The nation’s No. 1 overall recruit will be in Oxford, Mississippi, on Saturday when Ole Miss and LSU battle in Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.
Defensive tackle Rashan Gary of Paramus, New Jersey, is set for an official visit to Ole Miss this weekend, and he has the Rebels and LSU among his top schools. This isn’t the first time these teams have fought over a top recruit, either.
LSU hosted defensive end Robert Nkemdiche, the No. 1 prospect in 2013, for an official visit the final weekend before National Signing Day that year. Nkemdiche eventually did what everyone expected and signed with the Rebels, following his brother Denzel. Other schools in the running for Gary. He has taken one official visit thus far, to Michigan, where his former coach at Paramus Catholic is a member of the Wolverines’ staff.
He’ll take an official visit to Auburn for the Auburn-Alabama game and has one scheduled to USC on Jan. 15. Gary hasn’t finalized a fifth official visit yet; LSU hopes to get it.
LSU surged with Gary over the summer after he took two visits in two weeks. Defensive line coach Ed Orgeron continues to recruit him as hard as any other prospect on his board, and his work has the Tigers in the hunt.
Gary isn’t the only recruit with both LSU and Ole Miss high on his list. Though the Rebels haven’t replicated their success from the 2013 recruiting class, that has helped them contend with some of the nation’s best since then.
LSU and Ole Miss top the list for recruits like five-star tackle Greg Little, four-star tackle Willie Allen and four-star safety Deontay Anderson. Another four-star prospect, receiver Drake Davis, has Ole Miss as his leader, followed by LSU, and will be in Oxford this weekend.
Four-star CB to visit
Four-star cornerback Trayvon Mullen of Coconut Creek, Florida, said this week that LSU will be one of his five official visits.
He also said Florida State, Clemson and TCU will get official visits, as well. The fifth is still up for grabs. It’s not a surprise as Mullen has kept those four schools atop his list throughout his recruitment. LSU and FSU are considered the favorites. He has not yet set dates for his official visits.
LSU expects to host Mullen in January on one of the final weekends before signing day. LSU already has a commitment from five-star corner Saivion Smith. If the Tigers can land Mullen and fellow target Kristian Fulton, LSU would end up with three of the nation’s top four corners, according to the 247sports composite rankings.
Under Armour All-Americans
Fulton, a Rummel star, and linebacker Michael Divinity, a John Ehret star, received their Under Armour All-America Game jerseys this week. Divinity, a four-star prospect, committed to LSU in October. He took his official visit last weekend and plans to enroll early.
Fulton, the nation’s No. 4 cornerback, will announce his commitment during the Under Armour game. LSU is believed to be a heavy favorite.
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