Below is the complete list of recruits that came to campus this weekend, with a full recap of the weekend to follow.
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 OT (LSU commit)
Daylon Charlot (Patterson, La.) | No. 44 WR
Hanner Shipley (Marble Falls, Texas) | No. 13 TE (LSU commit)
Tyron Johnson (New Orleans, La.) | No. 6 WR (unofficial visit)
Donte Jackson (New Orleans, La.) | No. 6 CB (unofficial visit)
Xavier Lewis (Reserve, La.) | No. 24 CB (LSU commit – unofficial visit)
BROWN FLIPS TO LSU
The Tigers picks up their first new commit in more than two months on Saturday when George Brown decided to flip from Florida to LSU.
The three-star offensive tackle had been committed to Florida since the summer but started to reopen his recruiting amidst the coaching change in Gainesville. LSU was there to capitalize and did enough this weekend to convince Brown he needed to jump on board.
Credit goes to Jeff Grimes for this commitment. He had been recruiting Brown since his days at Virginia Tech, and he picked right up with him once he joined the LSU coaching staff. Brown admitted that Grimes was integral in his commitment.
"Having him now at LSU played a big part in my decision," Brown said in an interview with Scout’s Bill Greene. "He's a great coach, and he's coached a lot of freshman All-Americans before. They expect me to play next year, and they've told me I won't be redshirting. There was no reason for me to wait and see who the new Florida staff would be. I have found what I want in LSU."
Brown also said that his recruitment is officially over. He won’t take any more visits, and Florida is now out of the running. Though the Gators have a new coach, Brown is 100 percent locked in with the Tigers, and he’s another big pickup along the offensive line.
LSU now has four offensive linemen committed in the 2015 class, and the Tigers aren’t done. Coach Grimes came to LSU with a big need to address, and LSU seems well on its way to a monster class of big uglies come National Signing Day.
Me And My Head Coach ?????? pic.twitter.com/5SeVPb8M1k— George Brown Jr ® (@MADDAWG_G) December 7, 2014
CHARLOT BACK ON THE MARKET
LSU received some encouraging news from four-star wide receiver Daylon Charlot during his official visit this weekend.
Before leaving campus Sunday, Charlot informed Les Miles during a one-on-one meeting that he was decommitting from Alabama. The Patterson native had been committed to the Tide since February, but the Tigers have made a huge push since offering him this summer.
As of Sunday night, Charlot hadn’t yet informed the Alabama coaches, though they’re expected to meet with him Monday so the two parties can clear the air.
Charlot hasn’t yet flipped his commitment to the Tigers, though LSU certainly has reason for optimism after this weekend. He could take his recruitment all the way to National Signing Day or announce his decision at the Under-Armour game next month. Regardless of when it drops, LSU certainly feels like they’ll be the team he picks.
IN-STATE TRIO SHOWS UP
Tyron Johnson, Donte Jackson and Xavier Lewis were all originally scheduled to take official visits to LSU this weekend, but they pushed those trips back to next month. All three still showed up to campus though for unofficial visits, spending time around the coaches and facility.
Johnson and Jackson are two of the state’s top uncommitted prospects and two very big priorities for LSU. Both made multiple trips to Baton Rouge for games this fall, and Saturday afforded the coaches another opportunity to show them what LSU has to offer.
LSU certainly has to feel like it leads for both players based on their comfort and familiarity with the Tiger program. LSU will enter the dead period in great shape, though things should really heat up for both recruits in January.
Both had discussed the possibility of announcing commitments at All-American games next month, but they’ll wait until later to afford more time for visits.
Georgia remains the biggest threat to LSU for Jackson. Johnson released his final five last week with LSU, Texas Tech, Oklahoma State, Auburn and Georgia.
Here are some tweets and impressions from the recruits that were on campus this weekend:
If Your Not A Tiger Then Your Tiger Bait ????????#EatGreedy— George Brown Jr ® (@MADDAWG_G) December 8, 2014
Loved it at LSU this weekend— Jalen Merrick (@Jalen_Merrick) December 7, 2014
Tiger Stadium>>>>>— Daylon Charlot (@D_4Charlot) December 7, 2014
Tigers???????? T.bill?? LSU?? pic.twitter.com/anSnVr9ijB— Tyron Johnson (@_TBJ13) December 6, 2014