LSU’s hunt for a 2016 quarterback hit another road bump Monday.
Tigers’ QB target Dwayne Haskins flipped his pledge from Maryland to Ohio State, possibly ending his recruitment and continuing LSU’s rocky ride to finding a quarterback for this signing class.
LSU coaches visited Haskins last week, and he was scheduled to take an official visit to Baton Rouge this weekend, but the Buckeyes now clearly hold the lead with the Maryland native.
With national signing day two weeks away, the Tigers are, in many ways, back to square one in their search for a quarterback, said Shea Dixon, recruiting reporter for Geaux247, the 247Sports site covering LSU.
The hunt began in November, when long-time LSU QB commitment Feleipe Franks de-committed from LSU and, eventually, enrolled early at Florida. The Tigers immediately began their pursuit of Haskins.
Les Miles also visited with Anthony Russo, a three-star quarterback from Pennsylvania. On the night of Miles’ visit Friday, Russo committed to Temple. The Tigers began showing interest, too, in three-star Cincinnati quarterback Thomas MacVittie. The long-time Pitt visited the Panthers last weekend – an event that might have secured his commitment to Pitt.
LSU did not offer scholarships to Russo or MacVittie. The Tigers also have not offered a scholarship to Tulane quarterback transfer Tanner Lee. Lee visited LSU last weekend.
“They’re kind of still in a tough place with the QB situation, but, really, in no more of a bind than when Feleipe left them in the first place,” Dixon said. “They had to get in so late, so late in the game with these other quarterbacks. All of this goes back to Franks wanting to be the lone QB in the class and then bailing on them.”
Haskins was the latest blow. Cameron, in charge of quarterback recruiting, visited Haskins last week and secured his official visit this weekend, according to 247Sports. It’s unclear if Haskins will still visit LSU.
Haskins’ commitment to Ohio State was enough to lift the Buckeyes over the Tigers for the top spot in the team rankings of 247Sports and Rivals.com. LSU now holds the No. 2-ranked class - one that includes 20 commitments. LSU is expected to sign as many as 28-29 players.
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LSU makes Lashely’s final group
West Point (Mississippi) offensive tackle Scott Lashley listed LSU as one of his three finalists on a Twitter post Monday.
Lashley, the 19th-best tackle in this class, included Mississippi State and Alabama among his finalists. According to 247Sports, Lashley is a hard lean to State.
Thomas hits the road
Austin Thomas, LSU’s player personnel director, will visit recruits this week while the Tigers are down a staff member, according to 247Sports.com.
Frank Wilson left LSU last week to be the head coach at Texas-San Antonio. Thomas served as Wilson’s right-hand man in recruiting. Normally, Thomas would not be allowed to visit prospects, but he’s been elevated, at least temporarily, in Wilson’s absence.
Trayvon Mullen, the fifth-best cornerback in the 2016 and a top LSU target, will announce his commitment in a signing ceremony on ESPN on national signing day, he announced in a Twitter post on Monday. … LSU was not one of four finalists that McDonogh 35 linebacker/safety Clifford Chattman released Monday morning on his Twitter account. A former LSU commit who de-committed on Nov. 28, Chattman narrowed his list to Texas A&M, Arizona, Oklahoma and Florida State. Chattman is ranked as the 44th-best athlete in the 2016 class.
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