LSU Recruiting Spring Cleanup: Secondary

Our final piece in the Spring Cleanup recruiting series, highlighting LSU's top defensive back targets with the Tigers poised to land another elite class in the secondary.

The spring evaluation period starts tomorrow, and that signals a pivotal stretch in the recruiting cycle. Coaches can hit the road for the better part of the next six weeks to check out their top targets, gaining valuable insight on the players.

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. Starting last week, we’ve been taking a position-by-position look at the Class of 2016 and where things stand.

We’ve reached the final part in our series, and today we’ll focus on the defensive backs, where LSU seems poised to land another massive class. Before we get into that, check out the previous parts of this countdown:

Quarterbacks

Running backs, Wide receivers, Tight ends

Offensive Line

Defensive Line

Linebackers

Almost 10 months remain to National Signing Day, but LSU already seems poised to land another great class of defensive backs. The Tigers signed arguably the top haul of corners in 2015, and the DBU legacy should continue rolling based on what’s being assembled in 2016.

It all starts with the No. 1 cornerback in the country. Saivion Smith committed to LSU somewhat surprisingly following a trip to campus in February. The Tigers’ reputation with Florida DBs played a huge role in his decision, and he’d be the third five-star corner in the last two classes to land with LSU.

But LSU’s hardly finished trying to land Top 10 players at that position.


CB Kristian Fulton

Kristian Fulton ranks third nationally at corner and is one of the best players in Louisiana. He’s been a top LSU target throughout his recruitment, and he’s visited no other schools as many times as he has LSU. That comfort is huge for the Tigers, as is his relationship with Frank Wilson and Corey Raymond. Fulton does have several trips planned this spring and summer, with a decision likely to come before his senior season. But LSU’s the team to beat and heavy favorite at this stage.

The other top CB target at this point joins Smith as a Sunshine State standout. Trayvon Mullen comes in as the No. 6 CB in the country, and he too has received heavy LSU interest throughout his recruitment. He’s often named the Tigers as one of his leaders, and at this point, it seems like a two-school race. He recently picked Florida State as his top school, but said LSU was right behind them. That should be a hotly contested battle, but LSU’s optimistic they can pull it out.

In addition to Fulton, LSU has offered two other in-state cornerbacks.

One is currently committed to Alabama. Shyheim Carter pledged to the Tide before he had an offer from LSU, though the Tigers have done well to ensure he knows he’s wanted. He’s been to campus several times in the last couple months, and that comfort is setting in. It’s still going to be very tough to lure him away from Alabama, and he continues to claim he’s solid with that pledge. But LSU won’t back off, and this battle will last until NSD.

LSU offered Calvary Baptist CB Andraez Williams back in the summer. Those close to him still think LSU’s the team to beat, but he has a lot of options that are interesting him right now. He would also like to play with his brother, three-star Rodarius Williams, on the next level, and LSU hasn’t offered him yet. They share several big offers, so Andraez (aka Greedy) may opt to leave the state for college.

Other CBs with LSU offers that have visited: Nigel Knott, John Broussard, Chad Clay and Khalil Ladler. LSU’s not currently considered the favorite for any of these recruits though.


S Deontay Anderson

At safety, LSU already has a pair of commits from inside the state.

Cameron Lewis made his pledge last month, choosing LSU over a host of big offers. But the Tigers were always considered the favorite. Clifford Chattman only waited a few days to commit after landing an offer from LSU. He could grow into a linebacker, and LSU currently considers him an athlete, but free safety is what he expects to play for now. Lewis projects as a strong safety in college.

LSU has several out-of-state targets they’d like to add at safety, most of which come from the Lone Star State.

Texas is home to three of the top four safeties in the country, and all three have shown interest in LSU. Deontay Anderson is considered the heaviest lean for LSU right now. He recently released a Top 10 that included LSU among several schools, but he says now the Tigers are at the top along with Ole Miss and Texas A&M.

Brandon Jones and Eric Monroe are the two others to watch closely. They’ve both taken multiple visits to Baton Rouge and continue to speak highly of the Tigers, but LSU has ground to make up on other programs if they plan to land these two.

Some other safeties to watch closely this spring and summer: JoeJuan Williams, Christian Wallace and Donte Vaughn.

LSU’s already built a solid foundation when it comes to DBs in this class. The Tigers’ group should only get more impressive as the months go by, and LSU should have a top class at this position when it’s all said and done.


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