Below is the list of notable players that LSU expects to host this weekend, with some notes to follow on what to look for during Junior Day:
QB Feleipe Franks (LSU commit)QB Tyler Johnston
WR Isaiah Graham
DT Ed Alexander
DT Ed OliverDT Benito Jones (Ole Miss commit)
LB Ben Davis
LB Tim Hart
LB Thomas Johnston (2017)LB Kendric Haynes (2017)
ATH Clifford Chattman (LSU commit)ATH Shyheim Carter (Alabama commit)
---The big action this weekend will come on the defensive side of the ball, especially at defensive tackle and linebacker, two of LSU's bigger needs in this class.
At tackle, the two out-of-state names are Ed Oliver and Benito Jones. Oliver has been a top LSU target for a while, and he's named the Tigers his leader at various points through his recruitment. He's been to LSU several times already, so this is another opportunity for him to get more comfortable around the campus. Jones committed to Ole Miss last summer, but if there's someone that can recruit against the Rebels, it's Ed Orgeron for LSU.
The in-state crop of DTs is what's really impressive in this class, and the Tigers hope to see three of the top ones this weekend. The two five-stars Rashard Lawrence and Ed Alexander are the closest things to must-get recruits in this class. It would be especially big for Lawrence to show up because he wasn't able to make it to "Boys from the Boot" a couple weeks ago. LSU remains in great shape for Alexander, and the Tigers are also optimistic about getting Stephon Taylor to join the class with his teammate Clifford Chattman.
At linebacker, we've seen Kevin Steele cast a wide net to address the biggest need in this class. The Tigers are hoping to add at least four LBs in this class, and this weekend could be a big step in making that happen. This will be Steele's first big opportunity to show his recruiting chops, and a home run will be necessary to get LSU in a good early spot for these big names on the board.
---LSU can land another epic class of defensive backs, and this weekend's visitor list is evident of that with the No. 1 safety and No. 1 corner expected to be on campus. S Brandon Jones has been to LSU before, and the Tigers are one of several schools at the top of his list. Eric Monroe has mentioned LSU as his leader before, and the Tigers are optimistic about getting him in this class.
At corner, keep an eye on the pair from IMG Academy, Saivion Smith (pictured above) and Khalil Ladler. Smith is the top corner in this class, and LSU can lay its claim to a spot in his lead group with a good visit this weekend. Ladler could shut things down soon and has LSU in his top four with Georgia, Tennessee and Florida State. This will be a return trip to Baton Rouge, and the Tigers can build some momentum with a possible decision looming.
---It's a big positive for Feleipe Franks to spend another weekend in Baton Rouge. He remains solid with his commitment, and he's even more important now that Shea Patterson has committed to Ole Miss. LSU can't afford to lose Franks in this class, and there isn't much risk of that happening, but LSU will be sure to show him the love during his visit Saturday.
---Stay tuned to the TSD Message Board throughout the weekend as we'll provide updates on how the visits go and what it means for the future of LSU's 2016 class. Track all that at the link below.