Hilliard’s Commitment as Strong as Ever
LSU running back commitment Kenny Hilliard made a trip to Los Angeles this past week where he competed in USC’s Rising Stars camp, a popular summer destination for the nation’s top-flight high school talent.
While media outlets weren’t allowed to cover the event, the word that slipped back to Louisiana was that Hilliard was the highlight runner over his stay, a precursor to what the Patterson native hopes to show off off next fall as he makes his bid to become the state’s all-time leading rusher.
And as for his pledge to the Tigers?
“It’s still as strong as ever,” Hilliard said. The Patterson running back will take in LSU’s second camp in July, his final campus visit before refocusing his efforts on his senior season of high school. Currently, Hilliard hopes to wrap up classroom requirements and graduate in December, which would in turn allow the nation’s No. 12 ranked back to enroll in college and join on with LSU for practices next spring.
Hart Family Takes in Baton Rouge
LSU hosted a big visitor this past week when Bobby Hart, ranked as the No. 10 offensive tackle, visited the LSU campus alongside his father and brother.
The three joined up with head coach Les Miles, offensive line coach Greg Studrawa and wide receivers coach Billy Gonzales, who recruits the Florida area for the Tigers. After tours of the COX Center and the football buildings, the four-star sat down with the coaching trio for one-on-one time.
The message: get on board at any time. In a class that already holds commitments from La’el Collins, Trai Turner and Corey While, and expects to add in-state name Greg Robinson, the offer from Miles and Co. to join the fray at any point is one that enticed Hart.
While Hart still favors the Seminoles, he has since brought LSU and Alabama into the lead group. With visits set for the fall, the Tigers could make a push for Hart if the pieces fall in place. Also, keep an eye on Hart’s older brother Larry Jackson, who is currently playing ball at Holmes (CC). The two hope to suit up together, and both are currently gauging interest from college staffs.
Southeast Top Guns Fall Short
The Badger/New Level Athletics 7-on-7 featured many of the nation’s top names from across the map, whether it was USC pledge and No. 1 rated cornerback DeAnthony “Black Mamba” Thomas tearing up the defensive side of the ball or Miami commitment Teddy Bridgewater carving up teams through the air.
While Landry was held in check for most of the team’s games, opponents weren’t able to find a second cornerback that could run with the likes of Beckham, who was able to turn heads at yet another off-season workout. Currently, nobody in Louisiana’s stock is rising at the rate of Beckham’s.
Roster: Odell Beckham, Devin Boutte, Dylan Yesso, Cortez Davis, Tyrell Burns, Stevie Douglas, Ameer Abdullah, Tyran Finley, Cartel Murray, Sequoah Hines, James Bradberry, Carl Williams and Aaron Ernest.
Moving into the Picture with Frost
LSU recently moved into North Carolina linebacker Kris Frost’s top teams, which includes the likes of Auburn, California, Georgia Tech, Michigan, North Carolina and West Virginia.
The 6-foot-3, 210-pounder is being recruited as a wide receiver by Auburn, Michigan, North Carolina and West Virginia. The Tigers, however, like Frost at outside linebacker, where he is ranked as the No. 19 player in the country by Scout.
A decision date is set for January at the Army All-American game, and after the season he plans to trim his list to around three teams. Currently, the only schools that Frost has decided to visit officially are LSU and California – both of which have offered.
Martin Deletes the Bayou Bengals
Defensive coordinator John Chavis, a South Carolina native, seemed to have worked over the Palmetto State’s Pat Martin well, seeing the Tigers remain in the lead group without having ever landed a visit from the Greenville native.
Yet, after a visit to Tennessee, Martin decided to shake things at the top of his list up. Now, Martin’s tune is that the Volunteers lead big over the field, and a decision is set to come within the next two weeks.
Martin told Scout that he was down to Tennessee and South Carolina, though it appears that first-year coach Derek Dooley won’t be hard-pressed when it comes to reeling in the 6-foot, 198-pound safety at this stage in the game.
Christy Makes the Call
After he camped at LSU in June, Indiana kicker Kyle Christy had the attention of the staff. Les Miles offered, and the Tigers were the favorites until Christy stepped onto Florida’s campus two weeks ago.
When Urban Meyer and Christy shared a phone conversation this past week, the Gator headman extended a scholarship offer. Christy followed by giving Meyer his pledge.
“I had offers from LSU and Florida and Florida is the only school I would have picked over LSU,” said Christy in an interview with FightinGators.com. “I liked (LSU’s) facilities too and I really liked the food. I loved the atmosphere there as well.”
The near miss could mean that the Tigers take their special teams search elsewhere. Another name that impressed during June’s camp: Lake Charles standout Kris Albarado.
Slowly Getting Clearer
The quarterback outlook has been fuzzy this summer; almost impossible to put a thumb on a high-profile prospect that has been on the record as favoring the Tigers over his other offers.
Yet, the dominos are starting to fall.
Inside the state's borders the talk of LSU offers silenced when Louisiana’s top two prospects, Zack Oliver and Stevie Douglas, decided to take their talents elsewhere. Douglas committed to Memphis on June 17, and Oliver followed suit when he gave Northwestern (Ill.) a verbal pledge last Tuesday.
Three days later, South Carolina quarterback Justin Worley committed to Tennessee. After he camped in Baton Rouge alongside Douglas and Oliver at the June session, Worley had named LSU into his top three, which also included Notre Dame.
Of the non-committed, the 6-foot-1, 195-pound Phillip Ely could be the next top option. The Tampa native visited Baton Rouge on June 25, and he followed up with trips to Ole Miss and Notre Dame, where he threw for the Irish coaching staff but did not receive an offer.