Shea Patterson (Calvary Baptist) dialed up Arizona coach Rich Rodriguez on Monday afternoon to inform him that he was decommitting from the Wildcats. Patterson first pledged to Arizona — the first school to offer him — last summer but has seen his stock soar in recent months. He is still considering Arizona, but he wants to explore all his options without the pressure of a commitment weighing him down.
This is all welcome news for LSU, who has made a big push on Patterson in the last couple weeks. The Tigers first offered him on July 19, and he returned a few days later for all three days of the Elite Camp, working out on both Friday and Saturday.
His brother, Sean, has also joined the LSU coaching staff as an assistant under Cam Cameron.
Patterson doesn't appear to be in a hurry to make another commitment though. With more than 18 months until his National Signing Day, Patterson still has a long way to go, but you can be sure that LSU will factor heavily into the mix moving forward.
Despite having the nation's No. 3 QB (Feleipe Franks) already committed in the Class of 2016, the Tigers have their sights set on both big-time quarterbacks with hopes of reeling in an impressive haul.
Four-star safety Roney Elam (Newton, Texas) made an unofficial visit to LSU on Monday. He'll spend the entire day getting some one-on-one time with the Tigers' coaches as he starts to wind down his recruitment.
Elam originally planned to come to Baton Rouge for the Tigers' camp, but he had to reschedule the visit. That delay may actually work in LSU's favor, as the coaches will be able to focus solely on Elam and his family as they try to reel in one of the nation's top athletes.
LSU was the first school to offer Elam earlier this year, and the Tigers have remained a steady fixture near the top of his list. He's since narrowed down his recruitment to LSU, Texas A&M and Texas, and he's expected to make a final decision soon after returning from Baton Rouge.
Stay tuned as LSU will have the latest on Elam once his visit comes to an end.
A pair of four-star prospects from the state of Florida released their lists of top schools Monday, and LSU appeared on both.
First, tight end Devonaire Clarington unveiled what he called his seven finalists. LSU made the cut along with Alabama, Tennessee, Miami, Florida, Texas and Florida State.
Clarington has not yet visited Baton Rouge, though he does hope to take an official visit in the fall. Formerly a top prospect from Champagnat Catholic in the Miami area, Clarington has since transferred to Booker T. Washington, and he's considered a lean to the Hurricanes. Most feel that the schools farther from home will have a hard time luring away from nearby Miami.
LSU also appeared on the top 10 list for four-star wide receiver George Campbell. The Tigers were joined by Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Clemson, UCLA, Ole Miss, Auburn and Maryland.
LSU does feel they have a legitimate chance with Campbell after he visited for the Bayou Picnic in late May. He regular mentions the Tigers when discussing his top options, so their inclusion on this list was not a surprise. The Tigers will have to continue impressing him though, as Campbell is still one of the more heavily recruited prospects on the board.
There's also a long way to go as Campbell plans to take his recruitment the distance, not planning a final decision until late in the cycle.