NEW ORLEANS — The Opening Regional in New Orleans on Saturday was littered with LSU recruits from the 2016 and 2017 classes.
TSD’s Hunter Paniagua was in attendance to catch up with all the top prospects. Here are some tidbits to pass along on the latest in certain player’s recruitments, and some notes on the performances overall:
---Ed Oliver ranks as a five-star prospect, one of the top defensive tackles in the country. He showed why Saturday, earning an invite to The Opening and winning most — if not all — of his one-on-ones. He’s been a major LSU target throughout this recruiting cycle, and he’s equally high on the Tigers.
Oliver said LSU is one of two schools at the top of his list. Houston is the other. His former high school coach is now an assistant for the Cougars, and Oliver has family that plays for the hometown team. But one would imagine LSU to have a significant advantage over this non-power five team.
Oliver said LSU was the school he loved growing up, and being recruited by them is a dream come true. He last visited Baton Rouge in the summer and plans to return for the Spring Game. Bradley Dale Peveto and Ed Orgeron are leading the way, and the Tigers figure to be an early favorite to land this stud at a major position of need.
---Shyheim Carter remains committed to Alabama, but LSU’s doing its best to change his mind. He’s taken three visits to Baton Rouge since February — “Boys from the Boot” in February, a practice earlier this spring, and he spent a morning at the facility last Saturday.
He did go up to Tuscaloosa a couple days after that most recent trip to LSU. He got to spend some time around the coaches, attend meetings and hang with players. That was his first Alabama visit since November, so he enjoyed seeing it on a non-gameday.
LSU won’t go down quietly though. Ed Orgeron is now his lead recruiter, taking over for Brick Haley in the Kentwood area. Carter did call Orgeron the best recruiter he’s ever met. He also said that Nick Saban is the best coach he’s ever met, so we’ll see which one wins out.
CB Kristian Fulton
---Kristian Fulton is another LSU target that landed an invite to The Opening on Saturday. He’s LSU’s top corner target in the state for 2016, and one of the best nationally at his position.
Fulton has taken several visits to Baton Rouge over the last year. He was on campus earlier this month for a scrimmage, and has visited the Tigers far more than any other school. He hopes to change that this spring and summer though. He said he plans to attend Ole Miss’ spring game, make a trip to California to see USC and UCLA in June and a trip to Florida State and maybe some other Florida Schools in July.
Fulton did also add that he hopes to make his commitment before his senior season. It would appear that a big LSU domino could come off the board within the next couple months, and the Tigers are the heavy favorites.
---Briston Guidry has the lowest ranking of the five in-state defensive tackles LSU has offered, but he did more than hold his own Saturday. He won more one-on-one reps than he lost, and he showed why the Tigers are after him.
He said Saturday though that he’s wide open in the recruiting process. He mentioned several schools he’s considering, including Alabama, Mississippi State (where he was once committed) and Ole Miss. Considering how strong LSU stands with five-stars Ed Oliver, Rashard Lawrence and Ed Oliver, Guidry may take a harder look out-of-state.
---Nigel Knott is a four-star corner from Mississippi that took him the SPARQ title Saturday, earned an invite to The Opening and was named DB MVP. LSU offered him when he visited Baton Rouge earlier this spring, one of several schools that have done the same. He mentioned a long list of schools that stand out, and he hopes to narrow things down in the near future.
DT Tyler Shelvin
---LSU had six commits participate in Saturday’s Opening Regional. Stephen Sullivan and Dylan Moses earned invites to The Opening, becoming the third and fourth Tiger pledges to receive that ticket.
Jamal Pettigrew was probably the top performer at tight end. Donavaughn Campbell looked great physically, carrying his near 360 pounds very well. Clifford Chattman is a bean pole at 6-foot-7, but he took almost every rep at safety in the “Pressure Cooker” and came down with at least a couple interceptions. Tyler Shelvin, LSU’s other 2017 commit, chopped it up with older kids, but did very well and showed great quickness at his size.
---There are always some under-the-radar prospects from inside Louisiana that pop up each class. Some of these recruits have already started landing major offers, though LSU continues to evaluate them.
They were also some of the top performers on Saturday: WR Isaiah Graham (Bastrop), CB Kyle Meyers (Holy Cross), DE Andre Anthony (Edna Karr), DE Sci Martin (McDonogh 35), LB Kevin Moore (Acadiana), TE Javonis Isaac (Acadiana).
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