Army Bowl: LSU Recruiting Preview

Several LSU commits, targets will participate in this year's U.S. Army All-American Bowl. TSD has the latest recruiting notes on all the Tiger prospects set to show out in San Antonio

The U.S. Army All-American Bowl will feature many of the nation’s best recruits, including several LSU commits and targets.

Players will report to San Antonio on Sunday with a week of practices before the game. Kickoff will be Saturday, Jan. 3, at noon on NBC.

Below are the list of LSU recruits that will be playing in the Army game (team noted in parenthesis) with pertinent recruiting notes to follow.

LSU commits:

LS Blake Ferguson (East)

RB Derrius Guice (West)

CB Xavier Lewis (West)

LSU targets:

DE Kyle Phillips (East)

WR Derrick Dillon (West)

CB Donte Jackson (West)

LB/DE Porter Gustin (West)

DE CeCe Jefferson (East)

LB Sh’Mar Kilby-Lane (East)

S Jamal Peters (West)


One of LSU’s top defensive end targets will announce his commitment during the game. Kyle Phillips will make his decision public between LSU, Tennessee and Ole Miss. The Tigers and Vols are considered the top two contenders, and both schools have reason for optimism heading into his announcement.

Phillips took his official visit to Baton Rouge during the season, and he was in Knoxville the weekend before the dead period. He’s set to enroll early at the school he chooses, and he can be an instant impact player wherever he ends up.

Led by defensive coordinator John Chavis, the Tigers have made Phillips a high priority. Coaches made multiple trips up to Nasvhille this month to see him, and they’ll hope all that attention pays off when he makes his decision known.


LSU will have three commits in this year’s Army Bowl, and four total players from Louisiana will show out in San Antonio.

Derrius Guice is one of the finalists for the U.S. Army Player of the Year award, which will be handed out during the game. He can also make his case to be one of the nation’s top running backs with a big performance this week. Xavier Lewis will have a chance to see how he compares with some of the nation’s best corners competing with elite receivers on the other side of the ball.

Not much attention is paid to long snappers at All-America games, but Blake Ferguson is considered No. 1 in the country. You probably won’t even hear his name though if all goes according to plan.

Two of LSU’s top remaining in-state targets will also be playing in this year’s Army Bowl — Donte Jackson and Derrick Dillon.

Jackson will announce his commitment Jan. 21 before taking an official visit to Baton Rouge that weekend. He’s down to LSU, Georgia and USC, and the Tigers really like their chances with just a few weeks left before he decides. Jackson will likely take a visit to Athens the first weekend after the dead period, but the Tigers are definitely the team to beat at this point.

Dillon still remains committed to Florida, though LSU is likely the team to beat since offering him as an athlete. The Tigers are all in on playing him as a receiver, which will likely be what helps them land his commitment. Though the new coaching staff in Gainesville has maintained interest in Dillon, the Tigers should be the team that lands his signature come NSD.


---Porter Gustin is on the list of players to announce during the game. If he does, then the Tigers won’t be in the mix. If he holds off, then that’ll provide the Tigers a chance. They’ve been working to get his fifth and final official visit with hopes to land one of the nation’s most athletic defensive prospects.

---LSU expects to host five-star CeCe Jefferson for an official visit next month. Though Florida still seems like the team to beat, he does appear wide open to all suitors and there are many turns left to take in his recruitment. He’s spoken highly of LSU throughout, and the Tigers hope a visit next month will carry momentum into his NSD decision.

---Sh’Mar Kilby-Lane remains committed to Florida State, though he’s expected for an official visit to LSU on Jan. 16. The Tigers continue to press for linebackers, and Kilby-Lane’s one of many on their list. It seems a long shot at the moment, but LSU’s at least putting in the necessary work to contend for a flip.

---LSU continues to work for Mississippi State commit Jamal Peters. Though he appears solid in that pledge, especially after State’s big 2014 season, the Tigers have been on Peters for a long time and are hoping that effort results in a flip. If the Tigers can get him on campus next month, then LSU can start to feel better about its chances.

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