But that hasn’t stopped the flood of offers handed out by the Tigers, especially to those defensive ends and linebackers. We’ve seen Ed Orgeron and Kevin Steele leave their mark on this 2016 class by casting a large net for players to restock the cupboards at that position, and they targeted several new targets this past week.
But LSU’s also targeted some offensive linemen, wide receivers and corners, so let’s take a look at some of the most recent offers handed out by the LSU staff:
Lyndell Wilson | No. 3 OLB
Kevin Steele dipped back into Alabama to extend an offer to one of the nation’s top prospects. Wilson’s a big, physical hitter at the outside linebacker, measuring 6-foot-3, 225 pounds. He could be that ideal 3-4 pass rushing linebacker, but has the athleticism to play sideline to sideline in a 4-3. Coming from Montgomery, Ala., it’s going to be tough to pull him from Alabama and Auburn, but LSU will give it a run.
Prince Sammons | No. 5 DE
Sammons ranks as one of the nation’s top defensive ends, but LSU may be more interested in him as an offensive lineman. Coming from the Cincinnati area — where LSU pulled George Brown in 2015 — Jeff Grimes is the one that reached out to him to extend the offer. LSU has told Sammons they’re open to him playing either side, and the recruit is willing to entertain that as well. He’s still wide open and hopes to start narrowing things down within the next month.
Krys Barnes | No. 8 MLB
Ed Orgeron returned to his California stomping grounds and offered two linebackers last week. Barnes is one of the top defensive players out West. He has offers from most of the major Pac-12 schools, including USC, who offered him within the last couple weeks. The Trojans are now considered the team to beat, but Barnes will receive a lot of attention, and Coach O is a good person to fight a battle with USC.
Caleb Kelly | No. 2 OLB
Kelly’s another five-star linebacker to get an offer from the Tigers. He too comes from Coach O territory, and is the top overall prospect out West. He has everything you’d want in a big outside backer, speed, agility, coverage ability and the aggression to get in the backfield. He’s wide open and plans to start narrowing things down this summer with tons of offers still pouring in.
Chidi Okonya | No. 27 DE
Okonya reminds you a lot of LSU signee Arden Key. Okonya comes in at 6-foot-6, has the long, rangy athleticism that would translate well to a defensive end or even a standup pass-rusher in the 3-4. He’s even been clocked with a sub-4.8 40-yard dash, and that makes him a very desirable prospect.
Jauan Williams | No. 17 OT
Jeff Grimes loves the Mid-Atlantic, and he targeted another offensive tackle from that area in the DC-based Williams. He has big offers from the SEC, Big Ten and ACC. He’ll be highly sought after as one of the top offensive linemen in the country. Grimes has gone after a handful of OTs from that area, but hasn’t landed one yet. He’s hoping that Williams could be the first.
Nigel Warrior | No. 7 CB
LSU handed out this offer Sunday to a kid who probably has the best name in the entire recruiting class. He’s a Georgia native and a Tennessee legacy. He has the ability to play corner or safety on the next level, though with his size — 6-foot-1, 175 pounds — he’s probably best suited as a corner. There are a ton of big-time corners on LSU’s board in 2016, so we’ll have to see how legitimate a target Warrior becomes for the Tigers.
WR Kevin Stepherson
Stepherson is small, listed at 5-foot-1, 155 pounds. But he has a lot of speed and athleticism, and is still a relative unknown on the recruiting trail. He has offers from West Virginia and North Carolina to go with his new one from LSU. Corey Raymond and Bradley Dale Peveto love to uncover those Florida diamonds in the rough, and they’ll be keeping a close eye on Stepherson as he continues to develop.
Boselli’s the newest recruit to get an offer, landing one Monday morning. He’s the son of former Pro Bowl tackle Tony Boselli, so he certainly has the right pedigree. The younger Boselli projects as a guard on the next level.