Jeff Grimes signed JUCO tackle Jevonte Domond late in 2014 to shore up depth and has already added three promising prospects for 2015, including the nation’s best offensive guard. But LSU does have its sights set on some more big names along the offensive line.
In this edition of Where They Stand, we’ll break down LSU’s top remaining OL targets and analyze their chances of landing the commit:
All three of LSU’s OL commits seem as firm as can be. Maea Teuhema, Adrian Magee and Matt Womack have all visited Baton Rouge for at least one game this season, and they all figure to be mainstays on campus the rest of the year. Teuhema should be at as many games as possible to see his older brother, Sione Teuhema, and Magee has only considered LSU throughout his recruitment and that hasn’t changed.
Womack provided LSU fans with a bit of a sweat this past weekend when he visited Alabama. The Crimson Tide coaches made sure to extend him an offer while he was on campus, but the Tigers have no need to worry. Though that Alabama offer was definitely one Womack wanted, those close to him say he’s 100 percent committed to the Tigers. He’s already signed his financial aid agreement with intentions to enroll early, and he won’t sign with any other program. Barring a major surprise, Womack will be on LSU’s campus by January.
While other schools are still making efforts to flip LSU commits, the Tigers are doing the same.
Jerry Tillery remains the top offensive lineman on LSU’s board, and the Tigers’ confidence grows with each passing week. Tillery was on campus this past weekend for LSU’s victory against Louisiana-Monroe, the second game he’s seen in person. Tillery was in Houston for the season opener, where he was seen postgame in LSU gear with the family of Les Miles. This past weekend, he was signing autographs for LSU fans.
Those are all signs that LSU’s a legitimate threat to flip Tillery from Notre Dame. He hasn’t publicly given much indication as to where things stand, but by tracking the visits you certainly get the impression he’s seriously considering the Tigers.
He’s not the only offensive lineman LSU’s trying to flip. North Carolina commit William Sweet last week locked in his official visit to LSU for the Alabama game on Nov. 8. That’ll be his third trip to Baton Rouge since May, and the Tigers remain squarely in the hunt. He also plans to take officials to Missouri, North Carolina, Michigan and Tennessee.
UNC commit William Sweet
Sweet has said all the right things publicly regarding the strength of his commitment to UNC. Following his LSU visit this past summer, Sweet said he was 100 percent to the Tar Heels, but him scheduling these officials gives a strong feeling that his mind is not yet made up.
There are a handful of other offensive linemen that haven’t yet visited LSU but could within the next couple months.
Zach Robertson (No. 33 OG) may commit to a school within the next couple weeks. UCLA would be in the best position to land that pledge, but even if he makes it, he still plans to take visits. On his itinerary is an official to LSU on Oct. 25 when the Tigers host Ole Miss, with trips to Michigan and Arizona State also on the docket.
Emanuel McGirt (No. 24 OT) has Georgia on top of his list with NC State second. Several schools are still in contention behind them, including LSU. He’s mentioned that he plans to take an official to LSU this fall but hasn’t locked in a date.
Matthew Burrell (No. 10 OG) has been one of Jeff Grimes’ top targets since he took the job. Burrell just wrapped up his Ohio State official and the Buckeyes currently lead. He also has visits planned to Florida State, Penn State and Florida. LSU’s in the running to receive his fifth visit along with Tennessee, Georgia and Alabama.
Also keep an eye on Kendrick Norton (No. 28 OG). The former Florida State commit recently included LSU in his top five along with Auburn, Miami, UCLA and Florida. A high school teammate of Kevin Toliver, Norton hears plenty about LSU, and they’re in line to receive an official visit from him at some point.