Tiger Bites Sept. 23: Inside Everything LSU

Come inside another edition of Tiger Bites: Inside Everything LSU with the latest on an LSU hoops target, commits' visit reactions and where targets are visiting this weekend.

2017 Wing Recaps LSU Visit, Updates Recruitment

By: Billy Embody

2017 four-star Natchitoches (La.) wing Brandon Rachal took his official visit to LSU this past weekend, but this week, had a bit of a scare with some chest pains. Rachal was getting that all cleared up this week.

“They got to run an EKG on me and hopefully I’ll get cleared. I’m doing good though. It’s alright.”

Rachal said that following the visit to LSU, he couldn’t help but notice the home feeling he got from the in-state Tigers.

“It’s a great home feeling. It just feels home like I’m in Louisiana with Louisiana guys and we’ve all got confidence. Our past experiences, we can talk about because we’re from Louisiana,” Rachal said. “I know a lot of the players that I might have played against in high school so it’s just building those relationships.”

On his trip to LSU, Rachal met with a lot of the academic support teams, hung out with the players, attended the LSU-Mississippi State football game and went to Coach Jones’ house. The two enjoyed breakfast together on Saturday and let him know how badly he wants Rachal.

“Just making sure I knew how much he wanted me to play for him and be at LSU. He wanted me to stay at home and play basketball for my home state.”

Rachal also is high on Texas coach Shaka Smart, who was by to see Rachal on Tuesday.

“That’s just someone you love to be around. He knows how to make people happy and make people laugh. He knows when to joke about certain things and knows when to be serious with players about certain things.”

Smart and assistant coach David Cason made the stop in to see Rachal, who can see himself playing for Smart, who he continued to rave about. The Longhorns see Rachal as another piece to a national championship who can step right in and contribute.

“I just love the way Coach Smart coaches. I feel like his style fits the way I play. I’m versatile and a team player. I can get up and down the floor and play hard and be a tough guy for him.”

With Texas A&M and Billy Kennedy, it’s very similar to what he feels for LSU and Texas.

“Just like I said. He’s the type of coach I can see myself playing for. The types of things he stands for match me,” Rachal said.

As far having a favorite, Rachal wouldn’t name a school following his first official visit.

“That’s something that I’ve been keeping to myself. Everything is free and I’ll have a good answer for you after I take my visits. If I knew, I’d be committed to be honest.”

Texas A&M gets Rachal on Oct. 8 and Texas on Oct. 15 for official visits.

“I don’t have a top schools or anything like that. Everybody is all on the same level,” Rachal said. “It’s not really much I have to find out about the schools. It’s just really me being around the environment and seeing everything for myself.”

The three schools separated themselves from the rest due to the coaching staff and playing style.

“Just speaking on all of them, I got great relationships with the coaches and I feel like the coaches’ style of play and the type of guys they want, fit me. I love those coaches and I feel like they’re doing something that is building their programs to be good in the future.”

Lately, the stellar defender has been working on his jumper to round out his solid defensive game.

“My jumper has been really clicking lately. I’ve been shooting a lot and extending my range to the college and NBA range,” the 6-5, 215-pound wing said. “I’m confident and I work hard. I can be good because I work hard.” 

Rachal plans to make a decision shortly after his three official visits are done.

Where Recruits are Headed This Weekend
Chad Simmons

By: Billy Embody

LSU is headed to Auburn this weekend, where a few LSU targets are going to be visiting as well. 

  • 2017 linebacker Will Ignont will be on hand for the game this weekend. Ignont has been a constant visitor to Auburn and is also considering LSU too. 
  • Another linebacker is Spanish Fort (Ala.) linebacker Thomas Johnston, who will also trip to LSU with Justin Thomas later this fall.
  • Monty Rice, the three-star linebacker that is planning an LSU visit, will be on hand for a visit to Auburn as well.
  • JUCO DL Isaiah Buggs is a good bet to be on hand for the game too. He's been a constant visitor to Auburn.
  • 2018 4-star DB Jalyn Armour-Davis will be there as well with 2017 defensive lineman teammate Ryan Johnson, who is also hearing from LSU.

Not Visiting Auburn

  • Rest assured that both of LSU's commits from the state of Alabama, Neil Farrell and Justin Thomas won't be at Auburn this weekend visiting. The two will be at home instead. Auburn wouldn't even let Farrell visit for the game. 
  • Todd Harris will visit Ole Miss this weekend. Visited LSU this past weekend.
  • Marvin Wilson is expected at Ole Miss.
  • LSU commit Patrick Queen is headed to Ole Miss.

New Orleans defensive back visits LSU
Chad Simmons

By: Billy Embody

2018 New Orleans (La.) Landry Walker defensive back Corione Harris took in LSU's win over Mississippi State and came away impressed, even if he was nervous for LSU at times.

“It was a good game overall. They slacked up a little bit at the end. Mississippi State almost got the W at the end there,” Harris said.

The defensive back liked what he saw from Donte Jackson, who Harris is close with as well as the rest of the defense.

“I saw the defense flying around, making plays. I was mostly watching Donte Jackson. He’s like a big brother to me. I was mainly watching the defensive backs’ technique and how they just improved from last year," Harris said. "Donte played good. Kevin Toliver, besides the two mistakes he made, did pretty good. Overall, they played well.”

Cam Cameron and Austin Thomas chatted with Harris before the game and reminded the former LSU commit that they're not far to get back to campus soon.

“He (Thomas) was happy to see me there and that if I every need anything, he’s just a phone call away. Other than that, they were excited to see me and Devonta (Jason).”

Since decommitting, Harris has seen LSU's interest go up and the Tigers have shown more interest in him.

“They started communicating with us more and showing that they’re interested more than they were at first. I’m still highly considering LSU and it was a good visit. It’s a great atmosphere. They get loud and they’re very supportive. That’s an atmosphere I’d love to be around."

Mississippi State, Louisiana-Lafayette, Kansas and Florida have offered and have been coming hard after Harris since schools have been allowed to communicate with him via Twitter.

“Hopefully, I’m going to get out to visit them. All of them that are communicating with me are standing out.”

Harris said that his coverage skills and tackling have improved this fall. Harris said he’ll release a top list in early 2017.

4-star LSU OL commit visits for State game
Billy Embody - SCOUT

By: Billy Embody

2017 Cy-Fair (Tex.) offensive lineman Austin Deculus took in LSU's win over Mississippi State and the 6-6, 330-pound lineman said it was great.

“The visit was awesome and felt good to catch up with the coaches.”

Deculus said LSU was a few plays away from really having a big win over Mississippi State.

“I think that they did a great job they were always one step away from making even bigger play and blowing out "hail state," but the experience was awesome as expected it was great too see all the coaches.”

While Scout has Deculus as a guard, Deculus has the long arms to play offensive tackle and so does LSU.

“I'll most likely be playing tackle and a thing the always talk about is aggression (about what they like about me).”

Jeff Grimes talked with Deculus about the technique he can help with since he has so much experiences.

“Coach Grimes has coached in all conferences dealing with different offenses so he knows what to put in technique for offensive line. He's coached people that are in the league now.”

Deculus doesn't have his official visit set and is early enrolling, but is keeping an eye on what will happen with Les Miles this season. Deculus said if Miles wasn't there, he'd really have to evaluate if he'd stay committed.

2019 athlete grabs LSU offer
Jashawn Sheffield (© Chad Simmons / Scout)

By: Billy Embody

2019 Frederica Academy (Ga.) athlete Jashawn Sheffield picked up an LSU offer recently while his coach was on the phone with his coach. 

“Coach Squeglia offered me. It was crazy because me and Jaylin were waiting while coach Mathis were was on the phone and he offered Jaylin (Simpson). I asked my coach what about me? He said I've had one, but apparently he thought he had told me already.”

LSU coming through with an offer was big for the 2019 four-star.

“It was pretty cool. It's one of the offers I wanted earlier. In 8th grade, I would watch all of the Fournette videos and stories on him so I like LSU a little bit,” Sheffield said. “I liked Fournette and it made me pay attention to them more. I wanted to play just like him.”

Clemson and FSU are standing out early for the Georgia athlete.

“My relationship with coach Scott at Clemson. I appreciate him coming to my school and spending time with me and I enjoyed being coached by him at camp," Sheffield said. "I grew up going to FSU games. It was the first college campus I ever went on. Good relationship with that staff as well. Coach Lawing is cool.”

Sheffield visited Florida this past weekend. Clemson, Tennessee, FSU and Ohio State will likely get visits later this year..

Sheffield plays numerous positions for his high school team, but his next step might be as a running back at the next level.

“I'm a team player. If I need to be a scout team player for the team I will do It. I love to play in big games.”

LSU gets commitment from 2018 pitcher

By: Billy Embody

2018 Fredricksburg (Tex.) right-hander pitcher Riggs Threadgill committed to LSU last week and for Threadgill, it's a dream come true.

“Felt great about it and it's always been a place of my dreams since a child," Threadgill told Tiger Blitz.

The LSU coaching staff likes Threadgill's potential and composure. The 6-4, 205-pound pitcher performed well in front of the Tigers staff.

Threadgill has a variety of pitches he can throw, but also likes to field and hit. 

“I throw upper 80's to low 90's fastball and a power curve. Best pitch is always a fastball. I throw a slider late in the count when ahead of the hitter and try and keep the hitter off balance.”

Threadgill has been watching LSU baseball for quite sometime and said Paul Mainieri's straight forward attitude impressed him.

“Well obviously I haven't learned anything yet, but seeing my idols go through there while growing up says it all. They are very straight up and I like that a lot.”

The biggest part for Threadgill was the coaching staff and fans.

“Definitely the coaching staff was a big part of what made me chose LSU, and can't forget 12,000 fans a game, but I got a good feeling in my stomach when I was there and knew I wasn't going to pass up LSU because I'd always dreamed of going there.”

In early September, Threadgill visited and will be back again for another visit soon.

"I loved the facilities. I haven't came for an unofficial visit to see all of campus, dorms, etc. but I will be back soon.”

2018 Defensive Back Talks LSU visit

By: Billy Embody

2018 Manvel (Tex.) defensive back Trent Gordon was on hand for LSU’s win over Mississippi State and the Texas prospect was impressed with the staff’s attention they gave him. 

“It was awesome. It was such an experience. I went in there with the mindset that they were going to be more receptive to the commits, but they were interested in talking to me. They wanted to know about my team and how I was doing.”

Defensive backs coach Corey Raymond and linebackers coach Bradley Dale Peveto were the ones Gordon talked a lot with.

“They were saying they wanted to come see me. They also said they wanted me to keep in contact with them.”

Raymond impressed Gordon with his attention to detail for his players, which led to solid technique on the field.

“He’s very knowledgeable. He tells me what I’m doing wrong when he’s watching the film,” Gordon said. “I just do that to help make me a better player. He’s telling me I can be a potential player at LSU and he wants me there.”

The atmosphere at Tiger Stadium impressed Gordon, who could feel the energy in the stadium early on.

“That was great. The fans were already yelling when I got there and I said, wow. This is a powerhouse, SEC school.”

Dave Aranda’s defense impressed Gordon as well. Gordon met safety Jamal Adams after the game. The pair both train with trainer Clay Mack to help improve their technique.

“The defense was locked down. I was surprised and No. 33 and No. 1. They were on lockdown. They were so good,” Gordon said. “Their footwork was excellent and I met Jamal Adams, who’s working with Clay Mack too.”

Cal, TCU, Texas A&M, Texas and SMU are also showing interest in the 2018 defensive back. 

“I’m still in contact with mostly Cal, Texas A&M and Texas. Purdue also keeps sending me mail and reaching out. Purdue has been showing me a lot of love.” 

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