TIGER WRAP: Our latest recruiting scoop

It's Friday and that means it is time for another edition of Tiger Rag's Tiger Wrap. This week we will take a look at who is visiting LSU on this next to last recruiting weekend along with a few tidbits on some of the other guys left on LSU's board.

This is the weekend everyone has been waiting for.

 

According to my numbers, LSU has 17 guys who are left on the board but that number could change if they fall back on some in-state kids. Out of the 17 that I mentioned two have already committed to the Tigers but they are still on the recruiting market.

 

For now, though, we will focus on the 17 and out of that number 12 are expected to take an official visit to LSU this weekend. We have been able to confirm, either through the recruits themselves, or other members of the media, that Miles will host at least 12 prospects this weekend with Leonard Hewitt still as a possibility.

 

Here is a list of who is scheduled to come to town this weekend: Keiland Williams, Chris Mitchell, Phil Loadholt, Ricky Dixon, Reshad Jones, Marcus Tillman, Ian Symonette, Jermaine Gresham, Andre Smith, Marcus Udell, Matt Allen, Danny McCray, Leonard Hewitt (questionable).

 

As for Leonard Hewitt, he could be the guy Les Miles falls back on if he can't get a commitment from Marcus Udell by the middle of next week. For a spot to open up for Hewitt, though, two things would likely have to happen. Miles does not get a pledge from Udell, and Reshad Jones says thanks but no thanks and chooses either Georgia or Miami.

 

One of my top sources is telling me that Jones is leaning more towards Georgia now and that LaRon's Landry's decision to come back for his senior year is a big reason why.

 

I tried to reach Jones after Landry made his choice but I ran into the same roadblock that I have with many of the guys left on the board. They are not doing many interviews with the media at this time because of all the coaches calling and making in-home visits, along with the pressure they are feeling this late in the game.

 

LSU defensive line coach Bo Pellini had an in-home visit with five-star defensive tackle Gerald McCoy last night and the two spent more than three hours together.

 

Pellini has some ground to make up with the departure of LSU defensive line coach Karl Dunbar but I was told by one of my sources that the Tigers are still in the mix.

 

McCoy's relationship with Al Woods is really keeping the Tigers in the game and I understand that the big man from Elton has been very active in recruiting McCoy.

 

After numerous attempts to reach Marcus Tillman following his official visit to Ole Miss last weekend, I finally caught up with the big defensive end to see what was going on.

 

This is the first time I spoke to Tillman where he did not have much to say and I feel like the young man is really torn between three schools.

 

Tillman told me that he was still committed to LSU but when I asked him how solid he would rate that pledge, he paused and then said, "I really don't know."


When asked why he felt so torn he just replied, "It's really just a lot of things."

 

Next weekend Tillman is scheduled to take an official visit to Alabama and I feel like the Crimson Tide is the real wildcard in this race.

 

There has been so much said about the LSU/Ole Miss battle for his signature and I would not be surprised to see the Crimson Tide come out on top if Tillman de-commits from the Tigers.

 

The kid may feel like he is in a no-win situation with either LSU or Ole Miss. If he signs with LSU then he will catch heat from some in his home state and if he signs with Ole Miss then he backed out of a pledge he made to the Tigers back in May.

 

I know this is a tough decision for Tillman to make and I wish him the best with whatever he decides is best for his future. He is a fine young man and a class act on and off the field.

 

I've heard through the grapevine, although there is no way to confirm this, that Ricky Dixon's scholarship offer has been conditional for some time. I know he is close to making his grades and the last time I spoke to him he said he is close to a 2.5 GPA and still needs a couple of points on his test score.

 

East St. John head coach Larry Dautrieve recently told me that Dixon should qualify and that it is real tight between LSU, Ole Miss and Mississippi State.

 

What I've heard that will happen is that this weekend Dixon will find out if his scholarship offer is on the table. If it is then he will likely commit to the Tigers and if not then he will choose one of the Mississippi schools.

 

All throughout this recruiting season, Tiger fans have been screaming for offensive linemen.

 

LSU has four already committed and three more are scheduled to visit this weekend in Phil Loadholt, Ian Symonette and Andre Smith. Getting one of these guys is critical and I feel like if two want to come aboard then Les Miles will find room.

 

I've been told that there is a good chance that Phil Loadholt will commit to Les Miles in person this weekend and if that happens how would that sit with the other two guys?

 

Sources in Florida are saying that the Florida Gators have moved up a lot with Ian Symonette and they believe that he will end up in Gainesville. The Gators only have three offensive linemen in this class and that has to be appealing to the big Texan.

 

Five-star back Keiland Williams will announce his decision on Monday and in all likelihood he will have already told the LSU coaching staff by then that he will be a Tiger.

 

John Ehret receiver Chris Mitchell could pull the trigger this weekend and despite a late run by Miami the Tigers are in good shape to land his pledge.

 

That is all for this week but be sure and check back during the day on Sunday as we will bring you updates on the weekend visits.


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