Several players will start arriving Friday afternoon, with many staying in town until Sunday. That’ll make this a very big weekend for the LSU coaches, as they try to show the love to many of the top targets on their boards.
The weather will be something to watch Saturday. The game is still set for 1 p.m. in Tiger Stadium, but rain could force the Spring Game to the indoor facility, which would close it to the public. The recruits would still be let in, so either way, the Tigers will be on display to those prospects.
TSD has compiled a list of the recruits expected to be in town, either giving confirmation to us or our sources on the LSU side. We’ll break down the notable recruits below, discussing where LSU stands in their recruitments and what this weekend could mean for the Tigers:
Let’s start with the LSU commits. The Tigers will have all but one of their pledges in town from the classes of 2016 and 2017. Those visitors will be:
WR Dee Anderson (Mesquite, Texas)
OG Donavaughn Campbell (Ponchatoula)
ATH Clifford Chattman (McDonogh 35)
S Cameron Lewis (Wossman)
TE Jamal Pettigrew (St. Augustine)
CB Saivion Smith (Bradenton, Fla.)
WR Stephen Sullivan (Donaldsonville)
DL Tyler Shelvin (Northside - 2017)RB/LB Dylan Moses (U-High - 2017)
---It’s a big positive that two of LSU’s out-of-state commits are attending the game. Both Dee Anderson and Saivion Smith have been very solid with their commitments since making them, but they continue to field significant interest from other programs. LSU will have to continue fending off that competition, but all signs point to both sticking.
---Many of these commits have taken on the recruiting role in this class. Smith has done that in Florida, and guys like Stephen Sullivan and Jamal Pettigrew have helped entice other in-state recruits to join them. They’ll be working hard this weekend to get others to commit.
---The only commit not planning to attend is quarterback Feleipe Franks. He’ll be at the UCF spring game to watch his older brother, who’s expected to start at safety in his sophomore season. Franks is still 100 percent committed to LSU and is not entertaining other schools.
LSU will also have several of its top targets from Louisiana on-hand for the Spring Game:
DT Ed Alexander (St. Thomas Aquinas)
OT Willie Allen (John Curtis)
WR Clyde Leflore (Warren Easton)
LB Michael Divinity (Ehret)
CB Kristian Fulton (Rummel)
CB Andraez Williams (Calvary Baptist)DT Glen Logan (Destrehan)
---LSU expects to host at least two of the top in-state defensive tackles — Ed Alexander and Glen Logan. Alexander remains a very heavy lean to LSU. This time last year he was committed to the Tigers, and even though he decommitted a while back, the Tigers are still the favorite to land him once he is ready to shut it down, which may come soon.
Defensive line coach Ed Orgeron has shown a lot of interest in Logan. He loves his versatility as a guy that can play inside and out, and LSU’s one of several teams near the top of his list.
---Two of LSU’s must-get recruits in this class should be on campus Saturday. The Tigers can’t allow the state’s top tackle to leave the state once again, making Willie Allen very important. Ole Miss seems to be the biggest threat at the moment, but he remains very open in the process.
LSU’s still considered the favorite for Michael Divnity. He’s also very high on Texas A&M and Oregon, but the Tigers can continue to separate themselves with a good visit this weekend.
---LSU’s in good shape with both of the corners on this list. Kristian Fulton will take yet another visit to Baton Rouge, and the Tigers are a big favorite with a commitment likely coming this summer after trips to Florida and California. Greedy Williams is high on LSU as well, though he still has several schools high on his list. His brother, Rodarius Williams, will be with him, but he doesn’t yet have an offer from LSU. Those two could decide to leave the state and play together in college.
---Clyde Leflore has LSU with many schools on his list. He hasn’t really started to narrow things down, but the Tigers are positioned well at this point.
---There are also several in-state prospects expected to be in attendance that don’t currently have offers from LSU, including defensive ends like Caleb Roddy, Andre Anthony and Willie Baker. Keep an eye on some of these names to field LSU offers through the spring or summer.
The big part of the weekend will come with the out-of-state visitors, and there are several big names to watch:
DL Emmit Gooden (Brownsville, Tenn.)
LB Dontavious Jackson (Houston)
LB Jeffrey McCulloch (Houston)
DE Erick Fowler (Manor, Texas)
DE Mark Jackson (Cibolo, Texas)
S Eric Monroe (Houston)
OL Chris Owens (Arlington, Texas)LB Jordan Carmouche (Manvel, Texas)
---LSU’s biggest needs in 2016 come in the defensive front seven, and the Tigers will have several targets at those positions in town.
One of the bigger names is Emmit Gooden, who’s set to take his second visit to LSU in less than a month. He called his first one the best he’s ever taken, so the Tigers can reignite that momentum this weekend. He’s also recently checked out Texas A&M, and he’s still high on Tennessee and Alabama.
A pair of four-star defensive ends from the Lone Star State are expected in Mark Jackson and Erick Fowler. This will be their first visits to LSU, and we’ll have a better idea of where they stand once we follow up on how the trips went.
At linebacker, Jeffrey McCulloch is one of the best in the country and a top target for the Tigers. He was last in Baton Rouge for Junior Day back in February, so it’s positive that he’s returning for another trip so soon. The Texas schools are all over him as well, so LSU has some work to do.
He should be joined by his close friend, Dontavious Jackson, another four-star from the Houston area. Jackson and McCulloch have a lot of the same schools on their lists, so LSU would like to make headway with both this weekend.
Also keep an eye on Jordan Carmouche. He too is a four-star linebacker from the Houston area. He doesn’t yet have an offer from LSU, but he could land one in the near future. He’s also a high school teammate with another top LSU target, safety Deontay Anderson.
---Speaking of safeties, Eric Monroe plans to drive up after he takes the ACT Saturday morning. That may mean he arrives later than most of the other recruits, but he is adamant about making it in. He’s visited LSU several times in the last year and has often mentioned the Tigers as one of his leaders. He’s recently been to Texas A&M, and the Aggies have a lot of momentum, so LSU would like to counteract that this weekend.
---Chris Owens is a four-star offensive linemen from Arlington, Texas. He doesn’t have an offer from LSU, but he could get one before he returns home this weekend. He didn’t get his first offer until this past December, but he’s since added more than two dozen, including several from SEC powers.