While LSU had a big weekend in Baton Rouge with 11 official visitors, some of the Tigers’ other top targets went elsewhere.
Here’s a roundup of some notable recruits with info on where they went and what it means for their recruitments and LSU’s chances.
---It’s been almost a year since Maea Teuhema officially joined LSU’s 2015 class, and he took an official visit to UCLA this weekend. Though some confidence has emerged from UCLA’s camp, all indications we’ve received point to Teuhema sticking with the Tigers. He took his LSU official last weekend and may even return for an unofficial next week. This trip to UCLA was mostly for the experience, and we’d be surprised to see an 11th hour flip from Teuhema.
---Arden Key returned to the school he’s committed to (and decommitted from) twice in this cycle. He visited South Carolina this weekend after LSU made a HUGE impression last week. The Tigers are considered the team to beat, but the Gamecocks might have made up a bit of ground. There wasn’t as much buzz coming out of Columbia this weekend as there was Baton Rouge though, so LSU should still feel pretty good about its chances. Key will take an official visit to Auburn next week, and that’s one to watch closely. This can still take many turns before Key’s set to announce on Feb. 2.
---Ole Miss hosted a huge weekend in Oxford with several LSU targets littering the list of five-star and four-star talent. Among the notable recruits on the Rebels’ campus were CeCe Jefferson, Leo Lewis and DaMarkus Lodge.
That was an unofficial visit for Jefferson after he used the official in the fall. He’s at times named Ole Miss his leader, and the Rebels have reason to be optimistic. He was in Oxford with close friend, Jeff Holand, and Ole Miss is picking up a lot of momentum with both. LSU’s set to host Jefferson on an official next weekend, and the Tigers will have ground to make up, but the timing could definitely play in LSU’s favor.
On a related note, Byron Cowart took a short visit to Florida this weekend. LSU continues trying to land Cowart’s last visit, but that seems unlikely. They’re hoping that CeCe can convince him to join him on the trip, but Cowart’s expected to be at Florida State on Jan. 30.
Going back to Ole Miss, the Rebels hope they’ve solidified Lewis’ commitment over the weekend. All reports from Oxford indicate he’s leaning toward sticking, but LSU is still in line to host him the final weekend, and that may change things.
As for Lodge, it’s more likely that he remains in Texas for college, likely at Texas A&M, but Ole Miss is probably the out-of-state team with the best shot at getting him. LSU’s odds are long at this point.
---Dutchtown’s Justin Reid took an official visit to Notre Dame this weekend. He’s still considering the Irish and Stanford in addition to LSU. The Tigers haven’t made a huge push for Reid yet, though that will start coming this week in advance of his official visit to Baton Rouge. That may still not be enough to beat out Stanford or Notre Dame though. Academics are big to Reid, and both have that to offer. Stanford can also bring him closer to his brother in San Francisco. We should have a better feel for where LSU stands as we get through this week.
LSU recruits visit elsewhere this weekend
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