One of the biggest recruiting weekends in recent memory is here for LSU. Here's a look at where the Tigers stand with their 15 official visitors this weekend.
The Latest: After opening up his recruitment briefly, Catholic running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire shut it back down after talking with the staff to ensure he was still a priority. The move came after LSU offered Jennings (La.) running back Travis Etienne, but was assured he's still a priority and the staff detailed to him how he'd fit in Matt Canada's offense. Helaire told Tiger Blitz that everything is good on his end coming into his official visit with his parents having a few questions they'd like answered. LSU continues to look like they're in good shape for the versatile three-star running back out of Baton Rogue.
The Latest: LSU's fullback commit Tory Carter was one of the happiest recruits in the 2017 class when Canada was hired as Canada used a fullback a fair amount at Pittsburgh. That helped solidify things with Carter, who is getting pressed by Michigan and officially visited there in December. As of now, Carter said he still loves LSU and will follow up this trip with a likely official visit to Troy where many of his friends play. As of now though, LSU has to feel good about its chances to hang onto the three-star fullback for the 2017 class.
The Latest: After focusing on his senior season that ended in a state championship, Racey McMath quickly set to naming his final schools that he's looking at and setting his LSU official visit. He'll visit Mississippi State next and Texas A&M after. Many believe McMath is an LSU lean, but with visits scheduled, it's tough to see him committing this weekend at least publicly. The Edna Karr receiver has plans for a National Signing Day announcement.
The Latest: LSU offensive coordinator Matt Canada's first stop on the trail on Thursday was to see five-star wide receiver Devonta Smith and it went well, Tiger Blitz was told by a source. LSU is in a battle with Alabama and Miami for the Amite, La. product and will have a chance to make a huge impression this weekend especially now that receivers coach Dameyune Craig appears set to stay with LSU after Oregon's offensive coordinator position was filled by Alabama offensive line coach Mario Cristobal. Alabama receivers coach Billy Napier and Miami was also in to see Smith on Thursday. This weekend is a big opportunity for LSU to make a big push as many believe the Tide still lead, but there's still a few weeks to National Signing Day.
The Latest: One of LSU's strongest commitments throughout the coaching change will make his visit to Baton Rouge this weekend. Edward Ingram will make the trip down from DeSoto, Texas to check out Baton Rouge for the first time. The four-star offensive guard will sign with the Tigers on National Signing Day.
The Latest: LSU will host one of its biggest targets on the board in five-star defensive tackle Marvin Wilson this weekend with his mother and brother set to join the Under Armour All-American. Wilson has been one of Ed Orgeron's biggest priorities since taking over even as interim coach. Wilson visited LSU for the Florida game and is considered an LSU lean at this point with Florida State nipping at LSU's heels. The Seminoles went in-home with Wilson on Thursday night after LSU stopped in to see Wilson during the day at school. Wilson will announce his decision on National Signing Day.
The Latest: LSU has made a big push with the No. 1 defensive tackle in Louisiana Phidarian Mathis, who will return to Baton Rouge after visiting a couple times this season. The four-star lineman will take the visit with his family and while Alabama is considered by some to be the favorite, sources close to Mathis told Tiger Blitz that things are in very good shape for LSU. TCU is also pushing for Mathis, who will visit Alabama and TCU later in January. Mathis has said his decision will come shortly after he finishes his visits, but there's a potential for him to pull the trigger on any of his trips.
The Latest: LSU's longest tenured commitment is Tyler Shelvin out of Notre Dame (La.) and the massive defensive tackle will take his official visit with one of his best friends in Wilson. The two have talked a lot about playing with each other and while Shelvin has Alabama and Nebraska visits scheduled, there's a feeling that those will be put off if LSU can make a good enough impression this weekend.
The Latest: After a brief overture from TCU, Baton Rouge (La.) Catholic defensive end Aaron Moffitt reaffirmed his commitment to LSU after taking a visit. Moffit's dad is Tommy Moffitt, LSU's strength and conditioning coach, which only helped LSU hold onto the three-star target even more. Moffitt will sign with LSU on National Signing Day.
The Latest: The No. 1 defensive end in Texas K'Lavon Chaisson will make his trip over to Baton Rouge for the first time since the Alabama game and will come as one of the highest priority visitors this weekend. Chaisson's first offer was from LSU and the Tigers are in a good spot along with Texas for the four-star's signature. This is a big opportunity again for LSU to make a push as Chaisson heads into the rest of his official visits. Getting Wilson could also be a big key to landing Chaisson, who would solidify the depth and talent at the Buck linebacker position.
The Latest: LSU defensive coordinator Dave Aranda went in-home with Georgia linebacker Tyler Taylor before heading to see Jacob Phillips on Thursday night. Now, the Lanier (Ga.) linebacker will visit LSU and get a look at how the LSU defense can offer him early playing time. Oklahoma and Auburn are in play here as well for the talented middle linebacker. Taylor keeps things relatively close to the vest, but LSU has made a big push here on Taylor, who has been linked to Auburn and Oklahoma as leaning there.
The Latest: Southern Lab linebacker Chris Allen decided on Friday that he would take an official visit to LSU this weekend instead of Alabama, where the four-star linebacker is committed. Allen has said that he's solid to the Tide and many around him believe that's the case as well. Can the official visit to his hometown school make that big of an impact? Only time will tell. Allen has said a final decision will come on National Signing Day.
The Latest: One of LSU's commits that is working the recruiting trail the hardest is Kary Vincent, Jr., who is working two other official visitors in Chaisson and Wilson hard to get them to join the 2017 class. While Texas has made a big push for Vincent, he told Tiger Blitz at Under Armour Check-In that he doesn't anticipate a visit happening and that he's 115 percent committed to LSU. This will be a good opportunity for the Texas native to push his fellow uncommitted Texans on joining him in Baton Rouge.
The Latest: Plaquemine defensive back Todd Harris got a visit from defensive backs coach Corey Raymond in addition to TCU on Thursday stopping by and Ole Miss stopping by on Friday before his LSU official visit. The four-star safety would be the icing on the cake for a talented defensive backs haul for the Tigers, but Alabama, Arizona State, Miami and Ole Miss are just some of the schools that are working on Harris. He'll announce on National Signing Day as well.
The Latest: Another strong commitment to the Tigers will visit this weekend. Lutcher quarterback Jontre Kirklin will play cornerback at LSU and is set to sign with LSU on National Signing Day.