LSU OFFERS IN-STATE RISING JUNIOR
LSU handed out its seventh offer in Louisiana for the 2017 class on Tuesday. Plaquemine defensive back Todd Harris was on the receiving end of that offer, and it was his first. Harris hasn’t really started picking up heavy interest on the recruiting trail yet, and LSU’s the first school to make its interest known.
LSU DB coach Corey Raymond was the one to identify Harris, evaluating him at a track meet earlier this week. That was all Raymond needed to see to know Harris was a fit for what he wanted.
He figures to be the biggest recruit to come out of Plaquemine since Davon Godchaux in the 2014 class. Harris measured 6-foot, 172 pounds at the Opening Regional in New Orleans last month. He also clocked a 40-yard dash time in the 4.6-second range.
He has the versatility to play corner or safety on the next level, and joins Amite’s Devonta Smith as the second in-state DB LSU has offered in 2017.
We’ll have more on the offers LSU has extended in 2017 in a separate post later today.
ENSMINGER DOES DALLAS
The LSU coaches have expanded their evaluation period visits outside Louisiana. After spending most of last week in Shreveport, LSU tight ends coach Steve Ensminger headed west down Interstate-20 to check out schools in the Dallas area. Ensminger has had success there in the past, landing the brothers Sione Teuhema and Maea Teuhema.
LSU already has one Dallas-area recruit committed in wide receiver Dee Anderson, and there are several other big-time targets in that city as well. Ensminger hit several schools Tuesday, and every top recruit figures to get at least one visit from LSU before the end of the period.
Some of the schools TSD confirmed Ensminger visited are homes to top 2017 prospects.
Ensminger, a former quarterback at LSU, got a chance to check out a pair of the best signal callers in that rising junior class. He made a stop at Mesquite Horn HS to observe four-star QB Chris Robison. He already holds offers from schools like TCU and SMU and is a dual-threat option at 6-foot-3 and a 40-time below 4.7 seconds.
Another quarterback he checked out was five-star Shawn Robinson at Denton Guyer HS. He picked up an offer from LSU in early March, and the Tigers join schools like Oklahoma, Bayor, Texas, USC and Ole Miss on his offer list. He figures to be one of the top prospects in the 2017 class, and LSU’s in the mix early.
One other Dallas-area 2017 recruit to watch closely is linebacker/safety Jeffrey Okudah. Already a four-star recruit, Okudah has a ton of big-time offers, including LSU. I’m told he plans to visit Baton Rouge this summer, and he does have some LSU fans in his camp. Look for him to be a big priority in that 2017 class.
BALL, PEVETO IN HOUSTON
LSU had a big presence in the state of Texas on Tuesday. While Ensminger worked through Dallas, Bradley Dale Peveto and Tony Ball were checking out schools in the Houston area.
One of the main stops Tuesday was to Manvel HS, where they found one of their top safety targets in the 2016 class. Manvel is home to four-star Deontay Anderson, who has long held LSU as one of the top schools on his list. He’s visited LSU several times already, and the Tigers hope to reel him in soon. Manvel is a hotbed of talent, and there are several other big-time recruits there. Keep an eye on linebacker Jordan Carmouche, who visited LSU for the Spring Game.
Click here for more on the type of talent LSU’s checking out in the Houston area.
2018 QB REPORTS LSU OFFER
It’s crazy to already think about 2018 recruits, but there was some news Tuesday worth passing along.
2018 quarterback Joey Gatewood reported that he received an offer from LSU. The Tigers already have a quarterback committed in 2018, Texas native Zadock Dinkelmann. But Gatewood appears to be one of the top prospects in the country based on his offer sheet.
LSU joins a long list of schools showing interest in Gatewood. It includes programs like Clemson, Florida State, Ohio State, UCLA and Miami among others. It’s far too early to make any guesses as to how his recruitment will pan out, but he’s definitely a name worth storing in the back of your mind for the future.