LSU hopeful for big Nashville recruiting haul

With Ugo Amadi's commitment coming on Tuesday, his decision could signal the start of a special connection for LSU in the city of Nashville

Tuesday in Nashville will be a big day for the future of LSU football, and the Music City Bowl has little to do with it.

Three-star cornerback Ugo Amadi will announce his college commitment at 11 a.m. during a ceremony at his high school. He’ll be the first of several Nashville-area recruiting dominoes to fall for the Tigers, and LSU’s hopeful his decision signals a positive trend.

Amadi will choose either LSU or Tennessee after decommitting from Ole Miss earlier this month. He originally planned to make his final decision after taking an official visit to LSU the weekend of Jan. 16. As an early enrollee though, he decided to push up his decision, which he’ll make public on Tuesday. Amadi took multiple unofficial visits to Baton Rouge since the spring, and his official to Tennessee came in November.

Rumblings within the last 24 hours have given in the indication that LSU will be the school Amadi picks on Tuesday.

Sources not connected with LSU told Scout’s Danny Parker with InsideTennessee.com that Amadi is heading to LSU. A source on the LSU staff informed TSD on Monday that they “feel good” about their chances with Amadi. That particular source is well connected with the Nashville area.

Amadi’s a three-star prospect and not the highest cornerback on LSU’s board. He’ll have to work his way up the depth chart should he choose LSU, and his earliest impact will probably come on special teams. LSU does see potential in him, and he is a take based on his ability.

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His relationship to four-star defensive end Kyle Phillips certainly makes him an even more enticing prospect for LSU. Phillips will announce his commitment Saturday at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, and he’s been one of the Tigers’ top targets throughout this recruiting cycle. LSU, Tennessee and Ole Miss are Phillips’ three finalists.

Amadi and Phillips are close friends, and the two took visits together to LSU this spring and summer. Amadi tweeted over the weekend that he knows Phillips’ decision and the two will be going to the same school. Most have considered that the likely outcome throughout their respective recruitments, and Amadi’s announcement should give a pretty good indication of where Phillips lands.

Phillips told reporters Sunday during check-in at the Army Bowl that he has not yet made his final decision, though he does have a pretty good idea of where he’ll end up. Most feel that his mother’s opinion will weigh heavily in the ultimate outcome, and Phillips has said before that his mother favors LSU.

LSU sources feel equally optimistic about Phillips’ decision, and landing him would address a major position of need for the Tigers. Phillips will also enroll early at the school of his choice, and he could have an instant impact for the Tigers with an extra semester of practice.

The decisions made by Amadi and Phillips could extend to the 2016 class as well. Those two have a close relationship with four-star junior JoeJuan Williams. The promising safety also made trips down to LSU with Amadi and Phillips, attending the Alabama game with the four-star DE.

Williams has spoken highly of the Tigers since landing an offer from them in May. Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Ole Miss and Mississippi State have all been mentioned as contenders for his recruitment, though having Amadi and Phillips in Baton Rouge could give the Tigers’ an added advantage when it comes to Williams.

LSU hung six digital billboards in Nashville to build hype for Tuesday’s bowl game against Notre Dame. That also signals the impression LSU wants to leave with recruits in that area, particularly the three mentioned above. Landing Amadi on Tuesday should be the catalyst that brings impressive talent from Nashville to Baton Rouge.


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