Devin White will have a close eye on both teams battling Saturday in Tiger Stadium.
The four-star running back has LSU and Arkansas among his top schools and plans to be in Baton Rouge this weekend to see them in action.
He’s one of about two-dozen LSU targets set to be in attendance. He’s a special case considering his interest in both programs. LSU was the first school to offer White in June 2013. The Razorbacks came through with an offer the following February.
He’s now one of the top 100 prospects in the country, the No. 5 athlete according to the 247composite. The Arkansas-Louisiana border serves as the northern boundary of his hometown of Springhill.
The Razorback influence is present in his part of the state, and he’s made the seven-hour drive to Fayetteville multiple times in the last year. Both LSU and Arkansas expect to receive official visits from him before National Signing Day.
He’s already taken one to Florida State. Ole Miss and Alabama are the other two schools atop his list. White was in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, last week for the Crimson Tide victory. And this weekend will mark another opportunity for him to watch two of his top choices face each other.
Multiple linebackers on the list
LSU has a chance this weekend to impress several of its top linebacker targets – a position of need for the Tigers’ 2016 class.
Ben Davis (Gordo, Ala.), the five-star No. 1-ranked inside linebacker, will be on an official visit Saturday. Davis, whose father played for Alabama, also saw LSU play last weekend in Bryant-Denny Stadium.
This will be Davis’ second official visit. He took one to Georgia last month. Davis is scheduled for one to Ole Miss on Nov. 21 and Auburn the following week. Davis will announce his commitment on National Signing Day.
Jeffrey McCulloch (Aldine, Texas) is expected to be in Baton Rouge for an unofficial. He also attended the Auburn game in September. McCulloch took a visit to Texas A&M last weekend and plans to return for an official next month. He’s already taken one official to Notre Dame and has a visit scheduled to Stanford for Nov. 21 and Michigan for Nov. 28.
LSU hopes to also land an official from him before he commits somewhere. Also on an official visit this weekend will be John Ehret’s Michael Divinity. The four-star linebacker committed to LSU last month and plans to enroll early.
Top 10 guard on official
John Simpson (North Charleston, S.C.) will take an official visit for the Tigers’ game against Arkansas.
LSU extended him an offer in February. Defensive coordinator Kevin Steele, who handles the Carolinas, is his lead recruiter with assistance from offensive line coach Jeff Grimes. Simpson released a top seven over the summer that included LSU with Clemson, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Tennessee and Alabama.
Simpson, a top 10 offensive guard, hasn’t yet set any other official visits and plans to announce his commitment at the U.S. All-American Bowl in January.
No. 1 safety to make return
LSU already has a commitment from the nation’s No. 2 safety (Eric Monroe), and the Tigers hope to also have a chance with No. 1. Brandon Jones (Nacogdoches, Texas) will be in Tiger Stadium on Saturday for an unofficial visit.
He’s taken several visits in the past, but this will be his first LSU game this season. Jones included LSU in his top six released in August with Texas, Texas A&M, Oregon, Alabama and Baylor.
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