The list includes three of LSU’s top targets and several other recruits already committed to the Tigers. Most of this group should start arriving Friday and stay until Sunday, with lots of tours, food and one-on-one time scheduled for the weekend.
We’ll get you ready with everything you need to know about each visitor below, but first, here’s the list of this weekend’s visitors.
RB Nick Brossette (LSU commit)
RB Derrius Guice (LSU commit)
LS Blake Ferguson (LSU commit)
WR Tyron Johnson (LSU commit)
CB Xavier Lewis (LSU commit)
CB Donte Jackson (LSU commit)
QB Manny Miles
ATH Lanard Fournette
---Toby Weathersby headlines this list as the primary target to address LSU’s need at offensive tackle. With Zach Robertson and Chidi Valentine-Okeke eliminating the Tigers from contention, that makes Weathersby’s visit all the more important. This will be LSU’s first chance to show off campus to Weathersby, though the Tigers have made big strides through in-home visits, including one with Les Miles earlier this week.
Weathersby is down to two schools with Arkansas serving as LSU’s biggest competition. He took an official visit to Fayetteville last weekend, so this will be the Tigers’ chance to counteract that momentum. He may take an official to Houston next weekend, but that will be more out of courtesy to his high school coach, who’s now on the Cougars’ staff.
So this appears to be another LSU vs. Arkansas battle for a lineman. LSU lost one earlier this cycle for Jalen Merrick, so the Tigers will hope to come out victorious this time.
---It would be an embarrassment of riches if LSU could land another five-star corner like Iman Marshall. He’s wanted to take this visit for a long time, loving the DBU reputation that LSU has. But the Tigers are a long shot in this recruitment, and the crowded CB depth chart may deter Marshall from hopping aboard.
He took an official visit to Notre Dame last month, with back-to-trip trips to Florida State and Michigan last week. The Wolverines have a lot of momentum at the moment because of his relationship to Jim Harbaugh, but the two Los Angeles schools — USC and UCLA — are likely in the lead. Anything could happen though, and a home run visit may push the Tigers higher up his board.
---Long-time Ohio State commit Torrance Gibson is at least entertaining the idea of flipping with official visits elsewhere these last two weekends. Auburn got their chance last week, and now LSU will host him. Gibson was one of Cam Cameron’s first QB targets for 2015, so interest has reignited.
The quarterback logjam at Ohio State may be causing Gibson to look elsewhere, and LSU’s uncertain situation has to be enticing. But he was much closer to Auburn than he was LSU early in his recruitment, so it would be a surprise if he landed with LSU when all is said and done.
---Another big focus of this weekend will be convincing Nick Brossette to uphold his commitment. Texas has made a huge push after his official visit to Austin last weekend. His entire family made the trip with him, and that’s big considering how important they are to him. LSU will get its opportunity to counteract that momentum though.
Frank Wilson went in-home with Brossette earlier this week, so he’s putting in all the effort necessary. It’s also no coincidence that Manny Miles is taking an official visit this weekend as well. He was Brossette’s high school quarterback and one of his best friends, so LSU hopes that will help work in their favor.
LSU will also be sure to show Brossette that there will be plenty of carries to go around in Wilson’s RB rotation, with hopes that offsets the pitch Texas is trying to make. We should get a sense after this weekend whether Brossette plans to stick with the Tigers or flip to Texas.
---Derrius Gucie plans to take his official visit this weekend after rescheduling from last week. He does also intend to take one to Alabama on the final weekend before NSD. Though it would be a HUGE shock if Guice flipped, a visit that late is always reason for concern. We’ll have to see if he actually does make that trip, but the plan at least for now is him to visit both LSU and Alabama on these final two weekends.
---The New Orleans-area trio of Xavier Lewis, Tyron Johnson and Donte Jackson are now all LSU commits. This close friends will take their official visits together, and all three are solid. LSU landed a big win by getting all three in the class, and now they can celebrate this weekend.
---Blake Ferguson won his second straight Long Snapper of the Year award at Chris Rubio’s big event last weekend. He attended every LSU game the last few years to see his older brother, and he’ll begin his college career next season following in Reid Ferguson’s footsteps. That’s eight straight years of Ferguson snapping, and that’s been a steady thing for the Tigers.
---Leonard Fournette’s little brother Lanard Fournette will be on campus this weekend. LSU may find a spot in the class for him if there’s room, or may invite him to join the team as a preferred walk-on. Either way, the Fournette family has been very good to LSU, so they’re returning the favor by giving Lanard an official visit weekend.