LSU will host its first batch of official visitors this weekend for the biggest game of the season to this point.
As of Monday, the Tigers expect to have five prospects on campus for officials when LSU takes on Florida for a night game in Tiger Stadium. Baton Rouge should be rocking for a battle of Top 10 teams, and the LSU coaching staff expects that will score big points with the recruits.
We'll have plenty more throughout the week on recruits expected for the game, but we wanted to take an early look at the crop of official visits. Here's a breakdown of the five expected to be on campus:
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No. 1 OT Greg Little
This will be LSU's one shot to land the nation's No. 1 offensive tackle. Little is set to announce his commitment on his birthday Nov. 4, and LSU holds a spot among the finalists. He's never visited before though, so the Tigers will have to knock it out of the park this weekend.
Little has already taken officials to Auburn and Georgia, with one planned to Ole Miss the weekend after this. Alabama doesn't have a visit scheduled, but they're one of his top five teams, if not the favorite. The Aggies do still have a chance with this former Texas A&M commit, but one of the other five seems more likely.
LSU has made him a top priority throughout his recruitment. They've long been one of his top schools of interest, but the Tigers always seemed to be on the outside looking in. LSU OL coach Jeff Grimes proved last year though one visit can be enough to secure a big-time lineman, and he's hoping to replicate that success this weekend.
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No. 2 DE Shavar Manuel
LSU's hoping for a clean sweep at the IMG Academy, and the Tigers will have three from that football factory on campus this weekend. Five-star Manuel headlines that list as a potential monster addition for the defensive line. Manuel first visited LSU in late June with his uncle. The Tigers weren't viewed as a major contender until that trip surged LSU up his list to the point many pegged them the favorite.
LSU has done well to maintain that momentum, and DL coach Ed Orgeron is a big reason why.
Manuel has taken one official visit this far, to Florida last month. He has one scheduled for Auburn on Nov. 14, and those schools join LSU in his top three. Florida State still lingers in the background, but he's most likely destined for the SEC. LSU can solidify its standing as the perceived favorite with a big visit this weekend.
No. 33 DE Rahshaun Smith
LSU's been a recent riser with this big-bodied linebacker prospect. Scout ranks Smith as a defensive end, but the Tigers are looking at him to play linebacker should he wind up in Baton Rouge. LSU wasn't considered much of a player early in his recruitment, but persistent effort from Orgeron and DB coach Corey Raymond has the Tigers in contention.
Smith has taken one official visit thus far, to Oregon a couple weeks ago. This will mark his second, and he has tentative trips planned to Auburn (Nov. 14), Maryland (Dec. 4) and Clemson (Dec. 11). Smith is a former Clemson commit originally from Baltimore, so that's why you're seeing the Tigers and Terrapins high on his list.
LSU feels it has a very good shot with Manuel, and with another IMG player already committed (Saivion Smith), the Tigers hope that influence steers Rahshaun Smith toward to Baton Rouge. He'll get his first impression of the program this weekend.
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No. 1 CB Saivion Smith (LSU commit)
Smith will have on his recruiting hat this weekend. His goal is to convince both teammates to join him as an LSU commit. Smith has remained very firm in his commitment to the Tigers, which now stands at almost six months.
He's never attended a game in Tiger Stadium, so he and his family are looking forward to that as well. He'll be big though in recruiting his two IMG teammates, and he's optimistic he can get that done.
No. 10 OLB Michael Divinity (LSU commit)
It will be a celebration for LSU's newest commit. Divinity announced his pledge to the Tigers late Sunday night, and he's expected to follow that up with his official visit this weekend. LSU was always considered a heavy favorite to land him, and he made it official overnight.
Divinity does also plan to enroll early at LSU, so he'll start to get a feel for what that process will entail and the expectations for him this spring. Divinity has a real chance to play significantly as a freshman, and that process officially starts now that he's a commit.