LSU’s in-state big board has whittled down to only a handful of names. The Tigers have done well to lock up most of the players at the top with 11 of the 18 commits coming from Louisiana.
There are still some top targets still on the open market though, and several others on the cusp of an offer that could land in the class. Every year there’s a Louisiana recruit that rises late and ends up a Tiger, like Duke Riley in 2013 and Russell Gage in 2014.
So let’s take a look at the in-state recruits that could still potentially wind up with LSU by National Signing Day:
The top two targets on the board are both wide receivers — Derrick Dillon and Daylon Charlot. LSU probably won’t get both though, and the Tigers would prefer to just add one more receiver anyway. Dillon is the one considered most likely to wind up with LSU. Charlot’s been trending more and more toward Alabama over the last few weeks, while the Tigers remain a legitimate threat to flip Dillon from Florida.
This week will be big in determining what happens. He’s still planning an unofficial visit to Gainesville this weekend. If that trip happens, then it gives Florida one last chance to convince him to stick, but most feel right now that he’s leaning heavily toward flipping.
If LSU happens to miss on both Dillon and Charlot, then it’s possible they make a move on Brandon Martin. He isn’t technically an in-state recruit as he played his senior year at Prime Prep in Dallas. But he is a Louisiana native that previously attended Wossman in Monroe. He committed to Missouri over the weekend, but LSU has met with him this month and is set to visit again this week.
Academics are a concern though, so LSU would have to ensure that’s clear before moving forward. He’s also not guaranteed to flip from a commitment he just made. Some dominoes would have to fall before LSU even went after him seriously, but he’s at least a name to keep in mind through this final week.
Outside of Dillon and Charlot, Dutchtown’s Justin Reid is probably the next highest target in the class. There are other national DBs higher on LSU’s wishlist, but the Tigers’ interest in Reid has increased recently and should reach a peak this week in advance of his official visit. He’s also considering Stanford and Notre Dame, and those two are considered more likely to get him at this stage.
LSU could make up a lot of ground in this last week though if they choose to make a big push. We’ll see after this weekend where Reid falls in the pecking order, with his announcement set for NSD.
LSU could also turn in-state to address some of its biggest remaining needs at offensive tackle and defensive end.
Toby Weathersby is the No. 1 target and may be leaning toward LSU after his official visit this weekend. But if Weathersby lands with Arkansas, then the Tigers may make a move on Northside’s Oshea Dugas. LSU maintained consistent contact with him through his senior season and could offer him late. He’s committed to Louisiana Tech, but an LSU offer would likely change that.
LSU’s made guys like Arden Key, CeCe Jefferson and Prince Tega Wanogho the top priorities at defensive end. If LSU misses on one or more of these recruits, the Tigers could offer an in-state prospect. Ponchatoula’s Reggie Walker appears to be the next guy on the list. He’s committed to Kansas State, but Ed Orgeron has reached out to him recently. An LSU offer could potentially convince him to stay closer to home.
Keep an eye on Joe Anderson as well at defensive end. It’s more likely that he winds up at a junior college, but if his grades have improved, he may arise as a late option for the Tigers. But Walker would probably be the first target should LSU make an in-state move.
And don’t forget about Jesuit’s Foster Moreau at tight end. He tried to commit to LSU at Christmas time, but the coaches haven’t accepted it yet. They’ll see how the numbers play out, and we could see Moreau take his official visit this weekend. That would provide both sides to meet in-person and hash out where things stand. If there’s room, he’d likely wind up in this class. If not, he’ll have other options from schools like Tulane and Air Force.
LSU's remaining in-state targets
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