LSU Elite Camp: Day 1 Observations

There were plenty of top prospects on-hand to open LSU's biggest camp of the summer.

LSU kicked off its Elite Camp on Thursday, with lots of quality recruits at the facility showing off their talent.

While most of the biggest names won't work out until Friday, there was still enough action Thursday to make it a must-follow event for recruitniks. Be sure to check out the photo gallery to see these top recruits in the flesh.

And before we get into the notes and observations, let's list some of the most notable names that were at the facility Thursday.

QB Feleipe Franks

QB Zadock Dinkelmann

QB Keytaon Thompson

QB Jon Randall Belton

WR Brandon Johnson

WR Chris Fuller

TE Jamal Pettigrew

OT Willie Allen

OT Adrian Ealy

OL Collin Fountain

ATH Clifford Chattman

ATH Dylan Moses

ATH Malcolm Roach

DT Rashard Lawrence

LB/DE Travez Moore

LB/DE K'lavon Chaisson

LB Erick Fowler

LB Rahssan Thornton

LB Dominique Ross

LB Layton Garnett

CB Andraez Williams

CB Kristian Fulton

CB Trayvon Mullen

CB Malcolm Askew

CB Patrick Surtain, Jr.

S Cameron Lewis

S Eric Monroe

S Daniel Wright

---Two of the top overall performers, regardless of position, were LSU commits Erick Fowler and Rahssan Thornton. They worked exclusively at linebacker, and despite some rough patches here and there, looked like big-time players in the making. They did get beat on one-on-ones, showing their lack of experience in pass coverage, but they're so athletic and natural ballplayers that you can understand why the LSU coaching staff sees them as linebackers.

They both went through the gauntlet drill, where players run down an alley of quarterbacks trying to catch as many passes as they can at a full sprint. Defensive players don't always shine in this drill, but Fowler and Thornton caught more passes than a lot of the receivers at today's camp.

You'll remember Fowler was one of the best defensive ends at The Opening a few weeks ago, and Thornton has spent most of his high school career along the defensive line as well. LSU sees them as linebackers all the way, and they're willing to work to make that position their home. LSU fans should be very excited about adding these two to their defense in a year.

---Another top performer was LSU commit Feleipe Franks, which isn't a surprise to anyone. He was the first to go in every quarterback drill as Cam Cameron often used him as an example for the other campers. His throws in 7-on-7 work were excellent and he showed off that strong, powerful arm that comes with his massive 6-foot-6 frame.

He had a special connection with fellow LSU commit Jamal Pettigrew. Franks found him on just about every 7-on-7 rep they shared the field, and he had little trouble finding the big tight end target. These two combined with commits Stephen Sullivan and Dee Anderson makes for one tall passing attack to look forward to.

Joining Franks in the top QB group were Keytaon Thompson, Zadock Dinkelmann and Jon Randall Belton. Thompson already has an offer form LSU, but you can tell he still needs a lot of work at quarterback. His odd delivery can be fixed though, and his natural ability makes him an exciting prospect. Dinkelmann is the 2018 commit that made waves when committing as a middle schooler. He's really filling out and is still so young. Cam Cameron found a good on there. Belton has had several knee injuries in his high school career, but he's back now and looked solid as a quarterback. He'll likely switch positions for West Monroe this year, but he'll make a good college prospect for somebody.

---LSU commit Andraez Williams, aka Greedy, kicked off his stay in Baton Rouge by running a sub-4.4 40-yard dash. The times are always a little lower than reality, but that's still a very impressive run for Williams. He was also one of the few big names to work out Thursday, and he held down his island during one-on-one reps.

---There weren't too many top receivers today, but Brandon Johnson from S. Florida was one of the best. He was a top performer at June's camp as well and already has an offer from LSU. He's lean but can run good routes and has great speed in and out of the breaks as well. He's definitely a name to watch as LSU looks to add a third (and maybe fourth) receiver in this class.

---A couple other promising young players from Florida are Daniel Wright (2017) and Patrick Surtain, Jr. (2018). Wright's already considered one of the top safeties in his class, and he showed exactly why Thursday. He had both LSU coaches Kevin Steele and Corey Raymond excited about the way he played. He was great in coverage during one-on-ones and also in space during 7-on-7.

Surtain, only entering his sophomore year or high school, dropped a sub-4.4 40. This kid should be one of the top overall players in his class, and even at his age, is one of the top defensive backs at LSU's camp.

---There should be a lot more to discuss Friday as all the big names are expected to work out. That'll present a lot of quality matchups between the nation's best recruits, and TSD will have wall-to-wall coverage as LSU's Elite Camp continues through the week.

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