LSU is set to host what is likely its best ever collection of recruiting talent on Saturday for the big showdown with Alabama. Top recruits from throughout Louisiana and the nation are expected to descend on Baton Rouge and take up spots in Tiger Stadium for LSU’s most intense home game of the season.
TSD has collected the complete list of recruits that are expected to be in attendance. Between the 2015, 2016 and 2017 classes, there are nine five-star prospects and 41 four-star prospects.
That’s a major opportunity for the Tigers to reel in top talent across the board, and they’re hoping the atmosphere in Death Valley really strikes a chord with these prospects.
We’ll provide an incredibly in-depth breakdown of all the notable prospects coming to town, and premium members can click the link below for the full list.
As of the writing of this article (Wednesday morning), LSU’s in line to host four official visitors, including a pair of five-star prospects.
The Jacksonville, Fla., duo of Kevin Toliver (LSU commit) and William Sweet (North Carolina commit) are set to take their official visits together this weekend. Toliver has been working hard since the summer to flip Sweet from the Tar Heels, and it appears those efforts are paying off. Sweet proved at the Elite Camp why he’s one of the top offensive linemen on LSU’s board, and the Tigers seem in great position to land this four-star tackle. Having the five-star Toliver in his ear all weekend could ultimately be what sets LSU apart, and the Tigers have an opportunity to make a big push this weekend.
The other five-star official is Malik Jefferson (pictured above), the nation’s No. 1 outside linebacker. Long considered a heavy lean to Texas A&M, his recruitment seems to have become more open with the Aggies’ struggles this season. LSU is one of several schools working to get a foot in that door, and this week’s official visit will certainly help those efforts. He’ll also be on campus with a very close five-star friend (whom we’ll discuss more later), which should make for a very interesting weekend.
The fourth official visitor is also a big one for the Tigers. Matthew Burrell (Woodbridge, Va.) has been one of Jeff Grimes’ top offensive tackle targets since he joined the coaching staff. LSU has always been in the mix but mostly on the outside looking in. He’s already taken official visits to Ohio State, Florida State, Tennessee and Penn State, and he’s even said in recent weeks that he’s ready to make a decision. LSU will at least get one final crack at him, though it will take a remarkable visit to overcome those other schools. But if Burrell pushes back his decision after the visit, then the Tigers may have a more legitimate chance than originally thought.
Four-star OT Matthew Burrell
TOP 2015 IN-STATE VISITORS
LSU is set to receive unofficial visits from all four of their top remaining targets from Louisiana.
Tyron Johnson remains the No. 1 uncommitted prospect in the state. It’s been a little more than a month since Johnson attended an LSU game, so the Tigers are happy to have him back on campus. He took an official visit to Texas Tech last month, and the Red Raiders remain a very legitimate contender, as do some other schools, namely Oklahoma State and Clemson. LSU still has the element of comfort, though they’d certainly like to show a bit more in the passing game to help woo Johnson.
Donte Jackson will attend his third consecutive LSU game this weekend, making four for the season. The Tigers remain in a very tight battle with Georgia, though he’s only been able to make one trip to Athens this fall. Things will really start to heat up with him after the season, and it’s still too close to call between these two programs. LSU does feel optimistic though based on how often they’ve had him on campus recently.
Notre Dame commit Jerry Tillery has also been a steady presence at LSU this season. He took his official visit for the Ole Miss game, and he’s expected to return this weekend. That will make four trips to Baton Rouge this fall, and the Tigers have to feel encouraged by that. He’s certainly opening up to the idea of staying close to home, and LSU may have narrowed the gap to the Irish. A good rule of thumb in recruiting is to follow the visits, and if you do that, you have to like the Tigers’ chances.
Daylon Charlot remains committed to Alabama, but he’ll be LSU’s guest this weekend. He’ll have attended multiple games in Tiger Stadium this season, and his first ever gameday trip to Alabama won’t come until the Iron Bowl. Like Tillery, he’s heavily considering the idea of staying close to home, and most are giving the Tigers a very realistic shot at flipping him.
LSU expects to host the top three quarterbacks on its board from the classes of 2015 and 2016. Senior commit Justin McMillan will return after taking his official visit two weeks ago. He’s in line to enroll early, so he’ll officially be a Tiger in less than two months.
**McMillan informed TSD on Friday that he won't be able to make it to LSU this weekend**
2016 commit Feleipe Franks is also expected to attend another game this weekend. LSU remains very confident in holding on to his pledge, even with several other schools showing serious interest. Franks, who also plans to play baseball, has been a steady presence in Baton Rouge since the spring, and he has a lot of love for LSU.
LSU also expects the nation’s No. 1 quarterback for the 2016 class to be on campus. Shea Patterson, whose older brother is on the LSU coaching staff, has attended several games this season, and the Tigers feel they have the inside track in his recruitment. He’s still weighing all options — and he has a lot of them — so nothing is certain. But should LSU be able to land Patterson and hold on to Franks, that’s a historic class at the quarterback position.
LSU RB commit Nicholas Brossette
All three of LSU’s running back commits in 2015 are expected to be at the game. David Ducre took his official visit during the bye week and is set to enroll for the spring semester. Derrius Guice “reopened his recruitment” about a month ago, saying he wants to take visits elsewhere. But he’s also attended every LSU home game this season, and he’s adamant he’ll sign with the Tigers.
Nicholas Brossette is a little more serious in his interest in other programs. He’s taken an official visit to Notre Dame, and he also plans to check out Texas and Arizona State. LSU is still doing what it can to hold on to him, and the comfort and familiarity he has with LSU is unmatched.
In addition to these three, 2017 commit Dylan Moses will attend another LSU game. Though only a sophomore, he appears very firm with that commitment. 2016 four-star Devin White should also be in attendance. He’s actually now rated as a linebacker, but LSU could see him playing offense or defense on the next level.
WIDE RECEIVERS/TIGHT ENDS
We’ve already discussed Tyron Johnson and Daylon Charlot, and LSU should also have very firm commits Jazz Ferguson and Stephen Sullivan on campus as well.
There are some very interesting out-of-state wide receivers on the list. Five-star DaMarkus Lodge is expected two weeks after taking his official visit to LSU with teammate Justin McMillan. Should LSU host him for consecutive games, it would greatly increase their chances and put them solidly in the mix for his commitment with schools like Baylor and Ole Miss.
**Lodge was supposed to travel with Justin McMillan, but neither will be able to make the trip this weekend**
Cordell Broadus, the son of Snoop Dogg, is considered a “maybe” to show up this weekend. He’s long mentioned the possibility of taking an official visit after the season, but this weekend’s trip would come on his own dime, which would make the Tigers a more legitimate player in his recruitment.
Clemson commit Deon Cain is also on the list. Though LSU offered him back in the spring, things didn’t really pick up between the two parties. Now he’s at least interested in checking out a game, and we’ll get a feel for his interest after the trip.
Two of the top in-state receivers for the 2016 class plan to be in attendance. Mykel Jones (Patterson) plans to attend the same college as Shea Patterson, and he’s been a big target for LSU for more than a year. Riverside’s Herb McGee is also expected, and with his hope to possibly play basketball in college, LSU’s presently the team to beat.
As for the tight ends, 2015 commit Bry’Keithon Mouton is expected to make the trip, as will the state’s best tight end for 2016, Jamal Pettigrew from St. Augustine. Gabe Angel, a three-star from Tennessee, picked up an LSU offer a few months ago, and he’s on the list of visitors for this weekend.
We’ve already discussed Jerry Tillery, William Sweet and Matthew Burrell. All three are some of LSU’s top targets along the offensive line. LSU will also have its three offensive line commits in town, guards Adrian Magee and Maea Teuhema, plus tackle Matt Womack.
Holding on to Womack remains a big priority for LSU with pressure coming from nearby Ole Miss. He’s attended several Rebel games this season, and though Womack consistently reaffirms the strength of his commitment to LSU, the Tigers do recognize the threat Ole Miss poses. LSU does still seem very likely to hold on to this early enrollee.
In addition to these names, LSU also plans to host two of the top underclassmen at offensive tackle. The Tigers remain in great shape for both Willie Allen (2016) and Adrian Ealy (2017), and both should be on campus Saturday.
South Carolina commit Arden Key
With only one defensive lineman committed in the 2015 class — Isaiah Washington, who will visit this weekend — that position remains a major position of need. Good news for the Tigers is that they’re expecting at least five big-time defensive linemen for visits this weekend.
We referenced five-star defensive tackle Daylon Mack when discussing LB Malik Jefferson. Mack remains committed to Texas A&M, but he’s always had serious interest in the Tigers because of their reputation for producing NFL talent. He, like Jefferson, is growing more open to other options, and LSU’s hoping to capitalize. His visit this weekend should be a step in the right direction.
Another five-star lineman coming to campus is CeCe Jefferson. He got his first taste of Baton Rouge this summer, and now he’ll get a feel for the gameday atmosphere. Long considered a heavy lean to Florida, he’s grown more open with the uncertainty of the Gator coaching staff. LSU is seriously in the mix. Also keep an eye on Kyle Phillips should he return to LSU. He took his official visit for the Ole Miss game and has said that was the best trip he’s taken. LSU was once considered a heavy favorite, and it appears they’re now back at the top of his list with schools like Ole Miss and Tennessee.
LSU’s also in the mix to flip a pair of lengthy pass rushers — Arden Key (South Carolina) and Rasool Clemons (Virginia). Key visited LSU over the summer, and he admits that his commitment to the Gamecocks isn’t 100 percent. LSU is his No. 2 school, and the Tigers could definitely close that gap with a good visit this weekend. LSU was considered the leader for Clemons after his visit in the spring. But communication between the two sides went quiet over the summer, and he eventually committed to Virginia. Now the LSU interest is reignited, and Clemons has taken note. The Tigers can definitely be considered a threat to flip him from Virginia.
Louisiana is loaded at defensive tackle in the 2016. LSU’s top three targets are all expected to be in town — Ed Alexander, Rashard Lawrence and Glen Logan. The Tigers feel they’re in great shape at this early stage for the whole trio.
Linebacker is another major position of need, and we already discussed Malik Jefferson, who’ll be taking an official this weekend. Also on the list to watch at linebacker are Leo Lewis (Ole Miss commit) and Adonis Thomas.
Lewis would be making his second consecutive visit for an LSU game as he was in attendance for the Tigers’ 10-7 win two weeks ago. Though he’s still committed to the Rebels, LSU feels it has a legitimate chance at flipping him, and a second visit in as many weeks would give a pretty good indication where LSU stands.
Thomas is a player that has really been a hot name for LSU lately. He recently dropped his commitment to Florida, and though the Gators are still in the mix, it’s more a battle between LSU and Alabama. Not only is he expected for an unofficial visit this weekend, but he’s also planned an official visit to Baton Rouge for the weekend of Dec. 5. LSU went by his school last week, and the Tigers are really pressing for this four-star linebacker.
Michael Divinity, the state’s top linebacker for the 2016 class, should also be in attendance. He has LSU high on his list, but he’s still very open with his recruitment and isn’t in a hurry to narrow things down.
In terms of defensive backs, we’ve already discussed Donte Jackson and Kevin Toliver. 2015 commit Xavier Lewis should also be in attendance after recently deciding against taking official visits elsewhere. In addition to these three, LSU expects some very major out-of-state defensive backs as well.
Five-star Kendall Sheffield, the nation’s No. 1 CB, will take an unofficial this weekend. He’s visited LSU several times already, and the Tigers are definitely near the top of his list with several other schools like Texas A&M, Alabama and Florida State. LSU has a legitimate chance, and a gameday visit should only increase those odds.
Former Michigan commit Garrett Taylor has been another hot name. He’s mentioned that LSU’s been the school coming after him hardest recently, and he intends to take an official visit after the season in addition to his unofficial this weekend. Ohio State, Penn State, Virginia Tech and Miami are also in the mix, and this weekend will give him his first taste of LSU.
Darius Slayton, a four-star from Georgia, has visited LSU before, but the Tigers are on the outside looking in at this point. This visit could definitely change that though. Kris Boyd, another four-star considered a heavy lean to Texas A&M, is a “maybe” for this weekend, but if he shows, LSU can start to make a more legitimate effort for his recruitment.
As impressive as that group of 2015 defensive backs is, the 2016 crop may be even more talented.
We’ll start with a talented pair of Texans in Deontay Anderson and Eric Monroe. Both have called LSU their leader at certain points, and the Tigers are very confident in landing one or both in the not too distant future. Kahlil Ladler from Georgia and JoeJuan Williams from Tennessee are two other out-of-state prospects high on LSU’s board.
Also remember the name Maleik Gray. He’s already considered one of the nation’s top prospects in the 2017 class, and LSU will have a chance to make an early impression on him this weekend.
As for the in-state DBs for 2016, three of the best should be in attendance Saturday. Shyheim Carter remains committed to Alabama, but LSU’s making a strong press. With so much time left in his recruitment, the Tigers feel they have legitimate chance at flipping him. Andraez Williams (aka “Greedy”) has called LSU his leader, and he’ll be in Tiger Stadium. Rummel’s Kristian Fulton has a game Saturday afternoon, but he hopes to make it to Baton Rogue afterward. He’s another 2016 prospect for which LSU feels they have an early lead.
Alabama commit Shyheim Carter
And there you have it. An absolutely massive list of recruits expected to be in Tiger Stadium this weekend. TSD will you have covered throughout, so stick with the message board for more updates to come.