The LSU Big Board will change at each position over the next couple months, as new prospects emerge, others fall off and the future of the Tigers’ recruiting class becomes clearer.
So now’s the time to take stock of what LSU has accomplished thus far in the Class of 2016 and which recruits are the ones to watch moving forward. Between now and April 15, we’ll take a position-by-position look at the Class of 2016 and where things stand.
You can also listen to the most recent episode of the FIVE-STAR LSU RECRUITING PODCAST for even more discussion on the Tigers' 2016 class.
Today we start with the quarterbacks:Feleipe Franks picked up his offer almost a year ago, while visiting for the Tigers’ Spring Game in 2014. He made his pledge less than two months later and hasn’t wavered since.
Franks consistently says he’s 100 percent solid to the Tigers. He’s built a strong relationship with offensive coordinator Cam Cameron and his area recruiter, Bradley Dale Peveto. He also plans to play baseball while at LSU, and he figures to be the future for LSU at quarterback.
Franks currently ranks as the No. 4 quarterback in the country. He earned an invite to the Elite 11 camp at The Opening this summer, where he’ll compete for the top crown.
Though LSU already has Franks on board, the Tigers are still entertaining the idea of taking two in this class.
It all started with Shea Patterson, the Shreveport (La.) Calvary Baptist five-star ranked No. 1 at his position. LSU couldn’t ignore a player of his caliber residing within the state’s borders. But Patterson ultimately committed to Ole Miss in February.
Several quarterbacks have emerged since then as LSU targets at the position.
QB Dwayne Haskins
One of the more popular names is Dwayne Haskins, a four-star prospect ranked as the No. 12 QB in the country. He’s a relative of current LSU corner Kevin Toliver and often speaks highly of the Tigers. Though he lives in Potomac, Md., Haskins has a lot of friends in Florida, including LSU commit Saivion Smith. Those two often talk about wanting to play together, which makes for an interesting connection.
A lot of schools are in the running for Haskins’ commitment, and it would probably be a reach to say LSU’s a lead contender. But a visit this spring or summer, combined with his relationship to Toliver and Smith may make the Tigers a more legitimate option.
Speaking of Smith, there’s another quarterback he often mentions. His teammate at the IMG Academy, Malik Henry, is a four-star prospect that Smith has said he’s helping to recruit. But Henry remains committed to Florida State, and LSU hasn’t received much buzz in his recruitment.
As we move down the board, LSU did extend offers to a pair of quarterbacks in late February. One of them has already committed elsewhere — three-star Brandon Peters to Michigan. The other, Jarrett Guarantano, remains uncommitted but LSU hasn’t garnered much attention since offering him. He’s likely to stay closer to home in the Northeast.
LSU did offer some other out-of-state QBs early in the process like Jawon Pass and Avery McCall, but LSU hasn’t been mentioned in their recruitments recently.
So it’s very possible that a second QB could emerge in this class, we just don’t know who he is yet. Coach Cameron will set out this spring to see all the potential recruits in which he has interest. That will lead to several invites to come throw at camp this summer, another pivotal point in Cameron’s evaluation process.
Just look at Justin McMillan a year ago. He was a relative unknown outside Dallas until he stood out to Coach Cameron last summer. He showed enough to earn an offer, committed on the spot and is now on campus going through spring practice.
Someone else could definitely follow that same path over the next couple months. Or it’s also possible that LSU sticks with what it has in Franks and uses the extra spot at another position. And fans can feel plenty confident about the future if Franks does end up being the only quarterback in this class.