The Tigers already have the No. 5 passer committed in Feleipe Franks, and by all accounts, he’s 100 percent solid in that pledge. He was on campus just last weekend for Junior Day, and he has every intention of suiting up with the Tigers in 2016.
But LSU would still like to add another. The Tigers missed on the nation’s No. 1 quarterback last week when Shea Patterson announced his commitment to Ole Miss. That’s sent LSU a bit further down on its quarterback board, and we’re starting to see the new targets emerge.
The first name up was four-star Dwayne Haskins, the No. 14 QB in the country. He’s close to current Tiger Kevin Toliver, and that’s helped pique his interest in LSU. He hasn’t made it down for a visit yet, but LSU’s working to make that happen.
Haskins did send out an interesting tweet Tuesday when congratulating Saivion Smith on his commitment to LSU.
That tweet alone was enough to make the LSU message boards giddy at the prospects of Haskins following Smith to Baton Rouge. It’s important to not read too much into the social media presence of a teenager, but it is worth watching.
Haskins has mostly been considered a lean to home-state Maryland, though several other schools are still in the mix.
LSU’s quarterback board did expand Tuesday with Cam Cameron handing out a pair of new offers.
The first went to Avon, Ind., native Brandon Peters (pictured above). Cameron still has ties to that state from his time with the Hoosiers, and Peters is someone he’s been monitoring closely since at least last fall. Peters is a three-star prospect and seems to be on the rise as a recruit.
He’s recently picked up an offer from Michigan, and the Wolverines have received a lot of buzz since. Indiana, Virginia Tech and Iowa are some of the other schools pursuing him. According to his coach, Peters is a pocket passer that can also make plays with his feet when necessary.
“His sophomore year, he beat out a senior that was pretty good because of his athletic ability and ability to extend plays,” Avon coach Mark Bless told Scout’s Allen Trieu this week. “He feels pressure in the pocket, but he doesn't panic. He's smooth back there, he can make all the throws, and he's very athletic.”
The other new offer went out to four-star Jarrett Guarantano, the No. 9 quarterback in this class. The New Jersey native has mostly narrowed down his recruitment to two schools — Ohio State and Rutgers.
His father played at Rutgers, and the home-state team has a lot of momentum. Guarantano has hinted that he could be close to shutting down his recruitment, so it might be a bit late in the game for LSU to get involved. But Cameron likes him and will do his part to get the Tigers in the mix.