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LSU's SEC home opener against Auburn will attract a long list of top recruits

An in-depth rundown of all the top recruits expected to attend LSU's SEC home opener against Auburn

The list of recruits expected for LSU's SEC home opener against Auburn is absolutely loaded.

There are dozens of five- and four-star prospects, including some of the nation's best players between the Classes of 2016, 2017 and even 2018. Be sure to check out the complete list for all the recruits expected to attend.

Below we'll provide all the latest tidbits and scoop on the most notable visitors coming to Tiger Stadium this weekend.

---LSU will have former commit Stephen Sullivan on campus for the first time since he reopened his recruitment about one month ago. The Tigers are in a fierce battle with TCU and some other schools to land one of the nation's best wide receivers. Sullivan's scheduled to take his first official visit to Florida State on Oct. 17, and he's in the process of scheduling the rest.

TCU is the primary threat though, as Sullivan grew up in the Dallas-area and still has family there. LSU can kick off the fall with some solid momentum though with his visit this weekend.

Sullivan's attended several games over the last couple years, so he understands the gameday atmosphere. But showing off the offense under Brandon Harris will be important as will just making him feel comfortable on campus. 

---Another one of the state's top uncommitted players is four-star linebacker Michael Divinity, and he's expected to attend Saturday's game. He's fresh off official visits to Florida State and Texas A&M the last two weekends. This one will be unofficial, and he's scheduled to take his LSU official for the Florida game on Oct. 17.

LSU is a heavy favorite in Divinity's recruitment, but he won't announce a commitment until December. This week will be good for LSU to counter some of the shine from his recent visits to Florida State and Texas A&M.

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---Another top linebacker target expected to visit is Dontavious Jackson. LSU has worked for months to get this four-star prospect to campus, and they're optimistic that this will finally be the week. LSU has needed to get him to visit to be considered a legitimate contender, and should he make it, they'll be in play. LSU's trying to sell him on a real chance to play (possibly start) as a freshman. A positive visit this weekend could lead to an official after the season, and that would really make the Tigers optimistic.

Texas is the heavy favorite with several other schools in the mix. LSU's not better than a longshot at this point, but that could change after this weekend.

---LSU has an impressive list of defensive linemen slated to attend, including Ross BlacklockRashard Lawrence and Stephon Taylor.

Lawrence is priority No. 1 in Louisiana, a five-star that Ed Orgeron has targeted since his first day with LSU. He was also considering going to Alabama this weekend, so we will have to wait and see for sure whether he makes it to Baton Rouge. Most still feel it's a battle between LSU and Alabama to land this five-star, though schools like Ohio State, UCLA and Washington are also in play. It's still too early to say with certainty whether LSU or Alabama leads at this point.

Blacklock emerged this summer as a major nosetackle target for LSU. LSU and Texas A&M are the top two contenders in his recruitment, and he's visited both schools several times. It's too close to call right now, but LSU's very confident in its chances with him.

Taylor has kept his recruitment pretty quiet in recent months. LSU and Auburn have seemed like the top two teams throughout though. Taylor is originally from Valley, Ala., about 30 minutes from Auburn, and his dad still lives there. He'll get a look at both schools this weekend, and we'll have to see where things stand moving forward.

---Some other top in-state targets expected to be in Baton Rouge are Devin WhiteWillie Allen and Kristian Fulton.

LSU is still considered the heavy favorite for White, the Tigers' only running back target in 2016. He recently announced he'll be making his commitment on ESPN on National Signing Day. LSU, Alabama and Ole Miss are expecting to get official visits from him, and schools like Arkansas, Auburn and Florida State are also in the mix. 

White's been to LSU several times before, and this will be his first on-campus visit anywhere of 2015.

Allen is still hard to peg at this point, and he's interested in both LSU and Auburn in addition to several other SEC programs. His official visits won't come until after the season, so LSU and everyone else will jockey for position during the fall. He's Louisiana's best offensive lineman, but he won't be afraid to leave the state. LSU will keep making him a high priority, but if ends up elsewhere, look for LSU to plug the gap with another out-of-state prospect like they did last year.

Fulton was at LSU for the canceled McNeese State game, and he's expected to be back Saturday. LSU is a serious favorite here, it's just a matter of when he decides to shut it down. It's looking like that won't happen until after the season, but he could realistically pop at any time.

---Keep an eye on these two recruits committed elsewhere — Kyle Meyers (Florida State) and Irvin Smith (Texas A&M).

Meyers picked up an LSU offer over the summer, after he'd already committed to the Seminoles. Though Fulton and Trayvon Mullen are the top two cornerback targets in this class, LSU's also still after Meyers. He does seem solid to Florida State though. and it seems more likely that LSU lands the other two uncommitted CBs than convinces Meyers to flip. But staying close to home is a consideration, and that's keeping LSU in the mix.

Smith was at the canceled McNeese State game with some other Brother Martin targets. He too seems solid to Texas A&M, but the more he visits LSU this fall, the better the Tigers' chances will be.

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---Two of the top 2017 recruits from out-of-state on the list are Marvin Wilson and Will Ignont.

Wilson's a Top 20 overall prospect in 2017. The Houston-area defensive tackle has visited LSU multiple times already, and the Tigers are considered one of the early favorites. He'll be one of the most heavily recruited players in the country, but LSU has a good chance at this stage.

Ignont, a four-star linebacker from Alabama, has also visited LSU before. He's targeted by all the major SEC programs, but LSU has a good foot in the door at this point.

---Keep an eye on four-star defensive end Zachary Carter. He camped at LSU this summer, but doesn't yet have an offer from the Tigers. He's called LSU his "dream school" though, and if they do come through with an offer, they'll jump to the top of his list.

---Auburn commit Lowell Narcisse is on the list after visiting for the canceled McNeese State game two weeks ago. He only lives about 30 minutes from campus, so it's not a surprise that he'd attend so many games this year. He seems solid to Auburn for now, and getting to watch them play is certainly motivation behind this visit. But he'll be a guest of LSU, and as long as he keeps coming to campus, the coaches will continue recruiting him.

---The listed is absolutely loaded with top Louisiana prospects form the Class of 2017. Guys like Dylan MosesAdrian EalyChris AllenDevonta SmithTodd HarrisBruce Jordan-SwillingTre Swilling and many more all expected to visit, and LSU's very optimistic about where things stand at this early stage with that 2017 crop. Never rule out a commitment or two coming from this group.

---Two of the nation's best recruits in 2018 are Tyreke Johnson and Verone McKinley III. LSU has already offered both, and they're on the list for this weekend. That's always a good opportunity for LSU to make a splash very early in these kids' recruitments.


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