These two teams clashed for recruits in the past like Craig Loston, Corey Thompson and Ricky Seals-Jones. Then there was the Speedy Noil battle, which was one of the mostly hotly contested recruits of the 2014 class.
With these two set to clash on the field Thursday, it seems appropriate to look where they’re battling on the recruiting front. We’ll take a look at six notable recruits from the 2015 and 2016 classes that are high on both LSU and Texas A&M.
Kendall Sheffield | No. 1 CB
This five-star corner has just about every major program calling for his services, but LSU and Texas A&M are two of the top contenders. Sheffield plans to take an unofficial visit to College Station on Thursday to watch both teams play before he heads to Tuscaloosa for the Iron Bowl. Alabama is right there with both teams, and the smart money’s on one of these three landing his commitment at the Under-Armour Game. He was last in Baton Rouge for the Alabama game, one of several trips he’s taken to LSU since the spring. The Tigers’ DBU reputation gives LSU a great chance, but he may have a better chance for early playing time at A&M or Alabama. But with less than two months until his decision, you can expect things to really heat up in Sheffield’s recruitment.
Malik Jefferson | No. 1 OLB
This five-star linebacker included both LSU and Texas A&M among his seven finalists with a final decision coming Dec. 19. He’s also set to enroll early at the program he chooses. These two are the only schools that have hosted him on official visits at this point. He made his first trip to Baton Rouge for the Alabama game then took his official to A&M the following weekend. The Aggies have long been considered the heavy favorite to land him, but the Tigers have shot up his board recently making him a major priority at a position of need. LSU feels like they’d be the team to beat if Jefferson opts to head out-of-state, but the consensus feeling is that Jefferson sticks with the Aggies, the team that’s led through most of his recruitment.
Daylon Mack | No. 3 DT
Mack has been committed to Texas A&M for more than a year, but a recent visit to Baton Rouge has breathed new life in LSU’s chances. The five-star defensive tackle visited for the Alabama game, a trip that had long been in the making. The visit did open Mack’s eyes about the possibility of playing for the Tigers. He still has an official visit to use on LSU, and the Tigers will hope to capitalize on that as it will take some serious work to flip Mack from the Aggies. If his close friend Malik Jefferson does pick A&M next month, that will probably lock Mack in with the Aggies, but the Tigers will continue to do everything they can to make him reconsider.
Glen Logan | No. 13 DT (2016)
Destrehan’s Glen Logan is just one of many Louisiana prospects in the 2016 class A&M has targeted. The Aggies have also offered guys like Shea Patterson, Michael Divinity, Andraez Williams and Devin White to name a few. But Logan will be one to keep an eye on as he’s planning to head to College Station for the game Thursday. Logan appears wide open in his recruitment at this stage, with both LSU and A&M squarely in the mix. LSU will make keeping all those top 2016 defensive tackles in-state a big priority, but the Aggies will have their eye on Logan as one of their top defensive targets in that class.
Eric Monroe | No. 3 S (2016)
Though Texas A&M will try to hit Louisiana in the 2016 class, LSU has already set up shop in Texas. Monroe is one of several big-time defensive backs from the Lone Star State the Tigers have targeted. LSU appears to be in very good shape at this early stage, with Monroe having made multiple visits to Baton Rouge since the summer. He was last in Baton Rouge for the Alabama game, and he also attended the Tigers’ season opener in Houston. Monroe has named LSU his leader, and the Tigers will look to continue riding that momentum despite a big push from the Aggies to keep him close to home.
Deontay Anderson | No. 2 S (2016)
Anderson’s recruitment has gone much like Monroe’s. He visited LSU over the summer, attended the Wisconsin and Alabama games and has also named LSU his leader at this early stage. But he’s also got the Aggies high on his list, and this one’s looking like it will come down to the Tigers and Aggies. But LSU has to like its positioning at this early stage, and they’d certainly like to get both Monroe and Anderson in this class. And don’t forget about fellow 2016 safety Brandon Jones from Nacogdoches, Texas. He too has LSU and A&M squarely in the mix, so it will be hotly contest between these two schools for some of the nation’s best safeties in 2016.