Saturday’s session featured another solid list of recruits, and all reports have been very positive so far. We’ll break down all the latest tidbits below, but first here’s the group of prospects with offers at LSU this weekend:
DT Ed Alexander
DT Emmit Gooden
RB Devin White
OG Donavaughn Campbell (LSU commit)
ATH Clifford Chattman (LSU commit)QB Feleipe Franks (LSU commit)
---The major out-of-state visitor this weekend was Emmit Gooden, a four-star defensive linemen from Brownsville, Tenn., a town northeast of Memphis. This marked his first visit to Baton Rouge, as he’s been a top target for the staff since John Chavis was in charge of the defense. Coaches Orgeron and Steele have made him an even bigger priority, and that attention resulted in his visit this weekend.
Gooden said it was the best he’s ever taken, and the Tigers are feeling good about their standing at this stage. Gooden might even return for the Spring Game or camp this summer and will definitely be at a game in the fall.
Gooden was once committed to Tennessee, but backed off it this past fall. The Vols are still considered the team to beat, but LSU has a lot of momentum after this weekend. Keep in mind that Baton Rouge is only about an hour and a half farther from his hometown than Knoxville, so proximity to home won’t be a huge factor.
LSU will have to stay on him though to keep things rolling, but with one visit in the books, the Tigers have done well to become a major player in Gooden’s recruitment.
---LSU is still fully sold on four-star Devin White as a running back. Though Scout currently ranks him as a linebacker, and some schools are recruiting him for defense, the Tigers want White in their backfield. He measured in close to 260 pounds at the Dallas NFTC two weekends ago, where he earned an invite to The Opening, but with freakish athleticism, White could still be a monster with the ball in his hands.
LSU continues to feel like home for him, especially after his visit this weekend. He’s taken multiple trips to Baton Rouge in the last couple months, so he’s been a regular presence at the facility. He doesn’t plan to commit anywhere until after his senior season though, so schools like Texas A&M, Ole Miss and Alabama will continue to push. But LSU still feels like the team to beat right now.
---It’s looking like a two-team battle right now for Michael Divinity. Sources close to his recruitment have said for a while that Texas A&M poses the biggest threat to LSU for this four-star linebacker. Divinity’s an absolute must-get recruit for the Tigers in this 2016 class as they desperately try to restock the depth at that position.
LSU got to show him that this weekend. Divinity spent a lot of time with Coach Steele, who painted the picture that Divinity will play immediately as a freshman. That relationship has grown exceptionally strong in the last couple months, and Steele’s teaming with Coach Wilson to lock up the Westbank star.
Divinity plans to further narrow down his recruitment after the spring, but the two schools that will definitely make the cut are LSU and Texas A&M.
---Shyheim Carter remains committed to Alabama but took another visit to LSU on Saturday. He was on campus for most of the morning but had to return home before the afternoon scrimmage. But this was his third trip to Baton Rouge since February as he attended “Boys from the Boot” and a Tuesday practice earlier this spring.
LSU is still making a very hard push to keep this four-star prospect close to home. Les Miles, Ed Orgeron and just about everyone else on the coaching staff is working to flip Carter. Though all the recent visits have to give LSU some confidence, it’s still going to be a tough flip.
Carter’s set to visit Alabama on Monday, which will be his first trip to Tuscaloosa since the fall. That will give the Tide staff a chance to counteract some of that momentum, but this will certainly remain hotly contested until NSD.
---Ed Alexander was the lone five-star on campus this weekend. LSU remains very confident in its chances with him. He’s a must-get as one of the top defensive tackles in the country. The feeling remains that he’d likely sign with the Tigers if NSD was today. He hasn’t really given any timeline for when a final decision may come, but LSU’s definitely the team to beat right now.
---The three LSU commits on campus this weekend all remain 100 percent solid to the Tigers. Feleipe Franks has fielded a lot of interest from other schools but continues to tell them he’s sticking with LSU. Donavaughn Campbell may take some other visits this spring, as his recruitment blew up after landing offer No. 1 from LSU. But it would take a lot for another program to flip him at this point.