That's a tremendous opportunity for the Tigers to lock down some of their top remaining targets. And with such a talented crop in the state this year, holding court within Louisiana's borders would help LSU seal the nation's No. 1 class.
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.
Kristian Fulton is the No. 1 corner in the state and one of three in the Top 15 at that position LSU is still pursuing. Fulton has been on campus as many times as any other recruit, and he has a tight bond with several other recruits, particularly LSU commit Jamal Pettigrew. It's crunch time in his recruitment, as he plans to finalize his decision within the next month. He recently visited Florida and Texas, with a handful of other schools still on his list.
It would be a major surprise though if Fulton landed anywhere else. LSU should take another big step in securing his commitment when he makes yet another visit later this week.
LSU has missed on each of the last two No. 1 offensive tackles in Louisiana. The Tigers are trying to buck that trend with Willie Allen, who holds that top spot in 2016. The Tigers were in on him early, but Allen has approached his recruitment very openly. Most of the SEC is pressing hard for this four-star lineman, and he's been open to most of them. He recently visited Auburn and Georgia, with other schools like Ole Miss, Alabama and Texas A&M on his list.
LSU might not be the favorite (it's really hard to pick one at this point), but the Tigers are definitely legitimate contenders. This week could help things as he'll be surrounded by other top Louisiana recruits looking to stay home.
Devin White is the only running back LSU has targeted in the 2016 class, and that goes back almost two years when the Tigers were the first school to offer him. He's now one of the year's most sought after recruits with most of the nation's best teams pining for his commitment. He recently released a Top 10 that included LSU, Ole Miss, Alabama, Arkansas and Texas A&M among others. LSU still feels its the favorite thanks to his strong relationship with Frank Wilson and Steve Ensminger.
He doesn't plan to commit until late in the cycle, so there are plenty of twists and turns left to take. He'll likely take all of his official visits before deciding, so this week will be big for LSU to keep the momentum entering the fall.
LSU still desperately needs linebackers, and Michael Divinity is the only one in Louisiana they've offered. LSU has done well throughout his recruitment, particularly thanks to his relationship with Frank Wilson and the added efforts of Ed Orgeron. Those two don't plan to let one of New Orleans' best players to leave Louisiana, though they do have some competition.
Divinity has three official visits lined up to Florida State, Texas A&M and Oregon. There are a few other schools on his mind as well, though if anyone's going to top LSU, it would probably be one of those three. Divinity will enroll early, and he plans to make his decision in September. LSU's the favorite, but they need to keep riding their momentum and a positive experience this week would obviously help that cause.
LSU wants to add another wide receiver to this class, and Clyde Leflore is the top option in Louisiana. He was on campus over the weekend for the LSU 7-on-7 Tournament, and he's expected to be back for camp later this week. He's still in the process of narrowing down his recruitment, though LSU has maintained one of the top spots on his list. Texas A&M is the biggest threat. The Aggies were his first offer, and they've made him a huge priority. He also likes Ole Miss, Nebraska, Mississippi State and Texas Tech among others, and his recruitment will likely last until late in the cycle.