Below is the list of recruits that will visit LSU this weekend:
Martez Ivey (Apopka, Fla.) | No. 1 OT
Holton Hill (Houston, Texas) | No. 14 CB
Jalen Merrick (New Smyrna Beach, Fla.) | No. 14 OG
George Brown (Cincinnati, Ohio) | No. 37 OTHanner Shipley (Marble Falls, Texas) | No. 13 TE (LSU commit)
---Martez Ivey (pictured above) highlights the list of visitors as the nation’s No. 1 offensive tackle. LSU has a lot of ground to make up on Auburn and Florida, with those two schools considered heavy favorites to land his commitment. The Tigers can leave a big impression this weekend though, and his visit will give an indication of how legitimate LSU’s chances really are. He would be a difference maker for LSU’s offensive line, which could lose four starters from last season, and Jeff Grimes has made him a big priority in this class.
---Another offensive tackle Coach Grimes really likes is George Brown. LSU feels this three-star prospect is vastly underrated, so they’re hoping to steal him from Florida. Brown’s been committed to the Gators since the summer, but he’s had legitimate interest in LSU since the beginning. He wanted to visit Baton Rouge before he made that first pledge but wasn’t able to. Now he’ll get that chance. Brown is a cousin of former LSU Tiger Spencer Ware and he’s also close with Sam Montgomery. Those relationships already have him feeling comfortable with LSU and the visit should help that. The coaching change at Florida will ultimately determine where he ends up. Most feel that if Florida OL coach Mark Summers is retained, Brown will stick with the Gators, but in the meantime, LSU will continue to make a big push.
---Jalen Merrick is the third offensive lineman heading to campus this weekend. LSU is one of about six schools still in the running for his commitment. This will mark his fourth official visit in as many weeks, previously checking out Wisconsin, Arkansas and Florida State. He’s also high on Miami and will be closely monitoring Florida and its new coaching staff. LSU can keep pace with the others with a successful visit this weekend.
---Daylon Charlot will be the lone in-state visitor this weekend. Charlot’s been committed to Alabama since the spring, and LSU came in with its offer this summer. Though there was some initial concern that offer came too late, LSU has done well to ensure Charlot that he’s a major priority for them. He made multiple visits for games this fall, and was not able to make it to Tuscaloosa. The Tigers are trending in the right direction, playing the proximity to home angle, and LSU’s confidence is growing that they can pull the flip.
---Holton Hill at 6-foot-2 is the prototypical corner for LSU, and the Tigers will get their crack at him this weekend. LSU’s in his final five along with Texas, Baylor, Florida State and Alabama. The in-state schools are considered the favorites, though the Tigers are right there with them. The DBU reputation certainly carries a lot of weight, and that will be part of the sales pitch this weekend. LSU can definitely be a legitimate contender with a successful visit this weekend.
---Hanner Shipley will be the lone commit on campus for an official this weekend. He is 100 percent solid to the Tigers and will be enrolling early. This visit will serve as the final step to get all ducks in a row before he moves to campus next month. With LSU losing Logan Stokes after this season, Shipley could get playing time in his first year as a blocking tight end.
---**UPDATE** Four-star TE Will Gragg was originally expected to take an official visit this weekend. The Arkansas commit will no longer be able to make it.
---There were some other recruits originally expected, but they had to reschedule their visits. Adonis Thomas will come in January because his mother wasn’t able to make it this weekend.
Tyron Johnson and Donte Jackson also rescheduled their visits for next month. They plan to announce commitments at All-American Games, so it’s possible they’re already committed to the Tigers when they take those visits in January. LSU commit Xavier Lewis rescheduled his visit as well to come when close friends Jackson and Johnson visit.