We’re less than two weeks from the big day, and there are several targets on LSU’s board currently committed elsewhere. That hasn’t stopped the Tigers’ pursuit though, and LSU could shoot up the recruiting rankings if they land some of these recruits.
But LSU’s not immune from the flip game. There are also some members of their class that’s being courted by other schools.
We’re going to take a look at five players that could potentially flip to the Tigers, and two others that LSU’s hoping not to lose:
Lewis would be the poster boy for flipping in this class, as he could potentially commit to a third different school before it’s all said and done. LSU will get the last chance to impress him on the final weekend before National Signing Day, and that’s leading to some high confidence for the Tigers. He’s also considering Mississippi State, and he took an official there this past weekend. But LSU definitely has a lot working in its favor here. Lewis could potentially be the only linebacker in LSU’s class, and with Kevin Steele promising to bring a more multiple look to LSU’s defense, there could be more LB roles to around. That means Lewis has a real shot at playing early, and he recognizes that. Steele was also the one to recruit him to Alabama, where he committed first, so there’s a strong relationship there (Frank Wilson is also leading his recruitment). It’s still very possible that he chooses to stick with the Rebels, but he’ll definitely be one to watch closely as we head down the stretch.
S Jamal Peters | MISSISSIPPI STATE
LSU was originally scheduled to host Jamal Peters on an official visit this weekend, but that’s been changed. Peters planned to visit Mississippi State last weekend, but a death in the family forced him to cancel it. Now both schools are fighting to get his official visit on the final weekend before NSD. If LSU can get him on campus, then their chances will be much greater at landing him. But most still expect him to stick with the Bulldogs, regardless of what happens with his visits. He could still potentially be the only safety in this class, though the depth chart is loaded from the 2014 group, and that may contribute to him standing pat with his commitment.
LSU’s making a serious push down the stretch after hosting Robertson on his visit last weekend. He said after returning home that he’s giving serious thought to flipping, but it still seems a long shot for the Tigers. Jeff Grimes and Ed Orgeron — who recruited him at USC — did a great job selling him on LSU over the weekend. Distance may still play a factor though. He’s only visited Baton Rouge once, and came without his family. So LSU’s in-home visits will be crucial for their chances. If the Tigers can continue riding the momentum they built over the weekend, then maybe LSU can strike a big bow out West.
WR Derrick Dillon | Florida
Most consider LSU to now be the favorite with this in-state receiver. He committed to the Gators long before he received an offer from the Tigers, but LSU’s done a great job to show how much they want him. Cam Cameron’s built a strong relationship with him and showed him during his official visit how they plan to use him in the offense. Dillon liked what he heard and the added benefit of staying close to home is a big perk. Florida may still get an unofficial visit the final weekend before NSD, but right now all the momentum is with the home team in Dillon’s recruitment.
Now this one is a long shot. LSU will host the long-time Ohio State commit for an official visit this weekend. He went to Auburn last weekend, and those Tigers seem the bigger threat, as he was much closer to them than LSU early in his recruitment. But LSU will at least get a chance this weekend, and crazier things have happened. The quarterback logjam in Columbus could have Gibson thinking twice, and LSU does have a QB situation that’s far from settled. But that being said, the four other names on this list are much more likely to flip to the Tigers than Gibson.
LSU still has to defend itself against other programs trying to poach their recruits. Here are two to keep an eye on through the final two weeks of the cycle.
RB NICHOLAS BROSSETTE | Texas
The Baton Rouge native took his official visit to Austin last weekend, and the Longhorns are a legitimate threat here. Brossette does love Texas and has a strong relationship with the coaches there. The Longhorns are selling him on a better shot at playing time, though the concern there may be a bit overblown. Though the Horns don’t have a guy like Leonard Fournette, there’s still plenty of traffic in that backfield as well. And competition isn’t something that’s going to scare Brossette away. That being said, his interest in Texas is legit. It was huge for the Longhorns that Brossette’s family joined him on his official. But it may still not have been enough to convince Brossette to leave the hometown for college. LSU will get its chance to counteract all that Texas momentum with his official visit this weekend, so we’ll have to see where things are trending after that.
OG Maea Teuhema | UCLA
Teuhema is expected to take an official visit to UCLA after coming down to Baton Rouge the previous weekend. This visit has been discussed for a long time and is finally coming to fruition. The folks out West seem to have some confidence that there’s a legitimate chance he flips, but it’s our take that it would be a huge surprise. Any rumors that his brother was unhappy in Baton Rouge were false. Sione Teuhema hosted his younger brother last weekend, and all is good on that front. Maea’s even planning to take another unofficial visit the weekend before NSD. So we’d consider a huge surprise if LSU lost Maea in this class.