Though the LSU coaching staff can’t have contact with these recruits before the game, the prospects will at least get to see the Tigers in action with their own eyes. For some, it’ll be the first time they get a feel for an LSU game day as the crowd should be heavily in favor of the purple and gold.
LSU would love to kick off the season with a big win, and that would also do wonders in leaving a positive impression on the recruits in attendance. Below is a breakdown of the big names expected to be in Houston.
A primary reason why LSU chose to play this neutral-site kickoff in Houston was the potential recruiting advantages of appearing in this talent-rich city. The Tigers should see the benefits of that as several big names from the area are expected to make the short trip over to see the game.
The headliner has to be five-star cornerback Kendall Sheffield. The nation’s No. 1 CB has already visited Baton Rouge twice since the Spring Game in April, and the Tigers are firmly in the mix for his commitment. LSU’s reputation as DBU has really resonated with Sheffield, and the coaches have done well to build on that by developing a strong relationship with him. Sheffield getting to see the Tigers in action should only whet his appetite when it comes to suiting up for LSU.
Two other major defensive backs from the Houston area will also be in attendance. Deontay Anderson and Eric Monroe are each some of Texas’ top prospects for the 2016 class, and each visited LSU this past summer. Both are huge targets for the Tigers, and LSU’s done well to put itself near the top of their lists at this early stage in their recruitments.
But it won’t just be Texans in attendance for the showdown. Some of Louisiana’s best will also make the drive to the neighboring state.
Shea Patterson, the No. 1 quarterback in 2016, plans to come in from Shreveport for the game. Despite already having Feleipe Franks committed, LSU has plans to reel in both big-time quarterbacks. Patterson’s older brother, Sean Patterson, will make his LSU coaching debut as an assistant under Cam Cameron, and the Tigers will hope the younger Patterson remains open to the in-state school.
Two other top Louisiana juniors plan to make the trip in Kristian Fulton and Ed Alexander.
Fulton ranks as the nation’s best cornerback for his class, and he’s been a big priority for the Tigers. He was on campus during camp but was unable to participate because of an injury. But he certainly has early comfort with the Tigers, and he’ll get to see DBU in action this weekend. Alexander, a five-star DT, was once committed to the Tigers but backed off to go through the process with an open mind. He’s still very much interested in LSU, and they’re still the team to beat. It’s a good sign for LSU that both are willing to make the trip over to Houston to take in this game.
With the 2014 edition of LSU taking the field on Saturday, there will be several future Tigers in the stands.
All three of LSU’s running back commits for 2015 are expected to be in attendance. Derrius Guice, Nicholas Brossette and David Ducre serve as one of the nation’s best classes at that position, and they’ll be watching their future teammates in-person this weekend.
Dylan Moses is one of two early five-star prospects for the Class of 2017. While every school in the country continues to recruit him heavily, he’s all LSU and that shows by him heading to Houston for the season opener.
LSU commits from Texas Hanner Shipley, who’s already signed his financial aid agreement, and Maea Teuhema, the nation’s No. 1 OG, plan to be in attendance. Teuhema’s older brother Sione Teuhema will be suiting up for his first game with LSU. Another brother will in attendance as long snapper commit Blake Ferguson will trip down with his family to see brother Reid Ferguson in action.
Stay tuned throughout the weekend as we catch up with the top prospects in attendance to gauge their impression of the Tigers after they open the season against Wisconsin.