Whether or not the No. 1 overall recruit in the country finds his way back to LSU’s 2017 class, the Tigers will still have to load up on other talented prospects. A large chunk of that will come from in-state players, and there are nine not named Dylan high on LSU’s board.
Moses’ decommitment leaves LSU with only one player committed in the 2017 class — Tyler Shelvin. The state’s top defensive tackle pledged to the Tigers in March and was one of the top performers at last month’s camp regardless of class. Shelvin has stayed solid to the Tigers, but he did pick up an Alabama offer in June after camping there. It piqued his interest, but he’ll be tough to pull away from LSU.
The highest ranked player in the state behind Moses is Plaquemine safety Todd Harris. LSU was the first school to offer him in late April, and that set off a huge run that included three SEC offers in three days. Tennessee and Ole Miss quickly followed the Tigers on his offer list, and Georgia has since come through as well. A versatile and physically impressive defensive back, Harris will have several SEC schools to choose from when he’s ready to commit.
Adrian Ealy is the top offensive lineman in the state and was one of the first 2017 prospects to receive an LSU offer. It’s not often the Tigers lose a kid from University Lab, and they’ll be working on both he and Moses hard in the next few months. Ealy had four big offers by the time he started his sophomore season (Florida, Florida State and Texas the others) with Mississippi State and Tennessee joining that list in the year since. Ealy is a frequent visitor to the LSU football facility and was there for camp last month.
LSU feels it’s in great shape for Baton Rouge’s best defensive linemen. Georgia was one of the first schools to offer Chris Allen, but LSU followed soon after. He picked up an Auburn offer this summer, and those three schools figure to be the early contenders in his recruitment. Allen’s been on LSU’s campus several times, including a couple weeks ago for camp. Though he’s said before he came close to committing early in the process, he’s slowed things down since, but LSU still seems like the heavy favorite here.
Louisiana has a pair of four-star quarterbacks in 2017. Lowell Narcisse already committed to Auburn, leaving Keytaon Thompson as the name for LSU to focus on moving forward. He’s one of the top athletes in the state, and has shown some early potential as a passer. His mechanics need work, and that will come with time. LSU loves him right now as a football player and is optimistic his quarterback skills will develop. His biggest offers outside LSU for now are from Florida, Notre Dame, Miami and Texas Tech, but the Tigers like where they stand.
Brothers Bruce Jordan-Swilling and Tre Swilling each received LSU offers after the Tigers’ first camp of the summer. Bruce, one of the nation’s top athletes, that offer was part of a really big summer. He’s also added offers from schools like Michigan, Miami, Florida, Oklahoma and UCLA, making it apparent he’ll be one of the state’s most heavily recruited prospects. He could end up on either side of the ball, but he’ll likely land at linebacker in his future. Tre, a three-star corner, now holds offers from Tennessee and Michigan in addition to that LSU offer, and he fits that mold of the lengthy, speedy corners LSU targets.
Devonta Smith already looks to be the next chapter in that storied LSU-Alabama recruiting war. He’s already visited and holds offers from both schools. He’s good friends with a pair of Alabama commits, Shyheim Carter and his teammate Josh Perry. LSU loves him as a corner, and even though he’s a lean 155 pounds, his length is tremendous and he has above-average coverage skills already. Too early to say which team has the leg up, but this should be a fun one to track for fans of both LSU and Alabama.
Clyde Edwards-Helaire will take over as the man in Baton Rouge (La.) Catholic’s backfield, replacing current Tiger Derrius Guice. Edwards-Helaire could follow Guice to LSU as well. Les Miles loves him, and the three-star prospect is equally high on the Tigers. LSU will keep a close eye on him this fall before taking him in the class, but if Edwards-Helaire balls this season, look for him to definitely become a Tiger.