Below we’ll break down the offensive positions and the Tigers’ top targets at each one. You can check out the entire LSU Big Board by clicking the link below:
Committed: Justin McMillan
LSU satisfied its quarterback desires this summer with under-the-radar prospect Justin McMillan. The three-star passer arrived at the Tigers’ camp in June with little expectation of receiving an offer, but Cam Cameron dialed him up a few days later and extended one to him. McMillan committed on the spot, and he’ll serve as somewhat of a project for Cameron. McMillan was at all three days of camp in July, and he’s 100 percent solid in his pledge. With LSU aiming to sign two of the nation’s best QBs in 2016, the Tigers are finished recruiting this position for 2015.
Committed: Derrius Guice, Nicholas Brossette, David Ducre
Top Targets: Jaason Lewis
LSU hasn’t had to go far to reel in one of the nation’s best classes of running backs. The Tigers had two four-star backs right in their backyard (Guice, Brossette) each ranked in the Top 18 nationally at their position. Add in Ducre, who’s ranked as a three-star RB but will likely be a fullback on the next level, and that’s three big-time additions to Frank Wilson’s backfield.
LSU does still have to sweat a bit when it comes to Brossette. Texas continues to recruit him very heavily, and he’s said that he could take an official visit to Austin. Though it’s more likely that Brossette stays home, that push from the Longhorns is definitely worth watching.
For the most part, LSU has finished recruiting that position, though the Tigers are still going after some athletes like Jaason Lewis (pictured above). He’s ranked as a running back and would play a number of positions on the next level. He took a long visit to Baton Rouge in July and has the Tigers in his final five along with UCLA, Ole Miss, Arizona State and Miami. He plans to decide Sept. 25, and LSU has a real chance to reel in this four-star athlete.
Committed: Jazz Ferguson
Top Targets: Tyron Johnson, George Campbell
Keep an eye on: Carlos Strickland, Cordell Broadus, Kirk Merritt
After signing four pass catchers in 2014 — including two of the nation’s best in Malachi Dupre and Trey Quinn — the Tigers only have one committed so far for 2015. Jazz Ferguson’s considered one of the state’s best though, and LSU still has the potential to add some big names to the list.
Tyron Johnson is Louisiana’s No. 1 overall recruit in the Class of 2015 and earlier this week trimmed his list to 10 schools. LSU made the cut along with schools like Texas A&M, Texas Tech and Clemson. The Tigers are confident they’re one of the front runners at this point, though there’s still a long way to go as he doesn’t plan to decide until after the season. He’s been on campus several times throughout the spring and summer, and LSU expects him to be a mainstay during the fall as well.
George Campbell is down to just three schools with LSU joining Florida and Florida State as his final options. His decision could come next month, and the Tigers are squarely in the mix. Most of the momentum right now is pointing the Noles’ direction, but LSU made a big impression during his visit in late May. Nobody’s ruling out the Tigers as a candidate to pull Campbell from his home state.
We’re still watching big out-of-state names like Carlos Strickland and Cordell Broadus as they continue to say they plan to visit LSU for the first time this fall. Kirk Merritt’s still considered one of the state’s best athletes, but things between him and LSU seem pretty cool at the moment. It seems more likely that he heads out-of-state for college.
WR George Campbell
Committed: Hanner Shipley, Bry’Keithon Mouton
Top Targets: Will Gragg
The tight end position is another that LSU has essentially wrapped up with a pair of commits. Blocking TE Hanner Shipley has already signed his financial aid agreement and plans to enroll for the spring semester. Bry’Keithon Mouton’s the Tigers’ most recent commit, and he’ll be more of a pass-catcher and will also factor into the offense as an H-Back.
Arkansas native Will Gragg remains on the board though as he continues to show interest in LSU. The four-star pass-catcher visited campus for the Bayou Picnic and spoke highly of the trip. He plans to return for an official visit this season with a final decision coming in November. He also has Arkansas, Ole Miss, Texas, Alabama and Mississippi State high on his list, and LSU isn’t considered a heavy favorite at this point.
Committed: Maea Teuhema, Matt Womack, Adrian Magee
Top Targets: Jerry Tillery
Keep an eye on: Zach Robertson, Emanuel McGirt, William Sweet
LSU’s done well to address its need along the offensive line in 2015. Maea Teuhema ranks as the nation’s best offensive guard, and Adrian Magee is one of the state’s best linemen. Matt Womack’s a massive tackle prospect that’s already signed a financial aid agreement with plans to enroll early. But Jeff Grimes still has some big names atop his board with hopes of adding to his class.
Notre Dame commit Jerry Tillery remains one of the Tigers’ biggest in-state priorities, though he’s looking like a tougher flip by the day. Tillery has made a handful of visits to Baton Rouge since the spring, giving the Tigers hope. But he does plan to enroll early meaning time is running out for LSU to reel him in. Tillery has at least been open though, and LSU will do everything they can to land the state’s best offensive lineman.
The fall will be pivotal in determining which of LSU’s remaining targets have legitimate interest in the Tigers. Coach Grimes has cast a wide net recruiting that position and getting kids in on official visits is his primary goal moving forward.
One that has said he plans to do that is California prospect Zach Robertson. UCLA remains the heavy favorite for him, but he’s expressed serious interest in getting down to Baton Rouge for a visit. Emanuel McGirt recently backed off his commitment from North Carolina and has named Georgia and North Carolina State as the two schools standing out most. But he also mentions interest in LSU, and he’s worth watching should he make it for a visit.
Then there’s William Sweet, the North Carolina commit who was a major standout at camp last month. He publicly says he’s firmly committed to the Tar Heels, but LSU loves his game and will continue recruiting him heavily.