That list includes 11 of the Tigers’ 18 commits between the Classes of 2015 and 2016. The Tigers also expect to have just about every one of their top remaining in-state targets in attendance as well.
With so many recruits on campus, this is a huge opportunity for LSU to start making waves and the coaching staff is optimistic this weekend should yield positive results. It will also be the first big game in the newly expanded Tiger Stadium, meaning the atmosphere should live up to its intimidating reputation.
Below we’ll give you the list of notable recruits expected and provide some notes and insight on the latest in their recruitments:
RB Nicholas Brossette
DE Isaiah Washington
OT Matt Womack
RB David Ducre
WR Jazz Ferguson
LS Blake Ferguson
RB Derrius Guice
CB Xavier Lewis
OG Adrian Magee
QB Justin McMillan
CB Donte Jackson
WR Tyron Johnson
ATH Kirk Merritt
WR Daylon Charlot (Alabama commit)
ATH Darrell Stewart (Boise State commit)
WR Dee Anderson
DT Ed Alexander
OT Willie Allen
WR Clyde Leflore
LB Michael Divinity
S Jaquelle Green
DT Glen Logan
QB Shea Patterson
TE Jamal Pettigrew
RB Devin White
OT Adrian Ealy
---Starting with the Class of 2015, three of the state’s top uncommitted prospects should make it to Baton Rouge on Saturday.
Tyron Johnson is the No. 1 overall recruit in Louisiana for 2015, and the staff is excited to have him on campus. Because Johnson doesn’t play to take any official visits during the season, each time he comes to Baton Rouge is that much more important. His Warren Easton team has goals of a deep playoff run, which would make his season last until late November or even early December. With an announcement scheduled for the Under-Armour game in January, Johnson won’t have a ton of time to squeeze in those visits after the season. So LSU hopes to take advantage of this weekend’s opportunity to solidify themselves near the top of his list. Texas Tech and Texas A&M remain the biggest threats, but the Tigers have a lot of confidence at this point.
Donte Jackson will make his first visit to LSU this season. He visited Georgia earlier for the Clemson game, and the Tigers and Bulldogs figure to be the top two teams in his recruitment. Jackson is really fond of Georgia and has built a strong relationship with their defensive coordinator, Jeremy Pruitt. It’ll be important for the Tigers to keep pace, and this weekend should help their efforts.
There hasn’t been much to report between Kirk Merritt and LSU recently. But him coming up for an unofficial visit shows the door’s not yet closed. Though Merritt originally saw himself as a running back, he’s grown more open to the idea of playing wide receiver in college. LSU has a much bigger need at WR than RB, so that should help make their program a bit more enticing. Though most still think Merritt will head out-of-state, his visit this weekend should give an indication of where the Tigers’ stand in his recruitment.
---Alabama commit Daylon Charlot picked up his LSU offer during the summer. Charlot felt it came too late though and reaffirmed his commitment to the Tide. LSU has done well in recent months to rebuild that relationship, and Charlot may be warming to the Tigers after all. His visit this weekend is a sign that he’s at least open to what the Tigers have to offer.
---Darrell Stewart is still somewhat of a sleeper in this class. He committed to Boise State back in February but picked up an offer from LSU in the spring. A do-everything athlete for his high school team, the Tigers can see Stewart being a safety or wide receiver on the next level. He’s someone they’re closely monitoring this fall, and he’ll get a first-hand experience of LSU this weekend.
---As for the 2016 class, LSU is expecting at least nine of the 15 in-state prospects they’ve already offered in addition to Mississippi three-star Jaquelle Green.
Headlining that list is Shea Patterson, the No. 1 QB in the country. He’s been a mainstay at LSU games this season with his older brother on the coaching staff. The more time he spends around the team, the better the Tigers’ chances at landing him. It’s also a big deal to get him around all the other top prospects in the state.
We’ve mentioned in the past how other recruits seem to gravitate toward Patterson. Prospects like Devin White and Willie Allen have both said publicly they’d like to play with Patterson on the next level. Those friendships should continue to grow this weekend as those 2016 prospects from a very talented in-state crop spend more time around each other.
---Stick with TSD throughout the weekend as we provide updates on how these recruiting visits are going. We’ll be on the sidelines Saturday to confirm which recruits made it to the game and will be following up for updates. It should be a very big weekend for LSU both on the field and in the recruiting world, so definitely keep it tuned to TSD.