That has been the plan for several weeks, but with LSU's defensive coordinator search ongoing, the Tigers have scheduled most of their defensive targets to come on one of the final two weekends before National Signing Day. But as of Monday night, Key told Scout's Chad Simmons that it's still the plan to head to Baton Rouge this weekend.
Key officially decommitted from South Carolina for the second time last week. He still says the Gamecocks are his No. 1 school, though most consider LSU and Auburn to be legitimate threats at landing him.
Key plans to take his official visit to South Carolina on Jan. 23 and Auburn on Jan. 30. A midweek visit to Miami on Jan. 19 has also been discussed. Georgia has also been mentioned as a possible contender.
LSU has generated a lot of buzz throughout his recruitment. He spent multiple days on campus this summer and returned to attend the Alabama game in November. LSU doesn't expect the departure of John Chavis to have an effect on Key as Brick Haley is his lead recruiter and seems set on staying in Baton Rouge. While it would certainly be ideal for the Tigers to have a new defensive coordinator in place for Key's visit, Chavis' replacement will still be able to go in-home with Key once the hire's made.
Key plans to announce his commitment on Jan. 2.
LSU is poised to get the final visit for five-star defensive end CeCe Jefferson.
He tweeted out Monday that he'll spend the final three weekends before NSD at Auburn, Ole Miss and LSU. He'll take his official visit to Auburn this weekend, and is expected for an unofficial to Oxford on Jan. 23 (He took an official there in October). His visit to LSU would be an official on Jan. 30.
Jefferson named Ole Miss his leader in the week leading up to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. Florida and Alabama have also had legitimate buzz at various points of his recruitment. It's anyone guess as to where he winds up though, and he'll announce his final decision on NSD.
Jefferson has made multiple visits to Baton Rouge since the summer. He was on campus in July during the Elite Camp and returned for the Alabama game in December. Like with Key, the Chavis departure should not have an effect as Bradley Dale Peveto and Brick Haley have led his recruitment.
LSU will host four-star quarterback Torrance Gibson for an official visit, but the Tigers aren't likely to steal him from Ohio State.
Auburn and LSU will get official visits leading up to NSD, but Gibson has said he's still solid to the Buckeyes. He wrote in a blog for USA Today that his mom encouraged him to take the visits to ensure he's 100 percent with his decision.
"Ohio State fans shouldn’t worry at all," Gibson wrote for USA Today. "Just let me enjoy this process; it’s the only time I’ll be able to do this in my lifetime."
LSU was one of the schools originally in contention for Gibson before he committed to Ohio State. He visited Baton Rouge during the spring, but the Buckeyes pretty quickly became his leader. The Tigers already have quarterback Justin McMillan on campus, and it's unlikely that Gibson joins him in the 2015 class.