Multiple five-stars expected for LSU camp

These are some of the best recruits in the country, and they'll be at LSU this week.

There are only 40 five-star recruits in the entire country between the classes of 2016 and 2017 — five of them are expected to visit LSU this week.

The Tigers' second camp of the summer always attracts one of the nation's most impressive visitor lists. This one is no exception with dozens of the nation's top prospects planning to attend at least one of the three days.

While there are top players up and down the list, there are five that rise to the top as the five-star recruits. Let's break down those five-star visitors and gauge where LSU stands in their recruitments.

Rashan Gary is the No. 1 overall recruit in the country for a reason. He showed exactly why at The Opening earlier this month, earning praise as one of the most dominant defensive linemen to ever participate in the event. He's been a massive LSU target throughout his recruitment, and Ed Orgeron has been extra aggressive in trying to land him. That work will pay off this week as Gary makes a much-anticipated visit to Baton Rouge. It will be his first and possibly LSU's only opportunity to really solidify their place in his lead group.

Gary hasn't publicly trimmed his list, and there are a lot of schools still in the hunt. Georgia, Alabama, Auburn and Ole Miss are some from the South. Michigan, Ohio State and Notre Dame represent the Midwest, and the West Coast still has a shot with UCLA and USC. There are several other programs still working him as well, and LSU's hoping to show him enough this week to stand out from the others.

Dylan Moses is the other No. 1 overall recruit on the visitor list this week. LSU's already locked down his commitment, and that's not likely to change anytime soon. Moses was on campus last week with the rest of the U-High Cubs for the LSU 7-on-7 Tournament after he spent some time at The Opening earlier in the month. Everyone at this point knows what makes Moses one of the most special high school prospects of the last decade, and he'll have a chance this week to prove it once again against some of the other top players in the country.

Rashard Lawrence is now the No. 1 player in Louisiana and a Top 10 player in the country. He's been atop LSU's board at defensive tackle since he emerged as one of the state's top recruits, but the Tigers have a ton of competition. Lawrence continues to treat his recruitment with an open mind, not narrowing down his long list of offers. While everyone pegs it as an LSU-Alabama battle, there are several others in the mix. Ole Miss, UCLA, USC, Oregon are just some of the schools on his list, and he plans to take his recruitment until after his senior season.

Lawrence has visited LSU several times over the last few months, and he continues to build a really strong relationship with his lead recruiters Ed Orgeron and Bradley Dale Peveto. He knows he's one of LSU's top targets at a major position of need, and the Tigers hope that ultimately pays off.

LSU isn't mentioned much in the recruitment of Dexter Lawrence. The big boy from North Carolina would fit well as a nose tackle for the Tigers, and that's definitely something they're still looking for in this class. The in-state UNC Tar Heels seem to have a leg up with him because of the familiarity, and he did recently visit Alabama as well. Lawrence hasn't started to narrow his list though because there are still a lot of schools he wants to visit before he does. LSU is one of those programs, and the Tigers will get a chance to impress him this week. Once again, it's on Coach Orgeron to get the Tigers in the mix.

Ed Alexander is the other five-star LSU commit on the list of expected campers. Like Moses, Alexander is 100 percent solid in his pledge to the Tigers. It was huge for LSU to lock him back up early in the process, though he never really showed much interest in other schools. Though injuries have limited him the last couple years, he's poised for a major senior season as he looks to solidify his place as one of the nation's best players. This week will give him a chance to see where he stacks up with other top recruits camping at LSU.


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