Tidbits on recruits visiting LSU this weekend

All the information and scoop on the group of recruits expected to attend LSU's season opener.

The LSU football season is upon us, and that means recruiting goes into another gear.

The Tigers will have their first big weekend of unofficial visitors for the season opener Saturday against McNeese State. Be sure to check out the complete list of recruits expected to be in attendance.

Below are some tidbits to pass along on the notable visitors set to be in Tiger Stadium.

---The headliner of the weekend is four-star linebacker Jeffrey McCulloch. He’s already familiar with Baton Rouge as he’s made several visits to LSU over the last year. He’s one of several highly rated linebackers the Tigers have targeted in this class, and the prospect from Houston definitely has mutual interest.

McCulloch originally planned to attend the Texas A&M-Arizona State game in Houston this weekend, but his parents encouraged him to go to LSU instead. They’ll be with him on this visit, and that’s always a good thing for the hosts.

Texas is still considered a heavy favorite to land McCulloch and his friend Dontavious Jackson, another LSU linebacker target. Texas A&M and LSU are both still pushing for McCulloch, and the Tigers’ need at linebacker is a huge plus. He’s essentially guaranteed a shot at early playing time, and that could give LSU a chance. He doesn’t plan to shut down his recruitment until late in the cycle, so there’s plenty of time for LSU to keep fighting.

---Two of the top uncommitted players in Louisiana are expected to attend. Kristian Fulton and Clyde Leflore are each on the list. Fulton will actually be in town Friday night as his Rummel team faces University Lab in a huge high school showdown to start the season.

Fulton initially planned to commit somewhere before the start of his season, and he even toyed with the idea of doing it on his birthday, which was Thursday. He still hasn’t pulled the trigger though, and he may wait until the Under-Armour game. LSU’s still a heavy, heavy favorite though, and it would be a huge surprise if he went elsewhere.

Leflore most recently released a top six that included LSU. Texas A&M is the biggest threat for him, but the Tigers are in good shape.

LSU's still the favorite for 4-star corner Kristian Fulton

---Emmit Gooden, a four-star defensive lineman from Tennessee, has become a regular around LSU’s campus. He’s visited three times before and plans to return this weekend. He was last in town during camp in July but didn’t work out for the coaches.

LSU’s board on the defensive line is very crowded, and Gooden’s behind some five-star guys like Shavar Manuel and Rashan Gary in the pecking order. But LSU will have a close eye on him this fall to continue evaluating him. If LSU does press, they’ll be in good shape as Gooden has raved about his previous visits. Tennessee is the school most likely to land him at this point.

---Irvin Smith from Brother Martin landed an LSU offer at camp this summer but committed to Texas A&M a few days later. LSU’s still coming after him and encouraged him to check out a game. He’s not likely to flip though, and LSU still has a four-star tight end committed in Jamal Pettigrew.

---From the 2017 class, it’s obviously a positive that Dylan Moses will be back in Tiger Stadium. LSU has not lost confidence in getting him back after he decommitted this summer. Moses maintains the Tigers are still his No. 1 school, and the hometown team will be tough to beat. He’s not rushing to commit again, so LSU will have to battle all the way to the end, but it’s one they should win.

LSU feels confident about all of its top in-state targets for 2017, and several will be at the game including Adrian Ealy, Chris Allen, Bruce Jordan-Swilling, Tre Swilling and Ben Miles. It wouldn’t be a surprise to see any of these guys commit early.

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