Where They Stand: Wide Receivers

LSU still has a pair of wide receivers committed in 2016 despite the dismissal of a four-star prospect from his high school team. Where do the Tigers' stand in Tony Ball's first full class with the Tigers?

The dismissal of Dee Anderson from his high school team has created a wrinkle in the first full signing class for wide receivers coach Tony Ball.

We learned Tuesday night that Anderson had been kicked off the West Mesquite football team as a result of fighting with a teammate. It’s not expected that’ll he be welcome back to rejoin the team, but LSU is sticking with him as a member of the 2016 class.

That could still change, and LSU will continue to monitor the situation, but as things stand now, he’s on pace to remain a Tiger.

But what else does LSU have in terms of wide receiver recruits, especially if things take a turn for the worse with Anderson?

There are three wide receivers from the 2015 signing class set to enroll at LSU in a couple weeks — Jazz Ferguson, Tyron Johnson and Derrick Dillon. The fourth WR in that class (Brandon Martin) is already at a junior college, and I’ll have more on him later.

The Tigers’ other 2016 WR commit, Stephen Sullivan, remains very solid to LSU. He’s been committed for more than 15 months, jumping on the first offer he received back in February 2014. He fielded some interest since, visiting schools like Auburn and Mississippi State.

But Sullivan said earlier this spring that he’s shut down the recruiting process and will no longer consider other teams.

I referenced Brandon Martin earlier, and it’s possible that he reappears in LSU’s 2016 class after signing with the Tigers in February. Martin was a virtual unknown on the recruiting trail throughout most of the cycle. He was never going to have the grades to qualify, so that prevented most schools from recruiting him.

LSU came in late though and offered him an opportunity to sign and then place him at a junior college. That’s already happened, as Martin is currently enrolled at Mississippi Gulf Coast and will play with them next season. He hopes that by getting there early, he can graduate by December and make it to LSU by next spring.

At the latest, he hopes to be an early enrollee in the 2017 class, but it’s possible Martin gets back with LSU as a 2016 recruit. That’ll be something to watch closely over the fall.

Looking at high school prospects in the 2016 class, the No. 1 name on the board is Warren Easton’s Clyde Leflore. TSD caught up with him last week for the latest on his recruitment, and he included LSU among the schools standing out most to him.

He cited a strengthening relationship with Coach Ball as a big reason why the Tigers are near the top. Texas A&M, the first school to offer him, is considered the biggest threat, but LSU had success going to Warren Easton in 2015 for Tyron Johnson, and they’re optimistic they can duplicate that triumph this year.

Outside of Leflore though, there aren’t many receivers you can peg as an LSU lean at this point.

Herb McGee was an in-state receiver Adam Henry showed interest in before he left, but that hasn’t really picked up since Coach Ball got in charge. LSU hasn’t really been mentioned lately in Mykel Jones’ very quiet recruitment. Isaiah Graham’s another in-state four-star, but LSU hasn’t offered him and he seems to be lower on the pecking order.

There aren’t too many receivers outside Louisiana worth mentioning at this point. That will soon change though, as Coach Ball has had the entire spring to evaluate recruits and find the guys he really wants. He’ll encourage many to visit this summer and into the fall, and we should start to see some legitimate targets emerge in the next few months.

Some names to watch: Tren’Davian Dickson, Binjimen Victor, Darnell Salomon, Tyrie Cleveland and Elijah Stove.

LSU has built a solid corps of wide receivers in the last couple signing classes, so it isn’t a huge position of need at this point. The Tigers do still have two committed in 2016, including Anderson, and LSU will likely only be looking to add one or two more to that class.


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