Early look at LSU's out-of-state visitors

LSU's game against Alabama should draw the most impressive list of visitors this season. TSD takes an early look at five from outside Louisiana expected to make the trip

We’re still five days away from the weekend, but it’s already shaping up to be massive for LSU’s recruiting efforts.

Once it’s finalized, the visitor list should feature double-digit prospects ranked four-stars or better. It’s only Monday, but TSD has already confirmed several big names expected to be in Tiger Stadium on Saturday when LSU hosts Alabama.

To kick off the big week, we’ll take a closer look at five notable visitors coming from outside Louisiana to get a feel for a Baton Rouge gameday.


William Sweet | East Gadsden, Fla. | | No. 13 OT

This North Carolina commit will make his second visit to LSU this weekend after coming to campus over the summer. He was one of the top overall performers in LSU’s Elite Camp in July, showing exactly why the Tigers have made a big push to flip him from the Tar Heels. At the time though, he was pretty adamant about how firm he was to North Carolina. Though he hasn’t necessarily given indication that’s changed, the fact he’s returning to LSU for an official visit proves there’s legitimate interest on his end. LSU would love to add another offensive tackle of his caliber, and the Tigers will try to show that North Carolina can’t quite live up to what they have to offer.

Arden Key | College Park, Ga. | | No. 9 DE

Key is another target LSU’s trying to flip, and like Sweet, will return to Baton Rouge for a second time. He was also on campus during the Elite Camp, but he didn’t participate because of a foot injury. The LSU coaches didn’t need to see him in action though as he’s clearly one of the top pass rushers on their board. Ranked No. 10 at his position, Key has great speed and length coming off the edge. He’s committed twice to South Carolina, though even he admits that pledge isn’t 100 percent solid. His intention to visit again shows the Tigers have a chance to make this flip, and LSU’s reputation for producing defensive linemen is a real bonus in his mind.

Kendall Sheffield | Missouri City, Texas | | No. 2 CB

The nation’s No. 1 cornerback has been a regular presence at LSU since the spring. He’s made multiple trips to Baton Rouge, and he’ll return this weekend for another unofficial visit. He doesn’t plan to use an official on the Tigers because he’s so familiar with campus, so this weekend will possibly be LSU’s best opportunity to make a push for his commitment. Sheffield doesn’t intend to commit until late in the cycle, so there’s a long way to go, but LSU has done well so far, selling Sheffield on that DBU legacy. That’s obviously resonated with him, and the Tigers can show off the atmosphere this weekend.

CeCe Jefferson | Glen Saint Mary, Fla. | | No. 3 DE

Jefferson’s another five-star prospect on this list making a return trip to LSU this weekend. He visited campus back in July, which left a big enough impression on him to want to return. Jefferson has long been considered a heavy lean to Floirda, though the Gators struggles this season (with the exclusion of Saturday’s Cocktail Party) possibly have him a bit more open to other schools. He’s taken official visits to Ole Miss and Alabama this season, and the Tigers are working to stay in the mix with those schools and some others like Georgia and Florida State. LSU will be able to sell him on an immediate need at defensive end with freshman playing time almost guaranteed. The Tigers will also hope that being in town for an actual game leaves an even more positive impression than did his visit this summer.

Garrett Taylor | Richmond, Va. | | No. 30 CB

LSU fans may not be as familiar with Taylor as his interest in the Tigers has really only started to heat up. LSU first offered the Richmond, Va., standout back in February, but he soon after committed to Michigan in March. The Wolverines’ rough season though caused him to reexamine his options, and he officially decommitted last week. Now LSU has entered the mix, and they’re set to receive an unofficial visit from him this weekend. Schools like Ohio State, Penn State, Virginia Tech and Miami have all been considered contenders now that he’s back on the market, and LSU will hope to leave its mark this weekend. We should get a better feel for how legitimate his interest is after the visit.

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