LSU got a crack at an Alabama commit two weeks before the teams battle on the field.
Four-star defensive tackle Kendell Jones was in attendance Saturday for LSU’s 48-20 victory against Western Kentucky. He made the trip from Texas with teammates, including LSU commit Rahssan Thornton.
LSU continues to recruit Jones even though he’s been committed to Alabama since the spring. LSU first offered him as a rising junior after a standout camp performance in the summer of 2014.
Jones grew up on New Orleans’ West Bank. He and his family evacuated the city because of Hurricane Katrina when Jones was 7-years-old. They eventually settled in Killeen, Texas, a town north of Austin.
Jones still loved LSU as a kid because of his Louisiana roots, but the Tigers haven’t yet been able to pull him into the 2016 class. Jones announced on May 22 his commitment to Alabama despite having LSU as one of his finalists.
LSU hopes to still have a shot with Jones because of his teammate. Thornton, also a New Orleans native, is working to convince Jones to join him in Baton Rouge next year.
LSU luring top five corner from Florida
LSU has a long history of success with Florida defensive backs, and the Tigers want to add Trayvon Mullen to that list.
Mullen, one of the Sunshine State’s best corners, spent the weekend in Baton Rouge to attend his first LSU game this season. LSU has long made Mullen one of its top targets in this class, first offering him in June 2014.
He’s made multiple trips since and has the Tigers as one of his leaders. Mullen hasn’t publicly trimmed his list to fewer than a dozen teams, but LSU and Florida State are the two favorites with TCU and Clemson also in the mix.
He plans to take official visits after the season and announce a final decision late in the cycle. Landing Mullen would give LSU the top two corners from Florida with five-star Saivion Smith already committed.
LSU assistants hit the road
A pair of LSU assistants weren’t in Louisiana the night before the Tigers’ game against Western Kentucky.
Defensive line coach Ed Orgeron and defensive backs coach Corey Raymond traveled to Bradenton, Florida, Friday to watch a battle between high school powerhouses Paramus (N.J.) Catholic and the IMG Academy.
IMG won 28-20, but more important than the score was the talent on display. Rashan Gary, the nation’s No. 1 prospect, headlined the LSU recruits from Paramus. He took a pair of unofficial visits over the summer and has LSU among his leaders with Michigan and Auburn.
He’s already taken one official to Michigan, and he’ll visit Auburn for the Iron Bowl. LSU hopes to get him on campus for one more unofficial this season before an official late in the cycle.
LSU has four targets at IMG from the 2016 class, all of which were in Baton Rouge less than two weeks ago. Defensive lineman Shavar Manuel and linebacker Rahshaun Smith joined cornerback commit Saivion Smith on official visits for the Florida game. LSU leads for Manuel and is tied at the top with Clemson for Rahshaun Smith, who came alone on his official. He hopes to return with his mother for an unofficial visit next month.
Also at IMG is Drake Davis, the four-star wide receiver and Baton Rouge native. LSU trails Ole Miss but his official visit is still to come.