TIGER WRAP: This week's hottest recruiting news

It's Friday and that means it's time for another edition of the Tiger Wrap. This week Sonny will give you the latest on Anthony Felder, Jon Demps, Chris Scott, Calvin Wilson, R.J. Jackson, Raymond Henderson, Ricky Jean-Francois, Ryan Reynolds, Luthur Brown, Slick Shelley, DeMarcus Granger and more. He will also give you an updated version of his Wish List along with the updated national rankings.

Last weekend was an unbelievable weekend for Nick Saban and company hosting recruits on official visits and the only ones who did not make their visit due to a scheduling conflict was Ryan Perrilloux and Luthur Brown. This week there are not any prospects scheduled to be in town because of the state championships in New Orleans. Nick Saban and many of the assistants will be in the Crescent City scouting the top seniors and also getting a good look at the juniors and sophomores for the future.

 

 

Here is a list of the visitors from last weekend who have been confirmed and reported on during the week including Reggie Youngblood, Patrick Turner, Chris Scott, Nic Harris, Bryan Evans, Anthony Felder, Jon Demps, Kevin Myers, DeMarcus Granger and Calvin Wilson.

 

Anthony Felder is someone to keep an eye on from here on out because not many gave LSU a chance at landing this linebacker from the Northwest but he had a real good visit. Although he only rated his trip an eight don't read too much into that because he is very level headed and even keeled. He and his father had a real good time and both were very impressed with Tommy Moffitt and his strength and conditioning program. Bucknuts.com (Ohio State) did an interview with Anthony following his visit to LSU and asked him what will weight most heavily into his decision. Anthony replied, "I would say the feeling I get and how I fit in with the players and the coaches. The most important thing with college football is getting along and trusting your coaching staff and enjoying school."

 

Felder was overly impressed with Nick Saban and the other coaches and went on and on about how much respect he has for the head man. He also got along great with the players and loved the culture of south Louisiana. Ohio State is going to put up a good fight and his decision will likely come down to the Buckeyes and Tigers. Right now I think there is a 50-50 chance he signs with LSU but I will have a better idea after his visit to Big 10 country in January.

 

Another linebacker high on the list is Jon Demps. He rated his official a 10 and said it was off the charts. He has been to LSU so many times so for him to rate it that high is a real positive for the Tigers. Coaches from Miami wasted little time in getting to Demps following his visit as they were at his high school bright and early on Monday. When they left they even went and visited with Mrs. Demps at work. Jon will visit Miami (12/17) and Florida State (1/7) and then a decision could come shortly after his trip to Tallahassee.

 

The best skill position player that visited last weekend was Bryan Evans and he sounded very upbeat when he talked about his trip. He said things were different at LSU than they are back home but he said it was a good different. I asked him if he could see himself playing at LSU and he replied, "Yes." Nick Saban and Kirby Smart made their in-home visit with Evans on Wednesday and the visit went very good. I still say Georgia and LSU will be the finalists for Evans and it will come down to how comfortable he feels on his visit to Athens.

 

Nic Harris said his official to LSU was one of his best trips but he stopped short of naming a leader. He had canceled his fifth and final trip that was set for Nebraska but he had a change of heart after talking to the Cornhusker coaches and will head to Lincoln this weekend (12/10). Harris said he wants to make a decision before Christmas and the feeling here is that LSU and Michigan will be his final two. I do expect Harris to commit to the Tigers and the only reason for the delay in making his decision is he is waiting until it feels right. He will wake up one morning and realize what he probably already realizes and that is playing for LSU is too good to pass up.

 

Out of the offensive tackles on the board, it looks like Chris Scott could be a strong possibility to sign with the Tigers based on his first three official visits. Scott rated his LSU visit an "11" and remember he also rated his unofficial trip he took a few weeks ago a "10". Tennessee (11/5) and Georgia (11/26) is the biggest competition for Scott's services but even though he will not name a leader I have a gut feeling that LSU is his No. 1 choice at this time. He will head to Nebraska this weekend and then Florida (1/21) to wrap up his officials.

 

Reggie Youngblood was also in town for an official but after talking to my source in Texas it looks like LSU is facing an uphill battle with Texas, Miami and Oklahoma fighting for his top spot. I will have more on Youngblood next week.

 

Calvin Wilson also had a good visit but I look for him to end up at Mississippi State. If Saban takes two more offensive linemen, I would rate Wilson behind Josh McNeil, Reggie Youngblood, Michael Oher, Chris Scott and Paul Duncan at this time. Saban did not push Wilson for a commitment so I think that is a sign there are others rated ahead of him that the head man feels pretty good about.

 

Luthur Brown was set to make his official visit last weekend but it got pushed back to January 14. Brown has been tough to nail down for an interview but I did catch up with his coach and he said LSU is very much in the thick of things with his star linebacker. He also told me that Brown is fully qualified and taking that into consideration he is probably worthy of being ranked the No. 1 linebacker in the country.

 

The top defensive tackle on the board is DeMarcus Granger and he rated his official with LSU a "10". Granger has always been pretty tight lipped about his favorites but we will get a better feel on him after he visits Oklahoma this weekend. I like the Tigers' chances with Granger but I think it will come down to the in-home visits and who makes the best sales pitch.

 

Nick Saban was out in Las Vegas at the beginning of the week trying to get an official visit set up with Ryan Reynolds. According to Reynolds' mother the visit went well and Ryan could visit LSU Dec. 17 if he does not have a wrestling tournament that weekend. LSU has steadily lost ground with Reynolds in the last few months and Oklahoma is still the team to beat. UCLA could make things interesting but the Sooners have always been in the lead for his signature.

 

R.J. Jackson is a player high on LSU's board and one that I have not been able to catch up with for the last few weeks. However, some of my sources within the Scout.com network have spoken with Jackson and he told them his top three are Oklahoma State, Texas and LSU. He visited Oklahoma State last weekend and had a great visit. He will go to Texas this weekend (12/10) and then follow that up with LSU the following weekend (12/17). Oklahoma State has made Jackson a priority for some time now and he would have a chance to play early and often there. At LSU, Jackson sees all of the talented running backs currently on the roster so the depth issue is coming into play. He could also play safety at the next level but he wants the ball in his hands. I don't think LSU has so much ground to make up to consider him a long shot but there is some work to be done by Saban and his staff on this front.

 

I caught up with Slick Shelley and he still has a lot of interest in the Tigers but he still does not have a leader out of his favorites that include Arkansas (12/10), Tennessee (1/28) and Florida (no date set). He will make his visit to LSU on Jan. 21 and is looking forward to making that trip. He is looking at depth ahead of him and if LSU gets a commitment from another receiver that will probably affect his decision. If the Tigers do not have a high profile receiver in the class before he makes his visit and he has a good experience then there is a good chance he could give Saban a pledge.

 

Josh McNeil will be taking his final visit this weekend to Tennessee and he said a decision could come as early as the end of next week or the beginning of the following week. Stacy Searles made an in-home visit with McNeil on Thursday and the visit went real well.

 

The top two defensive ends on the Tigers' board are Raymond Henderson and Ricky Jean-Francois.

 

Two weeks ago I figured LSU's best chance was with Henderson but Saban and Jimbo Fisher have made up a lot of ground on Jean-Francois in the last 14 days. He is close to getting his academics in order and really likes the way the Tigers use their ends. He currently lists North Carolina State and LSU as his leaders but if and when Saban gives him an offer in writing then I look for the Tigers to be his sole leader heading into his official visit to Baton Rouge.

 

Henderson is leaning to Tennessee and Iowa at this time but it has been nearly three months since he took his official to LSU. When Saban makes his in-home visit don't be surprised to see LSU move back up to the front of the pack. This is an either or situation between these two studs but Henderson is a little more desirable at this time because he is fully qualified. However, based on talent alone Jean-Francois would be the top dog.

 

 

December Wish List

 

Note: The Players are listed according to their national ranking at each position and I have included what I feel are the chances of each prospect committing to the Tigers. Players will be added, removed and updated each week. Rankings are provided by Scout.com.

 

 

 

QB

 

Commits: 0; Needs: 1

 

2--Ryan Perrilloux        6-2, 207, 4.6    Reserve (La.) East St. John       35-65   (offer)

 

4--Antonio Bass           6-2, 195, 4.4    Jackson (Mich.)            20-80   (Offer)

 

5--Jonathan Crompton 6-4, 216, 4.9    Tuscola (N.C.) Waynesville      40-60   (offer)

 

7--Josh Portis   6-3, 190, 4.55  Woodland Hills (Calif.) Taft      30-70   (Offer)

 

18--Colt McCoy          6-1, 185, 4.75  Tuscola (Texas) Jim Ned          40-60   (offer)

 

23--Bill Stull     6-4, 190, 4.68  Pittsburgh (Pa.) Seton-LaSalle  30-70

 

NR--John Hundley       6-3, 215, 4.7    Lafayette (La.) St. Thomas More          70-30

 

 

 

RB

 

Commits: 2 (22--Antonio Robinson 6-1, 195, 4.5; 57--Steven Korte 6-2, 220, 4.6); Needs: 2-3

 

10--R.J. Jackson          5-11, 197, 4.5  Houston (Texas) Westside        50-50   (offer)

 

24--Paul O'Hara          5-11, 215, 4.6  Cross City (Fla.) Dixie County  40-60   (offer)

 

88855--Deon Wallace  5-7, 170, 4.4    Houston (Texas) Worthing        50-50

 

NR--Glen Coffee         6-0, 195, 4.5    Fort Walton Beach (Fla.)          40-60

 

 

 

WR

 

Commits: 0; Needs: 1-2

 

3--Patrick Turner         6-5, 210, 4.5    Madison (Tenn.) Goodpasture  40-60   (offer)  

 

5--Malcolm Kelly         6-3, 190, 4.5    Longview (Texas)         20-80   (offer)

 

7--DeSean Jackson      5-11, 170, 4.4  Long Beach (Calif.) Polytechnic            40-60   (offer)

 

8--O.J. Murdock         6-0, 185, 4.4    Tampa (Fla.) Middleton            10-90   (Offer)

 

10--D.J. Hord  6-1, 190, 4.4    Kansas City (Mo.) Rockhurst   40-60   (offer)

 

20--Slick Shelley          6-4, 180, 4.6    Fort Smith (Ark.) Southside      50-50   (offer)

 

JC--Larry Brackins      6-5, 220, 4.5    Pearl River CC 40-60   (offer)

 

28--Lucas Taylor         6-0, 185, 4.4    Carencro (La.)             60-40

 

NR--Aaron Brown       6-3, 195, 4.4    Zachary (La.) Northeast           60-40

 

 

 

TE

 

Commits: 1 (1--Dajleon Farr 6-5, 240, 4.62; 12--Kyle Anderson 6-5, 255, 4.65); Needs 1-2

 

Top Targets

 

2--Martellus Bennett     6-5, 255, 4.7    Houston (Texas) Taylor            20-80   (Offer)

 

21--Brian Ellis  6-3, 235, 4.6    Daytona Beach (Fla.) Mainland 30-70   (Offer)

 

 

 

OL

 

Commits: 1 (34--Ciron Black 6-4, 325, 5.4; JC--Kevin Myers 6-6, 360, 5.4);

 

Needs 3-4

 

2--Reginald Youngblood   6-5, 285, 5.36  Houston (Texas) Washignton  35-65           (Offer)

 

5--Michael Oher   6-5, 330, 5.2   Memphis (Tenn.) Briarwood Christian          50-50   (Offer)

 

9--Matt Hardrick         6-5, 335, 5.2    Orlando (Fla.) Edgewater         30-70   (Offer)

 

10--Chris Scott            6-4, 315, 5.3    Lovejoy (Ga.)   60-40   (Offer)

 

12--Marques Slocum   6-5, 330, 5.2    Philadelphia (Penn.) West Catholic        30-70   (Offer)

 

13--Josh McNeil          6-4, 275, 5.2    Collins (Miss.)  60-40   (Offer)

 

19--Paul Duncan          6-6, 288, 5.38  Dallas (Ga.) East Paulding         50-50   (Offer)

 

49--Calvin Wilson        6-5, 335, 5.5    Hattiesburg (Miss.)       40-60   (Offer)

 

70--Duke Robinson      6-5, 325, 5.7    Atlanta (Ga.) Washington          30-70   (Offer)

 

NR--Ernest Jones         6-5, 337, 5.5    New Orleans (La.) St. Aug       50-50

 

NR--Dwight Alexander            6-6, 300, 5.1    Carencro (La.) 60-40

 

 

 

DE

 

Commits 1 (7--Al Jones  6-3, 240, 4.8); Needs 1-2

 

3--Ricky Jean-Francois            6-3, 245, 4.65  Miami (Fla.) Carol City 20-80   (Offer)

 

6--Raymond Henderson           6-5, 255, 4.65  Oak Creek (Wis.)        40-60   (Offer)

 

8--Justin Mincey           6-6, 240, 4.85  Folkston (Ga.) Charlton County            10-90   (Offer)

 

17--Richard Gordon     6-4, 240, 4.7    Miami (Fla.) Norland    30-70

 

21--Gerald Williams     6-4, 225, 4.8    Ft. Lauderdale (Fla.) Boyd Anderson  30-70    (Offer)

 

48--Antonio Coleman   6-2, 230, 4.69  Mobile (Ala.) Williamson          40-60   (Offer)

 

 

 

DT

 

Commits 1 (36--Lyle Hitt 6-3, 280, 5.0); Needs 1-2

 

1--Jerrell Powe            6-3, 322, 5.0    Waynesboro (Miss.) Waynes County    20-80   (Offer)

 

3--DeMarcus Granger  6-2, 325, 5.2    Dallas (Texas) Justin Kimball      50-50 (Offer)

 

26--Rashad Roussel     6-2, 260, 4.9    Boutte (La.) Hahnville   40-60  

 

NR--Seth Adams         6-2, 285, 5.2    New Orleans (La.) St. Augustine          60-40

 

 

 

LB

 

Commits 1 (43--Darry Beckwith 6-2, 220, 4.5); Needs 2

 

3--Darius Dewberry     6-3, 218, 4.65  Fort Valley (Ga.) Peach County            25-75   (Offer)

 

4--Luther Brown          6-2, 227, 4.7    Lakewood (Calif.)        40-60   (Offer)

 

7--Ryan Reynolds        6-2, 220, 4.65  Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman        30-70   (Offer)

 

9--Nic Harris   6-3, 207, 4.7    Alexandria (La.)           70-30   (Offer)

 

12--Anthony Felder      6-3, 225, 4.55  Seattle (Wash.) O'Dea 50-50   (Offer)

 

33--Jon Demps            6-3, 223, 4.65  Pensacola (Fla.) Washington     50-50   (Offer)

 

JC--Steve Craver         6-2, 220, 4.6    Kilgore JC        40-60   (Offer)

 

NR--Tyrell Graham      6-3, 205, 4.7    Houston (Texas) Yates 40-60

 

NR--Matt Lewis          6-1, 230, 4.6    Daytona Beach (Fla.) Mainland 20-80

 

NR—Tim Holloway     6-4, 215, 4.65  Collins (Miss.) Seminary Attendance Center      40-60

 

 

 

CB

 

Commits 1 (33--Chris Hawkins 6-1, 185, 4.5); Needs 1-2

 

6--Bryan Evans            5-11, 177, 4.45            Jacksonville (Fla.) Ed White      50-50   (Offer)

 

10--Carlos Thomas      5-11, 170, 4.4  College Park (Ga.) Banneker    20-80   (Offer)

 

15--Derek Pegues        5-10, 175, 4.5  Batesville (Miss.) South Panola 50-50   (Offer)

 

21--Anthony Johnson   5-11, 185, 4.6  Jackson (Miss.) Provine            40-60   (Offer)

 

NR--Michael Smith      5-8, 175, 4.45  Tallahassee (Fla.) James Rickards         40-60   (Offer)

 

NR--Tyson Andrus      6-1, 185, 4.6    Lafayette (La.) Northside          50-50

 

 

 

S

 

Commits 1 (7--Chris Keys 6-2, 205, 4.5); Needs 2

 

16--Alex Daniels          6-3, 225, 4.5    Columbus (Ohio) Marion-Franklin        30-70   (Offer)

 

35--Gerrod Sinclair      6-0, 208, 4.65  Jacksonville (Fla.) Mandarin     30-70   (Offer)

 

NR--Gary Riggs           6-2, 205, 4.6    Jennings (La.)   70-30  

 

 

 

Official Visit List

 

9/3—Terrance Taylor

 

9/25—Raymond Henderson

 

11/12—Antonio Bass, DeSean Jackson, Josh McNeil, Paul Duncan

 

11/19—Michael Turkovich

 

12/3—Reginald Youngblood, Patrick Turner, Chris Scott, Nic Harris, Anthony Felder, Jon Demps, Kevin Myers, DeMarcus Granger, Calvin Wilson, Luthur Brown,   Bryan Evans

 

12—17 R.J. Jackson, Ryan Reynolds

 

1/14—Carlos Thomas, Gerrod Sinclair, Luthur Brown

 

1/21—Slick Shelley, Derek Pegues

 

1/28—Ryan Perrilloux


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