Did LSU just lose a recruiting battle to Houston?
It appears so. Five-star defensive tackle Ed Oliver (pictured above) made national headlines Thursday night when he committed to the hometown Cougars, the biggest recruit that program’s ever landed.
It shouldn’t come as a major shock though. Oliver always maintained that Houston was his leader, with LSU the other school at the top. Oliver has a brother that plays for Houston and his former high school coach is now a member of that staff. Credit also goes to new Houston coach Tom Herman, who’s taking advantage of the shine from his national championship with Ohio State.
It’s still worth watching whether Oliver sticks to this commitment all the way to National Signing Day. Other schools, including LSU, won’t be scared away by this, and we’ll have to see whether he continues to entertain them.
So that’s one five-star DT from the Lone Star State off the board (at least for now) and there’s another that’s about to do the same.
Kendell Jones will announce his commitment Friday after his spring game. LSU’s among five finalists but is not expected to land him. Alabama seems to have the most buzz leading into his decision, with Texas the next most logical choice. He has said that he may still take official visits after committing, so it’s possible LSU stays in the running, but they won’t receive his commitment Friday.
So where does LSU go from here?
There’s another defensive tackle from Texas emerging as a legitimate target for the Tigers. Jordan Elliott, a four-star from Houston, released a top eight Thursday night and included LSU with Texas, Georgia, USC, Utah, Houston, Michigan and Alabama.
DT Jordan Elliott
LSU offered him earlier this spring after Bradley Dale Peveto went to visit his school. LSU has quickly risen up his board since, and look for the Tiger coaches to push for a visit from Elliott as early as the Bayou Picnic next weekend.
Now most of LSU’s focus at defensive tackle comes in Louisiana.
The Tigers already have one of the highly rated DTs in the state locked up. Ed Alexander rejoined the LSU recruiting class after the spring game, and he’s not a risk to flip elsewhere. Alexander’s one of the best in the country, and he’s the perfect player to build around.
LSU would love to add the other big three to the class — Rashard Lawrence, Stephon Taylor and Glen Logan.
Lawrence visited LSU earlier this month when he attended an LSU baseball game as the guests of Bradley Dale Peveto, Ed Orgeron and Christian Lacouture. He’s also recently checked out Alabama, and those two schools are considered the top contenders in his recruitment. Coach O’s made Lawrence his top priority since taking the job, and he’s doing his best to make sure Lawrence doesn’t leave the state.
Taylor will be on campus next weekend for the Bayou Picnic. He’ll also visit Auburn and Ole Miss in the near future. He’s still taking in all options and wants to visit several places before narrowing things down. LSU has the advantage with a teammate (Clifford Chattman) already committed, but with family ties to the Auburn area, most consider them the biggest threat.
LSU also seems to be in great shape with Logan. Coach O likes him as a versatile lineman, one that can play tackle and end. He plays his recruitment pretty quietly, but the Tigers are definitely optimistic about this one.
No. 1 overall recruit Rashan Gary
Though LSU could lock up the top four in-state DTs and call it a day, the coaches are making sure to cast a wide net with hopes of landing top players across the country.
One of those targets is the No. 1 overall recruit in the 2016 class. Rashan Gary received a visit from Coach O during the evaluation period, and he’s said he plans to visit Baton Rouge this summer. If he does make that trip, then the Tigers could be considered a legitimate contender, but there’s a ways to go before that happens.
LSU extended a new offer earlier this week to Bravvion Roy, a four-star from Spring, Texas. He’s mostly been a sleeper to this point but is starting to blow up some on the recruiting trail. He said LSU was one of his dream schools growing up, so the Tigers could play prominently in his recruitment moving forward.
There are plenty of other big names still on the board for the Tigers. Guys like Derrick Brown, Dexter Lawrence and Julian Rochester have received interest from Coach O, and he’s working to get as many as possible to campus.
So even though LSU has a pair of five-stars coming off the board this week, there are plenty of other options available. LSU should still wind up with one of the top classes of DTs in the country by NSD.
LSU still loaded with options at DT
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