Below we’ll take a closer look at the Top 10 players in the state for 2016, with info on each one and the latest in their recruitments.
QB Shea Patterson | Calvary Baptist
Louisiana’s home to the nation’s best quarterback, and though LSU already has one committed, the Tigers would love to bring Patterson in the class as well. LSU has made Patterson a big priority since he moved to Shreveport before his sophomore season, and that’s only heated up in the last year. His older brother is on the LSU coaching staff as an assistant under Cam Cameron. The Tigers hope that all plays in their favor, but Patterson’s taking a wide-open approach to his recruitment. He regularly mentions schools like USC, Ole Miss, Auburn and Arizona — where he was once committed — as schools with LSU near the top of his list.
DT Rashard Lawrence | Neville
Lawrence earned a fifth star after a junior season that saw him emerge as one of the most dominant defensive tackles in the country. I saw it with my own eyes in the 4A state title game in December, when Lawrence was unblockable in every sense of the word. He has an SEC-ready frame and SEC-ready ability, and he’s only a junior. He’s well-deserving of that five-star rating, and he should only get better from here. He has LSU and Alabama offers among many more, and USC is a school he’s shown early interest in. He’ll likely be one of the state’s most hotly contested recruits in 2016.
DT Ed Alexander | St. Thomas Aquinas
The battle for Louisiana’s No. 1 DT will be fun to watch. Lawrence currently holds that title, but Alexander has until this most recent ratings update. He has all the same measurable as Lawrence and the major offers to go along with it. He was an LSU commit early in his recruitment, but decommitted to explore all options with an open mind. The Tigers are still very much his leader though, and all other schools will have to live up to that standard. Ed Orgeron will have a field day recruiting both Lawrence and Alexander, and landing both will be his top priority for 2016.
CB Kristian Fulton | Archbishop Rummel
Fulton’s right on the verge of five-star status and figures to be the next in a long line of great Louisiana DBs. Fulton missed the first half of his junior season with an injury but still managed to reel in double-digit interceptions by the end of the year. He’s long, athletic and moves extremely well. That’s the recipe for an LSU corner, and he’s been a high priority for most of the last year. He hasn’t visited any other school as much as he has LSU, so the Tigers definitely have the advantage in comfort. Alabama, Florida State, Mississippi State and Ole Miss are early contenders, but this one figures to be LSU’s to lose moving forward.
OT Willie Allen | John Curtis
Allen’s the top tackle in the state and Top Five in the country. That makes him highly coveted by LSU and most other major programs in the country. He’s go the size at 6-foot-7, 300 pounds, and the rest of his game continues to develop nicely. Run blocking’s still his forte coming out of John Curtis’ system, but he’s made great strides in developing an all-around game as well. Allen’s taking a very open approach to the recruiting process, moreso than the average in-state prospect. He recently visited an Ole Miss junior day, and he’d like to check out several more schools before narrowing things down. LSU will have a lot of work to do in order to secure his commitment.
CB Shyheim Carter | Kentwood
Carter’s the only player in Louisiana’s Top 10 currently committed to a school other than LSU. He pledged to Alabama before the Tigers came through with an offer this past summer. He’s probably the state’s top athlete in this class and one of Louisiana’s best sprinters on the track. His combination of speed and ability points toward him being a lockdown corner on the next level. LSU and Alabama will likely butt heads throughout the cycle for him, and that battle should be fun to watch.
WR Stephen Sullivan | Donaldsonville
Sullivan was the first member of LSU’s 2016 class, committing at Boys from the Boot a year ago. If you think Anderson’s big at 6-foot-4, wait until you see Sullivan and his 6-foot-6, 210-pound frame. He was pretty raw when LSU offered him as a sophomore, but he’s shown tremendous improvement as he learns to use his body. And don’t let his size fool you. Sullivan can run, with 40-times near 4.5 seconds last summer at camp.
WR Mykel Jones | Patterson
Jones is the second four-star receiver to come out of Patterson in as many years. He’s got a similar size and skillset to Daylon Charlot, who signed with Alabama in 2015, and Jones was one of the first players to receive an LSU offer in this class. He’s exploring all options though on the recruiting trail. He’s very close with Shea Patterson, and those two have discussed playing together in college. Jones has mentioned schools like USC and Texas among schools standing out with LSU, but he will have a lot of options to explore.
TE Jamal Pettigrew | St. Augustine
So you like these big options for the passing game? Well here’s 6-foot-5 tight end Jamal Pettigrew, who committed to the Tigers last month. Pettigrew was another that was pretty raw when LSU offered, but he’s proved the coaches right with their evaluations. Pettigrew ranks as one of the top tight ends in the country and has an NFL pedigree as a relative of Detroit Lion Brandon Pettigrew. Pettigrew already has the size and pass-catching to be a threat on the next level. He’ll continue to round out his game and should be a good one for the Tigers.
DT Glen Logan | Destrehan
Logan makes three defensive tackles in the state’s Top 10, and the third from Louisiana in the Top 162 overall. He joins that group with Rashard Lawrence and Ed Alexander (Briston Guidry as well) as the top targets for LSU to address its need at defensive tackle. Like the other DTs on the list, Logan already has a who’s who list of offers, so he’ll have a ton of options to choose from. LSU figures to play a prominent role in his recruitment though as they try to keep all these ultra-talented defensive linemen in the state.