The Spring Evaluation period is in full effect, and the LSU coaches are all over the map examining some of the top recruits on their board.
One of the most important stops so far has been the city of Houston. Assistant coaches Bradley Dale Peveto and Tony Ball have spent the early part of this week in that talent-rich city, checking out a number of schools. Peveto, a native of Southeast Texas, has always recruited that region since rejoining the staff, and Ball replaces Adam Henry, who recruited Houston heavily while with the Tigers.
The two coaches will make several stops in Houston before moving on to their next assignment. Two of the visits we’ve confirmed in the last 24 hours have been to Kingwood HS and C.E. King HS.
At Kingwood is four-star TCU commit Sewo Olonilua (pictured above), who projects as a linebacker but could play either side of the ball. He visited LSU earlier this spring, attending one of the Tigers’ first practices. He doesn’t yet have an offer, making this evaluation process important in terms of his standing with LSU. He’d fit best as a linebacker, especially considering his need, but LSU doesn’t have many RB targets, so that may be a consideration as well.
Same goes for Trayveon Williams, who the coaches checked out Tuesday morning at C.E. King. He grades as a four-star running back, so definitely a guy that LSU could consider. Devin White is really the only target for LSU at that position, so LSU’s in the process of expanding its board for other options.
Coaches Peveto and Ball have made and will make several more stops in the city of Houston, as there are a ton of elite targets for LSU there. If LSU hasn’t already visited the guys I’m about to mention, they will at least once before the period comes to an end.
Coach Peveto will definitely be sure to hit Westfield HS, home to five-star defensive tackle Ed Oliver. He’s one of the top overall recruits in the country and has been high on LSU throughout the process. Earlier this spring he named LSU and Houston as his two leaders, and the Cougars do seem to be a legitimate player. But LSU has high hopes they can pull him out of the Lone Star State.
Five-star DT Ed Oliver
Also at Westfield is a potential target for Coach Ball. Four-star wide receiver Tyrie Cleveland recently decommitted from Texas A&M, and he’s had an offer from LSU since Coach Henry was in charge. The Tigers can work their way into his recruitment by taking advantage of this opening.
Two of the top safeties reside in the Houston area and will certainly get visits from LSU this spring.
Eric Monroe was on campus earlier this month for the Tigers’ Spring Game. He’s long been high on LSU, and the Tigers feel they’re in the top two with Texas A&M. The Aggies have picked up a lot of momentum with him in the last few months, but LSU’s right there, especially after hosting him for the Spring Game.
LSU’s also in great shape with the other top Houston-area safety, Deontay Anderson. The Tigers visited his school Tuesday, and have been a steady presence throughout his recruitment. He's already made several visits to Baton Rouge. He maintains a long list of contenders, but LSU’s at or near the top and in great shape moving forward this spring.
Anderson's school, Manvel HS, is another hotbed of talent. There are several other names there to watch as the evaluation process moves forward, including four-star LB Jordan Carmouche, who visited LSU for the Spring Game and could be in line for an offer.
Houston’s also home to some of the nation’s best linebackers as well.
Four-star Jeffrey McCulloch ranks as the best outside linebacker in Texas for 2016. He too visited LSU for the Spring Game, his second trip to Baton Rouge since the new year. He’s one of the Longhorns’ top targets, and most consider them the favorite, but LSU feels it’s in contention after two visits in a short time period.
McCulloch’s close friend, Dontavious Jackson, is also a top LSU target. Jackson also grades as one of the top linebackers in the country, and some speculate the two are a package deal. LSU hoped to get Jackson on campus for the Spring Game, but he wasn’t able to make it. The Tigers will continue working to secure that visit, and you can bet both he and McCulloch get attention from the Tigers’ during this evaluation period.
That’s just a taste of the top talent in that city for the 2016 class. LSU will cast a wide net and evaluate everyone they can, and we’ll aim to keep you posted on all their key stops this spring.
LSU’s already hit most of the big names in Louisiana, as that was the top priority in the first week of the evaluation period. Now we’re seeing LSU spread out-of-state. While Peveto and Ball were rolling through Houston, Steve Ensminger was making the rounds in the Dallas area, so you can already tell the Tigers want to spend a lot of time in the Lone Star State, particularly Houston and Dallas, as they heat up in the evaluation period.
LSU recruiting the Houston area this week
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