The game will be Friday, Jan. 2, at 3 p.m. on ESPN2, played at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. Players arrive Sunday and practice throughout the week leading up to Friday’s game.
The Tigers will have three commitments in attendance and three other prospects that have LSU in the mix and will be announcing decisions. Below is the list of LSU recruits and commits that will play in this years’ UA game (team denoted in parenthesis).
We’ll break down the storylines after the roster.
CB Kevin Toliver (Black)
OL Maea Teuhema (Black)
RB Nicholas Brossette (Black)LSU targets:
WR Tyron Johnson (Black)
WR Daylon Charlot (White)
WR DaMarkus Lodge (Black)
DT Daylon Mack (Black)
CB Kendall Sheffield (White)
CB Iman Marshall (White)
LB Roquan Smith (White)
LB Leo Lewis (White)
LB Anthony Wheeler (White)
DE Arden Key (White)
OL Toby Weathersby (White)
THREE SET TO ANNOUNCE
Three players are set to announce that have LSU among their finalists.
Tyron Johnson is the key name to watch as there’s a good chance he picks the Tigers. He has LSU in his final group along with Texas Tech, Oklahoma State, Georgia and Auburn. He’s visited no other school more than LSU, and Texas Tech was the only other program he had a chance to check out during the season. Though he’ll announce his commitment Friday, he still plans to take official visits throughout the month of January. He’s expected at LSU the weekend of Jan. 23, and it’s possible he’s a Tiger commit when he’s on campus.
Kendall Sheffield, the nation’s No. 1 CB, is also set to decide. His finalists are LSU, Florida State, Alabama and Texas A&M. Few prospects play their recruitment as quietly as Sheffield, so there aren’t many who have a firm grasp on his decision heading into the final week. He’s taken three visits to LSU since the spring, all unofficial, with the last coming in November for the Alabama game. Texas A&M has long been considered the favorite, but Alabama has had legitimate momentum at times. It really wouldn’t be a surprise to see him choose any of the four schools next week.
LSU has made a big push lately for Anthony Wheeler, hoping to address its need at linebacker. He’ll choose between Oklahoma, Texas, Baylor and LSU. The Tigers weren’t able to get him to Baton Rouge on an official visit though, so it’s not likely he picks the Tigers. Oklahoma is considered the heavy favorite to pick up his commitment.
TRIO OF LSU COMMITS
Three of the Tigers’ top commits will showcase their talent at the UA game next week, and all three will be on the same team.
Five-star CB Kevin Toliver headlines the list, and he’ll have a chance to make his case for the top spot at his position. The two other corners currently ranked ahead of him — Kendall Sheffield and Iman Marshall — will also be playing, so analysts will have a chance to compare the three side-by-side. Regardless of where Toliver finishes in the rankings, he’ll officially be a Tiger in just a couple weeks as he’s set to enroll early and go through spring practices.
It’ll be interesting to watch where Maea Teuhema plays this week. Though Scout has him ranked as the No. 1 guard, other outlets project him as a tackle. Either way, he should be one of the top offensive linemen in attendance. Though UCLA has recently tried to make a run at flipping him, Teuhema remains firm to the Tigers and will sign with LSU in February.
It’s hard for a physical running back like Nick Brossette to make much of an impact during practice. He’ll need to show out in the passing game, and his real time to shine will be during the actual game. He’ll have a big two weeks after the UA game. He’s set to take an official visit to Texas the weekend of Jan. 16 with one to LSU the following week. The Longhorns are the most legitimate threat to LSU for his commitment, and he’ll get a chance to compare both schools next month.
OTHER LSU RECRUITING NOTES
---LSU continues to ride a lot of momentum with five-star Daylon Mack. He named LSU and TCU his top two after decommitting from Texas A&M earlier this month. The Aggies will remain in contention if they make a big hire at defensive coordinator, and Texas is also pushing hard to get in the mix. But right now LSU seems to be the team to beat, and he’s planning to take an official visit to Baton Rouge the first weekend after the dead period.
---The linebackers will be an interesting position to watch for LSU. In addition to Anthony Wheeler, who will announce his commitment, the Tigers are also in on Leo Lewis and Roquan Smith. Lewis, an Ole Miss commit, plans to take an official visit to LSU the weekend of Jan. 16. Though he’s still a Rebel pledge, the Tigers are making a big push for him and the interest seems mutual. Smith also plans to take an OV to LSU that Jan. 16 weekend. Though the Tigers have only recently started to push into his top group, that visit could definitely increase LSU’s chances.
---Two UA wide receivers have already taken official visits to LSU. Daylon Charlot remains one of the top in-state targets for LSU, and the Tigers still seem in great shape to land the former Alabama commit. DaMarkus Lodge led his high school team to a state title and plans to start digging into the recruiting process next month. His LSU visit came in October, and the Tigers went up to see him multiple times during the most recent contact period. If LSU can land Tyron Johnson this week, they’d love to also add Charlot or Lodge — or both — to the class before NSD.
---LSU remains in the mix for South Carolina commit Arden Key. He took a visit during the summer and returned for the Alabama game in November. Though he’s recently said he’s firm in his commitment to the Gamecocks, he does still plan to take an official visit to Baton Rouge next month. The Tigers are definitely a real threat to flip this four-star pass rusher.
---Offensive tackle Toby Weathersby has been a hot name on LSU’s board recently. After dropping his commitment to Texas earlier this month, his focus is now on the SEC. LSU, Ole Miss and Arkansas are the three contenders, and he’s expected to take an OV to Baton Rouge at some point next month. With a big need at OT, the Tigers are making Weathersby a very high priority.