LSU heads into the final two weeks of the most critical recruiting period with eyes on a pair of in-state prospects and a host of highly rated defensive talent.
The Tigers have 17 commitments, including four early enrollees, 13 days before the Feb. 4 National Signing Day, and they’ll host 11 recruits on an official visit this weekend.
After receiving key verbal commitments from two of the top five players in the state — Donte Jackson and Tyrone Johnson — LSU’s staff is turning its attention to uncommitted Patterson receiver Daylon Charlot and Florida commitment and Franklinton receiver Derrick Dillon, said Hunter Paniagua, a recruiting reporter for TigerSportsDigest.com, the Scout.com site covering LSU.
“Sounds like they’ll get one or the other,” Paniagua said. “Dillon is looking likely.”
Charlot is the fourth-best player in the state, according to 247Sports’ composite rankings. Dillon is No. 6.
What if LSU were to get both players and sign its current group of commitments?
The Tigers would have reeled in eight of the top 10 players in the state, a first in at least 10 years. LSU has signed at least seven of the state’s top 10 players in five of the previous 11 years, but the program has never broken that barrier in coach Les Miles’ tenure.
The staff is targeting out-of-state defensive targets, too, Paniagua said, including four-star Georgia defensive end Arden Key, five-star Florida defensive end CeCe Jefferson, Mississippi linebacker Leo Lewis (the No. 1 inside linebacker in the nation), and Alabama defensive end Prince Tega Wanogho Jr.
Key visited LSU last weekend. Jefferson and Lewis are expected to visit during the final weekend for official visits, from Jan. 30-Feb. 1. Key is set to announce his decision Feb. 2, Paniagua said, and Jefferson is set to announce on signing day.
Wanogho visited LSU last weekend. He broke his leg earlier this week during a basketball game. He had successful surgery on the leg, according to The Montgomery Advertiser.
Of the 11 prospects visiting this weekend, three are highly recruited players who are not committed to LSU: Ohio State dual-threat quarterback commit Torrance Gibson, four-star Texas offensive tackle Toby Weathersby and Californian Iman Marshall, the No. 1 cornerback in the nation.
Leonard Fournette’s brother, St. Augustine receiver Lanard Fournette, is visiting as well, and so is Miles’ son, University quarterback Manny Miles, Paniagua said. They are both three-star prospects.
University running back and LSU commitment Nick Brossette is visiting LSU this weekend, and the Tigers will try to swing the most recent momentum from Texas.
Brossette, the ninth-best prospect in the state and the 16th-best running back in the class, visited Austin, Texas, with his family last weekend. During his visit, Brossette tweeted a message that Texas “gave me a lot to think about! Really enjoyed myself down here!”
Many recruiting analysts believe he’ll flip his commitment from LSU to Texas.
“That’s the big part this weekend,” Paniagua said, “making sure Nick Brossette doesn’t flip.”
Brossette committed to LSU in August 2013.
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