Monday LSU Recruiting Tidbits

A wide receiver from Miami has LSU in his new top three; A five-star corner has solidified his intentions to take an official visit to LSU; Has interest renewed in an in-state athlete committed elsewhere?

Three-star wide receiver Antonio Callaway (pictured above) has only been on LSU's Big Board for about two weeks, but the Tigers are quickly making an impression on him.

The Miami-area prospect released his new top three on Sunday, and the Tigers were on the list. Georgia and Florida were the other two top schools. LSU only offered Callaway on Sept. 3, but interest seems to be picking up in a hurry. Shortly after getting that offer, he told Scout's Amy Campbell it came as a surprise, but LSU was a "big school" in his eyes.

The three-star prospect has been a fast riser since transferring to Booker T. Washington in the spring. He added several big offers from the power schools in Florida as well as other SEC programs. Corey Raymond got LSU in the door relatively early, and the Tigers will look to continue building a relationship with him.

Callaway has never been to Baton Rouge, so the next goal for LSU will be to get him on an official visit. It's still early in Callaway's recruiting process, and he doesn't seem in a hurry to shut things down. That leaves plenty of time for things to blossom between he and LSU, who still has a big need at wide receiver for the 2015 class.


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FIVE-STAR WILL VISIT


Five-star CB Iman Marshall reemphasized over the weekend his plans to take an official visit to LSU.

The Tigers were originally on his list of six schools in contention for officials, and he narrowed it down to five on Sunday. Michigan, Notre Dame, Florida State and Oklahoma are the other four schools he plans to check out. Nearby USC, UCLA and Stanford are also in consideration, though he doesn't deem it necessary to use his officials there.

Marshall won't begin taking his visits until November, as he's yet to take the ACT or SAT, which is required for official visits. Marshall has not yet locked in the dates for his trips.

Marshall is one of several big-time defensive backs heavily considering LSU. In addition to commits Xavier Lewis and Kevin Toliver, the Tigers are still in the mix for Kendall Sheffield, the nation's No. 1 CB, Donte Jackson and Deshawn Raymond.

Last month, Marshall told Scout's Greg Biggins that LSU's reputation for putting defensive backs in the NFL is a big reason why they're high on his list.

"That's DBU, they have a great tradition of producing big time defensive backs," Marshall said. "The SEC is a great conference and game in and game out, you're competing against the very best. I like Coach Miles a lot and just like with Coach Fisher, he has shown he knows how to get his players to the League."


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INTEREST RENEWED FOR IN-STATE ATH?


Several of the state's best recruits descended on Tiger Stadium this past weekend for LSU's victory against Louisiana-Monroe. Be sure to check out the confirmed list of LSU recruits in attendance if you haven't already.

One of those recruits on campus was Derrick Dillon, a four-star athlete from Pine. Dillon doesn't yet have an offer from the Tigers, but he's been someone the staff has followed closely for the last year. But LSU originally recruited him as a defensive back, and Dillon wanted to play offense on the next level.

The Tigers first offered Destrehan's Kirk Merritt instead, but things have seemed to cool between those two parties. Still having a need at wide receiver, it seems possible that LSU would give Dillon another look as an offensive recruit. In fact, LSU even told Dillon in the spring they'd look at him as a receiver moving forward.

But interest never really picked up from there, and Dillon decided to commit to Florida on May 30. Those close to Dillon say he's all Florida now, and it's maybe too late for LSU to resume interest in him. But we'll continue to monitor this recruitment from both sides in case the Tigers do decide to make a move on this in-state prospect.


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