Breakdown of the 5-star recruits left on LSU's Big Board

At least six uncommitted 5-stars still interested in LSU

LSU has a real chance to finish with the nation's No. 1 class.

They'll have to land some more five-star prospects for that to happen though. The Tigers already have one in Saivion Smith, but there are several more still on the board that could end up in Baton Rouge.

We'll take a look at six with real interest in LSU and examine the latest news in their recruitments, gauging where LSU currently stands. Note: the ranking next to each player's name is his overall ranking:

No. 1 DT Rashan Gary

LSU blew up as a contender for Gary over the summer when he took a pair of unofficial visits within a two-week span. The first came with a coach and teammates, and he loved it so much he wanted his mother to come down as soon as possible to experience it herself. Now LSU's squarely in the mix as Gary begins to take his official visits.

Gary was at Michigan this past weekend. Many had felt Gary was destined for the SEC, but that trip to Ann Arbor solidified the Wolverines as a legitimate threat to pluck the nation's No. 1 prospect. His next visit will go to Auburn for the Iron Bowl, and he's in the process of scheduling the others. Auburn and Michigan are believed to be the top two teams right now.

LSU will push to get Gary's official visit late in the cycle to secure that last impression before he makes a final decision. It actually sets up well for LSU that Auburn and Michigan will have already spent their officials on him by November. It doesn't rule out late unofficials to each school, but LSU likes its chances to impress both Gary and his mother on an official in the final weeks.

It's still too hard to predict at this point, but LSU is very much in play for the No. 1 recruit in the country.

No. 4 DT Shavar Manuel

One of the first recruiting stops Ed Orgeron made was to the IMG Academy, specifically to see Manuel. LSU already gained a commitment from one of the many IMG superstars, and they're hoping to clean house.

Manuel made a visit to Baton Rouge with his uncle and teammate Saivion Smith, the LSU commit. That visit went so well that a lot of people began to consider LSU the favorite. The Tigers have maintained that momentum and have secured a spot in Manuel's top three with Auburn and Florida. 

LSU will get Manuel back on campus on an official visit for the Florida game on Oct. 17. He'll be accompanied by Smith, and another IMG teammate and LSU target, Rahshaun Smith. LSU believes that official will put them over the top with Manuel (and possibly Smith too).

No. 5 OT Greg Little

LSU has never gotten the nation's No. 1 offensive tackle to campus, but that should change in a few weeks. Little is set to take his official visit for the Florida game, and that'll be LSU's chance to convince him to come to Baton Rouge. 

The former Texas A&M commit has already taken one visit to Auburn. Georgia is next up, and Ole Miss will follow LSU. Alabama is the other school in his top five, while the Aggies are still in the hunt. Little will announce his new commitment on Nov. 4.

LSU's a longshot to land Little, but one visit can change that. He'll most likely end up at either Alabama or Texas A&M, but the Tigers are at least encouraged because they'll get a visit.

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No. 14 LB Ben Davis

LSU has a big need at linebacker in 2016, and Ben Davis is one of the top targets. He and close friend Lyndell Wilson visited LSU early in the summer and came away very impressed. Both maintained that LSU was one of their top schools after that trip.

This week, Wilson released a top eight that had LSU at No. 2. Davis hasn't publicly named any leaders, but their lists are probably pretty similar. They aren't a package deal, but it wouldn't be a surprise to see both end up at the same school.

Though Wilson actually pegged Florida as his leader, Alabama is still the favorite for both he and Davis. LSU's very much in the mix though, and this will be one of Kevin Steele's first big battles for the Tigers. His relationship to these linebackers is a big reason why LSU's in the hunt, and it would be a huge coup if he can land one, or both, in his first full recruiting class.

No. 19 DT Rashard Lawrence

The lone Louisiana propsect currently ranked as a five-star has always been one of LSU's top in-state targets. This weekend, though, he'll be on the West Coast, taking his first official visit to UCLA. The Bruins occupy a spot in his final five, joined by LSU, Alabama, Ohio State and Washington.

Lawrence plans to take all five of his official visits before announcing at some point late in the cycle. Though he has five schools high on his list, most everyone expects this come down to LSU or Alabama. 

Lawrence was last on LSU's campus a couple weeks ago for the Auburn game. The staff got to spend some quality time with him and left that visit feeling very optimsitic about its chances. LSU's had trouble in the past securing North Louisiana, but they believe the tandem of Ed Orgeron and Bradley Dale Peveto can secure that half of the state and reel in Lawrence.

No. 22 LB Keion Joyner

Joyner may live in North Carolina, but he has ties to Louisiana. His family lives in Abbeville, and that's why he grew up loving LSU. The Tigers identified him early as someone they wanted in 2016, and they've maintained that interest throughout the cycle. 

Joyner reciprocated, often naming LSU his leader early in the process. He's backed away from that but still has LSU in his top three with Florida State and UNC. He hasn't visited LSU in a while, and he's never checked out Florida State. He'll take official visits to both before deciding though.

It's hard to predict at this point, but based on his early love for LSU, it's safe to say the Tigers have a very real shot at landing this five-star linebacker.

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