The camp resulted in two new commits and several more new offers handed out. TSD was out there throughout the camp, and we’ll pass along our biggest pieces of new, notes and observations from the camp:
TWO NEW LSU COMMITS
LSU added a pair of linemen to the 2016 class during camp this week.
Denham Springs defensive end Caleb Roddy committed to the Tigers on Monday. Roddy had a hot spring, increasing his offer list to 30 schools, many of which coming from the SEC. But there was only one school he desperately wanted an offer from. That came when he turned in a solid performance in front of defensive line coach Ed Orgeron. LSU offered him after that day of camp and Roddy committed on the spot.
He’s in the mold of the speedy edge rushers LSU has targeted. He could be a hybrid defensive end/outside linebacker, tasked specifically with getting to the quarterback. Roddy bleeds purple and gold, and he has the passion you want from a recruit.
The other new commit came Tuesday from offensive tackle Jakori Savage. He also added an offer that same day, choosing to pledge to the Tigers soon after. Savage was a relative unknown before his performance at camp. LSU had started showing him interest in the few weeks prior, and that paid off for OL coach Jeff Grimes.
Savage comes from Mobile, Ala., so it’s big for LSU that they got in before the in-state powers Alabama and Auburn. He said LSU made him feel more wanted than any other school he’s visited, so the Tigers definitely have a leg up on any school that may now come calling.
LSU EXPANDS SEARCH FOR D-LINEMEN
Caleb Roddy wasn’t the only new defensive lineman added to LSU’s board this weekend. The Tigers offered two other players up front as well.
Sci Martin, a three-star DE from McDonogh 35, picked up his offer Monday. Martin committed to Tulane a week ago, but that was before LSU made its interest official. Martin has a pair of teammates also being targeted by LSU — Clifford Chattman and Stephon Taylor — so it’s not hard to see Martin taking a hard look at the Tigers. He’s in the same mold as Roddy, a hybrid DE/OLB, and we’ll be keeping a close eye on him moving forward.
LSU also offered a potential nose tackle Monday, Ross Blacklock. As LSU moves to a 3-4 scheme, the Tigers will need big bodies to clog up the middle and Blacklock fits that role. The Houston-area prospect has had a hot spring, fielding interest from some top in-state schools like Texas A&M and TCU. He has said LSU was one of his favorite schools growing up though, so the Tigers figure to definitely be in the mix.
There were several other standouts along the defensive line at camp this week. LSU commit Glen Logan shined at both tackle and end, and the Tigers love his versatility. Andre Anthony landed an offer at the Bayou Picnic, and he proved exactly why, consistently sprinting past blockers around the edge. 2017 Chris Allen also showed why he’s an early standout along the defensive line.
Two out-of-state defensive linemen to watch: Brian Burns from the Miami area and Bravvion Roy from Houston. The Tigers have offered both guys, and they spent some time around campus this week to check things out.
LSU ALL OVER BROTHER MARTIN
LSU made a big push into Brother Martin HS this week, offering three Crusaders after camp.
2017 athlete Bruce Jordan-Swilling was the first, landing his after Monday’s session. He added some big offers this spring from schools like Oklahoma, Miami and Florida. Now the in-state Tigers have come through, and they’ll make him a big focus in the 2017 class. He’ll likely be a linebacker on the next level.
His brother, Tre Swilling, also picked up an offer Tuesday. Tre’s father played professional football, and the Swilling family adopted Bruce while he was middle school. Now both Bruce and Tre figure to be big-time college prospects. Tre could be one of the top DBs in the state for the 2017 class.
LSU also offered the Swillings’ teammate at Brother Martin, 2016 tight end Irvin Smith. He too has added some major offers over the last few months, and now LSU’s in the mix. The Tigers already have one tight end committed in 2016, Jamal Pettigrew, and now they’re after Smith as well.
TIGERS OFFER ANOTHER IN-STATE QB
The Swillings weren’t the only in-state 2017 prospects to land offers this week. The Tigers also offered quarterback Keytaon Thompson from Landry-Walker in New Orleans. Schools absolutely love his athleticism, and most expect him to have a bright future.
He and Lowell Narcisse will likely battle for the top QB spot in the state for the 2017 class, and both have impressive offer sheets thus far. LSU has offered both, and feel good about their chances with each recruit.
LONG VISIT FOR MONROE
LSU has made four-star safety Eric Monroe a major priority in this class, and they hosted him for all three days of camp this week. LSU has always been one of the top contenders in his recruitment, and those close to him peg the Tigers as a heavy favorite.
He’s no stranger to Baton Rouge, having visited LSU several times over the last year. So this visit was another opportunity for him to grow comfortable around the coaches and program. He also showed out during the camp and lived up to all his lofty recruiting rankings.
LSU also extended an offer to his teammate K’lavon Chaisson, a 2017 defensive end/linebacker. That was his first offer, so the Tigers are on him early. It will certainly help in both cases that the Tigers are after this pair of teammates. And with LSU looking to be in good shape with Monroe, the Tigers should also be a top contender for Chaisson as well.