LSU Football Recruiting Weekend Reset

LSU hosted an impressive list of recruits over the weekend, and they weren't disappointed. TSD has all the latest notes and rumblings regarding the Tigers' recruiting efforts

Tiger Stadium was at its absolute best on Saturday, and that electric atmosphere paid off huge with the long list of recruits in attendance for LSU’s upset of Ole Miss.

The Tigers hosted four official visitors over the weekend with double-digit prospects on campus for unofficials. The coaching staff is optimistic that left a major impression on these recruits, and they hope to reap the rewards down the road.

If you haven’t yet seen the complete list of confirmed visitors that were on campus, you can click here for the full rundown. We’ll provide more notes and insight below as we take a full recap of the weekend in recruiting.


DISCUSS: Weekend's recruiting impact?


---Let’s start with a look at the four official visitors:

Jerry Tillery had already attended several LSU games this season, including the opener in Houston against Wisconsin, where he popped into the postgame press conference with Les Miles’ family. Tillery was back in Baton Rouge this weekend, but this time it was a bit more important because he came in on an official visit. His parents accompanied tillery, so the staff was able to sell the entire family on the prospects of him staying closer to home for college. The coaches have even brought up the possibility of him playing defense if he’d like, though most project him to have a very promising career as an offensive tackle.

LSU has done everything it can to this point, and the official visit this weekend was certainly another big boost in the Tigers’ direction. It’s still hard to get a solid feel for what Tillery will do. His love for Notre Dame is still strong, but he recognizes the opportunity awaiting him at LSU. Look for his recruitment to only get more and more interesting over the coming weeks as LSU really presses for the flip.

Four-star defensive end Kyle Phillips was another important official visitor for LSU. Phillips had previously been to Baton Rouge for a pair of unofficial trips, but this one stood out above the rest. He’ll be on campus until Monday, so the coaches will get plenty of personal time with him, and it’s already evident the trip is having an impact. Phillips tweeted Saturday night that LSU may have the best gameday atmosphere in college football, calling Baton Rouge “perfect.” That’s certainly notable considering he’s been to games at Ole Miss, Tennessee and Alabama. Phillips will also take notice of the play of LSU’s defensive line, and almost a guarantee he’ll play as a freshman. LSU was considered a legitimate contender over the summer, and we’ll expect the Tigers to be very high on his list after this weekend.

The other two official visitors were Cedar Hill (Texas) teammates Justin McMillan and DaMarkus Lodge. McMillan, a three-star quarterback, has been committed to LSU since the summer and he was helping lead the recruiting efforts of his five-star wide receiver over the weekend. The two were attached at the hip before the game and they got caught up in the field storming after it. Lodge also spent some time with NFL receivers Rueben Randle and Odell Beckham, so you know LSU was pushing its legacy for producing big-time pass catchers.

Ole Miss still has a legitimate claim to Lodge’s top spot, but there’s a long way to go in his recruitment, as he doesn’t intend to decide until National Signing Day. This weekend was a big boost for LSU’s chances though, and you can expect the Tigers to be a major player moving forward.

---Leo Lewis, an Ole Miss commit, was one of the bigger unofficial visitors over the weekend. This wasn’t just a trip to see the Rebels either. He still does have legitimate interest in the Tigers, and they continue to push for his services. Lewis first made a trip to Baton Rouge last season before he even had an offer from the Tigers, so he’s long been open to what they’re selling. A flip may still be a long shot, but with LSU’s need at linebacker, you can expect the Tigers will make a hard push for him.

CB Donte Jackson

---Two big in-state visitors Saturday were the cornerbacks Donte Jackson and Deshawn Raymond. The two New Orleans standouts have become very close friends and spent the majority of their time together in Baton Rouge. LSU is very optimistic with where they stand with Raymond. The Tigers should have enough momentum to hold off the out-of-state competitors, and Raymond could shut things down as soon as this week. Jackson remains torn between LSU and Georgia, but two gameday visits in a row has the Tigers liking their chances to hold off the Bulldogs.

---Louisiana’s strength for the 2016 class has been well-documented, and LSU hosted several of those big-time prospects this weekend. No. 1 QB Shea Patterson made the trip along with close friend Mykel Jones, a four-star wide receiver. Those two have said they plan to play together in college, and LSU would love to be the destination for both.

Shyheim Carter will be another in-state four-star to watch. He remains committed to Alabama, but LSU is still very much in the picture. He got to see LSU at their best this weekend, particularly the secondary, and that will certainly catch his eye. His recruitment is far from over.

---Definitely remember this name — Trayvon Mullen. He already ranks as the No. 10 corner in the 2016 class, and he made the trip up from Coconut Creek, Fla., this weekend. He spent most of his time with LSU commit Kevin Toliver, and that’s a good person to have in your corner when trying to lure other elite DBs to Baton Rouge. Corey Raymond considers Mullen to be one of his top targets for that 2016 class, and expect this visit to leave a solid, early impression on this promising junior.

---LSU extended an offer to 2017 prospect Malcolm Askew, according to his 7-on-7 coach. Askew was on campus for the game, and already has offers from schools like Georgia, Ohio State and UCLA.

---LSU added a commitment from Catholic High kicker Jack Gonsoulin. He said after the game he’ll be on academic scholarship with a guaranteed spot on the football team. He’s considered a legitimate, power five prospect by Chris Sailer, the authority on high school kickers. Click here for more details on this hometown specialist.

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