A dead period will start June 30, meaning colleges are unable to host prospects for on-campus visits until July 13. But before that goes into effect, there were some notable story lines that emerged Tuesday for LSU recruiting.
TSD will keep you up to date on all the latest in this batch of recruiting tidbits:
STATE COMMIT STILL LIKES LSU
Three-star CB Maurice Smitherman (Adamsville, Ala. | Minor) has only been committed to Mississippi State for three months, and other schools certainly haven't backed down. Smitherman (pictured above) pledged to the Bulldogs on June 5, choosing the Cowbells from a list of offers that included almost 50 programs.
But on Tuesday he took to Twitter to announce that another SEC school has been pressing hard for his services.
LSU's been in the picture with Smitherman for quite some time, offering him in October of last year. Though at the time Smitherman said he was receptive of the offer, things never really progressed between the two sides. Smitherman didn't visit Baton Rouge, and LSU didn't appear on any of his top school lists prior to his commitment.
Im solid to Mississippi State but LSU is my 2nd choice. They are coming at me hard— Smitherman_Island (@Rise_then_Shine) June 25, 2014
Clemson and Florida State were two schools he mentioned often before ultimately pledging to Mississippi State. But now it appears LSU is turning up the heat and they have Smitherman's attention.
Smitherman only measures 5-foot-9, something that's likely contributed to him being ranked as just the No. 65 CB in the country. But that hasn't scared LSU away, and the Tigers will work to get Smitherman on campus this summer or possibly in the fall on an official. If that visit happens, then you can consider the Tigers a legitimate threat to flip Smitherman, but in the meantime, the Tigers do seem interested in staying in the chase.
LSU always has its sights set on adding elite corner backs. Last week, TSD took an in-depth look at the Tigers' top targets at CB for both the classes of 2015 and 2016. Xavier Lewis could very well be an LSU commit after he announces his decision next month at The Opening. The Tigers are also heavily in the mix for guys like Donte Jackson, Kendall Sheffield and Tarvarus McFadden. Now Smitherman appears to be a name to watch closely as the cycle progresses.
FOUR-STAR OT SET TO CAMP
Four-star OT Willie Allen (John Curtis) confirmed Tuesday his plans to camp at LSU next month.
Allen has been one of the Tigers' top in-state prospects for the Class of 2016, receiving an offer in February. He's made multiple trips to campus since and has a close relationship to other top Louisiana recruits like Devin White.
But another SEC rival has gotten Allen's attention lately. The nation's No. 7 OT made his first trip to Tuscaloosa earlier this month for Alabama's camp. He spent plenty of time with area recruiter Burton Burns and head coach Nick Saban, and following the visit, he named the Crimson Tide his leader.
After signing Louisiana's top lineman in 2014 (Cameron Robinson), the Tide would love to steal another away in 2016, but there's still a long way to go. Historically, John Curtis prospects wait until after their senior season to decide, so there are many turns left to take in Allen's recruitment.
Still, the Tigers will be encouraged about getting him on campus again so soon after that successful trip to Alabama.
TIGERS OFFER SOUTH FLORIDA DUO
LSU handed out a pair of new offers Tuesday to high school teammates from South Florida. The Coconut Creek HS duo of CB Trayvon Mullen and WR Binjimen Victor were on the receiving end of that scholarship offer from the Tigers.
The last 24 hours have been huge for Mullen, a three-star prospect. Not only did he receive an offer from LSU on Tuesday, but he also picked one up from Alabama. He also added invitations to both the Under-Armour and U.S. Army All-American games. This all comes after his 7-on-7 team — the Florida Fire — won the IMG Championship over the weekend.
Mullen's a long, lean corner with blazing speed —he's recorded a sub 4.4-second 40 time. Mullen transferred to Coconut Creek this past spring, and LSU's no stranger to pulling DBs out of South Florida. Look for Corey Raymond to make a hard push to get Mullen on campus for camp in July.
Victor ranks as a four-star prospect, the No. 52 WR in his class and the No. 258 recruit overall. He blew up this spring, going from no offers to more than 20 in just a few month's time. LSU adds its name to a long list of suitors that includes most of the major programs in the region and throughout the country.
Neither Mullen nor Victor have publicly narrowed down a list of favorites, so look for the Tigers to continue jostling for position at this early stage. Here's a look at Victor's sophomore highlights:
FOUR-STAR SETS DECISION DATE
Four-star ATH Jaason Lewis (Virginia Beach, Va. | Ocean Lakes) announced Tuesday he will make his commitment on Oct. 30.
Lewis picked up an offer from the Tigers last month, and he's consistently mentioned LSU near the top of his list since. He was once committed to UCLA, but the feeling is that he's destined for the SEC. Lewis is rated as the No. 30 RB in the country, though he could fit at a number of different positions, and LSU's recruiting him as an athlete.
Lewis said in an interview with Scout's Michael Clark that he plans to visit LSU this summer — which would be his first trip to Baton Rouge — but he doesn't yet have a date planned. He also said the Tigers are in the running to receive one of his five official visits, along with Arizona State, Florida, Miami and Oregon.
LSU's no stranger to Lewis' high school either. The Tigers have offered two other prospects from Ocean Lakes, including 2015 LB Jahvoni Simmons and 2016 CB Levonta Taylor. Earlier this month, Taylor named LSU as one of his early leaders.