DE Arden Key
UPDATE (2/2 9:00 p.m.: Arden Key announced his commitment Monday night. He becomes the 21st commit in LSU's 2015 class.
Key will announce his commitment Monday night between either LSU or South Carolina. The Tigers appear to be the team to beat as we’re just hours away from his decision. We at TSD have made our prediction that he becomes the 20th commit in LSU’s 2015 class. He would address a huge need at defensive end, as he’s the No. 1 target at this point (more on that position later). It would be a severe letdown if he doesn’t pick LSU, but all signs point to the Tigers at this point.
LB Leo Lewis
LSU received huge news Friday night when Lewis decided to decommit from Ole Miss on the first day of his official visit to Baton Rouge. It now seems like a two-horse race between the Tigers and Mississippi State. LSU feels they made a huge impression on Lewis and his family this weekend, but Mississippi State still has a lot of confidence. Many are now pegging the Bulldogs as the favorite, but this one is very close. Ole Miss will also try to work their way back into it, but it’s looking like a State vs. LSU battle these final two days.
Weathersby seemed torn between LSU and Arkansas after his visit two weekends ago. Now the Tigers are starting to separate and are the team to beat on NSD. LSU has Weathersby’s mother in their corner, and the proximity to home is another big factor. If LSU can seal the deal, it would be quite the finish for Jeff Grimes should he land both Weathersby and Chidi Valentine-Okeke in the final week.
LSU has been the favorite to land Dillon for the last month. Even though he’s still “committed” to Florida, we expect him to officially flip to the Tigers on NSD. That would be a big win to keep one of the state’s top athletes at home, and Dillon figures to be the final addition to a very good class of wide receivers.
LSU remains a very legitimate contender for Gibson. Cam Cameron has built a strong relationship with him, and Gibson does believe he’s the best man to potentially develop him for the NFL. Gibson may still stick with Ohio State, though the clogged QB depth chart there is giving him second thought. Auburn’s also a real possibility as they probably provide the best fit for his style. He did take a visit to nearby Miami this past weekend, but one of those other three schools are more likely to land him come NSD.
P Josh Growden
UPDATE (2/2 6:30 p.m.): Josh Growden announced his commitment to LSU after being offered a full scholarship. He becomes the 20th commit in the 2015 class, leaving five spots to go. The five players already discussed are the most likely players to land in the class.
Growden will more than likely end up in LSU’s class in some capacity. If there’s an available scholarship, then expect him to get a spot. If there isn’t, he’ll likely come on as a greyshirt. Regardless of how it plays out though, this Aussie punter should be on LSU’s team next season.
His status will ultimately come down to the numbers. He’ll be the first one up to get a real offer if there’s room available. If there’s not though, LSU will probably present him with a greyshirt opportunity. He might decide instead though to accept a legitimate scholarship to Tulane.
LSU hosted this five-star defensive end over the weekend, but he eliminated the Tigers on Monday. He’s down to four schools — Ole Miss, Florida, Auburn and Alabama — leaving LSU out of the running. He was always a long shot for the Tigers, but they were hopeful his visit solidified their chances. Instead, all eyes turn to Arden Key at defensive end.
DE Prince Tega Wanogho
UPDATE (2/3 3:00 p.m.): Wanogho committed to Auburn on Tuesday and will sign with them on NSD. That was the expected move. Though he'd been expected to take it past NSD, there had been rumblings in the last week that he may be ready by NSD.
Wanogho remains a potential DE candidate. LSU hopes that having fellow Nigerian Chidi Valentine-Okeke will help their causes, but it’s our understanding that it won’t. These two are not expected to attend the same college, so Auburn is considered the heavy favorite for Wanogho. This could still take several turns though as he’s not set to decide until a few weeks after NSD.
Stanford now seems the heavy favorite to land Reid. He took his official visit this weekend, but is still on the fringe as LSU awaits the numbers crunch. Reid’s been a top priority for Stanford all along, and that’s resonating. It’s also close to his brother in San Francisco, so we’re expecting him to pick the Cardinal on NSD.
Alabama has essentially considered Charlot a commit for these last few weeks. LSU continued to recruit throughout this most recent contact period though, and they aren’t ruling out their chances. But all signs point to him returning to the Crimson Tide, which would leave Derrick Dillon as the one to watch at wide receiver.
Jamal Peters didn’t take a visit to LSU this past weekend, and that reassured Mississippi State that he will sign with them Wednesday. It was a very long shot to flip him, but LSU thought they’d have a chance if he made that visit. He didn’t, and he’ll stick with the Bulldogs.