Pair of offensive tackles eliminate LSU

A pair of four-star offensive tackles are no longer considering LSU despite visiting Baton Rouge last weekend

LSU still have a need at offensive tackle, but a pair of recruits aren't willing to fill it.

Zach Robertson and Chidi Valentine-Okeke eliminated LSU from their recruitments Thursday despite visiting Baton Rouge on official visits this past weekend. The Tigers remain with only three offensive linemen — one tackle — as National Signing Day draws near.

Robertson said in an interview after returning home from his visit that he was giving real thought to the Tigers. But the shine from that trip apparently wore off fairly quickly. He told Scout's Greg Biggins that LSU's out of the running after having an in-home visit with Arizona State.

Robertson said that he will stand by his commitment to the Sun Devils and sign with them on Jan. 4.

Valentine-Okeke had a similar message regarding the Tigers. He informed Scout's Chad Simmons on Thursday that he has narrowed his focus to only two schools — Alabama and Auburn. He'll visit both before NSD and make a decision afterward. LSU was hoping to earn a spot in the mix this past weekend, but he has eliminated the Tigers from contention.

His decision may have an impact on another LSU target. There had been rumblings that Valentine-Okeke and another Nigerian, Prince Tega Wanogho, had discussed the possibility of playing together on the next level. They had met previously in Africa and spent a lot of time together while on their visits to LSU last weekend.

Auburn has long been considered the favorite for both, so it may not bode well for LSU. Ed Orgeron will continue to work on Wanogho though, as the four-star defensive end recovers from a broken leg he suffered earlier this week. Wanogho's not set to make a decision until after NSD.

With the news that neither Robertson nor Valentine-Okeke will choose LSU, that makes this weekend even more important for the future of the offensive line. LSU is set to host four-star tackle Toby Weathersby on an official visit, and the Tigers are one of two schools still in contention. Arkansas remains the other school in the hunt, and LSU will hope to solidify its standing after this weekend.



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