Most of LSU's 2015 signing class will officially begin their collegiate careers Monday with the start of summer classes. But three signees from that group won't make it to Baton Rouge this weekend.
Offensive lineman Chidi Valentine-Okeke, defensive back Jeremy Cutrer and wide receiver Brandon Martin are not yet clear to enroll at LSU, and won't report with the rest of the class this weekend. Most will move to campus on Saturday, though some already reported Friday.
Valentine-Okeke is the biggest of the group, though his status had always been questionable. Originally from Nigeria, he moved to Florida in high school as a recruit in the 2016 class. He reclassified to a 2015 recruit and moved to a charter school in Georgia for his final year of high school.
There have been conflicting reports whether it's his ACT score holding him back or if the NCAA is concerned with his transcripts from Nigeria. Regardless the reason, Valentine-Okeke won't make it to LSU this weekend, and it's questionable whether he'll make it in time for the fall.
Cutrer continues to battle with academic issues. He initially committed to LSU as part of the 2013 class but didn't sign because he didn't have the grades to qualify. He spent two seasons at Mississippi Gulf Coast but hoped to enroll this past spring. He still wouldn't be eligible, and those issues persist into the summer.
LSU never expected to have Martin for this season. Originally from Monroe, Martin moved to Dallas for his senior year to play at the Prime Prep Academy, which has since closed down. LSU signed him with the intentions of placing him at MGCC, and Martin spent the past semester there. The earliest Martin could arrive in Baton Rouge is the spring of 2016, which would make him a member of LSU's 2016 signing class.
We'll continue to monitor the academic situations with these three signees through the summer to provide updates whether they'll be a part of the team in the fall.
LSU Signing Class reports this weekend
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