Early look at LSU's official visit weekend

LSU's list of official visitors for this coming weekend is already loaded. TSD takes an early look at the prospects expected to be on campus in a few days

Les Miles made a point during his postgame press conference after LSU's win against Texas A&M on Thursday to say the Tiger coaches would be recruiting hard this week.

Miles and the LSU assistants will be all over the country, meeting with recruits at their schools and in their homes. That will all build up to a major weekend of official visitors. The Tigers are in line to host several of the nation's best prospects this weekend, hoping to make a big splash with National Signing Day about two months away.

Below is an early look at some of the recruits expected to be on campus. Stick with TSD throughout the week as we'll keep you updated on the latest, as more names could be added to this list.

Adonis Thomas (Lawrenceville, Ga.) | No. 24 OLB

Martez Ivey (Apopka, Fla.) | No. 1 OT

Jalen Merrick (New Smyrna Beach, Fla.) | No. 14 OG

George Brown (Cincinnati, Ohio) | No. 37 OT

Donte Jackson (New Orleans, La.) | No. 6 CB

Tyron Johnson (New Orleans, La.) | No. 6 WR

Daylon Charlot (Patterson, La.) | No. 44 WR

Xavier Lewis (Reserve, La.) | No. 24 CB

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---Adonis Thomas is one of the names at the top of LSU's list for help at linebacker. This battle is boiling down to either LSU and Alabama, and the Tigers need to keep pace with the Tide. Thomas has been in Tuscaloosa for each of Alabama's last three home games. That's a lot of time spent around the Alabama coaches, and they have to be feeling confident about their chances. LSU can counter that momentum with a positive official visit this weekend. He was last on campus for the Alabama game last month, so the Tigers will be looking to remind him about the need they have at outside linebacker.

---This should be a big weekend for LSU's efforts along the offensive line, with three big targets expected in town. Martez Ivey is obviously the headliner as the nation's No. 1 tackle, but the Tigers have a lot of work to do with him. Auburn or Florida seem the heaviest favorites, but LSU should at least get a chance to make an impression as heads to Baton Rouge for the first time.

For Jalen Merrick, this will mark his fourth official visit in as many weeks. He's previously tripped to Wisconsin, Arkansas and Florida State, so now it's the Tigers' turn. He's still somewhat open with his recruitment, but the general feeling is that he stays in-state for college. LSU can work into the mix with those other out-of-state suitors with a positive official visit this weekend.

George Brown has long talked about visiting LSU, and now he's set to finally do so this weekend. Committed to Florida since the summer, Brown's now taking a harder look around with the coaching change. He's also visited Mississippi State recently, and the Tigers could make a push up his list following this visit. Jeff Grimes made Brown one of the first offensive linemen he targeted, so look for that relationship to pay off if Brown starts to legitimately consider flipping fro the Gators.

---This weekend will also be major as LSU hopes to lock up its top in-state targets. Three of the top four are expected to visit in Donte Jackson, Tyron Johnson and Daylon Charlot.

Jackson's coming off an official visit to USC this past weekend. The Trojans have joined the lead group with LSU and Georgia, and the Tigers can work to separate themselves this weekend. Their momentum was riding high after Jackson took several consecutive gameday visits, and now they can build on that again with his official.

LSU's in an interesting position with the two wide receivers. The Tigers certainly have the edge from a comfort standpoint with Johnson. He's not as familiar with any other school as he is with LSU. But he'll want to be assured that the LSU offense can get the ball in his hands, and that will be a point the Tiger coaches sell this weekend. They'll pitch to both he and Charlot that they can help lead the resurgence. Charlot still seems torn between LSU and Alabama, where he remains committed, and the Tigers can help their chances this weekend.

Xavier Lewis will accompany that group. Though he's flirted with the idea of taking official visits elsewhere, he now seems as firm as ever and can help the Tigers' recruiting efforts this weekend, particularly with the other in-state prospects.

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This is just the beginning of a big week for LSU recruiting. We'll keep you posted throughout as the Tigers gear up for the weekend's official visits. Stay tuned with it all by following along on the TSD Message Board at the link below.



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