LSU’s junior day did indeed produce commitments — four of them.
Scotlandville defensive back Kelvin Joseph and Landry-Walker defensive back Corione Harris, both currently sophomores in high school, committed to LSU on Saturday. Lutcher dual-threat quarterback Jontre Kirklin and Catholic running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire, a pair of juniors, also made verbal pledges to the Tigers.
Edwards-Helaire committed during a meeting with coach Les Miles and his family on Saturday toward the end of the Tigers’ junior day event, where more than 40 in-state prospects flocked to campus for tours and meetings with coaches.
“My mom and my sister and all were in the room,” Edwards-Helaire said. “Coach Miles ... he plays nice with the words. Talked to him about 15-20 minutes. Talked about family. Being at home, that’s something you can’t pass up.”
The Tigers offered Kirklin last month. He’s a quarterback but can also play defensive back and receiver, said Lutcher coach Tim Detillier.
“He’s a good athlete,” Detillier said. “In the spread, he’s quite a weapon running and throwing.”
Joseph received his scholarship offer during a meeting with Miles toward the end of the day-long camp. Scotlandville coach Robert Valdez attended Saturday’s camp with Joseph. “Kelvin really doesn’t say much,” Valdez said. “He looked like he was in shock. Very exciting.”
Harris committed after junior day as well, said Landry-Walker coach Emanuel Powell. LSU offered him during camp last summer. Harris played cornerback and some quarterback last season.
“He’s excited about coming into the Tiger family,” Powell said. “He liked what he saw. Felt like the timing was right.”
Edwards-Helaire and Kirklin give the Tigers a second and third commit for the 2017 class, joining highly touted defensive tackle Tyler Shelvin of Lafayette.
Joseph and Harris are now the fourth and fifth commitments in LSU’s 2018 class, joining Florida athlete Justin Watkins, Landry-Walker receiver Devonta Jackson and Texas quarterback Zadock Dinkelmann. The group is ranked No. 1 in 247Sports’ team rankings.
Joseph started at cornerback and returned kicks and punts this season as a sophomore for Scotlandville, Valdez said.
“A Baton Rouge kid. That’s a win-win,” the coach said of the commitment. “He has the talent and the ability. He’s 6-1, 185 pound defensive back that had a really good season against some really good opponents.”
Edwards-Helaire entered LSU’s junior day Saturday hoping to feel “wanted” enough to commit by the day’s end. It happened.
“Everything feels right being committed to LSU,” he said. “Everything is amazing at LSU.”
LSU will host a national junior day on the last weekend in February. The Tigers begin spring practice March 7.
Coxie might go JC route
East St. John receiver Da’Monte Coxie could be headed to junior college instead of LSU.
Coxie, a three-star 2016 wideout committed to the Tigers, says he might visit Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College next week. Junior college is a “backup plan” if Coxie can’t academically qualify at LSU, he said.
Coxie said he has not received a national letter of intent from LSU but remains committed to the Tigers.
LSU’s 2017 commitment class
RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Catholic (Baton Rouge)
QB Jontre Kirklin, Lutcher (Lutcher)
DT Tyler Shelvin, Northside (Lafayette)
LSU’s 2018 commitment class
DB Kelvin Joseph, Scotlandville (Baton Rouge)
DB Corione Harris, Landry-Walker (New Orleans)
QB Zadock Dinkelmann, Somerset (Somerset, Texas)
WR Devonta Jackson, Landry-Walker (New Orleans)
ATH Justin Watkins, North Marion (Citra, Florida)
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