TIGER WRAP: This week's recruiting scoop

It's Friday and that means it's time for another edition of the Tiger Wrap. This week we will take a look at who is scheduled to be in town for an official visit along with the latest on Perrish Cox, Trent Williams, Perry Riley, Kelvin Sheppard, Tm Tebow, Chris Smelley, NaDerris Ward, Bani Gbadyu, Marcus Tillman, Shareece Wright and more.

Four-star linebacker Derrick Odom moved up his official visit from Jan. 20 to this weekend and he said he was really looking forward to driving over from Callaway, Miss.


Odom will be accompanied by his mother and uncle on the trip and it is always a plus when a parent, or parents, get to see the surroundings. The academic center is always a big hit with parents and that is something Odom really likes about LSU.


Alabama made a great impression on Odom when he took his official to Tuscaloosa so this weekend will be crucial for LSU's cause.


As for who will take Bani Gbadyu's place since he publicly announced he was headed to Penn State remains to be seen but right now Odom would have to be the frontrunner with Mark Johnson still lurking in the shadows.


Cornerback Jake Jones is also scheduled to be in town this weekend for his official.


Jones claims an offer from LSU and says that he has a strong interest in the Tigers but one has to wonder just how much interest there is on his part now that Alabama stepped forth with an offer.


All signs point towards Jones signing with the Crimson Tide because his father, Joey Jones, is a former wide out and folklore from the 80's. The elder Jones and Mike Shula are real good friends and former teammates so the chances of Jake going anywhere but Alabama are slim.


Cornerback Jason Teague told me earlier in the week that he is taking his official to LSU this weekend and he is scheduled to fly into Baton Rouge around noon.


I received a tip from one of my sources in Texas that he may be headed to TCU this weekend instead and after I called and spoke to his mother I could not get any kind of confirmation one way or the other.


"He told the LSU coaches he was coming and he told me the same thing," said Teague's mother. "I know TCU has been in here trying to get him to go there instead so I really don't know. The only thing I do know is that he is supposed to fly out in the morning for LSU."


Teague was out of reach all night on Thursday so for now I am listing him as a possible visitor but I'll find out later today and put something on the message board.


LSU could pick up a commitment from the nation's sixth rated cornerback prospect in Perrish Cox and it could come any day now. With Cox about ready to pop at any time and give the Tigers his commitment there may not be room for Jake Jones.


I still feel like Jai Eugene is going to sign with the Tigers and with the numbers the way they are right now I don't see room for Cox, Eugene, Teague and Jones. And you can bet that Les Miles will hold that scholarship for Eugene unless he has a temporary loss of sanity.


In saying that, though, I could see taking three corners if Teague wants to commit because if Miles would lose Eugene then he would still have Cox and Teague.


However, if Eugene does what I expect him to do and signs with the Tigers then Miles has some options because Cox could also play receiver and Teague could also move to free safety.


Speaking of free safety, the Olive Branch (Miss.) trio of Anthony Summers, Markeith Summers and Allen Walker will be traveling down together for a visit over the weekend.


It's not likely that all three will stay together to play their college ball but there is a decent chance that one of the three will end up at LSU.


Braylon Broughton, a 6-6, 240 pound defensive end out of Dallas (Texas) Hillcrest is rumored to be taking an official visit to LSU this weekend but Tiger Rag has not been able to confirm it.


Broughton committed to Iowa in September but many consider it a soft commitment at this point. I put in numerous calls to Broughton throughout the week but he is not doing a whole lot of talking to the media.


Two weeks ago, I interviewed Shareece Wright and he said he was looking forward to his official visit this weekend but he had a change of heart and has dropped the Tigers from his list.


"I was going to visit but I decided I wanted to stay closer to home," Wright said. "LSU is a good school but it's just too far away. I'm going to choose out of USC, Arizona State and Arizona."


The defection of Bani Gbadyu has some Tiger fans worried that there may be some more defections to come from other linebackers that are committed with those namely being Perry Riley and Kelvin Shepard.


I spoke with Riley and he had this to say.


"I visited Georgia last weekend but I'm still committed to LSU," he said. "The Georgia visit was good and everything but I'm almost positive that I'm going to sign with LSU. Me and Kelvin want to play together and we both loved everything about LSU."


I don't think there is anything to worry about with the two Stephenson High School boys unless Mark Richt starts putting the full-court press on Sheppard like he has to Riley over the last six weeks. If that happens, though, things could get real interesting over the next seven weeks.


There have been so many reports on the network regarding Tim Tebow and his commitment to Florida so I'm not even going to get into that too much. I felt like his decision would ultimately come down to the Gators and Alabama and those were his final two choices.


How much of a player LSU actually was is an answer that only Tebow can answer and one that will probably never get answered.


The only other quarterback that mentioned LSU of late is Chris Smelley but he is headed to South Carolina. The Tigers were in decent shape with him over the summer but once Alex Cate committed the Tigers backed off.


When Cate de-committed Jimbo Fisher started calling Smelley again but it was too little too late. He never even really gave LSU a second look.


LSU also lost out on Longview (Texas) offensive lineman Trent Williams as he pulled an about face and committed to the Oklahoma Sooners.


Williams had listed the Tigers as his favorite since he attended LSU's Junior Day back during the spring but he is now headed to Norman.


LSU can thank the head coach at Longview High School if the story pans out because he reportedly did everything he could to push Williams OU's way.  


Lets hope for Williams' sake he made the decision for himself and he did not let anyone else make it for him.


Na Derris Ward did what many expected and committed to Georgia this week so now expect the Tigers to fall back on a couple of kids they put on the back burner like Bradley Dedeaux and Greg Hardy.


Hardy has some academic issues that he must overcome and I wouldn't be surprised to hear that Dedeaux picks up an offer real soon.


Scout.com's No. 4 rated offensive lineman in the country, Ian Symonette, was scheduled to be in town last weekend but he canceled at the last minute because he took the ACT early on Saturday and did not want to have to make it an abbreviated visit.


Symonette will go to Miami this weekend for his official visit and then LSU will get the last crack at the mammoth tackle on Jan. 20. I still say that Miami leads, even though he claims no leader, and the Tigers have their work cut out to overtake the Hurricanes.


Four-star offensive lineman Marcus Gilbert canceled his trip at the last moment and one has to wonder if he will ever make it in. Florida is the leader for his services and he may jump on board with the Gators any day now.


Ricky Dixon and Chris Mitchell both rescheduled their trip that was supposed to take place last weekend until the third weekend in January because they took the ACT on Saturday.


LSU leads for both but will the Tigers have enough room for both of them that late in the game?


The nation's 11th ranked safety Reshad Jones was scheduled to fly in from Atlanta to check things out but that visit got postponed.


Jones will now come in for the big recruiting weekend on Jan. 20 which has some big names on the list already including Earl Alexander, Keiland Williams, Chris Mitchell, Damon McDaniel, Phil Loadholt, Ricky Dixon, Marcus Tillman, Ian Symonette and Russell Okung.


There is a lot of speculation centering on Marcus Tillman and his commitment to the Tigers but after he visits you can expect his pledge to be a solid one.


That is all for now but be sure to check back on Sunday for updates on the recruiting weekend and any breaking news that develops.

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