Four-star linebacker Dontavious Jackson has LSU among his leaders.
The Houston native announced Sunday night his top seven schools, and the Tigers made the cut. Also on the list were Florida, Florida State, Alabama, Texas, Michigan and UCLA. He added an eighth school, Texas A&M, on Monday.
LSU has made Jackson a top priority, with hopes of adding at least one more linebacker to the 2016 class.
LSU extended him an offer in May and hosted him for an unofficial visit during the Auburn game Sept. 19, his first trip to Baton Rouge.
Jackson rates as a four-star prospect, according to the 247 composite. He’s a top-five inside linebacker and one of the top 20 overall prospects in Texas.
LSU hopes to receive one of his five official visits before the end of the cycle. He’s already taken trips to UCLA and Florida State. He also has one scheduled to Michigan at the end of the month.
LSU has three linebackers committed with the potential to add several more.
Jackson’s close friend, Jeffrey McCulloch, is another top LSU target. Assistant coach Bradley Dale Peveto was in Houston on Thursday to watch him play, and the Tigers have already hosted McCulloch for multiple unofficial visits.
Peveto also saw one of his linebacker commits over the weekend, traveling up to Manor, Texas, to see Erick Fowler.
Defensive coordinator Kevin Steele also made a stop to see potential linebacker targets. He was in Gordo, Ala., on Friday to see five-star Ben Davis.
LSU’s best chance to add a fourth linebacker likely comes from Rahshaun Smith, the IMG Academy standout. He took an official visit for the Florida game with teammates Saivion Smith, an LSU commit, and Shavar Manuel.
Also on the board is Keion Joyner, a North Carolina native with family in Abbeville. He visited Baton Rouge earlier this season, and Steele was also in the Carolinas over the weekend to check on him among other prospects from his recruiting base.