Rummel cornerback Kristian Fulton is expecting something “way different” on his visit to LSU next weekend, he says.
What exactly? He has some idea.
“When you go on a regular visit, you go to football (operations) and chill with coaches,” said Fulton, the third-best player in the state for 2016. “At LSU, they take you around Baton Rouge, the whole campus and stuff like that.”
Fulton is one of more than one dozen prospects LSU is hosting starting Friday – the first of the final three weekends of the 2016 recruiting calendar. The three weekends – Jan. 15, 22, 29 – are significant to the Tigers securing commitments that will strengthen their hold on the nation’s No. 1 ranked class.
As of Sunday, LSU was expecting 13 prospects for official visits over the weekend, including five uncommitted players who recruiting coordinator Frank Wilson and staff are trying to add to a top-ranked group of 20 commitments.
Four of the five uncommitted visitors are ranked in the top 11 nationally at their respected positions: Fulton, Georgia safety Nigel Warrior, Neville defensive tackle Rashard Lawrence and John Curtis offensive tackle Willie Allen. St. Aug’s 290-pound D’Andre Christmas-Giles, the 40th-ranked defensive tackle in the 2016 class, is the fifth uncommitted player visiting Baton Rouge on an official visit.
During an official visit, LSU can pay for transportation to and from the college for the prospect, lodging and three meals per day for both the prospect and the parent or guardian, as well as reasonable entertainment expenses including three tickets to a home sports event.
LSU’s men’s basketball team hosts Arkansas on Saturday night at the PMAC.
The weekend visit kicks off the final key stretch of recruiting ahead of the Feb. 3 National Signing Day. LSU expects to add as many as eight or nine more players to its current top-ranked, 20-commitment haul.
The dead period turns into a contact period on Thursday – the most open portion of the NCAA’s strict recruiting cycles. Assistant coaches are allowed to visit a prospect once a week, and head coaches can make one visit to a prospect’s home during that period.
Players make their last-minute official visits, most on the weekends.
It’s a hectic time. Fulton, a hotly recruited player ranked as the nation’s fourth-best cornerback, knows all about it.
He’s expecting in-home visits from South Carolina, LSU, Arkansas and Florida coaches over the next couple of weeks along with visits to LSU, Florida, South Carolina, Arkansas and Miami.
“It’s crazy,” he said. “It’s getting even crazier. It’s coming down to the end. Everbody is trying to make an impression.”
As of Sunday, LSU was not expecting a visit from a quarterback over the weekend.
The Tigers, though, are hotly pursuing Maryland commitment Dwayne Haskins, a 6-foot-3, 198-pounder ranked as the seventh-best pro-style quarterback in the class.
Haskins has already taken visits to Florida and Ohio State and plans to visit LSU, Texas A&M and Maryland before making his final decision, he said from the Under Armour All-American Game earlier this month.
LSU official visitors list for this weekend:
Name (high school) – Commit - National position rank
OG Donavaughn Campbell (Pontchatoula) – LSU – 4
S Nigel Warrior (Peachtree Ridge, Georgia) – None – 4
CB Kristian Fulton (Rummel) – None – 4
DT Rashard Lawrence (Neville) – None – 5
DT Ed Alexander (St. Thomas Aquinas) – LSU – 6
TE Jamal Pettigrew (St. Aug) – LSU – 7
OT Willie Allen (John Curtis) – None – 11
S Cameron Lewis (Wossman) – LSU – 12
DE Rahssan Thornton (Shoemaker, Texas) – LSU – 13
DT Glen Logan (Destrehan) – LSU – 23
DE Andre Anthony (Edna Karr) – LSU – 25
DT D’Andre Christmas-Giles (St. Aug) – None – 40
WR Da’Monte Coxie (East St. John) – LSU – 91
Rankings from 247Sports’ composite.
LSU’s visitor list is subject to change.