Four-star defensive end Emmit Gooden plans to visit LSU this weekend for the opening of spring practice.
Gooden ranks as one of the Top 150 overall recruits in the country and is the No. 15 defensive end. Gooden plans to drive down from Brownsville, Tenn., Saturday and will stay overnight before returning home Sunday. This will mark his first visit to Baton Rouge.
LSU offered Gooden back in September. John Chavis had led his recruitment to that point, but Kevin Steele and Ed Orgerno have taken over since joining the staff. Gooden's remained one of the Tigers' top targets along the defensive line, and the new coaches will get a chance to make their first big impression on him this weekend.
Gooden originally committed to Tennessee, but dropped that pledge last May because he wanted to explore his options. The Vols still lead though, and the home-state school continues to have all the momentum.
Gooden's older brother, Jarvis Varnado, played basketball at Mississippi State, so the Bulldogs are another top contender as well. Chavis has also recently offered Gooden for Texas A&M, so the Aggies are also in contention, as are Alabama, Ole Miss and some others.
LSU's reputation for producing NFL defensive line will get the Tigers a seat at the table, and they'll have an opportunity to solidify their position near the top of his list after this weekend.
LSU plans to host several other top recruits for Saturday's practice. Four-star commit Stephen Sullivan plans to be in attendance. He remains very solid with his commitment. The Tigers also expect five-star defensive tackle Rashard Lawrence to make his first visit of the spring. Lawrence is a must-get recruit in this class, and he'll spend plenty of time with Orgeron and Bradley Dale Peveto during his visit.
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