Naturally when that many elite prospects are collected together, the list will feature dozens of LSU targets as well. Players report Monday with activities beginning Tuesday and lasting through Thursday, and Scout’s team of national analysts will have loads of coverage throughout the week.
The Tigers will have three 2015 commits in action this week with nine total recruits representing the state of Louisiana. There are several other prospects from out-of-state to watch as well, so here’s the list of notable LSU targets at The Opening.
OL Maea Teuhema
DB Kevin Toliver
RB Nicholas Brossette
DB Donte Jackson
WR Tyron Johnson
DB Xavier Lewis
WR Kirk Merritt
OT Jerry Tillery
WR Derrick Dillon
LB Arthur McGinnis
DB Justin Reid
Notable OOS Recruits:
DE Austin Bryant
WR John Burt
WR George Campbell
QB Torrance Gibson
TE Will Gragg
DB Kendall Sheffield
DB Darius Slayton
OT Drew Richmond
DB Tarvarus McFadden
DE Keisean Lucier-South
LB Malik Jefferson
DB Holton Hill
LSU COMMITS IN ACTION
A trio of future Tigers will be on display for the nation to show the quality of what LSU’s assembling in the 2015 class. Of those three commits, two are ranked No. 1 at their respective decision, making this week an opportunity for them to prove they’re up to that lofty ranking.
Kevin Toliver, LSU’s first 2015 commit, headlines the list as the nation’s top cornerback. He’ll have a chance to go up against some of the best wide receivers in the country, and he’ll also be on the same 7-on-7 team as top Louisiana prospects like Tyron Johnson and Donte Jackson. You can be sure that Toliver will be in their ears throughout the week encouraging them to join him at LSU.
Maea Teuhema ranks as the No. 1 offensive guard, a strong foundation for what LSU needs to be a stellar class of offensive linemen in 2015. Teuhema was part of the Tigers’ big Signing Day surprise when he and his brother, 2014 signee Sione, pledged to LSU after flipping from Texas. Now Tiger fans will get to see the spoils of that steal when Maea showcases his talent at The Opening.
Baton Rouge native Nicholas Brossette rounds out the list of LSU commits entering The Opening. He’s one of the Tigers’ two four-star RB commits, and Brossette will have a chance to compare his ability to some of the nation’s other top RBs like Jacques Patrick, Jordan Scarlett and Soso Jamabo.
LEWIS SET TO ANNOUNCE
LSU may be entering Opening week with three commits, but the Tigers are hopeful to add another before it’s all over. Four-star CB Xavier Lewis, a former LSU commit, is set to announce his new commitment during this week. He plans to have his selection televised during ESPNU with a time still to be determined.
Lewis has said he’s heading to Oregon with his decision already in mind, and all signs continue pointing toward him rejoining the Tigers’ class. He also has Texas, Arkansas and Oklahoma State as his finalists, but it would be a major surprise if LSU isn’t his selection.
Lewis was one of the Tigers’ first 2015 commits when he and Brossette committed together last fall. But he decided to reopen his recruitment in February, wanting to explore all his options without the pressure of a commitment lingering in his mind. Lewis handled the whole process with respect, and the LSU coaches continued to build a strong relationship with him that should pay off this week.
The Tigers have targeted many big-time cornerbacks in this class, and the LSU coaches would love to pair Lewis with Toliver to serve as the foundation for this group.
Xavier Lewis will announce at The Opening
THE BOOT GOES TO BEAVERTON
Nine recruits from Louisiana will represent the state at this year’s Opening. That’s one more representative than The Boot produced in that highly regarded Class of 2014. The Tigers would also certainly like to have more success with those in-state Opening representatives than they did a year ago. Out of the eight that participated, LSU only signed two (Malachi Dupre and Leonard Fournette).
We’ve already mentioned Brossette and Lewis as Louisiana representatives, and they’re joined by three of the state’s top uncommitted LSU targets in Tyron Johnson, Kirk Merritt and Donte Jackson. Evangel OT Jerry Tillery will also be in attendance. The Notre Dame commit is one of LSU’s top targets along the offensive line, and the coaches are making a strong push to flip him from the Irish.
In addition to this group, three other Louisiana prospects without LSU offers will also show out in Oregon. Pine’s Derrick Dillon, a Florida commit, Warren Easton’s Arthur McGinnis and Dutchtown’s Justin Reid will all represent their state at The Opening.
OTHER RECRUITS TO WATCH
In addition to the group of Louisiana prospects, LSU will have several out-of-state targets in attendance as well. Of the names on the list above, there are seven uncommitted out-of-state recruits that have visited LSU within the last year — DE Austin Bryant, WR George Campbell, TE Will Gragg, DB Darius Slayton, DB Kendall Sheffield, QB Torrance Gibson and WR John Burt.
LSU also hopes to get visits at some point from top Opening prospects like Tarvarus McFadden, Drew Richmond, Keisean Lucier-South and several others. Our Scout recruiting team will be talking to all of these recruits for the latest on their recruitments, including info on where LSU stands, so be on the lookout for tons of news and scoop to come throughout the week.