Thursday Recruiting Tidbits

TSD has all the latest from the world of LSU recruiting in this batch of notes and tidbits.

LSU dipped into the 2017 ranks on Wednesday, extending an offer to one of the nation's most heavily recruited rising sophomores.

LB Anthony Hines (Plano, Texas | Plano East) reported an offer from the Tigers, making LSU the 45th school to officially extend one despite him having only one year experience on the high school level. It was his third of the week and one of about a dozen he's picked up within just the last couple months.

Hines committed to Mississippi State back in the fall when his offer list was considerably shorter. Though there's a long way to go, he maintains that all other schools will have to compete with the Bulldogs in his eyes, and there's no shortage of programs willing to do so.

Hines has been to Baton Rouge before. He camped at LSU last summer, but he won't be there again for the Elite Camp in a couple weeks. He will try to make a game in Tiger Stadium this fall if his schedule allows.

LSU already has Dylan Moses, the only player to receive a five-star ranking as a freshman, committed in the Class of 2017, with offers out to a handful of others like U-High DL Adrian Ealy and Florida standouts like Tedarrell Slaton, Trevon Grimes and D.J. Matthews. Now Hines can add his name to the list of promising prospects LSU will undoubtedly press over the next couple years.

And Hines has as much potential as any of them. Starting on varsity as a freshman in 2013, Hines racked up 125 tackles, 24 for loss with nine sacks and three forced fumbles.


One of LSU's top targets at offensive tackle was in Baton Rouge on Thursday, though the timing isn't exactly ideal.

Emanuel McGirt (Durham, N.C. | Hillside) said he was en route to the LSU campus after spending some time in New Orleans for a family reunion. The only problem — the coaches can't see him.

A dead period went into effect Monday, meaning the LSU coaches are prevented from having any in-person contact with prospective student athletes until July 14. So even though McGirt made the trip, he won't get the full look at what LSU has to offer.

McGirt picked up an offer from the Tigers on May 19, and he later included LSU in his top eight. But the three-star tackle committed to North Carolina on June 17, and he's since said that he's solid with that pledge.

But McGirt isn't the only prospect LSU's trying to flip from the Tar Heels. The Tigers have also heavily targeted OT William Sweet and S Ronnie Harrison, both of whom have visited Baton Rouge since April. Now the coaches just have to hope McGirt likes what he sees enough to return for another visit when the they can actually see him.

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