Southern Lab's Christopher Allen.

Advocate staff photo by JOHN OUBRE

It's no secret the position LSU is targeting in its late recruiting push for 2017.


The Tigers, as of Wednesday, have only one linebacker committed for the class of 2017: four-star Livonia product Patrick Queen, who is listed as an athlete.

LSU continues to press several linebackers -- some committed; other still undecided. The Tigers are thin at the position with the departure of seniors Kendell Beckwith and Duke Riley.

Here's a look at five big-name linebackers LSU coaches are eyeing as national signing day approaches Feb. 1.

Tyler Taylor

Taylor is an uncommitted four-star player from Buford, Ga. Auburn and Georgia are hot on Taylor's trail. But LSU will get a chance to visit with Taylor too, 247 Sports reports, before national signing day.

Willie Gay

Gay, a four-star player from Starkville, Miss., is uncommitted and is drawing interest from Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Michigan. He's set to visit LSU this weekend.

Christopher Allen

Earlier this week, Alabama commit and Southern Lab's Allen told "Culotta and The Fan" on 104.5 ESPN that he plans to play for the Crimson Tide because every year ... they're beating LSU. And they're winning national championships." Allen, a four-star prospect, completed what he called a "great" recruiting trip at LSU this past weekend and will be heading to Tuscaloosa this weekend to visit Alabama.

Ellis Brooks

An uncommitted four-star linebacker from Richmond, Va., Brooks visited LSU's campus earlier this week. He holds offers from a slew of big schools. According to 247 Sports, his final official visit before national signing day will be to Notre Dame.

Jacob Phillips

A four-star prospect from Nashville, Tenn., Phillips is committed to Oklahoma, but LSU is reportedly making a strong push. Click here to read more about the Tigers' courting of Phillips.