LSU expanded its board at cornerback over the weekend when it offered four-star Kyle Meyers from New Orleans.
Before that, there were two players clearly favored to land in the Tigers’ class — Kristian Fulton and Trayvon Mullen. Now there’s another to closely monitor. How does the offer to Meyers affect things with Fulton and Mullen, and which recruits will ultimately end up at LSU?
First, let’s look at Meyers and what led to his LSU offer.
Meyers really exploded as a recruit this spring. He entered March holding only a handful of offers from non-Power 5 schools, but bigger programs eventually took notice. Ole Miss and Mississippi State came through with offers as Meyers landed a four-star ranking on Scout and an invite to The Opening.
He rode that momentum to Florida State’s camp in early June, where he earned an offer from the Seminoles. They made it clear to him his spot would not be guaranteed if he took too long to decide, so Meyers wasted little time and committed within 24 hours.
LSU evaluated Meyers while all this went on and really liked what they saw. But with tight numbers across the board, particularly in the secondary, the Tigers held off on offering until they just couldn’t wait any longer.
Meyers came to campus Saturday with the Louisiana Bootleggers to play in the LSU 7-on-7 tournament at the Tigers’ practice facility. LSU assistants Frank Wilson and Corey Raymond watched his first game closely, ran him through a couple one-on-ones during the Bootleggers’ bye, and that was all they needed to see.
The two coaches offered him then, and Les Miles made it official during a personal meeting later in the day.
LSU didn’t pressure Meyers to flip over the weekend. They encouraged him to go home, discuss things with his parents and take time with the decision. He’s definitely receptive of the offer and the opportunity to stay close to home. But he also feels loyalty and obligation to Florida State, so it’s no guarantee he drops the Seminoles.
So where does Meyers now fall in the pecking order of LSU cornerback targets?
LSU will pursue all three with hopes of landing at least two, and the Tigers wouldn’t have moved on Meyers if they felt it would adversely affect their chances with Fulton or Mullen.
The assumption has been that LSU would add two more corners to the class with Saivion Smith and Andraez Williams. That’s still the case, though with LSU aiming to sign a 27-man class in 2016, it’s certainly possible the Tigers end up with five corners in this class.
That just doesn’t seem to be the most likely outcome.
Louisiana's No. 1 corner Kristian Fulton
Things will start to clear up later this week though with both Fulton and Mullen expected to be on campus for the Elite Camp, and LSU would love for them to commit sooner rather than later.
Fulton will make his decision before his senior season, and it could really happen any time between now and next month. He recently visited Florida and took a trip to Texas over the weekend. A couple other schools linger in contention, but LSU continues to feel like the heavy favorite. Of the top three corners on the board, he’s still considered the most likely to end up with the Tigers.
Mullen has mentioned a lot of schools over the last few months, most recently naming five that would receive official visits. All that hasn’t changed where LSU believes it stands though. The Tigers are at the very least tied with Florida State for the lead in Mullen’s recruitment.
Mullen has hinted he’ll wait until later in the cycle to decide, but LSU will press for him to shut things down this week while he’s on campus. If he does, it’s more likely that Meyers ultimately sticks with Florida State, but the longer Mullen holds off, the more opportunity there is for Meyers to jump aboard.
The most likely outcome of all this is that one recruit between Meyers and Mullen ends up with LSU and the other lands at Florida State. But there’s a long way to go for all three of these corners, and there are certainly more twists and turns in store.
The one guarantee is that LSU will add several more elite corners to its class that already ranks among the best in the nation.
LSU after three more corners in 2016 class
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