The LSU Tigers went into the last weekend of the 2013 recruiting season with some concerns about a repeat of last year’s 11th-hour flip by long-time commitment Torshiro Davis to Texas.
But LSU appeared to weather the potential storm with its recruiting class intact as the Tigers try to hold onto the 27 pledges (plus one early signee) they have and possibly turn the Texas-like tables on someone else.
Of chief concern was defensive end Frank Herron (6-foot-4, 236 pounds) of Memphis (Tenn.) Central, a nationally ranked prospect at a need position for LSU.
In a potentially Davis-like scenario, Herron took an official visit over the weekend to Texas, where he is being recruited by former LSU assistant Larry Porter.
However, according to recruiting analyst Shea Dixon of 24/7 Sports site Geaux24/7, Herron contacted LSU coaches on Monday to tell them he still fully intends to sign with the Tigers on Wednesday.
Central coach Brian Williams confirmed the decision, Dixon said.
Meanwhile, Miami has been putting a major press on Pompano Beach (Fla.) Blanche Ely athlete Rashard Robinson (6-2, 161), committed to LSU since the end of July, to stay in South Florida.
Ely sent former All-American cornerback Patrick Peterson and his younger brother Avery Johnson (an early enrollee in January) to LSU in recent years, and Ely coach Charles Hafley said he expects the same to be true of Robinson.
“As of right now, he is 100 percent for LSU,” said Hafley, who did confirm that Robinson must improve his test score to be eligible this fall.
LSU’s biggest hope for a last-minute signing continues to be from the nation’s biggest prospect, Logansville (Ga.) Grayson defensive end Robert Nkemdiche (6-5, 265).
Nkemdiche, along with his father and Logansville teammate David Kamara, took an official visit to LSU over the weekend.
And by all accounts, the Tigers made strong inroads into the lead Ole Miss is believed to have for his services.
Nkemdiche, whose brother, Denzel, plays linebacker at Ole Miss, is scheduled to announce his decision at 6:35 a.m. Wednesday on ESPNU.