It hasn’t all been good for LSU along the offensive line since George Brown committed earlier this month.
Since the Tigers’ picked up his pledge on Dec. 6, LSU has lost another commit and missed out on several other targets. Matt Womack flipped his commitment from LSU to Alabama on Dec. 14. Jerry Tillery and William Sweet reaffirmed their respective commitments to Notre Dame and North Carolina and will enroll early.
Two other linemen that took official visits have apparently eliminated LSU from the mix. Auburn and Florida remain the only two contenders for Martez Ivey, and Jalen Merrick recently narrowed his list to three schools — Florida, Florida State and Arkansas (though LSU may still have a slight chance).
Those misses have made LSU dig deeper on its board, and the Tigers have started reaching out to more linemen as we get through the dead period.
The most recent offer went out Saturday to Texas A&M commit Connor Lanfear. Ranked as the nation’s No. 3 offensive guard, Lanfear has been committed to the Aggies since flipping from Texas in March. Though he’s remained very firm with that pledge, LSU is trying to take advantage of an opening with a coaching change in College Station.
Texas A&M let go of offensive line coach BJ Anderson on Thursday, and schools immediately started jumping on Lanfear. UCLA offered him Friday before LSU came through on Saturday. Lanfear did tweet that he’s not “wavering” in his commitment, but with speculation of instability running rampant at A&M, perhaps that provides an opportunity for LSU to lure Lanfear away.
Look for LSU to bring in several offensive linemen on official visits once the dead period ends next month.
One new name expected to visit is Fredrick Johnson. Scout’s Corey Bender reported Friday that the massive 6-foot-8 tackle will take an official visit to LSU in January, likely the weekend of Jan. 23. Johnson was once committed to Virginia Tech but reopened his recruitment in November as a flurry of schools came through with offers.
Nearby Miami is considered the favorite, and he plans to visit there the first weekend after the dead period (Jan. 16). He also intends to check out Florida and Tennessee. We should learn how legitimate are LSU’s chances once he makes it to Baton Rouge.
LSU also expects to host four-star Toby Weathersby at some point in January. The Houston native decommitted from Texas last week, and now he’s looking at the SEC. LSU, Arkansas and Ole Miss are the three teams considered in contention, and the Tigers are making a big push for him. We’ll learn which way he’s leaning as he gets out and takes visits to these schools next month.
We’ll also be keeping a close eye on Lafayette’s Oshea Dugas. The Northside standout was a standout performer during camp this summer and earned the LSU coaches’ attention through the fall. He committed to Louisiana Tech over the weekend, but most think an LSU offer would cause him to reconsider. It hasn’t come yet, but LSU has discussed bringing him in for an official next month.
Dugas could end up being a late in-state offer depending on how things shake out. A state champion wrestler, Dugas is very much a raw athlete, but he has all the tools to make him a legitimate prospect. Keep an eye on him as the cycle draws to a close.
While LSU has a decent class already with three offensive line commits — Brown, Maea Teuhema and Adrian Magee — the Tigers would ideally like to finish with at least four, maybe even five or six. LSU’s continuing to reach out to offensive linemen, and the month of January should be huge in determining which one’s the Tigers can get.
Where They Stand: Offensive Line
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