Saturday featured the camp for offensive and defensive linemen, while the specialists (kickers, punters, snappers) took center stage on Sunday. But more important than the camps were the top prospects that made their way to campus this weekend to spend time with the coaches and current players.
On Saturday, the LSU coaches extended an offer to one of the nation’s top quarterbacks. Then on the following morning, the Tigers picked up a commitment from a massive offensive tackle.
TSD will catch you with all the latest recruiting headlines from over the weekend:
WOMACK JOINS THE CLASS
Three-star OT Matt Womack didn’t plan on committing to LSU when he came to Baton Rouge with his family for a three-day visit. He was nearing a final decision though, focusing on LSU and Ole Miss, and he wanted to use this weekend to determine if the Tigers were the right team for him.
Well, the LSU coaches hit a home run with Womack, and he left town as the Tigers’ 14th commit in the 2015 class. He made the pledge Sunday morning after having breakfast with OL coach Jeff Grimes. He went back to the facility with Coach Grimes to meet with Les Miles, and that’s where he informed them of his decision.
"I want to play at a high level, and there is no better place than LSU," Womack said in an interview with TSD.
Womack added that getting to spend so much one-on-one time with the coaches and current players is what made him ready to commit this weekend. Those relationships were always going to be the most important aspect in Womack’s decision, and it proved to be what separated LSU from Ole Miss.
In terms of stature, there aren’t many bigger than Womack, who measured about 6-foot-7, 325 pounds, at LSU’s camp in June, which is where he picked up his offer. Womack projects as a right tackle on the next level, and he plans to enroll early with hopes of competing immediately for playing time. He’s the Tigers’ third offensive line commit in 2015 and the first tackle, joining guard commits Maea Teuhema and Adrian Magee.
PATTERSON GETS HIS OFFER
There are only two quarterbacks ranked higher at that position in 2016 than LSU commit Feleipe Franks, and the Tigers offered one of them this past weekend.
Calvary Baptist QB Shea Patterson made a trip down to Baton Rouge on Saturday to visit with the LSU coaching staff. The No. 2 ranked QB left with an offer, and the Tigers will do their part to reel in two of the country’s top three signal callers.
Patterson moved to Shreveport from Texas last summer, and LSU quickly took notice once he landed in their backyard — as did several other programs. Patterson emerged over the last year as one of the country’s hottest QBs, landing offers from several major programs and soaring up the recruit rankings.
He’s been committed to Arizona since June 2013, and teams will have a hard time flipping him from the Wildcats. But Patterson has taken a rational approach to the process, not ruling out any programs because anything can happen in recruiting. He also has a high amount of respect for LSU offensive coordinator Cam Cameron, who has done well to build a relationship with him over the last year.
LSU was thrilled when they landed Franks earlier this summer, but it’s always been likely that the Tigers would make a play for two quarterbacks in the 2016 class. Especially when someone of Patterson’s ability resides within the state’s borders. LSU will need to be sure though that this doesn’t rub Franks the wrong way, and considering how tight the relationship is between the two parties, the Tigers should be able to alleviate any concern he may have.
---Four-star DB Holton Hill made a visit to Baton Rouge last Thursday following visits to Florida State and Alabama. All reports on his trip have been positive, and he’s said the Tigers will be a legitimate contender moving forward in his recruitment. Texas, Texas A&M and Baylor are also early favorites.
---TE commit Hanner Shipley was on campus during the weekend for an unofficial visit. The big-bodied blocker is extremely firm in his commitment to the Tigers, and he plans to enroll early.
---LSU S target Ronnie Harrison camped at Alabama this past weekend, and he’ll be in Baton Rouge next weekend for camp. The North Carolina commit has remained open to other suitors, particularly the Tigers and Tide, and he plans to announce a final decision on July 29.
---Mississippi State had a historic day Friday on the recruiting trail. The Bulldogs picked up eight commitments on that day, including gone from top LSU target Jamal Peters. The Tigers had received a pair of visits from Peters within the last year, including one for the Bayou Picnic in May. But Peters opted to stay close to home and commit to Mississippi State.
---LSU LB target Leo Lewis decommitted from Alabama after a visit to Mississippi State. That wasn’t a major surprise, and the Bulldogs have a lot of confidence moving forward. But he too has visited LSU within the last couple months, and the Tigers will make a big push for him now that his recruitment has reopened.
---LSU DE target Austin Bryant committed to Clemson over the weekend. He was another Bayou Picnic visitor and one of the Tigers’ top prospects along the defensive line. But the Tigers will have to look elsewhere for help at defensive end.