TSD Predictions

On Wednesday, high school football prospects from across the country will put the pen to the paper when they sign their college scholarship papers. For LSU, 25 commitments are down - leaving a few open spots with only a handful of targets left on the board. Here is TigerSportsDigest.com's picks on where each prospect is headed provided by Shea Dixon and Sonny Shipp.

Note: This story was published at 10 a.m. on Tuesday and keep in mind that a lot can and will happen to these predictions between now and National Signing Day. These prospects may make their intentions known and a new name may pop up.

Ego Ferguson
No. 7 Defensive Tackle (****)
Hargrave Military Academy
Chatham, Va.

Schools Remaining: California, Florida State, LSU, Miami, Notre Dame and Texas Tech

Skinny: Ferguson's recruitment is harder to figure out than most. A native of Maryland, Ferguson has family in Miami, which helped the Hurricanes land the four-star prospect's final visit. Miami isn't alone in the Sunshine State. Florida State landed a visit the week prior, and word out of Tallahassee was that the trip did enough to make it a battle between old-school rivals. Of course, many felt that Cal was the team to beat through a better part of the process - which goes to show just how up in the air Ferguson's process truly is.

TSD’s Take: Shea – Miami; Sonny - Florida State

Dietrich Riley
No. 16 Safety (****)
St. Francis High School
La Canada, California

Schools Remaining: LSU, Notre Dame, Ole Miss, USC, UCLA

Skinny: Riley planned to delay his decision until the week after signing day but is now scheduled to sign on National Signing Day. Two weeks ago, Riley made his first trip to Baton Rouge. The Tiger staff made their mark by granting Riley the opportunity to compete for early playing time. Before the visit, Riley pegged UCLA as his leader. After returning from LSU, Riley said the field had evened back out. This past weekend, the four-star safety visited USC officially and also stopped by UCLA on Sunday for an unofficial visit. Will LSU's late push be enough or are the California ties too strong to overcome? With UCLA and USC both working their angles out West, we see Riley staying home to play ball.

TSD’s Take: Shea – UCLA; Sonny - UCLA

Jarrett Fobbs
No. 50 Wide Receiver (***)
Huntington High School
Shreveport, Louisiana

Schools Remaining: LSU, Texas A&M

Skinny: Fobbs has been committed to Texas A&M since turning away an offer to play cornerback at LSU, deciding instead to pursue his dreams of playing on the offensive side of the ball. A little later in the process, the LSU staff turned up the heat when they offered Fobbs a spot in the class as a wide receiver. The Tigers made in-home visits and lured Fobbs down to Baton Rouge for an official visit on Jan. 22 then Les Miles made his in-home a few days later. Yet, the pledge to the Aggies remained. Fobbs decided to spend the final weekend before signing day in College Station and many feel that the trip solidified his pledge to the Aggies. The question now is did it?

TSD’s Take: Shea - Texas A&M; Sonny - LSU

Brandon Jackson
No. 76 Defensive Tackle (***)
Evangel Christian Academy
Shreveport, Louisiana

Schools Remaining: LSU, Texas A&M

Skinny: The story on Jackson is much like that of Fobbs. Committed to Texas A&M, Jackson is entertaining the Tiger staff after they offered the defensive tackle prospect at the end of December. Jackson spent the final weekend before signing day in Baton Rouge, but the Shreveport native left without changing his commitment. Jackson is keeping things quiet, but the decision is certainly between the Tigers and Aggies. Those close to Jackson said that LSU was the team to beat before the recruitment process began, but the Aggies have had his pledge since last April. Expect something to pop on Jackson on Tuesday afternoon.

TSD's Take: Shea - Texas A&M; Sonny - Texas A&M

Trovon Reed
No. 7 Wide Receiver (*****)
Thibodaux High School
Thibodaux, Louisiana

Schools Remaining: Auburn, LSU

Skinny: Louisiana's top-ranked player has been committed to Auburn since Nov. 13, the date of his late mother's birthday. During the stretch since then, the LSU staff's newest names - running backs coach Frank Wilson and wide receivers coach Billy Gonzales - have made it a point to turn up the heat on Reed's recruitment. Two weekends ago, the Tigers landed Reed's final visit. While LSU seemed to have put some last-minute thoughts into the five-star prospect's head, we don't see the Auburn staff letting this one slip away.

TSD’s Take: Shea – Auburn; Sonny - Auburn

Kadron Boone
No. 15 Wide Receiver (****)
Trinity High School
Ocala, Fla.

Schools Remaining: Georgia, Louisville, LSU, Texas Tech and West Virginia

Skinny: Boone was set on Texas Tech until head coach Mike Leach was let go. Since then, the commitment fell soft and Boone took in trips to UGA, Louisville, LSU and WVU. The final visit was to Baton Rouge, and the LSU coaching staff - in need of receivers - put the full court press on the four-star prospect. Boone rated the visit out as a perfect one, and we feel that's all the nation's No. 15 ranked wide receiver needed for him to give Les Miles and his staff his signature on Wednesday. Only time will tell.

TSD’s Take: Shea – LSU; Sonny - LSU


J.C. Copeland

No. 43 Defensive End (***)

Troup County High School

LaGrange, Ga.


Schools Remaining: Committed to Tennessee


Skinny: Copeland was a name that recently surfaced and visited LSU last weekend. He had a good visit but on Monday afternoon Troup County head coach Bubba Jeter informed Scout.com that Copeland decided to stick with his commitment to Tennessee. The LSU staff is still working this angle, hoping to cause a change of heart, but as of Tuesday morning the chances look very remote at best. Crazy things happen this late in the process and if Copeland signed with LSU then it would certainly fall into that category after what Jeter reported on Tuesday.


TSD’s Take: Shea – Tennessee; Sonny - Tennessee

Justin Parker

No. 13 Middle Linebacker (***)

Beaufort High School

Beaufort, S.C.


Schools Remaining: Clemson, South Carolina, LSU


Skinny: LSU received Parker’s final official visit which many felt was a good sign for the Tigers. However, Les Miles’ in-home visit that was scheduled for last Friday had to be canceled due to inclement weather in the Southeast, thus putting a serious damper on the Tigers’ chances. While Parker’s visit to LSU was a success, the distance from home is a major sticking point. Parker’s head coach says it’s an in-state battle and that LSU is out of it but the LSU staff hasn’t given up. We expect Parker to stay in-state and sign Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney.


TSD’s Take: Shea – Clemson; Sonny – Clemson   

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