Williams
S Eric Monroe
S Deontay Anderson
OT J.P. Urquidez
DE Shane Simmons
DE Andre Anthony
WR Tre Turner
DT Jonathan Marshall
QB Deuce Wallace

2017:

QB Lowell Narcisse

2018:

QB Michael Williams



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LSU OFFERS IN-STATE BAMA COMMIT


Probably the biggest story line from this year's June camp was LSU officially extending an offer to Alabama commit Daylon Charlot. The four-star receiver from Patterson has always said that LSU offer was one he's wanted for a long time, and he showed up for the first camp session to earn it. He didn't disappoint and was clearly one of, if not the top receiver in attendance throughout the three-day camp.

Charlot showed sure hands and an ability to get open against physical corners. His change of direction was exceptional, and he had plenty of attention from the LSU coaches watching him work out. Based on that performance, it was a no-brainer for the Tigers to offer, but how will that affect his commitment to Alabama?

Charlot said this to Scout's John Garcia last week, before the Tigers offered him:

"I made my decision and I'm going to stay committed," Charlot said. "I'm not changing my mind or anything; I'm just bettering myself which makes it better for the program."

Now LSU will certainly turn up the heat. Charlot moves near the top of LSU's board in terms of offensive playmakers along with guys like Tyron Johnson and Kirk Merritt. Charlot's been committed to Alabama since Feb. 1, and at least publicly, he remains firm in that pledge. But that in-state pressure will make things interesting when you consider that Charlot has said an offer from LSU is something he's wanted since his freshman year.

FOCUS ON TIGHT ENDS


This week's camp sessions saw two new targets emerge at the tight end position, with one set to join the team for the 2014 season.

Kilgore College TE Colin Jeter tripped down to Baton Rouge on Saturday for the Tigers' first ever JUCO/Postgrad camp. At 6-foot-6, 235 pounds, Jeter turned in a performance impressive enough to land an offer from LSU coach Les Miles. He returned home to mull the decision for two days before dialing up the Tiger coaches to make his commitment.

"I'm really excited," Jeter said in an interview with TSD. "I'm glad it finally happened. I'm looking forward to getting to practice and learning the offense…It's a good fit for me with the way they use their tight ends. It's a great opportunity to play in the best conference in the country and for one of the best teams in that conference."

Jeter, who's a full academic qualifier after one year at Kilgore, will be eligible to enroll immediately at LSU. He plans to be on campus in time for fall camp and will become the sixth scholarship TE on LSU's roster for the upcoming season.

LSU also dipped into the high school ranks to offer three-star prospect Jalen Harris. The Tigers are still searching for a pass-catching TE in the 2015 class, and before camp had only hosted one such TE with an offer — Will Gragg for the Bayou Picnic.

Harris made the trip down from Montgomery, Ala., and emerged as one of the top performers through the first two days of camp. At about 6-foot-4, Harris was a terror in passing drills, serving as a major mismatch against linebackers. Harris showed strong hands and a quick release off the line for someone his size.

TE coach Steve Ensminger spent plenty of time with Harris during his time on-campus, and signed off on the offer to him before he left. Harris now has offers from both LSU and Alabama after the Tide came through with one last week after his performance at their camp. Harris doesn't seem to be in a hurry to narrow things down, but it seems apparent that both LSU and Alabama figure to be fixtures in his recruitment moving forward.

2016 LOOKS EVEN MORE PROMISING


A lot's been made of the impressive crop of 2016 prospects in Louisiana. From Ed Alexander to Kristian Fulton to Mykel Jones, the state appears loaded once again with a class that may rival that historic group from 2014. At camp this week, several other rising juniors from not just Louisiana, but from out-of-state as well, showed what has everyone so excited about what's coming up the pipeline.

One that stole the show was Calvary Baptist DB Andraez Williams, nicknamed "Greedy." Williams showed up Monday for camp, and turned in one of the better performances of the day, landing an offer on the spot from the LSU coaches. Williams certainly seems to be trending in the right direction. Prior to that LSU offer, Wake Forest was the only school to extend him one, but now Texas A&M has joined the mix with several other schools sure to come through as well.

Williams is an extremely long, 6-foot-2, defensive back that primarily plays corner but is comfortable in the back as well. He's physical and loves to lay a big hit, plus he comes from some noteworthy bloodlines. He's cousins with current LSU CB Tre'Davious White, and Williams admitted he came very close to committing to the Tigers on Monday night. He didn't pull the trigger though, but he also said a final decision could come soon.

In addition to Williams, 2016 Louisiana prospects Michael Divinity (John Ehret) and Stephen Sullivan (Donaldsonville) were some of the top performers throughout the week. Divinity, who the Tigers offered as a linebacker, even went toe-to-toe with Sullivan and several other speedy receivers in one-on-one pass coverage, flashing the athleticism that has LSU so excited about his ability.

Sticking with that 2016 crop, LSU also hosted two of the nation's best safeites this past week, both from the state of Texas. Eric Monroe (Galena Park, Texas | North Shore) arrived Monday and stuck around until Tuesday, landing an offer from the Tigers before he left campus. Monroe was one of the more physically impressive prospects there, resembling something ordered out of the LSU catalog for defensive backs. Long and physical, Monroe should be one of the top DBs in the country for 2016, and LSU left a big impression on him this weekend.

Deontay Anderson (Manvel, Texas) made the trip to Baton Rouge late and wasn't able to participate in any of the camp workouts. But he already had an offer from the Tigers, and is one of LSU's early top targets in 2016. Anderson had the opportunity to tour campus and familiarize himself with the coaches and campus, and the Tigers expect to stay in the mix with him moving forward.

MORE TARGETS FOR THE TRENCHES


Another big focus of the weekend was in the trenches, with LSU handing out offers to three players along the offensive and defensive lines.

The first to land his offer was Matt Womack (Hernando, Miss.). The massive offensive tackle has been on LSU's radar for a while, visiting for the Spring Game in April. He returned for the Monday camp session and measured in at 6-foot-7, 330 pounds. He also ran a 5.0-second 40 yard dash, and that blend of size and mobility led LSU to offer him. He's recently picked up offers from the two big Mississippi schools as well, so it will likely be an SEC West showdown moving forward in his recruitment.

The other offensive lineman to land an offer this week was JP Urquidez. The 2016 four-star made the stop in Baton Rouge as part of a long college tour that's taking him from his previous home in Texas to his new home in Maryland. Urquidez picked up his offer from the Tigers before leaving, his 12th overall, and Urquidez said that visit was right up at the top compared to other trips he's taken recently, including Baylor, Texas and Texas Tech. His teammate Shane Simmons, a 2016 DE, also picked up an offer from the Tigers, so look for both of these prospects to receive plenty of attention from the Tigers moving forward.


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