The Tigers have only one wide receiver committed a year after signing four pass catchers, including two — Malachi Dupre and Trey Quinn — that are already having a significant impact as freshmen. But LSU remains in the hunt for several big names in the 2015 class with hopes of adding even more weapons to that offense.
A pair of the Tigers’ top targets at that position visited this past weekend, and another has an official visit to Baton Rouge on his schedule. In this edition of “Where They Stand,” we take a closer look at LSU’s recruiting efforts for wide receivers.
Before we examine the targets, let’s take a look at LSU’s lone WR commit. Jazz Ferguson remains firmly committed to the Tigers, not even communicating with any other college coaches. He’s actually playing running back for West Feliciana this season, and you can read more about his senior season here.
As for the other wide receivers LSU would like to land, the Tigers’ No. 1 priority was on campus this past weekend. Tyron Johnson appeared at his first LSU game of the season, where he was seen hamming it up pregame with LSU coaches and fellow New Orleans-area recruits like Xavier Lewis and Donte Jackson. The state’s top prospect remains highly coveted by the Tigers, and they’re optimistic about their chances at this stage.
Johnson doesn’t plan to start taking his official visits until after his senior season, with a final decision scheduled for the Under-Armour game. With that timeline, it won’t afford him much time to look around before he wants to make his commitment. So while out-of-state schools like Texas Tech, Texas A&M and Clemson rank high on his list, Johnson doesn’t have near the familiarity with them that he does with LSU.
That’s all good news for the Tigers, and while he may be enamored by some of these high-flying offenses, comfort and relationships will play a large part. That’s a point LSU is hitting hard, and they’re hopeful that helps them win out in the end.
The other top in-state wide receiver was also in Tiger Stadium on Saturday. Daylon Charlot remains committed to Alabama, but he was decked out in LSU apparel, spending plenty of one-on-one time with Adam Henry and Les Miles before the game.
LSU’s offer to Charlot didn’t come until about five months after he pledged to the Tide. While the initial feeling was that it came too late, things seem to perking back up between the two parties. Coach Henry has done well to ensure Charlot knows how much the Tigers want him, and he appears open to what they’re offering. It may still be a long shot, but LSU’s doing what it can to prevent another in-state prospect from heading to Tuscaloosa.
Five-star WR DaMarkus Lodge
LSU received big news Monday as a five-star prospect scheduled an official visit to Baton Rouge for the weekend of Oct. 18. DaMarkus Lodge reopened his recruitment last week after committing to Texas A&M over the summer. He was someone the Tigers recruited heavily, but they were unable to get him to campus before made that pledge.
Now LSU appears set to get its opportunity to impress him. He also plans to visit officially USC and Ole Miss. Baylor also has a lot of momentum at the moment. Texas A&M still remains the favorite to land him once again, but Lodge plans to wait until NSD to make a final decision, giving other schools plenty of time to court him.
The Tigers also have something extra working in their favor. LSU has a commitment from Lodge’s quarterback at Cedar Hill — Justin McMillan — and he’s helping their recruiting efforts. The Tigers are a dark horse at the moment, but they’re hopeful to pick up some momentum in the coming months.
Outside of these big three, there are a handful of other big-time wide receivers to keep an eye on.
Antonio Callaway picked up an offer from LSU earlier this month, as he’s no longer a secret on the recruiting trail. He’s very receptive too and moved the Tigers into his top three along with Georgia and Florida. Last week he also added offers from Alabama and Auburn, so his recruitment should be hotly contested. Look for him to take an official to Baton Rouge at some point.
Also keep an eye on Cordell Broadus. The son of Snoop Dogg has consistently mentioned LSU throughout his recruitment, but he hasn’t yet made it to campus. He does plan to make an official visit though, so the Tigers remain outside the lead group but in the hunt.
We’ll also have to see if things start to pick up between LSU and Kirk Merritt. Though he’s considered likely to head out-of-state, the door isn’t yet closed, and interest could rekindle before it’s all said and done. Derrick Dillon remains on the radar as well. Though LSU originally recruited him as a defensive back, the Tigers could be a bit more open to playing him on offense. He’s firmly committed to Florida though, and he’s not likely to waiver from that pledge, even if LSU turns up the heat.