University High School linebacker Dylan Moses recently shared on Twitter a text he received from Leonard Fournette.
What was the message from one No. 1 overall recruit to another?
“I’m just holding it down for the next great one to come,” Fournette said in the text, a screen shot of which appeared on Moses’ Twitter timeline. “And that’s you.”
For a long time it was assumed Moses would follow in Fournette’s footsteps. That’s a little less certain now.
Moses, in the class of 2017, decommitted from LSU almost three months ago. He said at the time the Tigers were still his No. 1 school, and that remains the case. But Alabama will get its chance to impress him this weekend.
Moses will be one of more than 100 recruits expected to attend the showdown Saturday in Bryant-Denny Stadium. Their battle extends past the field and onto the recruiting trail. Alabama has been in the picture for Moses nearly as long as LSU. The Tigers offered him the summer before he started the eighth grade. Alabama came through a few months later.
LSU won the last time they fought for the nation’s No. 1 prospect. And now Fournette, the former five-star, is doing his part to make sure the Tigers get the next one too.
Back-to-back from Bama
Five star linebackers Lyndell Wilson and Ben Davis are the top two players in Alabama. They’re also two of LSU’s biggest targets, as the Tigers attempt to fill a 2016, 19-commit recruiting class ranked No. 1 nationally.
Both will be in Tuscaloosa on Saturday for what’s expected to the first of two LSU games they’ll attend in as many weeks. They plan to follow the Alabama trip with official visits to LSU for the Arkansas game Nov. 14.
LSU’s in the lead group for both linebackers, and the Tigers hope the official visit will solidify their standing. Alabama’s the favorite for Davis, whose father played for the Crimson Tide. Wilson has recently named Florida his leader, though many still peg Alabama as the team to beat. Defensive coordinator Kevin Steele, who recruited both while at Alabama, has LSU in the mix though, and this two-week stretch could boost the Tigers’ chances.
Alabama invaded Patterson last year to sign four-star wide receiver Daylon Charlot. They’re poised to do it again in 2016.
Mykel Jones, who’ll be in Tuscaloosa this weekend, has Alabama as his leader ahead of LSU, Tennessee and Ole Miss. The Tigers are still pressing though. Wide receivers coach Tony Ball was in Patterson last weekend to see Jones, who returned midseason from a torn ACL.
While there are more realistic wide receiver targets on LSU’s board – like Stephen Sullivan and Drake Davis – Jones is still worth watching. He plans to take official visits after the season before deciding late in the cycle.
One last ‘little’ look
Greg Little, the nation’s No. 1 offensive tackle, postponed his commit decision to squeeze in one last visit. He’ll take an official this weekend to Alabama before announcing his commitment Nov. 13.
LSU’s still one of his finalists after visiting Baton Rouge for the Florida game. Georgia, Ole Miss, Auburn and Texas A&M are also in contention. Though Alabama will have his attention this weekend, Little will at least get one last chance to see LSU compete in-person.
LSU commits visiting elsewhere
A handful of LSU commits will be visiting other schools this weekend.
Four-star offensive guard Donavaughn Campbell (Ponchatoula) plans to be at Alabama. Four-star wide receiver Dee Anderson (Dallas) will take an official visit to Tennessee. Three-star safety Clifford Chattman (McDonogh 35) will visit Oklahoma.