TREND METER: LSU Football Recruiting

Which teams have the right momentum for LSU's top targets, and where do the Tigers stand with their chances at reeling in those recruits?

Toby Weathersby | No. 11 OT

Weathersby won’t say who his finalists are, but it’s safe to assume he’s down to Arkansas and LSU. The Tigers hosted him this past weekend and hope to be gaining some steam. It will help LSU’s cause that Weathersby’s mother came on his visit with him, and the Baton Rouge’s proximity to Houston compared to Fayetteville could be a big factor. Weathersby still seems torn though, so LSU will need to continue building momentum through in-home visits, but right now it appears LSU’s trending the right direction.

Arden Key | No. 9 DE

Key took an official visit to South Carolina this past weekend, but we still feel LSU’s in the driver’s seat. That trip didn’t match the buzz from his official to Baton Rouge, though that may have been a result of his familiarity with Columbia. He’s been committed there twice, so he wasn’t likely to see anything new, but LSU’s held the momentum for a long time. Watch out for that Auburn visit this weekend, as they could make a late push, but we still think LSU’s the leader.

Torrance Gibson | No. 5 QB

It’s still a long shot, but LSU did well this past weekend to give itself a chance. Ohio State’s logjam at quarterback has given him real thought to flipping. We still believe Auburn is in the mix, and they sent Gus Malzahn and Rhett Lashlee to visit with him Tuesday. The mystery and drama is starting to build with Gibson’s decision, and most can see it going several different ways. At the very least, LSU is in the mix after his official visit, and the next week should feature several turns.

Derrick Dillon | No. 34 WR

LSU continues to like its chances at flipping Dillon from Florida. Cam Cameron and Adam Henry have done well to show him he’s a priority for LSU’s offense, and that message has been well received. We’ll have to keep a close eye on this weekend, as he does still plan to give Florida one last unofficial visit. The Gators have a shot at locking him up with a home run, but they have to counteract a lot of momentum LSU’s built in the last couple months. The odds favor LSU in this one.

Leo Lewis | No. 7 MLB

Lewis took an official visit to Ole Miss this weekend that has the Rebels hoping they locked him up. LSU’s chances were always going to come down to this weekend though, with the Tigers set to get the final impression. Frank Wilson has built a really strong relationship with Lewis, and he’s confident he can reel him in. The addition of Kevin Steele has helped as well. Ole Miss may still be the favorite to keep him, though we’re holding ground until LSU gets its shot at hosting him.

Jamal Peters | No. 3 S

LSU and Mississippi State will continue fighting to host Peters on an official visit this weekend. LSU expects him to be in Baton Rouge, while the Bulldogs also expect him to be on their campus. We’ll hold ground on our expectations until we see where he ends up this weekend. If he comes to LSU, then that will give the Tigers a very real chance. If he doesn’t, then you can feel pretty certain that he sticks with State.

Justin Reid | No. 21 S

We still feel that Stanford or Notre Dame leads at this point for Reid, which is why the trend is holding steady. LSU can start making a big push this weekend though during his official visit, and that may be enough to send the momentum in the Tigers’ favor. It’s still no guarantee that he stays at home. The academic appeal of Stanford and Notre Dame is real key, and with his brother in San Francisco, that probably makes the Cardinal the favorite right now. We’ll know a lot more after this weekend though.

Prince Tega Wanogho | No. 28 DE

Wanogho’s recruitment has been put on hold because of a broken leg he suffered during a basketball game. His decision will now come well after NSD as he looks to squeeze in the rest of his visits. LSU’s the only one he’s taken to this point, and that still gives the Tigers reason for hope. We’ll see how things change once he’s able to resume taking visits.

CeCe Jefferson | No. 3 DE

Jefferson was at Ole Miss this past weekend, and he mentioned the Rebels as his leader earlier this month. The Rebels feel they locked him up after this visit, but there’s still sure to be a lot of drama leading up to his decision. His trend meter could change at the drop of a hat, and LSU getting his last visit is still a huge bonus. The Tigers could easily ride that late momentum into NSD, but as it stands now, LSU’s a long shot and has ground to make up.

Iman Marshall | No. 1 CB

This isn’t a knock on Marshall’s visit this past weekend. By all accounts, the Tigers did well hosting him. But LSU’s always been a long shot to get him, and we think that’s pretty clear now. We’ve seen before how difficult it is to get a player from out West, and USC remains the heavy favorite to keep him close to home. And LSU will be just fine with all the talent they’ve accumulated at corner.

Daylon Charlot | No. 23 WR

Alabama’s now considered the favorite to bring Charlot back into their class. His official visit earlier this month started sending that momentum to the Tide, and he’s grown more and more comfortable with the idea of leaving Louisiana. LSU seems to have a better shot with Derrick Dillon anyway, so you should probably see the Tigers focus their efforts on him during the final week.

Chidi Valentine-Okeke | No. 7 OT

Okeke-Valentine flirted with the idea of committing Monday night, but backed out. LSU was listed as a finalist though along with Auburn and Alabama. It’s our understanding though that LSU’s not a legitimate contender. The Tigers may have an in-home visit this week for one last chance, but all money is on either Auburn or Alabama when he decides next week.

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