The Tigers hosted seven total recruits this weekend before a dead period goes into effect until National Signing Day. LSU didn’t land any new commits this weekend, but that’s to be expected as most will just wait to NSD. The Tigers did get a very important target to decommit from another school, and that helped make the weekend a very successful one.
We’ll get into everything we’ve learned about the visits, but first, here’s the list of visitors:
LB Leo Lewis
P Josh Growden
FB Ronnie Lamarque Jr. (future walk-on)---Leo Lewis decommitting from Ole Miss on Friday served as the headline of the weekend. He’d been committed to the Rebels since September, but that had grown softer in the last month. LSU feels it has all the momentum after convincing him to drop that pledge while he was on their campus. Frank Wilson has always felt confident in his chances to get Lewis, now there’s some legitimate evidence to make it a real possibility.
A source on the player’s side has even said that LSU’s now likely to land him, and it was very important that several family members joined him on the visit. LSU now feels it has some influential people in their corner. LSU will have to do its best though to keep the vibes going over these next few days. Many have characterized Lewis as “spur of the moment” kid, so things could change as the visit high wears off and he takes time to really weigh his options.
Ole Miss is still in contention, but Mississippi State is the team to watch. LSU actually considers State to be the biggest threat at the moment. The Bulldogs have been in it since the beginning, and most thought he would commit to them earlier in the cycle. Many are still predicting State to land him come signing day.
His decision is far from made though. Lewis will keep everything very close to the vest. He hasn’t done media interviews in a long time, and that will help contribute to a lot of speculation these next few days. LSU’s done a great job to give itself a very real chance, and now it’s on Lewis to decide between the three schools.
---LSU had to have a home run visit with Cece Jefferson, and it sounds like they pulled it off. The Tigers are riding high with confidence after his official visit and feel they have as good a chance as any of the other suitors. That’s really how all the schools think though, so this one is still very much up in the air. Ole Miss, Auburn, Alabama and Florida all remain realistic picks, but LSU has big momentum after the weekend.
Ed Orgeron and Bradley Dale Peveto led the recruiting efforts. Peveto’s built a great relationship as his lead recruiter, and Orgeron has known him since his time at USC. That’s really helping LSU’s cause, and could be something that helps set them apart.
Jefferson will announce on NSD, and he too will probably go into a shell this week to make his decision. Most can really see this go any direction, but LSU’s done a great job to put itself in the discussion.
---All this late momentum with several targets now has LSU looking at a numbers crunch. Several of those guys that are right on the fringe for a spot were on campus this weekend. Depending on how things go with guys like Jefferson, Lewis, Toby Weathersby, Arden Key, etc., LSU may have to ultimately turn some people away or go the greyshirt route.
---Justin Reid is closer to having a guaranteed spot — should he want it — after this weekend. Jamal Peters appears 100 percent set on Mississippi State, so Reid is now the only safety left on the board. LSU may still not press its hardest though with bigger needs to address at other positions.
There’s still no guarantee either that LSU would get him anyway. Stanford remains the favorite to land Reid, but that could change if LSU turns up the heat.
---Foster Moreau didn’t leave LSU as a commit this weekend, so he’s still on hold depending on how the numbers shake out. If there’s a spot open late, look for LSU to add Moreau, a high-character kid that would be the most all-around tight end in the class. But again, that’s not a need and it would probably take LSU missing on bigger targets for Moreau to wind up a Tiger.
---Junior college seems to be the most likely landing spot for Brandon Martin. He actually learned Friday that his high school, Prime Prep, has officially closed its doors. That’s another chapter in that school’s troubles and will likely play a part in preventing Martin from qualifying. LSU won’t have room for another wide receiver, especially one that’s a qualification risk. But the Tigers are willing to help place him at a junior college and open the door for him to join LSU in two years.
---LSU will likely add Josh Growden in some capacity. The Aussie flew to America to spend the weekend at LSU and went straight back after concluding the visit. The Tigers probably won’t have a spot for him, so he seems the best candidate for a greyshirt. But all signs point to LSU having another Aussie handling its punting duties after Jamie Keehn leaves.