Where They Stand: Cornerbacks

On the eve of a four-star cornerback's announcement, TSD takes stock of where the Tigers' stand in their pursuit of top players at that position.

LSU has a chance to land an even better class of corners than the one that topped the nation in 2015.

The Tigers are already off to a hot start with a commitment from the nation’s No. 1 corner, Saivion Smith. His pledge has seemingly grown stronger in the months since he made it. He was last on campus for the Spring Game, and LSU will continue to recruit him as hard as any uncommitted prospect.

That strategy paid off in 2015 with Kevin Toliver, who still received a ton of attention throughout the more than two years he was committed to LSU. If the Tigers can eventually sign Smith, then he’ll serve as a five-star foundation on which LSU will hope to add several more big names.

One of those big-time corners will announce his commitment in less than 24 hours.

John Broussard (pictured above) will make his decision known Thursday at 9 a.m. His three finalists are Auburn, LSU and Mississippi State, with the two Tigers considered the heavier favorites. Of those two, Auburn holds the edge over LSU in most projections.

Broussard has made many more visits to nearby Auburn, but he does have a lot of family in Lafayette, giving LSU some family ties. He’s made a pair of visits to LSU, the most recent one coming last month. This is what he told Scout’s Jason Caldwell about LSU:

“It’s a great, loving environment and I get lots of love when I go up there. If I come out and do what I need to I would be playing early because they play a lot of nickel and dime stuff. It would be cool because it’s somewhere I always wished I could play at, the school I always looked to go to.”

That being said, we’re predicting Auburn to land Broussard once he announces his commitment Thursday.

Should LSU miss on him, the Tigers will still have plenty of top corner targets available.

Kristian Fulton leads that group as the No. 1 corner in the state. LSU has felt it’s led throughout this recruitment with him visiting Baton Rouge more than any other college. His most recent trip elsewhere went to Arkansas with teammate and Razorback commit Briston Guidry. He’ll take several other visits in the coming months to help nail down his decision.

That should come by the end of summer, but it would take a lot to change for LSU to not land Fulton in this class.

Outside of Fulton, there are two other in-state corners fielding interest from LSU.

The Tigers remain in pursuit of Alabama commit Shyheim Carter. He’s given every indication that he’s solid do the Tide, and he attended their Spring Game last month instead of LSU’s. He did take multiple visits to LSU in the past few months, so the Tigers are still hopeful they can flip him.

Four-star CB Greedy Williams

They’re also still working on Andraez Williams. There were some feelings that he and his brother Rodarius Williams wanted to attend the same college, and LSU hadn’t yet offered Rodarius. But he committed to Oklahoma State last month giving the indication that he and his brother aren’t a package deal.

Texas A&M, Ole Miss and Mississippi State are some of the schools fighting hardest for “Greedy” Williams, but LSU is definitely in that lead group. But Williams does seem the likelier to leave the state than Fulton at this stage.

The top target outside Louisiana is Trayvon Mullen from Coconut Creek, Fla. Corey Raymond made sure to stop by his school during his sweep through Florida last week. Mullen most recently released a Top 10 in April, and LSU came in at No. 2 behind Florida State. Those two teams figure to be the biggest contenders for his commitment, but it’s anyone’s guess as to where he’ll land.

Mullen has spoken highly of LSU throughout the process, and Coach Raymond will continue to work his connections in Florida to help land this four-star corner.

There are some other four-star corners with LSU offers that have visited before — Nigel Knott, Khalil Ladler and Chad Clay, but the Tigers are considered a long shot for all three.

So for predictions sake, the odds are good that LSU keeps Saivion Smith in this class and adds Kristian Fulton to go with him. The Tigers should also land one of either Trayvon Mullen or Greedy Williams, but flipping Shyheim Carter seems tough at this point.

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