The Tigers will get one last chance to impress its top recruits before the dead period begins Monday. LSU will host some of its top remaining targets at major positions of need this weekend.
Below is the list of players expected with all the latest info on their recruitments and the Tigers’ chances to get them.
P Josh Growden
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---Firstly, there’s still a chance that Jamal Peters, a four-star safety, shows up for a visit this weekend. He gave the LSU coaches the impression during his in-home visit Tuesday that he would. But our colleagues on the Mississippi State beat say Peters informed the State coaches on Thursday that he and several family members would be in Starkville. So we’re not expecting Peters to show up this weekend, though nothing would surprise at this point. If he doesn’t, then you can consider him a lock to stick with the Bulldogs on NSD.
---Now to of LSU’s other top defensive targets are locked in for this weekend — Leo Lewis and CeCe Jefferson.
Frank Wilson remains optimistic that he can flip Lewis from Ole Miss. He’s led his recruitment the whole way, and he’s been helped by Kevin Steele and Ed Orgeron since they joined the staff. LSU can provide him an opportunity to be the only linebacker this class with a very good chance at playing early. He will be a very tough flip though after his visit to Ole Miss last weekend, but LSU has a chance with the timing of this visit. The Tigers will hope to build enough momentum that he considers a flip at the 11th hour.
Jefferson will also be a tough pull, with Ole Miss considered the heavy favorite at this point. Again, the timing could be everything for LSU though, as a visit on the final weekend can definitely sway things. Jefferson’s been so all over the place in his recruitment, that nobody would be surprised to see him go with LSU at the last minute. The Tigers have an inviting depth chart though, and he’s had a strong relationship with Coach Orgeron since he was at USC. Coach O’s made him one of his top priorities at a major position of need, so look for LSU to try and hit it out of the park this weekend.
---Assuming Jamal Peters doesn’t show up this weekend, then LSU will really turn up the heat on Justin Reid. Stanford and Notre Dame are still considered ahead of the Tigers, but that could definitely change this weekend. Reid grew up loving LSU and wouldn’t be afraid to follow in his brother’s footsteps. LSU can sell him on being the only safety in this class, and he may even grow into a linebacker to address that need. But Stanford and Notre Dame both have the academic prestige, which is a significant appeal for Reid, and Stanford especially has the proximity to his brother.
Reid’s set to announce a final decision on NSD, and we’ll get a better idea after this weekend where he stands in LSU’s pecking order and where the Tigers stand in his.
---Brandon Martin turned heads at the Under-Armour game, and he’s really had LSU’s attention for the last few weeks. He’s a Monroe native, attending Wossman for most of his high school career before transferring to Prime Prep in Dallas for his senior year. He committed to Missouri during an official visit last weekend, but he’ll get a chance to experience LSU and will arrive Friday.
He doesn’t have an offer from the Tigers, and one may not come considering what LSU has already at wide receiver. But he’s a legitimate 6-foot-3 and can play the outside, which would have value if there’s room. His academics are another concern though, and it’s no guarantee that he qualifies. LSU would have to clear that up before making any moves, but he’s one to keep an eye on as we get closer to NSD.
---Jesuit tight end Foster Moreau’s expected to be on campus this weekend. He tried committing to LSU on Christmas Eve, but the Tigers haven’t accepted it yet. If there’s room left in the class, LSU could open a spot for Moreau, who would be the most well-rounded tight end of LSU’s prospects. Both sides will get a chance to sit down this weekend and discuss where things stand.
---We've added punter Josh Growden to the list. He's an Australian that will head to the States this week to visit a number of schools. He's had LSU interest for a couple months now, but LSU would need to have room before it adds a punter to this class. We'll see where things stand after his visit.