The event is all about building a family environment, as kids and their parents are invited to spend a day with the coaches and current players. They’ll have a big cookout at the football facility, and the recruits can take tours of the campus. The most important part for most is the one-on-one meeting with Les Miles, which is when commitments are made and new offers extended.
With so many big-time recruits slated to be on campus, the picnic will be huge for LSU’s recruiting efforts. You can get the complete list of expected visitors here. TSD will provide a full rundown of the notable prospects expected to attend and where LSU stands in their recruitments.
------------------------------There’s a trio of out-of-state defensive backs for whom LSU feels it leads, and all three are expected to attend the picnic.
Deontay Anderson will make another visit, adding to the long list of trips he’s already made to Baton Rouge. LSU has been a steady presence in his lead group, making his Top 10 when he released it a few months ago. Anderson’s looking to narrow it down further, and LSU’s sure to make the next cut as well. Anderson said he wants to wait until the Under-Armour game to commit, but won’t rule out an earlier decision. Regardless of when it happens, LSU figures to be one of his finalists.
The same can be said for Eric Monroe, who like Anderson, is a top safety nationally from the Houston area. Monroe released his own Top 10 earlier this week, and LSU made the list. Most feel this is a battle between LSU and Texas A&M, though there are some other schools vying for the lead group. LSU’s in a great position though, and another visit this weekend could push the Tigers to the top.
LSU feels equally confident about Trayvon Mullen (pictured above), the four-star cornerback from South Florida. Florida State poses the biggest threat, but most feel Mullen is LSU’s to lose at this point. Defensive backs coach Corey Raymond has made Mullen a big priority, and that’s put LSU in a good position. He hasn’t given the impression he’s close to shutting things down, but few would be surprised if he decided to commit to LSU in the near future.
DE Erick Fowler
---LSU continues its search for pass rushers in this class, and two from the Lone Star State are expected to attend the picnic.
Erick Fowler will make his second LSU visit in two months after checking out the spring game in April. Most consider him a heavy lean to Texas because he lives just outside Austin, but LSU’s definitely in the mix. He also likes Alabama and Baylor. LSU can help close the gap on the Longhorns with a positive visit this weekend.
Rahssan Thornton has been a hot name this spring and is likely to get bumped to a four-star rating in the next update. LSU was one of the first big schools to offer him, and having grown up in New Orleans, Thornton called the Tigers his dream school. This will mark his first visit to LSU, and it could push the Tigers to the top.
---LSU’s hoping to get its chance to flip Alabama commit Raekwon Davis, and he is expected to attend the picnic this weekend. He’s been committed to the Crimson Tide since August, but a visit to LSU would at least show he has some interest. Davis could reasonably play either side of the line, and this trip will also give the LSU coaches a chance to size him up and determine which fits him best.
---Former Crimson Tide assistant Kevin Steele has made the state of Alabama a big focus since joining the LSU coaching staff. That work looks to be paying off as several recruits from Alabama are set to attend the picnic.
Lyndell Wilson and Ben Davis are two of the best linebackers in the country and would help satisfy LSU’s biggest need in the class. It will be hard for any school to pry these two away from Alabama or Auburn, but both seem to have legitimate interest in LSU at this point. A positive visit would go a long way as both guys figure to take their recruitments deep in the cycle, meaning LSU has plenty of time to make its case. That’ll start this weekend at the picnic.
LB Lyndell Wilson
Most of LSU’s focus at running back has been spent on in-state prospect Devin White, but Kingston Davis is worth watching. A Michigan commit from Alabama, LSU offered him earlier this spring, and he’s following that up with a visit for the picnic. It’s not clear how open he is to other schools though.
---This event isn’t all about the out-of-state visitors. LSU has eight of the top uncommitted players in Louisiana on the list for this weekend — Willie Allen, Clyde Leflore, Michael Divinity, Rashard Lawrence, Stephon Taylor, Kristian Fulton, Devin White and Andraez Williams.
LSU has reasons to feel confident about each one of these recruits. Leflore, Divinity, Fulton and White are considered the heaviest leans to the Tigers at this point, though all have said they’re waiting until later in the cycle to commit.
LSU will have to continue battling Alabama and several other schools for the five-star Rashard Lawrence. Auburn’s also a big contender for Stephon Taylor as he has family in that area. Willie Allen is still wide open to several schools, but LSU can’t afford to let the state’s best OT leave again. And with all the talent LSU’s amassing at cornerback, Greedy Williams may decide to look elsewhere for a better shot at playing time.
DE Chris Allen
---LSU can also make some big strides in the 2017 class this weekend. The Tigers have already offered eight in-state rising juniors, and most of them are expected to be on campus this weekend. The two commits, Dylan Moses and Tyler Shelvin, are on the list, as are uncommitted recruits Chris Allen, Adrian Ealy, Todd Harris, Lowell Narcisse and Devonta Smith. Don’t be surprised if one or more of these recruits decides to commit this weekend.
---LSU will also have most of its commits from the 2016 class. That’ll help build the family atmosphere, and you can bet all those commits will try to encourage the rest of the visitors to join them in the class.
---Keep an eye on these two pass rushers to potentially add LSU offers this weekend — Andre Anthony and Caleb Roddy. They’ve been red hot this spring, already holding offers from most of the SEC. LSU might want to see them at camp first before they offer, but if/when it does come, LSU would likely shoot to the top for both recruits.