The list included double-digit recruits rated four-stars or higher. Almost every one of LSU’s commits made it down to help recruit, and the Tigers also hosted plenty of top uncommitted targets as well. The weekend also netted a commitment from one of the best players in the country.
We have the full wrap below with the lowdown on everything that happened this weekend. Be sure to check out the confirmed list of visitors at the link below, with the notes to follow:
LSU's newest commit Ed Alexander
LSU REELS FIVE-STAR BACK IN
The biggest news of the weekend came about 30 minutes after the Spring Game finished. That’s when five-star defensive tackle Ed Alexander rejoined LSU’s 2016 class as the latest commit. That one’s been a long-time coming, and something we did expect going into the weekend.
Alexander was once the first commit in LSU’s 2016 class. He backed away from it a few months later because he didn’t want to entertain other schools while still committed to LSU. But no school has grabbed Alexander’s attention like LSU has, and he did start to tire of the recruiting process. That led him back to his first love, and he’ll be solid for the long haul.
His commitment is absolutely huge for LSU. Defensive tackle is one of the two biggest needs this year, and Alexander’s about as good as it gets. He’s a consensus five-star and the No. 19 overall recruit in the country. It’s also the first big get for Ed Orgeron in Louisiana and should be the start of something special for LSU along the defensive line.
LOUISIANA’S BEST WERE REPRESENTED
LSU took big steps toward securing the top players in the state for this 2016 class. The Tigers have handed out a lot of in-state offers already, and many of the big uncommitted names were in Tiger Stadium.
The list includes: Michael Divinity, Kristian Fulton, Willie Allen, Stephon Taylor, Clyde Leflore, Glen Logan and Andraez Williams.
Michael Divinity’s the only in-state linebacker LSU has offered in this class. He made the trip up with coaches and teammates, and those close to him say the trip was a home run. Not only did his two lead recruiters show love — Frank Wilson, Kevin Steele — but even Ed Orgeron chipped in. That shows the level of importance Divinity is for the future of this defense. Indications are that it’s LSU’s battle to lose, but it will still be very tightly contested. Texas A&M remains the biggest threat, but the Tigers seem to be in a solid position for now.
LSU also remains in good shape for Kristian Fulton. He spent most of the day with a pair of commits in Jamal Pettigrew and Dee Anderson. The comfort at LSU continues to grow, and all schools are looking up to the Tigers. He’ll get his chance this summer to get out and explore some other options, but LSU’s set a very high bar.
Four-star DT Stephon Taylor
LSU would love to add both Stephon Taylor and Glen Logan to the DT class with Ed Alexander. Both were on campus this weekend. I’ve already spoken with Taylor, and he says LSU continues to put itself in great position. All reports on Logan have been positive as well. Coach O will keep working on both, and he seems to be doing well so far.
Clyde Leflore and Willie Allen are two of the harder recruits to read in this class. Both are keeping things very open, but LSU is definitely encouraged by their visits this weekend. Greedy Williams also made the trip down. His brother did commit to Oklahoma State over the weekend, so that’s an interesting wrinkle, but LSU still feels they’re in good shape with him.
LSU TRYING TO INVADE TEXAS
Most of the other big names on the visitor list this weekend came from Texas.
LSU commit Dee Anderso headlines that group and remains very solid with the Tigers. He was helping recruit other guys to join him, and though the in-state schools have all come after him, LSU seems to be holding everyone off.
The other notable visitors from the Lone Star State: Mark Jackson, Jeffrey McCulloch, Chris Owens, Erick Fowler and Eric Monroe.
Eric Monroe has taken a lot of visits to LSU over the last year. They’ve been considered his leader at certain points, but Texas A&M has picked up the most momentum in the last couple months. LSU got its chance to counteract that, and this one’s looking like a two-team battle moving forward.
It was the second visit to LSU for Jeffrey McCulloch, one of the top linebackers in Texas. The Longhorns have long been considered his leader, and that’s the school he’s most familiar with. LSU has a big need for a guy like McCulloch and are certainly making that push.
Four-star DE Mark Jackson
It’s early in the game between LSU and the two defensive ends — Mark Jackson and Erick Fowler. Jackson has kept his recruitment pretty quiet, so nobody has a real feel for who leads. That means there’s an opening, and LSU hopes it got itself in the mix this weekend. Fowler has a stepbrother that plays for Texas and lives just outside of Austin. Baylor’s also high on his list, so LSU would have to beat out some in-state powers to land this one.
Four-star offensive lineman Chris Owens is one of the hotter prospects in that state. He didn’t land his first offer until this past December but has added more than two dozen since. He actually came to LSU a day early, spending most of Friday touring the campus and meeting with the coaches. He could be a big name moving forward for the Tigers.
LSU KEEPS RISING WITH GOODEN
Four-star defensive lineman Emmit Gooden made his second trip to LSU in a month, and he’s absolutely raved about each trip. He called the first the best he’s ever taken, and his visit this weekend might have surpassed it.
Gooden has said he wants to take his recruitment the distance, not committing anywhere until National Signing Day. But he admitted to me that LSU’s making that very hard. He can now see himself shutting down his recruitment early if the Tigers continue to stand out.
He also likes Texas A&M, Tennessee, Alabama and Ole Miss among others, but LSU seems to be leading by a wider margin. Look for him to return to Baton Rouge this summer, and LSU will continue working to increase its lead through the rest of the spring.