Recruits have started making their way home after a weekend of official visits at LSU. We’ll continue to provide updates on what we’re hearing and collecting from follow-up interviews with the players.
Here’s what we can pass along so far from early reports out of the visits:
---The big news of the weekend came Saturday when Lanard Fournette became the 18th commit in LSU’s class. The Tigers accepted his commitment on the spot as an athlete/specialist, and he will be on athletic scholarship. He is not listed as a running back though, and LSU remains with three for 2015 — David Ducre, Derrius Guice and Nicholas Brossette (more on the latter two soon). Lanard will follow in his older brother’s footsteps and attempt to make a name for himself. Lanard can make plays out of the backfield or in the slot, and can also have an impact on special teams. He’s a high character kid, and the LSU staff’s grown very tight with the Fournette family since they started recruiting Leonard, so they’re happy to add Lanard to the team as well.
---Of the three other top targets not currently committed to LSU, it still appears the best shot comes with Toby Weathersby. The four-star tackle made the trip with his mother, and it’s always key to have a parent on the visit. It’s still considered tight between LSU and Arkansas for his commitment, and we’ll attempt to catch up with Weathersby for a first-person account of his visit.
---Iman Marshall brought his father to LSU. Though Corey Raymond has led his recruitment thus far, it was Ed Orgeron that really hit it off with Marshall this weekend. Coach O didn’t have any defensive linemen to host, so he spent a lot of time with a player he once recruited to USC. The Trojans are still considered the favorite for Marshall’s commitment, though Coach O can truly mean it when he compares LSU to USC. The DBU angle can still be LSU’s ace in the hole, but Marshall got to experience everything else the Tigers can offer. It still seems a long shot that LSU can get him, but the Tigers are expected to at least remain in contention until he shuts it down.
---Torrance Gibson came alone on what was his second visit to LSU. Auburn remains the biggest threat to Ohio State for his commitment. Auburn can sell Gibson on fitting perfectly into Gus Malzahn’s system, though Cam Cameron’s NFL experience continues to help LSU’s effort. That being said, this one still feels like the longest shot of the three. We’ll work to Gibson’s account to see if the Tigers managed to make up some ground.
---As big a priority were Weathersby, Marshall and Gibson, insuring that LSU retains Nick Brossette was just as important. Brossette’s family did join him for the short trip, which was crucial after they went with him to Texas. That family angle is LSU’s biggest selling point, and it wasn’t a coincidence that Manny Miles also took an official this weekend. Brossette has pretty much been another member of the Miles family, and LSU’s hoping that relationship pays off.
The Tigers also put Davon Godchaux on Brossette as a player host. Godchaux was a long-time commit in the 2014 class before nearly flipping to Ole Miss on National Signing Day. He instead chose to play for the school across the river and started almost every game as a freshman. Godchaux can preach the benefits of playing for LSU, and the Tigers hopes that helps conivince Brossette to do the same.
---There’s been talk of Xavier Lewis and Derrius Guice taking visits elsewhere on the final weekend before NSD. Lewis has said he may check out Texas, while Guice said earlier this week that he planned to visit Alabama. Whether or not either visit actually happens remains to be seen. As it stands now, LSU doesn’t consider either a risk to flip, and Lewis is particularly strong after spending his birthday weekend with close friends Tyron Johnson and Donte Jackson.
---We’ll continue to pass along more reports from the weekend, and stay tuned to the Message Board at the link below for all the latest.
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