This is the first weekend that recruits can take official visits since the dead period kicked in before the holidays but I have not been able to confirm that any prospects will be visiting LSU until next weekend.
The U.S. Army All-American Bowl
will be played tomorrow in
There are at least eight players taking part in the game who have either committed to the Tigers or who still have LSU amongst their list of finalists.
I have a policy where I will not call a recruit who participates in the game and the weeklong festivities because I feel like this gives them a chance to get away from most of the recruiting hoopla for a short period of time.
I do have several sources within
the Scout.com Network and other media outlets who have given me some good
reports and a few tidbits from the past week. When I speak of how the prospects
have fared in
The nation's No. 1 rated cornerback prospect Jai Eugene is set to announce his college selection on Saturday in front of a national audience and I still feel like LSU will be his choice.
There has been a lot of talk about
The last time I spoke with the
Detsrehan product he told me a few things off the record that led me to believe
that he already told the LSU coaches he was staying home.
More than a couple of scouts have said that Cox has the best cover skills on the West squad and he has been able to lock up man-to-man and shut down the receivers. Some questioned whether or not he was physical enough to play corner at the next level but his performance over the past week has quieted many of those little birds.
LSU is still in the hunt for some
of the country's premiere offensive linemen and two of the best in the land are
showcasing their skills in
The nation's No. 1 o-lineman Andre Smith has narrowed his list to six schools with
Everything I'm hearing from those
pretty close to Smith's situation say that
I don't think so but I'll have more on Smith next week once he returns home from the game.
Another five-star offensive lineman who has LSU real high on his list is Ian Symonette.
Symonette will be visiting
Someone who has been very close to
Symonette throughout the recruiting process has informed me that
The three things that Symonette is
focusing on is playing time, academics and his relationship with the players. He
has already told me that LSU gives him the best chance to play early and that
the academic support is better than what any other school has to offer. If he
feels comfortable with the players and coaches then the Tigers could strike it
rich with the big
Defensive tackle Al Woods has been
dominating the competition in
The offensive linemen are having
all kind of problems trying to block him because of his overpowering strength.
Speaking of Woods, he is rooming with Jai Eugene and I am sure that he is doing
his best to recruit
Someone else Woods has been trying to recruit for the Tigers is five-star defensive tackle Gerald McCoy but everything I've heard the past week is that it is almost a done deal with Oklahoma.
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People keep asking about five-star safety Jonas Mouton and the chances of him going anywhere other than USC are pretty slim. That is based on my last three interviews with him and from everything I've heard lately.
LSU already has a commitment from wide receiver London Crawford and everything my sources are telling me is that Les Miles wants to sign two more in this class.
Ed Orgeron made his in-home visit
on Tuesday and earlier that day LSU defensive line coach Karl Dunbar made a trip
John Ehret receiver Chris Mitchell
is scheduled to visit
"I've pretty much made up my mind on where I'm going to go but I just want to sit on it for a little to make sure," Mitchell told Tiger Rag.
Is he still leaning to LSU?
"Oh yea," he said. "LSU is my team."
New Iberia-Westgate receiver Jared Mitchell has a trip set for
"It's LSU and
Is there a leader amongst those two?
"I can't say that I have a leader
because I've never been to
Five-star running back Keiland Williams is set to announce his decision in
Williams will visit USC on Jan. 13 and he also still lists Ole Miss as a player.
What are the chances of Williams signing with any school other than LSU?
"That is pretty hard to answer because LSU is close to home and I have a real good relationship with the running backs coach, coach (Larry) Porter," he said. "I don't want to eliminate anybody else but it sure would be good to go back home. My family could drive an hour and watch me play and I'd be close in case something happened."
Will distance be a big factor?
"I've already been away from home so I'm kind of used to it but it would be hard to pass up being close to my family and friends," he said.
The on again-off again saga with four-star offensive tackle Russell Okung seems to be on again now that the LSU coaching staff has cranked up the heat.
"The offensive line coach (Stacey Searels) has been calling me a lot and he cleared up the misunderstanding we had," Okung said. "I didn't think they really wanted me because I hadn't hear from them in a while but coach (Les) Miles said it was because they were so busy trying to win the SEC. I can understand that so now they are back on my list."
"After I go to LSU I should be able to decide out of those three," he said.
Now, for the big question of who will fill the remaining spots in this class?
I feel strongly that Jai Eugene, Keiland Williams and Chris Mitchell will be Tigers which would put them at 25 pledges.
Is there room for both Ricky Dixon and Jared Mitchell?
I don't think and the uncertainty
surrounding Mitchell's future puts Les Miles in a predicament. You don't want to
pass up on someone as talented as Mitchell or
I see room for two more in this class with Ian Symonette, Russell Okung, Charles Deas and Phil Loadholt still on the board for that final o-line spot, and Jonas Mouton and Reshad Jones as possibilities at safety.