TSD takes a closer look at all six new offers, including their film and some insight on where the Tigers now stand in each recruitment.
CB Shyheim Carter - Kentwood
LSU wasted little time to offer Carter a scholarship once he got on campus Thursday afternoon. He arrived shortly before the activities started at 2 p.m. and was immediately summoned to Les Miles’ office, where the head coach extended him the offer Carter’s been expecting for quite some time. One of the best athletes in the state, Carter was a star on the track and transfers that speed and quickness to the football field as an elite corner.
The question becomes: Did the offer come too late? Carter committed to Alabama earlier this month. The Tide offered him after his standout camp performance in June, and he’s since said that Alabama feels like home for him. After LSU extended him the offer, Carter has reaffirmed his commitment to the Tide, though he does still plan to leave an open ear for the Tigers. With so much time left until he signs, you can be sure that LSU won’t let off the gas pedal with Carter.
With exceptional DB talent in Louisiana for the Class of 2016, LSU has big plans for that position. Carter would be an exceptional addition because of the speed he’d bring to the defense, and now that the LSU offer is officially on the table, look for things to really heat up in his recruitment.
S Josh Perry - Amite
Josh Perry wasn’t a well-known name before he arrived for LSU’s camp on Thursday. But he was to the coaches. Perry drove to Baton Rouge with his close friend Shyehim Carter, and LSU offered him shortly after they arrived. The offer took Perry by surprise, and it certainly left a big impression. It was Perry’s first scholarship offer, and the home-state school has a big advantage moving forward.
Perry plans to return to campus on Saturday, this time with his mother, and he hasn’t kept secret that he could pull the trigger and commit when he makes that trip.
“I’ve been talking it over with my mom,” Perry said. “I haven’t made a decision yet, but I could be ready by then.”
Should LSU land a commitment from Perry, they’d reel in someone they consider to be one of the state’s best safeties in the 2016 class. Perry measured 6-foot-2.5, 185 pounds at the camp, and that gives him the prototypical size for an LSU safety. He has the versatility to play either safety spot, though he prefers free safety. He was solid in one-on-one coverage during the camp, and he has all the tools to be a bit-time safety on the next level.
WR Dee Anderson - Mesquite, Texas
It only took one camp session for 2016 four-star Dee Anderson to emerge as one of the camp’s best wide receivers. Anderson worked out Thursday and landed his offer from the Tigers following the day’s one-on-one competitions. Anderson had only had one conversation with the LSU coaches prior to his visit for campus this past weekend, so he was hopeful that he’d receive an offer, but wasn’t expecting it.
Anderson’s performance left no doubt that he was deserving of one. He has a big frame that’s every inch of 6-foot-4. He’s a bit lean at 173 pounds but he should fill out as he gets older. His route running was top-notch Thursday and he had solid hands as well.
LSU was Anderson’s 10th offer, with Tennessee and UCLA marking two of the bigger ones along with the Tigers’. None of the in-state schools have shown much interest yet, which would certainly be advantageous for programs like LSU. Anderson already ranks as one of the top wide receivers in the Class of 2016, and you can expect LSU to make him a big priority moving forward.
TE Jamal Pettigrew - New Orleans (St. Augustine)
Pettigrew is one of many prospects in Louisiana already ranked as a four-star prospect in the Class of 2016. Considered one of the nation’s best tight ends, LSU made sure to extend him an offer following a solid performance during Friday’s camp session. The Tigers became the fifth school to offer him, joining SEC rival Florida and Nebraska as the bigger schools on his list.
Pettigrew has ideal size to be a pass-catching tight end on the next level. He also has it in his blood. He’s related to Detroit Lions’ tight end Brandon Pettigrew, leaving many excited about his potential moving forward. Pettigrew’s still a bit raw in terms of his hands and route running, but the foundation is definitely there for him to grow into an elite pass-catcher.
LSU had been keeping a close eye on him long before he came to camp this past weekend. The Tigers had two assistants at the St. Augustine spring game against Warren Easton, with him attracting a lot of the attention. His recruitment should only heat up from here, but look for the Tigers to be the team to beat moving forward.
DT Kendell Jones - Kileen, Texas (Shoemaker)
Jones had jaws dropping throughout his appearance at LSU’s camp. One of the most physically impressive prospects there, Jones looked like he should’ve been out doing conditioning drills with the current team instead of going through camp workouts with high schoolers. It certainly didn’t take long for the LSU coaches to take notice.
Jones had some absolutely dominant reps in the linemen one-on-ones, bull rushing opponents with ease. That caught Les Miles’ eyes, and he made sure to extend Jones an offer before he left campus.
Jones already ranks as a five-star prospect in the 2016 class, one of the nation’s best defensive tackles. He still has room to improve though in his technique and footwork. He looked a bit clumsy at times in the agility testing, and his block shedding moves were a bit limited. But his physical foundation is something that will have college coaches thrilled about the prospects of coaching him.
He lists Texas and Baylor as two schools standing out now, but look for LSU to make a big jump with him now that they’ve offered. Jones grew up in New Orleans before moving to Texas about seven years ago. He still has family in the area, and that should help make Baton Rouge a more comfortable option for him.
CB Justin Martin - Nashville, Tenn. (Northeastern Oklahoma A&M)
A junior college prospect, Martin was the lone offer LSU extended this past weekend in the Class of 2015. Not likely to qualify academically out of high school, Martin enrolled at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M this past January, earning his GED a semester early. He did that with hopes of earning his associates degree from junior college after only three semesters, which would make him eligible for NCAA football in 2015.
With him on track to do so, that’s led many schools to come calling for his services. LSU made sure to let him know their offer was on the table after he arrived for camp on Saturday. He had plenty of time to show off his ability for DB coach Corey Raymond, displaying his elite speed and footwork on a long, 6-foot-2 frame.
Also a track athlete in high school, Martin brings a lot to the cornerback position that will make him a big LSU target moving forward. Tennessee has long been considered his leader, and he also has SEC offers from Ole Miss and Florida. But he has said that LSU’s reputation for defensive backs will make them an attractive option moving forward. He plans to start narrowing things down throughout the fall and will take his official visits in December.