This week we will give you the latest on Louis Holmes, Dexter Manley, Jr., Butch Lewis, Reshad Jones, Lazarius Livingston, Charles Scott, Keiland Williams, Jai Eugene and more.
Les Miles and his staff hosted three prospects on official visits for the Arkansas game with Louis Holmes, Dexter Manley, Jr. and Butch Lewis coming into town.
Much has been said about Louis Holmes' visit and an interview that he gave to one of Scout.com's competitors.
I don't claim to know what Holmes revealed in that interview but all I can tell you is that when I spoke with him he rated the visit a "10" and said he had a good time. I'm not going to rehash the interview and story I did because I did not hold anything out and gave our readers everything he said.
What I've heard from the other interview he gave is that he basically said the visit did not live up to his expectations and he was disappointed to find out that Baton Rouge was a small town, or "country town", as he allegedly said.
How did he not figure out that Baton Rouge was smaller than Los Angeles or some other bigger cities when he visited over the summer and spent two to three days in the Capitol City?
When I asked Holmes about those remarks he said that some of what he said was taken out of context and that he enjoyed the trip. I asked him if he could see himself at LSU and he replied, "I'm a city person so I'd have to get used to being in a smaller city but I could see myself at LSU."
The first thing that came to my mind last Sunday night was the Marquise Hill saga when he came out of DeLaSalle five years ago.
Hill was Michigan all the way and never mentioned LSU and then he shocked everyone when he committed to the Tigers.
Could Holmes be playing that same cat and mouse game?
That is something I can't answer but one that LSU defensive line coach Karl Dunbar is trying to figure out.
I do know that Dunbar spoke to Holmes a couple of times Sunday night and if LSU gets the big five-star defensive end's commitment then he deserves all of the credit. He is probably the No. 1 reason LSU is even in the mix for this guy.
From talking to others who talked to Holmes after his USC visit, it is obvious to me and them that the USC trip blew him away. He could not stop talking about that trip and as of now I'd have to say the Trojans are in better shape for his signature unless Dunbar can work some magic.
I'll have more on Holmes next week after I catch up with him again.
Dexter Manley, Jr. raved about his trip and LSU is definitely the team to beat. I've been told that Manley committed on his visit but did not want to go public with it until he takes some more visits but there is no way to confirm that. He denied the commitment but did say LSU was his No. 1 choice.
Once Scout.com gets some film on Manley look for him to move up from his current two-star rating because everything I've heard from those who have seen him play is that he is an absolute freak. They all said that he is as quick and fast as most of the top linebackers on the West coast.
Manley may visit Oregon this weekend and Arizona, Texas, Ole Miss, Florida, UCLA and California are after him. If he did not give his verbal to Les Miles on his visit then all it would probably take is for the Tigers' headman to lean on him a little to make him pull the trigger.
Four-star offensive lineman Butch Lewis made the journey down from Colorado last weekend for his official and according to his mother he had a blast.
Georgia has been the team to watch on this front but according to his mother the Tigers are heavily in the mix after his trip.
"He (Butch) said LSU was right up there with Georgia," said Mrs. Lewis. "He said he isn't ready to name a leader because they are all great schools but I know he really enjoyed himself in Louisiana."
From talking to his mother, though, I got the feeling that she was real high on the Georgia Bulldogs and that Les Miles and his staff has their work cut out for them if they are going to win her over.
Keiland Williams, who is Scout.com's seventh rated running back in the country, spoke with Les Miles and LSU running backs coach Larry Porter last week while he was home for the Thanksgiving break.
Williams made the trip over from Lafayette for the Arkansas game and sources have told me that he all but told Miles and Porter he was LSU all the way. That falls in line with everything I've taken from our past interviews and it could be only a matter of time before he pulls the trigger.
USC and Florida are in contention to get official visits from the five-star back but neither poses much of a threat to LSU's cause.
Four-star running back Charles Scott recently picked up one of the most prestigious honors awarded on the high school football scene when he was named Louisiana's Gatorade Player of the Year.
Scott is ranked the nation's 13th best back by Scout.com and is well-deserving of his latest honor.
Lazarius Livingston committed to the Tigers back over the summer and at the time he was still rehabbing an ACL injury he suffered in his junior year.
Ruston head coach Billy Laird said Livingston did not miss any games and looks to be fully recovered from the injury. He finished his senior campaign with 81 tackles, 8 sacks, 10 quarterback hurries and 19 tackles for a loss.
Laird said Livingston still has some work to do on the academic side as he still needs a qualifying test score and GPA. He said he is very close in both areas and should be alright if he gets another point or two on the ACT.
Last Sunday, LSU defensive line coach Karl Dunbar made an in-home visit to the nation's No. 1 rated cornerback Jai Eugene.
"We talked for a couple of hours," Eugene said. "I already know coach Dunbar so well so we really talked a lot about stuff other than football. He did let me know how bad they want me and need me, and I told him that I like LSU a lot."
Eugene said he may travel to Atlanta this weekend to check out the SEC Championship Game and if he does he will go down early enough to talk to the coaches and to hang out with the team.
I still think LSU is the team to beat but there is going to be some very tense and anxious days ahead for Tiger fans and the LSU coaching staff.
Eugene is going to visit USC Dec. 17 and he has visits set up for Florida on Jan. 20 and Miami on Dec. 27. He still does not plan on taking an official visit to LSU but he does have one slot available for that final visit.
It seems like this sounds a lot like what Ryan Perrilloux said and did last year. Then, at the last moment, he took an official visit to LSU and we all know the how the story ended.
Four-star safety Reshad Jones will make his official visit to LSU the weekend after the SEC Championship Game.
From talking to Jones, I think that if LaRon Landry decides to forego his senior year at LSU and throw his name into the NFL draft pool then there is a real good chance he ends up signing with the Tigers.
Jones said that some of the LSU coaches have told him that they believe Landry is going to leave after this year and they think he can step in and play as a true freshman.
There a re a lot of similarities between Jones and Landry when he came out of Hahnville three years ago but starting as a true freshman is no easy task.
The weekend following the championship game is shaping to be a huge one for recruiting.
Take a look at the list of guys scheduled to be in town and it is every bit as impressive as the recruits that were in for the Auburn weekend. LSU picked up three commitments in the days following the Auburn game and it sure would be nice to pick up three more this time.
Official visit list for Dec. 10 as of now:
*****Ian Symonette 6-9, 350, 5.4 Houston (Texas) St. Pius X
*****Gerald McCoy 6-4, 285, 5.0 Oklahoma City (Okla.) Southeast
****Perrish Cox 6-0, 170, 4.4 Waco (Texas) University
****Reshad Jones 6-2, 180, 4.5 Atlanta (Ga.) Washington
****Al Woods 6-5, 327, 5.2 Elton (La.)
****Marcus Gilbert 6-6, 280, 5.2 Ft. Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Acquinas
***Zhamal Thomas 6-4, 325, 5.2 New Iberia (La.)
***Chris Mitchell 6-0, 170, 4.5 Marrero (La.) John Ehret
***Victor Thomas 6-4, 250, 4.8 Olive Branch (Miss.)
***Jarred Mitchell 5-11, 195, 4.5 New Iberia (La.)