LSU Elite Camp: Day 1 Recap

LSU kicked off its Elite Camp on Thursday, and TSD has a complete recap of the action, including who showed up and information on the three new offers LSU handed out.

Thursday officially kicked off LSU’s biggest camp of the summer with dozens of the nation’s top prospects descending on Baton Rouge to work out for the Tiger coaches.

While the big focus of the weekend will be on Friday’s sessions, Thursday’s action saw plenty to note. While many of the big names arrived but didn’t work out, there were a handful of elite prospects between the lines, performing in various drills, testing and one-on-one competition.

LSU has already handed out three new offers through one day of camp, and we’ll provide the latest information on that. Below you’ll also find a full list of who was in attendance for Thursday’s camp, with more notes and observations on the action.


DE Isaiah Washington
CB Xavier Lewis
DB Deshawn Raymond
WR Tyron Johnson
WR Jazz Ferguson
QB Justin McMillan
FB David Ducre
RB Derrius Guice
DE/TE Jalen Bates
DB Christian Campbell
LB Arthur McGinnis
OL O’Shea Dugas
DE Arden Key
RB Nicholas Brossette
OT William Sweet
S Ronnie Harrison
CB Kevin Toliver
RB Orlando Bradford
ATH Jaason Lewis
OT Grant Burguillos
OL Tyler Moore


RB Devin White
OT Willie Allen
QB Shea Patterson
CB Malik Antoine
CB Shyheim Carter
S Josh Perry
DT Glen Logan
WR Dee Anderson
WR/DB Armunz Mathews
QB Feleipe Franks
WR Drake Davis
OG Colin Fountain


RB/LB Dylan Moses
OL/DL Adrian Ealy
QB Lowell Narcisse


QB Zaddock Dinkelmann (LSU commit)


As I referenced earlier, Friday will really be the day the talent’s on display. The one-on-one competitions both between WR/DBs and OL/DL should be lively as there’s plenty of elite talent to go around.

But Thursday saw plenty of action as well, with the Tigers handing out three new offers in the Class of 2016.

The fireworks started early in the day, as LSU handed out a pair of offers to in-state prospects Shyheim Carter (Kentwood) and Josh Perry (Amite). The two prospects arrived together and were immediately ushered up to the coaches’ offices, where LSU made its interest official.

That offer to Carter really puts a wrinkle in his recruitment, as he committed to Alabama less than two weeks ago. Not only is he one of the best prospects in the state, he’s also one of the best corners in the country, ranked No. 6 nationally at his position. On the field, he showed exactly why he’s so highly sought after. He was consistently one of the best DBs on the field, sticking tight with wide receivers and using every ounce of his elite athleticism.

His friend Perry also showed why he was worthy of an offer. At about 6-foot-2, 185 pounds, Perry has the ideal size to play just about any position on the defense. Thursday he worked primarily as a corner, though he could project to safety or outside linebacker on the next level. This LSU offer was his first, so look for the Tigers to hold the edge moving forward.

The third offer of the day also went to the Class of 2016, but this was to an out-of-state prospect. Dee Anderson’s already ranked as a four-star prospect, the No. 28 WR in the country, and he showed why Thursday. He’s a lean 6-foot-4, but he uses every inch of his wingspan to pull balls down out of the year. He’s a smooth runner with very long strides and should be a physical force as he fills out that frame. LSU was thrilled to have him come down to campus and wasted no time in offering him.

2016 four-star WR Dee Anderson

Outside of this group, the two positions with the most talent were easily the running backs and defensive backs. TSD’s Ben Love wrote an in-depth piece on the RBs on display today, a group that included LSU commits Nicholas Brossette, Derrius Guice, David Ducre and Dylan Moses plus top target Devin White.

The secondary was just as stacked, highlighted by top safety target Ronnie Harrison. The North Carolina commit has given LSU a hard look in his recruitment, and the Tigers hope they have a chance to flip him when he announces a final decision next week. Thursday he showed why LSU is recruiting him so hard. He projects as a safety on the next level, but he was a natural cover corner during drills. He’s a chiseled specimen at about 6-foot-2, and would be a versatile option for whichever school is lucky enough to land him.

In addition to Harrison, Armunz Mathews, another 2016 recruit from Florida, turned in some nice reps. He also worked as a wide receiver, and though he’s a bit undersized, he has some great athleticism. Ponchatoula ATH Christian Campbell also had a nice day. He’s committed to Georgia Tech, but he’s one of those fringe in-state prospects LSU’s taking a hard look at.

Another interesting position to watch Thursday was quarterback, where LSU had two commits working. 2015 QB Justin McMillan throws a tight spiral with that left arm. He’s a bit of a project for Cam Cameron, but he has a strong foundation that should get better with time. Speaking of time, 2018 Zaddock Dinkelmann put on a show out there. Only about to enter his freshman year of high school, Dinkelmann competed well with all the older guys and showed why he’s receiving such early hype.

There were also some solid battles in the trenches. One guy that LSU’s taking a serious look at is Kaplan’s Jalen Bates. He worked out as a defensive end Thursday, and he said he plans to work as a tight end on Friday. LSU thinks he has potential at either position, and he’s certainly one of the in-state prospects close to picking up an offer from the Tigers.

Another one of the top performers was 2017 stud Adrian Ealy (U-High). LSU offered him earlier this spring, and he showed why Thursday. He has tremendous size for being so young, measuring about 6-foot-5, 280 pounds. He’ll likely end up as an offensive tackle on the next level, and he’ll bring a tremendous amount of athleticism to that position.

Thursday was just the tip of the iceberg though, as the action should really ratchet up a notch on Friday. Guys like Xavier Lewis, Deshawn Raymond, Tyron Johnson, Willie Allen and several others will hit the field for what should be a lively day of camp. Stick with TSD throughout the day as we’ll bring you all the latest notes and information with several future Tigers on display.

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