LSU ELITE CAMP: Top Performers

TSD takes a look at the top performers by position from LSU's Elite Camp.

QB: Feleipe Franks

This was one of the tougher positions to decide as both Franks and Shea Patterson were two of the best in attendance during the two days they worked out. Franks gets the slight edge, though this will certainly be a heavily debated topic throughout the rest of the 2016 recruiting cycle. Franks has ideal size for a quarterback at 6-foot-5. His throwing motion is smooth and almost effortless as he launches 40-50 yard throws with ease. Franks wowed just about everyone that saw him this weekend, and LSU has found a stud to serve as the future of the QB position after Brandon Harris.

RB: David Ducre

Ducre has the size of a fullback but runs like a tailback. He showed this weekend why the LSU coaches are so excited about the prospects of having him in their offense. He was smooth with the ball in his hands and also excelled in passing drills. He’s a mismatch for most any defender, whether he wants to run past you or through you. This honor could have also gone to Derrius Guice, who turned in an eye-popping 4.32-second 40. But Ducre worked out all three days and got better as the camp went on.

WR: Tyron Johnson

Johnson came into this camp as the state’s best player in the 2015 class, and he only solidified that standing with his performance Friday. He was nearly unguardable, often leaving elite defenders like Xavier Lewis and Deshawn Raymond in his wake. Johnson runs exceptional routes, which is enough to shake most DBs at this level. But when he turns his speed on to another level, it’s almost unfair. His hands were also solid, so look for Johnson to remain Louisiana’s best.

TE: Jamal Pettigrew

Though there weren’t many top-level TEs in attendance for LSU’s camp, that doesn’t discount what Pettigrew did during the weekend. His performance was strong enough to earn himself an offer from the Tigers, as he’s already one of the nation’s best pass-catching tight ends in the 2016 class. With an NFL pedigree, the game is in Pettigrew’s blood. Though he’s still a bit raw, he has ideal size for the position, and he should only continue to develop into an offensive weapon as time goes on.

OT: William Sweet

Sweet was one of several out-of-state prospects LSU was thrilled to have on campus this weekend. Sweet has ideal size, measuring in at about 6-foot-7 with a lean frame that will add more good weight as time goes on. He was absolutely dominant in one-on-ones, fending off bull rushes and finesse moves off the edge. He stays balanced over his quick feet, and he reminded people of current LSU RT Jerald Hawkins with the athleticism he brought to the position.

OG/C: Tyler Higby

Higby seems to excel at LSU camps. He picked up an offer at one last summer, and he was also a top performer in June. This time around, he was again one of the top linemen in attendance, not only working as a guard/center (which is where LSU sees him fitting best), but he also performed well at tackle, his high school position. Higby matched up against some mammoth defensive linemen but held his own quite well, using his solid footwork and strong hands to fend off the pass rushers. LSU commit Adrian Magee was another guard that had a solid weekend at camp.

DE: Jalen Bates

Bates came into this camp as one of those fringe in-state prospects on the border of receiving an offer. He certainly did his part to convince the coaches he’s worth of one. While LSU wants to see a bit more, Bates was still the top defensive end during camp, using his impressive athleticism to get past tackles off the edge. Bates has great size but is still a bit raw in his technique. But his blend of size and strength will make LSU keep a watchful eye on him looking toward the fall.

DT: Glen Logan

Logan already had an offer from LSU entering the weekend, and he showed why the Tigers are so high on him this early. Logan consistently got into the backfield in one-on-ones, beating linemen with a variety of moves. He has exceptional strength and flashed some versatility, not only excelling as a tackle but also winning reps when rushing off the edge. He’s one of the state’s best defensive prospects in the 2016 class, and he solidified that at camp this weekend.

LB: Arthur McGinnis

McGinnis spent most of his camp time under the watchful eye of LSU defensive coordinator John Chavis. Like Bates, McGinnis is one of those fringe prospects that did his all to earn an offer this weekend. Though one hasn’t come yet, McGinnis flashed plenty of promise. McGinnis has great size and strength for the position, though he did struggle at times in coverage. He’s primarily a pass-rusher though for Warren Easton, so it’s understandable for him to still need to improve in that regard. But should that part of his game catch up to his physical tools, he could very well land an LSU offer before the cycle comes to an end.

CB: Xavier Lewis

This honor could’ve gone to any number of elite cornerbacks. Donte Jackson and Deshawn Raymond were equally impressive, as was 2016 prospect Shyheim Carter. But Lewis won overall as he held down just about every receiver he battled. Lewis is solid across the board, despite not having that one trait that jumps off the page. But Lewis has exceptional technique and uses his physicality to his advantage. Combined with Kevin Toliver, LSU already has quite the CB duo committed in the Class of 2015.

S: Ronnie Harrison

Harrison wasn’t just the best safety in attendance for LSU’s camp, he was also one of the best prospects regardless of position. Harrison looks like he was ordered out of a catalog for defensive backs. At about 6-foot-2, 185 pounds, Harrison was exceptional in coverage, dominating one-on-ones as if he was a corner. His athleticism is unmatched, and it’s no wonder schools like LSU and Alabama have made such a strong push for him in recent months. With him set to announce his final decision on Tuessday (he’s currently committed to North Carolina), LSU got a great opportunity this weekend to make one last sell for his services.

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