Recruiting coordinator Frank Wilson has made his hometown the base of his efforts, spending a lot of time there during this evaluation period. He and defensive backs coach Corey Raymond will actually be in New Orleans on Wednesday to check one some of their top targets.
TSD’s Hunter Paniagua was there this week as well to catch up with some of the best recruits in the city. Here are some tidbits gathered during this road trip, with plenty more information to come over the next few days.
LSU hopes to land a Warren Easton wide receiver for the second consecutive year after securing Tyron Johnson in the 2015 signing class. Clyde Leflore’s one of the Tigers’ top remaining WR targets, and he said having Johnson in Baton Rouge is a big bonus.
LeFlore also said he’s building a stronger relationship with new LSU wide receivers coach Tony Ball, “I like him. He’s a cool person to be around.” Some of the other coaches LeFlore said he has a strong relationship with is Frank Wilson (LSU), Kevin Curtis (Texas Tech) and Grant Heard (Ole Miss).
LeFlore’s taking the recruiting process very slowly. He can see himself following a similar timeframe as Johnson, who didn’t announce his commitment until the Under-Armour All-American game.
He did mention these schools as the ones standing out most right now: LSU, Texas Tech, Nebraska, Texas A&M and Ole Miss. Of those five, he’s visited LSU, Ole Miss and A&M several times. He hopes to get to Tech and Nebraska this summer.
Kristian Fulton is the No. 1 corner on LSU’s board, and the Tigers remain very optimistic they’ll land him in this class.
Fulton does still plan to announce his commitment before the start of his senior season. He wants to narrow it down this summer after taking a lot of visits, something he hasn’t gotten to do very much thus far.
The schools on his itinerary: Texas, Ole Miss, Texas A&M, Florida, Florida State, USC and UCLA.
Fulton did recently get a chance to visit Arkansas with his teammate and Razorback commit Briston Guidry. Fulton also has a former teammate at Arkansas in Henre Toliver, who just finished his freshman season in Fayetteville. Fulton said Guidry and Toliver are two selling points for Arkansas.
Fulton’s last visit to LSU came for the Spring Game last month. Coaches Wilson and Raymond were scheduled to visit him at his school Wednesday. He’ll likely attend the Bayou Picnic as well at the end of the month.
Michael Divinity figures to be one of the best linebackers to come out of LSU in quite some time. He’s a major priority for the Tigers, and he would be the perfect guy to satisfy a tremendous need in this class.
His last LSU visit came for the Spring Game, where he got to spend time around his lead recruiter, Coach Wilson, and his potential position coach, Kevin Steele. But another assistant has really taken the reins in his recruitment — Ed Orgeron.
With the full court press coming from both Wilson and Orgeron, that’s a pretty clear indicator of just how important Divinity is to this class.
Divinity does plan to enroll early at the school he chooses. He intends to take all five of his official visits during the season, so a decision likely wouldn’t come until the final month before he’s set to enroll. He did say though that if it feels right, he’d be willing to commit somewhere earlier than that.
Divinity already has an official visit scheduled to Oregon the weekend of Sept. 26. He’ll take that trip with his teammate De’Jon Harris. Divinity hopes to have more trips planned by the end of spring.
In addition to Oregon and LSU, Divinity named Florida State, Arkansas, Texas A&M, Florida and Texas as the schools standing out most.
Stephon Taylor is one of several elite defensive tackles in the state this year, and LSU’s after all of them. Taylor said part of LSU’s recruiting pitch is encouraging him to play alongside guys like Ed Alexander, Rashard Lawrence and Glen Logan.
Taylor said it is attractive to possibly play with so many other talented players, but he also said he wants to make sure there’s enough playing time to go around. LSU has done well to ensure that will be enough room on that line for all that talent.
Taylor’s next LSU visit will come for the Bayou Picnic on May 30. He plans to visit Auburn a week before that, and will check out Ole Miss after the LSU picnic.
He wants to see as many schools as possible this summer, mentioning places like Florida, Miami, Nebraska and Cal.