Everywhere you looked at the LSU football facility on Friday there was elite talent. Every position group was stacked with top-level recruits as the Tigers capped off their second day of Elite Camp.
If Thursday’s camp session — which did see three new offers go out — was the appetizer, then Friday was the entrée as LSU hosted several of its top targets from the classes of 2015, 2016 and beyond.
TSD was in attendance for both the morning and afternoon session, and we’ll provide an in-depth recap of all the action. Below is a list of all the notable recruits in attendance for Friday’s camp.
The big story of the day was at the quarterback position, where two of the nation’s best worked side by side. LSU commit Feleipe Franks and recent offer Shea Patterson, the nation’s No. 1 QB, both put on a show, displaying why LSU is so high on both prospects. It was hard to pick a winner between the two, though most agreed that Franks had the better day.
Both have strong arms, though Franks displayed quite the cannon Friday. He even had one of his passes register 57 mph on the radar gun. Neither Franks nor Patterson hit on 100 percent of their passes, though each had plenty of pretty throws on the day. Franks seemed to just be a tad more accurate and in tune with the receivers. Patterson did have the edge in terms of speed, as his 40 time of 4.63 bested Franks’ of 4.83.
But LSU couldn’t go wrong with either elite quarterback, and it’s an exciting proposition for the Tigers to go after both.
The big question is how Franks has reacted to LSU pursuing another quarterback in his class. LSU doesn’t have much concern though, as Franks and his family have reassured them he’s 100 percent firm in his commitment. While it will be something to keep an eye on moving forward, Franks’ visit for camp has left LSU confident that he has every intention of sticking with the Tigers.
Another big story of the day was Jamal Pettigrew, a four-star TE from St. Augustine. A relative of Detroit Lions’ tight end Brandon Pettigrew, Jamal turned heads Friday and earned himself an offer from LSU. The Tigers have kept a close eye on him throughout the spring and summer and saw enough Friday for them to enter the mix. Pettigrew has a ton of upside and will become a more natural pass catcher as he continues to develop. Look for him to be one of the top pass-catching tight ends in the 2016 class.
The one-on-one competition was fierce throughout the facility, both with the linemen and in the passing game.
In the trenches, LSU had several notable targets on-hand across the offensive and defensive lines. Offensively, William Sweet, a four-star North Carolina commit, stole the show in the morning session. He moves extremely well on his big frame that still has room to fill out. Adrian Magee was also dominant as there aren’t many that can match his size. Tyler Higby, who earned his offer last summer, also turned in a solid day working at all three positions across the offensive line.
Defensively, Jalen Bates turned in one of the day’s better performances. He’s been strong throughout both days of camp, and as one of those fringe in-state prospects, he’s made a strong case for an offer. 2016 DT Glen Logan, who already has an LSU offer, showed versatility rushing not only from the tackle spot but also from the edge. 2016 Kendell Jones (Killeen, Texas) is a physical freak that had everybody marveling at his size. His game and athleticism need to catch up some, but he’s one of the more physically intimidating prospects there. Also remember this name for the class of 2017 — Tyler Shelvin. The Northside standout has tremendous potential and was going toe to toe with many of the older linemen.
Four-star CB Donte Jackson
The competition was just as fierce in the passing one-on-ones with insane talent both in the secondary and at wide receiver.
At the safety position, LSU got the chance to host two of their top out-of-state targets. Ronnie Harrison was on-hand for the second day and continued to solidify his standing as one of the camp’s top performers. Jamal Peters also made the trip in a week after committing to Mississippi State. LSU certainly remains optimistic they have a real chance with him as he still seems open to the Tigers.
At corner, three of the state’s best were almost impossible to beat. LSU commit Xavier Lewis plus top targets Deshawn Raymond and Donte Jackson lost few, if any, of their reps. Raymond has tremendous size to either be a corner or a safety on the next level, and Jackson’s speed is unmatched. If LSU can bring in both defensive backs to join what they’ve already assembled, it could be one of the nation’s best.
The wide receivers were no joke either. Tyron Johnson headlined the group as he left little doubt that he’s the best player in the state. His routes were pristine and he left several defenders in his dust as he took that speed to another level. He was joined by some very promising young receivers as well. Bastrop’s Isaiah Graham received lots of attention from Adam Henry as he dominated the morning session. Drake Davis, who hopes to return to Louisiana for his senior season, was one of the top athletes at the camp, as there aren’t many that can move like him with that size.
For even more notes and observations from Day 2 of LSU’s Elite Camp, click the link below to access the live thread from Friday’s session. The camp concludes tomorrow, and TSD will be there to wrap up coverage.
LSU ELITE CAMP: Day 2 Recap
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