It was an active if somewhat unsettled day for LSU football recruiting Thursday.
LSU announced the signing of junior college transfer tight end Logan Stokes but was unable to announce the signing of junior college offensive tackle Fehoko Fanaika because he has yet to clear the NCAA compliance process.
Meanwhile, tight end Josh McNeil, who took an official visit last weekend, tweeted that he has committed to LSU. But multiple media reports shot down McNeil’s commitment as a valid one.
The one sure thing was Stokes, a 6-foot-4, 240-pound prospect from Muscle Shoals, Ala., by way of Northeast Mississippi Community College. Stokes, ranked by 24/7 Sports as the nation’s No. 81 junior college prospect and No. 5 junior college tight end, also had offers from Alabama, Ole Miss and Auburn.
Fanaika (6-6, 340) originally signed with LSU in February but was ruled academically ineligible. At one point he was considered a lost cause for LSU recruiting-wise, but he maintained his interest and, according to 24/7 Sports, sent in his paperwork Wednesday. But there was no announcement from LSU regarding Fanaika’s signing.
LSU also apparently did not sign wide receiver Quantavius Leslie (6-3, 185) of Hinds (Miss.) Community College on Thursday, reportedly because his grades are not in order. Instead of being at LSU for spring practice, Leslie may have to stay at Hinds and try to enroll at LSU over the summer — assuming he still has an offer from the Tigers.
McNeil (6-5, 226) of Durham (N.C.) Milford tweeted Thursday, “I’ve decommitted from Alabama and committed to LSU.” But Rivals reported that McNeil had only a conditional offer from LSU, and 24/7 Sports said McNeil was not a commitment.
McNeil is No. 131 on the ESPN 150, No. 176 on the Scout 300 and No. 196 on the 24/7 Sports Top 247, all of which give him four stars. Rivals gives McNeil three stars and does not list him in its top 250.
LSU stands at 23 commitments for 2013, plus Stokes, a number that includes wide receiver Avery Johnson. Johnson (6-2, 180), the younger brother of former LSU All-America cornerback Patrick Peterson, was declared academically ineligible after signing with LSU in February.
He attended Hargrave (Va.) Military Academy this year, became eligible and now is expected to be one of the Tigers’ early enrollees in January.