You can take an inside look at the Bayou Picnic through our SOCIAL SCENE, a collection of tweets and pictures from the recruits themselves.
Below we’ll provide all the biggest news and notes to come out of the Bayou Picnic:
LSU GETS GREEDY
LSU added another elite piece to its secondary, reeling in a commitment from four-star corner Andraez Williams, nicknamed “Greedy.” Williams has had an offer for almost a year and opted to shut things down over the weekend. He had plenty of other offers, with schools like Texas A&M and Mississippi State factoring heavily in his decision. But Williams opted to stay in the state and represent Shreveport for the Tigers.
Williams is a 6-foot-2 prospect with speed and length, the ideal combination for a corner in LSU’s defense. LSU now has a pair of top corners committed in the 2016 class, with Williams joining No. 1 overall CB Saivion Smith.
But LSU is far from finished. The Tigers had two other four-star corners on campus this weekend for the Bayou Picnic. Williams claimed his spot, while Kristian Fulton and Trayvon Mullen could definitely do the same. LSU always planned to have room for all three of these corners, and Williams’ commitment will not have an adverse effect on Fulton or Mullen. If anything, LSU’s even more encouraged about their chances after this weekend.
The same goes four-star safety Deontay Anderson. He took another visit to LSU this weekend, one of several he’s made in the last year. LSU has felt it leads for a long time, and that’s only strengthening now.
LSU EXTENDS NEW IN-STATE OFFER
LSU offered its first in-state defensive end for the 2016 class. Edna Karr’s Andre Anthony picked it up, the latest to come after a really hot spring. Anthony added offers from almost the entire SEC in the last couple months, and now LSU officially joins the chase. Now look for the Tigers to shoot up his board.
Anthony had wanted this offer for a long time, and you can expect LSU to have success pulling talent from Edna Karr. Anthony could be the second defensive end from that school to land with the Tigers in consecutive classes.
LSU also believes it found a pair of pass rushers from Texas that could one day join Anthony in LSU’s class.
Rahssan Thornton and Erick Fowler made the trip from the Lone Star State to attend the Bayou Picnic. LSU offered Thornton earlier this spring, and the Tigers have shot to the top of his list. Originally from New Orleans, Thornton named LSU his leader before the weekend, and that positions strengthened after his visit. The Tigers seem to be the team to beat in his recruitment.
LSU’s also pressing hard for Fowler. This was his second visit in two months, and LSU feels it’s at least even with Texas at the top of his list.
A lot of attention to this point in 2016 has been focused on the defensive tackles, but LSU’s board at defensive end is really starting to take shape.
LSU MAKES IN-ROADS IN ALABAMA
Another new offer LSU extended Saturday went to 2018 lineman Marcus Jenkins, nicknamed “Tank.” He’s one of the best players up front in the state of Alabama, regardless of class. He already had offers from Auburn and Florida State, so he figures to be a heavily recruited prospect over the next few years.
Jenkins made the trip down with several other Alabama prospects, including the two best in the state — Lyndell Wilson and Ben Davis.
These two elite linebackers are huge targets for LSU, and they felt very encouraged about their chances following this visit. It still seems like a tough battle though. These two left Baton Rouge in the early evening Saturday and drove straight to Tuscaloosa for a multiple day visit at Alabama. The Crimson Tide will be very difficult to beat, but LSU was at least able to make its case this weekend.
LSU STILL SUPPORTS ANDERSON
LSU commit Dee Anderson made the trip down with his family to help clear the air after he was dismissed from his high school team earlier this month. LSU has stood by his commitment, and the Tigers feel more secure about supporting him after this visit.
Anderson arrived early Saturday morning allowing the LSU coaches to sit down with he and his parents to discuss where things stand. Anderson showed remorse for the incident that led to his dismissal and has vowed to turn things around moving forward.
The goal is for Anderson to enroll at LSU next spring. It’s possible that he doesn’t play football this fall, so it would be huge for him to get a jump-start on his college career. But at the very least, LSU will continue to support Anderson as he moves past his troubles.