LSU will take full advantage of that, with the Tigers set to host several big-time prospects before the end of July. Especially with LSU’s Elite Camp starting on July 24, these next couple weeks will see some of the Tigers’ top targets coming to campus before school starts again.
TSD takes a look at five big names from out-of-state that have recently confirmed they’ll be in Baton Rouge before the end of the month.
Kendall Sheffield | Missouri City, Texas | | #2 CB | #9 Overall
Fresh off his stay at The Opening, five-star CB Kendall Sheffield is set to take an SEC tour of sorts. Sheffield’s father informed Scout’s Ahmard Vital over the weekend that he plans to visit LSU on July 17-18 following a trip to Alabama on July 14-16. This will be Sheffield’s second trip to Baton Rouge within a three-month period, as he last made the visit for the Spring Game in April.
Sheffield left that visit with the Tigers high on his list, though he plays his recruitment close to the vest and has never officially named any leaders. He won’t make his decision until the Under-Armour game in January, so there’s still plenty of time left in his recruitment. But this stretch of visits has both LSU and Alabama optimistic they can leave a solid impression on him to stay in the lead group moving forward.
Texas, Texas A&M and Florida State are all heavily involved in his recruitment as well, so LSU has plenty of competition. But with two visits coming in such a relatively short timeframe, LSU has reason to believe they’re a real challenger for one of the top recruits in the country.
Roney Elam | Newton, Texas | | #20 S | #260 Overall
Another one of LSU’s top DB targets will make a return trip to Baton Rouge this month. Roney Elam was last on LSU’s campus in May for the Bayou Picnic and he’s set to return for camp in less than two weeks. This could be the visit that ultimately seals his commitment with Elam hinting that he plans to make his final decision upon returning from Baton Rouge.
Elam’s most recent top three included LSU with Texas A&M and Texas, though the Aggies are considered the more legitimate contender to the Tigers in this recruitment. LSU will undoubtedly roll out the red carpet for Elam when he makes a visit with hopes that a home run sets the scene for a commitment. Elam spoke highly of his trip in May, and LSU will try to replicate that the second time around. If they do, look for the Tigers to have a real shot to land one of the top safeties on their board.
Matt Womack | Senatobia, Miss. | | #37 OT
Matt Womack is another top target whose decision should be coming soon. The Mississippi native plans to be back in Baton Rouge from July 18-20 after camping in June, where he picked up his offer from the Tigers. Since then, he’s narrowed his focus to four schools — LSU, Ole Miss, Mississippi State and South Carolina — and he expects to make his commitment before the end of the month.
Womack also plans to visit South Carolina on July 25 and has said he should know following that trip where he wants to commit. Most consider the Rebels to be the favorite in Womack’s recruitment, but LSU feels it has a very real chance of reeling in this massive tackle prospect based on his last trip to Baton Rouge.
Womack was one of the top performers at LSU’s June camp, leaving a big impression on the Tigers’ coaches. They made sure to let Womack know he’s one of the top targets moving forward, and that’s playing well for the Tigers’ in Womack’s mind. If his next trip to Baton Rouge goes that well, the Tigers could stand to add a commitment at one of their biggest positions of need.
Ronnie Harrison | Tallahassee, Fla. | | #19 S | #248 Overall
Ronnie Harrison remains committed to North Carolina, but he’s still giving LSU a hard look and will return to Baton Rouge later this month for camp. He was last on campus for the Spring Game and has remained one of the Tigers’ top targets in the secondary. But LSU isn’t the only school to ramp up the pressure. Alabama has recently emerged as a big player for Harrison, and he’ll visit Tuscaloosa the week before he does Baton Rouge.
The Crimson Tide offered Harrison after his performance at their camp last month, and now both Alabama and LSU are working hard to flip him from the Tar Heels. Harrison hasn’t ruled out that possibility, and we should get a decent gauge at their chances over the next couple weeks. Harrison’s visit to LSU in April put the Tigers heavily in the mix, and now they’ll hope to solidify that standing following his next trip to campus.
Du’Vonta Lampkin | Houston, Texas | #25 DT | #294 Overall
This four-star defensive tackle plans to make his first visit to LSU later this month. Since decommitting from Oklahoma earlier this year, the Tigers have made a strong push on Du’Vonta Lampkin, and he’s been receptive. In June, he listed LSU in his top five along with Texas, Oklahoma, Arizona State and Missouri. He does maintain that the Longhorns are his leader, and it appears all other schools will have to beat Texas to land his commitment.
But LSU will have its chance to leave an impression on him when he makes the quick trip from Houston. If all goes well, look for the Tigers to remain in the mix with the next expectation for him being to visit officially in the fall.