The nation's No. 1 overall recruit is more focused on the start of his senior season than his recruitment, but he is in the process of deciding which five schools will receive his official visits.
LSU hopes and expects to land one of those after he made two unofficial trips this summer. Those visits went so well that the Tigers went from a darkhorse to one of the top contenders in Gary's recruitment. The LSU coaching staff believes an official visit would really solidify their standing near the top of his list.
An official visit in the fall is possible, though Gary's schedule with Paramus Catholic would make it tough. There are a couple dates that line up with LSU's home games, but if things don't work out, look for the Tigers to push for an official visit after the season, likely in the month of January.
That would enable LSU to make one of the last impressions on Gary and his mother before he makes a National Signing Day decision.
There are several schools working to land an official from Gary. Auburn and Georgia are two from the SEC considered to be top contenders in his recruitment. B1G schools like Ohio State and Michigan are also heavily involved, though many have started to believe Gary is aiming for the SEC. The two schools out west, USC and UCLA, could make a big push as Gary is very interested in checking those out.
But LSU picked up a lot of momentum when they hosted both Gary and his mother during a visit at the start of fall camp. That came less than two weeks after Gary had come with a coach and teammates, a visit so positive he called up his mother mid-visit to see about lining up a return trip for her.
LSU rolled out the red carper for both Gary and his mother while they were in town, and the itinerary even included a meeting with the school's president among other high ranking athletic and academic officials.
Gary is one of the top defensive line prospects to come out in the last few years. LSU defensive line coach Ed Orgeron has made a big impression on him, and that's a big reason why the Tigers are surging. They have a lot of competition, but LSU does at least expect to receive one of his official visits once Gary makes those decisions.