We’re less than a week away from the spring evaluation period, which opens April 15. That’s one of the big dates in each recruiting cycle, as coaches can hit the road for the better part of six weeks to check out their top targets.
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’ll be highlighting the offensive linemen, and be sure to check out our previous pieces on the other offensive positions:
Ponchatoula’s Donavaughn Campbell jumped on an offer from LSU in January, which was his first at the time. He’s blown up since and currently ranks as the No. 4 offensive guard in the country, best in the South. He’s also added offers from major programs like Alabama, Auburn, Florida State and Georgia in the last few months.
He has said that he may take visits to check out those other suitors, but LSU has always been the dream school for this in-state star. It would likely take a lot for an out-of-state program to lure him away from the Tigers.
LSU would love to pair Campbell, the state’s best guard, with Willie Allen, the state’s best tackle. Allen’s one of the must-get recruits in this class. LSU failed to land Louisiana’s No. 1 tackle in each of the last two classes, and losing a third would be a tough blow.
OT Willie Allen
Allen has shown a lot of mutual interest in LSU, making multiple visits to Baton Rouge within the last year. He recently said LSU “feels like home,” and the Tigers are definitely in a good position at this early stage.
That being said, Allen is very open to schools outside the state. Ole Miss has received a lot of buzz as the prime competition to LSU. He’s taken several trips up to Oxford, and also has a tight relationship Rebel quarterback commit Shea Patterson. Allen also plans to take his recruitment to late in the cycle and will likely take his full share of visits next fall/winter.
LSU hasn’t offered any other in-state linemen, so most of the attention has been spent out-of-state.
J.P. Urquidez earned an offer from LSU after a strong performance last summer during camp. He’s since moved back to Texas from Maryland, so that makes him closer to Baton Rouge. The Tigers hope that will help facilitate another visit, and Urquidez said he would like to return. The schools in Texas are pushing very hard for him, so that will make it tough for the Tigers.
Scott Lashley really emerged on the scene a couple months ago. He landed offers from most of the SEC powers, including LSU, after visiting for Junior Day. He comes from a town just outside Starkville, so Mississippi State is considered the favorite. Ole Miss is also a solid contender, though any of the SEC schools figures to have a decent chance.
Brodarious Hamm is another four-star prospect that’s visited LSU. He checked out a scrimmage earlier this spring, and the Tigers are one of many schools in the running.
Also keep an eye on these names: Jean Delance, Frank Martin, Jauan Williams and Clark Yarbrough. LSU will push hard to get these guys on campus in the coming months. Look for Coach Grimes to visit all of them during the evaluation period.
He’s shown so far at LSU that he’s willing to cast a wide net for linemen, targeting prospects from the West Coast, Midwest and Mid-Atlantic. So he figures to be a busy man in the next month and a half as he searches the country for offensive linemen.
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