TIGER WRAP: This week's recruiting scoop

It's Friday and that means it's time for another edition of Tiger Rag's Tiger Wrap. This week we will give you the latest on Trent Williams, Lee Tilley, Lance Kendricks, Brandon Spikes, Steven Singleton, Bani Gbadyu, Na Derris Ward, Mark Johnson, Jonas Mouton, Reshad Jones and more.

This is not going to be as big of a recruiting weekend for LSU as it was when Florida came to town but there are some marquee names on the official visit list to keep an eye on.

LSU has been at the top of Longview (Texas) offensive tackle Trent Williams' list from the get go and he will make his much-anticipated official visit this weekend.

The only real development with Williams is that he has added Texas A&M to the mix and the Aggies are now the Tigers' stiffest competition.

He is still considering Oklahoma State too but the Tigers and Aggies are going toe-to-toe in this fight.

I still feel like Williams will sign with the Tigers and I will have a better feel on him after this weekend.

Four-star wide out Lance Kendricks of Milwaukee (Wis.) King will also be in town for an official.

Along with LSU, Kendricks is keeping an eye on Wisconsin, UCLA, Arkansas and Oklahoma. The LSU track program may help land Kendricks but as of now odds are he will end up staying close to home and playing for the Badgers.

Four-star linebacker Brandon Spikes of Shelby (N.C.) Crest may be coming in this weekend for a visit but I have not been able to get it confirmed.

When I spoke with offensive lineman Pierre Andrews of Charlotte (N.C.) Independence during the week he said the LSU coaches were trying to get the two Carolina boys in for an official visit but it got put off until later in the season due to a scheduling conflict.

Andrews said he is not coming in and was unsure whether Spikes was making the trip or nor. He said if he does he thinks it will be for an unofficial visit but Spikes could not be reached for comment to confirm.

Several in-state targets LSU would love to sign may be in for an unofficial including Ricky Dixon, Zhamal Thomas, Jarred Mitchell and Daverin Geralds.

Speaking of Ricky Dixon, I've been saying for the longest that he would end up in purple and gold and after our conversation on Monday I am convinced of this more than ever.

All he talked about was LSU and rarely did any other schools come up. I think he decided long ago that he would sign with the Tigers and now that recruiting is starting to get a little more hectic he could be about ready to put an end to it all.


Last weekend, the LSU coaches were very successful in landing commitments from three of the 10 prospects that took their official visits but two more could be on the verge of pulling the trigger.

Massive offensive tackle Lee Tilley would be a huge catch for the Tigers and I know for a fact that he likes LSU a lot more than he is revealing in his interviews.

The kid is a first class act and I can tell he knows exactly what he is looking for in a school. He will be tripping to South Carolina this weekend but this is likely nothing more than a weekend getaway for the big man.

I wish I could reveal some things I have learned but for now you will just have to take my word on this. Now, we are talking about recruiting, so things could quickly change but as of now LSU is going to be very tough to beat.

Buford (Ga.) offensive guard Steven Singleton is leaning to LSU and he could also be jumping on board in the near future.

Singleton had a great visit and fell in love with the fact that the people are so friendly.

"LSU is definitely No. 1 on my list and they have a big lead," said Singleton. "I'm also looking at Mississippi State, West Virginia and South Carolina but I'm leaning hard towards committing to LSU."

Gaithersburg (Md.) Quince Orchard linebacker Bani Gbadyu said he has not wavered on his commitment like many have speculated but he is taking a look at some other schools just to make sure he is making the right decision by signing with the Tigers.

Many have said the fact that LSU has so many pledges from linebacker/strong safety types has something to do with his situation but that is not the vibe I picked up on.

I think Hurricane Katrina has more to do with his deal than anything else. His father was going to move to New Orleans to be close to his son but there is no way that is happening now.

Gbadyu said there are other places his father can live and work at in Louisiana but I will be surprised if it works out in LSU's favor.

On a side note, I know some are going to have hard feelings for Gbadyu if he does end up somewhere else but this kid was so excited when he talked about LSU and his visit and you can tell he really does love the Tigers. He is very close to his father and wants nothing more than to be close to him for his college years. With that said, if moving to Louisiana is not the best scenario for him and his father then I wish them both best of luck because Gbadyu is a first-class kid.

I never was able to reach the California trio of Na Derris Ward, Mark Johnson and Jonas Mouton after their official visit last weekend despite making numerous calls during the week.

It looks like I wasn't the only one in the Scout.com network who had problems reaching those kids because no one else within the network had a post-visit update.

I did speak to a family member of each prospect and was told that all three recruits had good visits.

I also spoke to one of my sources out West and he told me the same thing that a couple of other recruits told me after they spoke with the trio over the weekend.

The scoop I got is that Ward is a big lean to Georgia and there are too many linebackers in this class for Johnson's liking.

Mouton is one many people feel good about because he was born in Louisiana but I don't share those same feelings at this point, simply because he has lived in California for the past nine years and he love sit out there. He commented several times how much he likes it out there and how it would be hard to leave the West Coast. He did also say that since he was born in Louisiana he thinks about coming back home to be close to his father but that was after the comment about how much he likes it out West.

The thing that may work into LSU's favor is the fact that USC already has two of the top five safeties in the country committed for 2006.

Sure, Mouton says that competition will not play a factor but that has to weigh on his mind some. It will be interesting to see which schools get his final two official visits and I will hopefully have a better update on his status in a few days.

Scottsdale Community College defensive end Louis Holmes (6-7, 275, 4.5) is the top juco player in the country and he recently stated in an interview on the Scout.com network that he may want to stay out on the West Coast. The two schools he mentions in his top three with the Tigers are USC and Arizona but Florida and Tennessee may also get a visit.

I have a pretty strong source in the juco ranks and he keeps telling me Holmes will end up at LSU but that was before Holmes started talking about staying out West . Time will tell but I do know that when I spoke to Holmes about four weeks ago I got a very good vibe from him about how much he likes the Tigers.

Things look pretty good right now for LSU's chances with Richard Dickson but a player the coaches are staying in close contact with is Oklahoma City (Okla.) product Bradley Dedeaux.

The three-star prospect does not have an offer from the Tigers but he feels that one could be on the way.

"Coach (Josh) Henson called a couple of weeks ago to talk about setting up an official visit," Dedeaux said. "He said he loves my quickness and my hands. He said there was a strong possibility they would offer."

Currently Dedeaux has offers from Oklahoma State and Utah but several schools are on the verge of joining the mix.

"Texas Tech, Oklahoma and Nebraska all said they were close to offering," he said.

Where does LSU fit into the grand scheme of things?

"I went down there over the summer and loved it," Dedeaux said. "I know the coaching staff from when they were at Oklahoma State so I feel pretty good about LSU. It's a great program and they have a lot to offer but I'm waiting to see if they offer me or not."

I get some mixed vibes from Atlanta (Ga.) Washington safety Reshad Jones.

He says he wants to visit LSU when I speak to him but it seems like the Tigers do not get mentioned much when he speaks with other recruiting analysts within the network.

"Oh yea, I want to take a visit to LSU," he said. "I want to take one but it will probably be after my football season."

Playing time is the biggest thing Jones is looking for and the Tigers do not have a whole lot of depth at the free safety spot.

He said he is also considering Florida, Michigan, Oklahoma, Miami and Georgia but the feeling I get is that Georgia and Miami are the two teams to beat for his signature.

That is all for this week but be sure to check back over the weekend for an update on who visited and how those visits went.

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