Top Underclassmen to watch at LSU Camp

Several top recruits from the 2017, 2018 classes expected to attend LSU's camp.

It’s not all about the rising seniors at LSU’s Elite Camp. The list of talented underclassmen expected to attend is just as plentiful, as LSU looks to get a leg up on the next batch of top recruits.

We’ve already previewed most of the top 2016 recruits, so be sure to check those out below:

Five-star Recruits

Top Louisiana prospects

Out-of-state visitors

This piece will be all about the youngsters, the recruits from 2017, 2018 and beyond. We’ll go position-by-position, highlighting the names you need to know for this week’s LSU camp.

Let’s start with the quarterbacks. With Lowell Narcisse set to announce his decision Monday between LSU and Auburn, that position should be clearer after this week’s camp. The other in-state QB with an LSU offer, Keytaon Thompson (pictured above), will be at the camp, and he’s continuing to improve as a passer.

2017 seems like a good year to take two quarterbacks, so LSU will continue recruiting Thompson regardless of what Narcisse does Monday.

Keep an eye also on four-star Jaylon Mascorro from Texas. He’s highly ranked but only has offers from smaller local schools like SMU and Houston. But he could be poised to blow up, and we’ll get a look at him this week.

It’s also exciting to see 2018 LSU commit Zaddock Dinkelmann again. He was a top performer at the Texas State 7-on-7 Championships a couple weeks ago, and it seems Cam Cameron nailed it when he identified this kid as a middle schooler. Texas has started pushing for him, but the early Tiger got the worm in this case.

There’s some serious talent at the running back position set to attend LSU’s camp.

Clyde Edwards-Helaire from Baton Rouge (La.) Catholic earned his offer last month and is the Tigers’ top in-state ball carrier for 2017. He’s a heavy favorite to end up with the hometown school, and that could happen this week.

He’ll be joined by some serious players from outside Louisiana. Three of the nation’s Top 16 running backs in 2017 are all on the list: No. 6 Toneil Carter, No. 9 Cam Akers and No. 16 Ty Chandler.


Four-star RB Toneil Carter

Carter is the one to really watch closely. Though he lives in Texas now, he’s originally from New Orleans and grew up with the Tigers as his favorite team. Look for LSU to soar near the top of his list after this visit.

Equally talented are the underclassmen wide receivers. The list includes four ranked in the Scout300 from outside Louisiana: Tee Higgins (No. 6 WR), Nico Collins (No. 19), Jacoby Stevens (No. 25) and Mannie Netherly (No. 44).

That doesn’t even include Jerry Jeudy, the No. 4 ATH in the country and the No. 26 overall recruit in the 2017 class. He could end up on either side of the ball, but offense is probably his best bet.

Speaking of the athletes, two of Louisiana’s best will be at camp. Dylan Moses, the No. 1 recruit in 2017, remains very solid in his commitment to the Tigers. Amite’s Devonta Smith will be here for the second straight week after recently landing an Alabama offer, and that will be a hotly contested battle moving forward.

Along the offensive line, Adrian Ealy is the name most familiar to LSU fans. The U-High standout ranked in the Top 100 nationally will be on campus once again. He’s obviously very familiar with LSU at this point, and the Tigers are considered a heavy favorite. He’s another to watch closely for a commitment this week.

There are two other four-star offensive linemen from the 2017 class set to be on campus this week.

Blake Vinson (No. 30 OT) already has an LSU offer and is HS teammates with 2018 commit Justin Watkins. LSU is targeting several from North Marion HS in Florida, so look for Vinson to get a lot of LSU attention moving forward. The other top OT expected is Tony Gray (No. 21 OT) from Georgia.


Top Louisiana DE Chris Allen

The defensive talent starts up front along the line.

LSU commit Tyler Shelvin was one of the MVPs at last week’s linemen camp, and he’ll be back to prove himself against other top prospects. The other in-state name to watch is Southern Lab’s Chris Allen, who has kept LSU as his leader, and it’s possible he decides to shut things down this week.

LSU will also host two out-of-state defensive ends ranked in the Top 13 at that position: Malik Herring (No. 9) and Zachary Carter (No. 13).

Another pass-rusher to keep an eye on is K’Lavon Chaisson. LSU was the first school to offer him a while back, and he’s picked up several big ones since. He’s teammates with LSU commit Eric Monroe, so that could give the Tigers a leg up in his recruitment.

LSU has some big-time linebackers coming to campus as well. Jaden Hunter is the No. 5 outside backer, and Will Ignont is the No. 5 inside backer. Both have LSU offers and are expected to make it. Another to watch is Drew Singleton (No. 20 OLB). He’s teammates with 2016 No. 1 overall Rashan Gary and are set to come together.

LSU’s also really excited about 2018 linebacker Eriq Gilyard. The Tigers were one of the first to offer him, and he could be a big star in that class.

It wouldn’t be an LSU camp without some elite defensive backs as well.

The Tigers will have two of the nation’s best safeties coming to camp: No. 3 Daniel Wright and No. 4 Isaiah Pryor. LSU hosted the nation’s best safety, Jeffrey Okudah, last week, so it’s already looking promising for LSU to load up again on safeties in 2017.

They’ll be joined by promising corners Malcolm Askew (No. 14) and Patrick Surtain, Jr. (2018) among several other top DBs as well.

While most of the players mentioned thus far already have offers from LSU, there will certainly be some new ones handed out as well. These are four 2017 recruits from Louisiana I’ll be watching closely as possible new offers: Brad Stewart (McDonogh 35), Keldrick Carper (Plain Dealing), Patrick Queen (Livonia) and Josh Clarke (Riverdale).


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