Louisiana's loaded 2016 class

Louisiana has already produced a long list of elite talent in the Class of 2016. LSU's making sure to take advantage of that, and TSD takes a close look at every in-state prospect they've offered in the 2016 class.

LSU’s big board for the Class of 2016 has really started to take shape this summer, particularly as new names emerged through the camp circuit. The Tigers have a strong foundation of talent to pull from in the state of Louisiana, with the 2016 class looking like it could match the star power of that 2014 group.

In terms of offers, LSU has already handed out 15 offers to in-state prospects for 2016. All but one are rated four-star prospects or higher (the one that isn’t hasn’t yet been ranked).

For comparison’s sake, LSU has only offered two more in-state recruits in 2015 than they have in 2016, showing how early the Tigers want to get in on this talent.

As for those ratings, the 2016 class already has one more four-star or higher prospect than 2015. In 2014, there were 16 prospects with that kind of rating, and LSU signed nine of them as that served as the base for the nation’s No. 2 class.

Now LSU will hope for even more success in the Class of 2016, and TSD takes a look at who those elite prospects are in Louisiana, and where the Tigers stand at this early stage in their recruitments.

Shea Patterson | Calvary Baptist | | #1 QB

Patterson officially put himself on the open market earlier this week, dropping his year-long commitment to Arizona. That came less than 48 hours after he returned from a three-day stay at LSU for the Tigers’ Elite Camp. An offer from the Tigers hasn’t even been on the table two weeks, but purple and gold fans are clamoring for Patterson’s commitment. Especially when you consider that his brother, Sean, recently joined the staff as an assistant under Cam Cameron. Despite all signs pointing to the Tigers, Patterson doesn’t seem in a hurry to jump back in another class. LSU does also have Feleipe Franks firmly committed as well, a pledge the Tigers feel confident of keeping following his camp appearance. Patterson will want to explore all his options, but LSU does have a very real chance at landing the nation’s best quarterback.

Ed Alexander | St. Thomas Aquinas | | #13 DT

Alexander has been sidelined since sustaining a knee injury before the spring, so we didn’t get to see him workout at camp last week. But he was on the sidelines as he remains one of LSU’s top in-state targets in this class. Alexander has since backed off the commitment he made back in the fall, but that’s not necessarily bad news for the Tigers. He still has LSU on top, and all other schools will have a long road ahead of them if they want to eventually lure him away from Louisiana.

Kristian Fulton | Rummel | | #3 CB

Like Alexander, Fulton was also sidelined this summer from an injury he suffered in the spring. But he too made an appearance at camp to hang out with other recruits and the coaching staff. Fulton is the state’s top defensive backs and could make a strong push to be the best overall prospect by the time his cycle comes to an end. Fulton is still just dipping his toes in the recruiting pool. LSU is still the school he’s visited most, though he did check out Florida State earlier this month. He’s also mentioned Texas A&M and Alabama as schools standing out, but right now LSU is definitely where he’s most comfortable.

Devin White | North Webster | | #6 ATH

What position Will White play on the next level? He came to camp last summer as a running back, and that’s where he landed his offer. He’s still one of the top high school running backs in the state in terms of production, and he worked out with Frank Wilson at that position last week. But Scout’s Chad Simmons has gone so far as to re-rank him as a linebacker, and as he continues to grow, you can see him developing into that mold. But the sure thing is the athleticism he’d bring to either side of the ball with big-time size. LSU seems the heavy favorite at this point as he’s hinted to shutting down his recruitment really at any time.

Shyheim Carter | Kentwood | | #8 CB

Carter’s the lone recruit on this list committed elsewhere. He made his pledge to Alabama earlier this month after earning an offer from the Tide at their camp in June. LSU followed with an offer last week, but was it too late? Carter hasn’t waivered in his commitment to Alabama since landing that LSU offer. He’s said in interviews that he’s still firm to the Tide, but you can be sure the Tigers make a big push for him over the next 18 months. Will he be able to resist that appeal? That remains to be seen, but this will undoubtedly be a hotly contested battle between these two SEC powers.

Rashard Lawrence | Neville | | #6 DT

Lawrence has kept things pretty quiet in terms of his recruitment. LSU has kept close tabs on him though, as he’s mostly in the relationship building stage at this point. Bradley Dale Peveto is his lead recruiter, and the Tigers figure to be a steady presence for him. He also regularly mentions Oregon, as he also has family in the Portland area. Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Mississippi State and Ole Miss are also schools that he’s talked up, but his recruitment seems to have a long way to go.

Willie Allen | John Curtis | | #15 OT

Allen ranks as the state’s best offensive lineman and he looked the part at camp last week. He’s certainly the next in that long line of John Curtis stars that LSU will try to bring into their program. The Tigers were in on him early and many schools have since joined the mix. Alabama’s featured regularly near the top of his list, though he has no real favorites at this point. As with most John Curtis recruits, Allen doesn’t plan to make a decision until after his senior season.

Jamal Pettigrew | St. Augustine | | #7 TE

Pettigrew’s the most recent addition to this list after his standout performance at last week’s camp. LSU has kept a close eye on him throughout the spring, culminating in his spring game against Warren Easton that attracted both Frank Wilson and Adam Henry. Pettigrew is still very raw, but he has all the makings of an elite, pass-catching tight end on the next level. With an NFL pedigree, Pettigrew should emerge as the one of the nation’s best TEs by the end of his recruitment. As for that recruitment, this offer was only his fifth, and LSU likes its early chances with Florida, Louisville, Nebraska and Tulane the other schools on board right now.

Stephen Sullivan | Donaldsonville | | #11 WR

Sullivan’s the lone in-state commit LSU has reeled in thus far, and he’s quite the prospect to have. You can’t teach size and Sullivan has plenty of it. At 6-foot-6, he’s a red zone nightmare and will be a quarterback’s dream as he continues to develop the finer points of his game. He is still raw, but the excitement level is high about potentially adding him to this offense. As for his recruitment, he’s about as solid as they come, not really entertaining any other schools at the moment. He wasn’t at camp last week because he was at an AAU basketball tournament, but he’ll be on campus plenty over the next few months.

Andraez Williams | Calvary Baptist | | #12 CB

“Greedy” Williams’ recruitment really kicked off last month when LSU offered him following their June camp. He was so excited by getting that offer, that he entertained the idea of making an early commitment. He came down to earth a bit though and has since said he’ll take a bit more time and see which schools come calling for his services. Texas A&M was one that did, and they’ll be making a big push for Williams, as will several others so look for his recruitment to really pick up this fall.

Mykel Jones | Patterson | | #45 WR

Jones has had an LSU offer for more than a year, but he’s another that has mostly played his recruitment close to the vest. He hasn’t been in a hurry to make any kind of decision, and he’s taken advantage of this summer to go out-of-state to visit schools. He headed out west to check out USC and UCLA, and he also appeared at Texas a while back. LSU is still very much in the mix, and the Tigers’ recent offensive success has made them an attractive option for Jones. LSU should be a factor throughout his recruitment.

Glen Logan | Destrehan | | #24 DT

Logan earned TSD’s praise as the top defensive tackle at LSU’s camp last week. On a list of in-state DTs that also includes Ed Alexander and Rashard Lawrence, Logan is right there making this a stellar year at that position in the state. LSU hopes to capitalize in a big way, and they’ve gotten off to a good start with Logan. The coaches gave him plenty of attention during his stay, and he plans to attend multiple games in Death Valley this fall.

Clyde Leflore | Warren Easton | | #54 WR

A year after Warren Easton produces the state’s current No. 1 prospect in Tyron Johnson, the program has another big-time wide receiver in Leflore. LSU extended their offer to Leflore in early June, joining a list that’s already well into double digits. The home-state appeal of the LSU will certainly factor into his recruitment, but he’s still at the point where everyone’s getting a fair shake. Look for his recruitment to follow a similar path to Johnson, and he’ll likely take many visits before narrowing down his focus. But he’s a big priority for the offensive coaching staff, so LSU will pay him plenty of attention over the coming months.

Michael Divinity | John Ehret | | #9 OLB

Divinity’s the lone linebacker on this list, and he was a top performer during both the June and July camps. Not only did Divinity work out as a linebacker, but he also went one-on-one against wide receivers as a corner. That really displayed his athleticism as held his own against some really speedy pass catchers. He has spoke very highly of the Tigers since they offered, and they are considered a heavy favorite at this point. But he too wants to explore his options and take visits before rushing into a decision. But expect LSU to be the team to beat moving forward.

Josh Perry | Amite | Not yet ranked

Perry’s the only prospect on this list without a ranking, though he should debut favorably. Perry’s received a lot of buzz throughout this summer, and that culminated in him getting his first offer last week. The Tigers like him as a safety, and he was solid in one-on-one coverage during camp. Perry spoke very highly of getting offered by the Tigers, and it’s certainly possible he’s the next to jump on board. He and his mother plan to return to campus this weekend, and you can bet that LSU will gauge his readiness to commit.

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