Eye on a Tigers: How LSU bolstered 2017 category with an chosen CB, OL

July 25, 2016 - Finding Carter

LSU put a finishing touches on a successful stay weekend with dual some-more commitments in a 2017 recruiting class. The Tigers landed 3-star descent lineman Seth Stewart from West Virginia during a initial organisation grill and 4-star cornerback Kary Vincent Jr. from Texas a day later.

The Tigers are adult to 17 commitments for 2017, withdrawal reduction amour and doubt outlines as we drop into a latter partial of a summer and fall.

Here are some critical records to cruise as LSU closes a doorway on a Jul awaiting camp:

Why LSU landed another offensive lineman

Stewart came to Baton Rouge, La., for 3 days and participated in LSU’s chosen camp, and left with not usually an offer yet as a fourth descent lineman in a team’s 2017 class.

The 6-foot-8, 320-pound West Virginia local was not on LSU’s radar given it’s position with 4-star in-state tackle Adrian Ealy. However, in a days following a revisit to LSU, Ealy publicly named Oklahoma and Miami his heading schools, with an proclamation scheduled in dual months.

The LSU coaching staff felt it was losing belligerent with Ealy after he moved  from Baton Rouge and eliminated to East Ascension (Gonzales, La.). Though he attended LSU’s lineman stay Jul 16, he opted to transport by a Sunshine State to make stops during Florida, Florida State and Miami instead of attending LSU’s awaiting camp. He also has a revisit scheduled for subsequent week in Norman, Okla.

LSU prefers for a tip targets and commits to attend a camps, and Ealy’s insusceptibility non-stop a doorway for partner manager Jeff Grimes to pursue choice options. Grimes was feeling with Stewart, who boasts implausible tallness and a outrageous support and now is the fourth descent lineman and second tackle in a 2017 class.

Stewart joins 5-star descent tackle Austin Deculus, 4-star ensure Edward Ingram and 3-star lineman Saahdiq Charles as LSU lineman commitments. It gives LSU a plain expel of destiny standouts adult front.

Tigers land another chosen DB

Kary Vincent Jr. comparison LSU over 30 other schools Sunday dusk in a issue of his second revisit to Death Valley. The 4-star Texas cornerback was on campus Saturday with his mom for a organisation barbecue, reuniting with good crony and associate LSU dedicate Mannie Netherly and reacquainting himself with members of a coaching staff.

4-star Texas CB Kary Vincent Jr. (Photo around Kary Vincent Jr.)

Vincent is rated a No. 17 dilemma in a Class of 2017 and is a outrageous get for a Tigers, who are not prone to land a low collection of defensive backs this recruiting cycle. Defensive backs manager Corey Raymond is a outrageous fan of Vincent, and Raymond did not extend many offers to 2017 cornerbacks during stay since a Texas standout was on a verge of committing.

Vincent, listed at 5-foot-11, 170-pounds, fills another vital blank in this class, withdrawal a doorway open for one some-more reserve and another cornerback to turn out a group. The tip names to know are 4-star Plaquemine (La.) reserve Todd Harris, 4-star New Orleans cornerback Tre’ Swilling and 3-star Thibodaux (La.) cornerback Amik Robertson, who did not leave stay with an offer this weekend yet renowned himself as one of a tip prospects in a state. Of course, LSU also has a joining from 3-star Lutcher (La.) contestant Jontre Kirklin, who was particularly absent during a weekend camp.

Devonta Smith, Brad Stewart and Travis Etienne make appearances

Devonta Smith, Louisiana’s tip prospect, 4-star defensive behind Brad Stewart and Texas AM using behind dedicate Travis Etienne were all on LSU’s campus during opposite points in a weekend.

Smith attended a organisation grill Saturday. He spent close to 3 hours around a brood of LSU commitments during a recruiting eventuality and was a vital indicate of courtesy for LSU far-reaching receivers manager Dameyune Craig and area recruiter Ed Orgeron. Afterward, a 5-star talent rearranged his tip schools, dropping Mississippi State and Nebraska and replacing them with LSU.

A source tighten to Smith pronounced LSU has not put a brakes on recruiting a far-reaching receiver. Orgeron and Craig are both on him — notwithstanding any lists — and are energetically anticipating he will fill a fourth far-reaching receiver mark in a team’s 2017 class.

Nonetheless, Alabama is a restricted favorite when a Amite (La.) product creates his proclamation Aug. 15, and Miami is a truest hazard since of his long-standing attribute with former Georgia manager Mark Richt. That doesn’t meant Craig and Orgeron will stop courting Smith, yet time is using out on their chances of changing his mind.

Brad Stewart
4-star Louisiana DB Brad Stewart during LSU stay (Sam Spiegelman/AJC)

Stewart came and left LSU on Thursday, and finally added his long-awaited offer from a in-state program. The New Orleans defensive behind afterwards strike a highway and headed to Florida for a second visit. He told SEC Country the Gators burst his tip five along with Alabama, Ole Miss, Auburn and Tennessee, and LSU’s late offer apparently did not bother his interest.

The 6-foot, 200-pound talent landed a offer following an softened 40 time, yet Raymond was incompetent to finish a late pull for a in-state talent. Though Stewart named a tip five, it’s transparent that Florida and Alabama are a front-runners here. Stewart has finished several visits to Gainesville, Fla., while his family is a large fan of Alabama’s Nick Saban. LSU was late to join a party, and that will expected cost the Tigers a possibility of alighting a state’s tip corner.

Etienne made a warn entrance to stay Friday morning, using an considerable sub-4.4-second 40. Though a Texas AM using behind dedicate ran well, there are some critical doubt outlines per his distance and fit in a LSU offense.

The Tigers already reason a joining from 3-star behind Clyde Edwards-Helaire, who is a scatback unfailing to be a hazard in a flitting game. However, LSU is attempting to land a some-more earthy using behind in this class, like 5-star Mississippi product Cam Akers or 4-star in-state contestant Bruce Jordan-Swilling.

Etienne does not fit a bill, that is because LSU opted not to extend him an offer. Running backs manager Jabbar Juluke was tighten to doing so progressing this open — yet during a opposite position — and a Jennings (La.) product might no longer be on LSU’s radar.

Two in-state prospects in line to acquire offers

Robertson was a definite star of LSU’s chosen stay this week. He camped on Friday and again Saturday, negligence down a tip far-reaching receivers on mixed occasions in front of Raymond and LSU manager Les Miles.

The 5-foot-9, 165-pound cornerback has garnered a full courtesy of a LSU coaches and might be in line to acquire an offer in a entrance weeks.

Amik Robertson
3-star Thibodaux (La.) CB Amik Robertson (Sam Spiegelman/AJC)

Robertson is honourable of a praise Miles gave him as a subsequent entrance of a Honey Badger. Though he’s a smaller defensive back, he is overwhelmingly earthy with chosen speed and is a high-motor player. He is positively on a coaching staff’s radar as a nickel/safety hybrid.

Another 2017 name to keep an eye on is East Ascension High School (Gonzales, La.) parsimonious finish Justin Harris. The 6-foot-6, 250-pound prospect did not leave LSU’s stay with an offer yet spent a good apportionment of time with Miles, Orgeron and parsimonious ends manager Steve Ensminger and is assured he’ll acquire one in due time.

The LSU coaching staff stays focused on anticipating a parsimonious finish in this class, and a sights are set on Texas AM dedicate Camron Horry, who was on palm for a team’s grill Saturday. LSU also offered 4-star Florida dedicate Kemore Gamble during a open game.

The Tigers will expected make an offer to Harris if the coaching staff thinks it is incompetent to flip possibly Horry or Gamble. Harris is a tender talent with one year of football underneath his belt, yet he tender Orgeron and Ensminger during his workouts as a parsimonious finish and defensive lineman.

The 2018 defensive behind shuffle

Michigan dedicate Otis Reese was one of a standout performers during a final day of stay Saturday, when Miles opted to upgrade a written offer into a full scholarship for a 2018 safety. The Lee County (Ga.) product is teammates with LSU fullback dedicate Tory Carter and recently-offered inside linebacker Akileis Leroy, and had a certain examination of Baton Rouge following his initial visit.

Otis Reese
4-star Georgia reserve Otis Reese during LSU stay (Sam Spiegelman/AJC)

The 4-star reserve tender Raymond with his distance and coverage skills, that led a defensive backs guru to competition over to Orgeron, his area recruiter, and defensive coordinator Dave Aranda to debate to offer a nation’s No. 14 rising youth safety. Reese afterwards spent a good apportionment of time with Miles and members of a Tigers coaching staff to tighten out stay heading into a barbecue.

Reese committed to a Wolverines last month, yet a Tigers are sensitively gaining belligerent on a Peach State standout. That adds a small bit some-more amour to LSU’s 2018 defensive backs large board.

LSU binds commitments from Miami defensive behind Nadab Joseph and 5-star in-state talent Kelvin Joseph. Nadab Joseph was on palm for stay and tender in workouts Friday, and might be unfailing for cornerback in Raymond’s secondary. Kelvin Joseph was on campus for all 3 days of camp, a certain pointer for LSU’s chances of progressing his joining following a positively-reviewed revisit to Alabama progressing in a week.

Five-star Florida cornerback Pat Surtain Jr. was incompetent to make a outing to campus, yet Raymond seemed unfazed by his deficiency Surtain Jr.  named LSU his heading school progressing this month. Four-star Texas dilemma Anthony Cook was also a conspicuous absentee, yet there is reduction confidence surrounding that situation. Though LSU has prolonged been deliberate a front-runner for Cook, a Lamar High School (Houston) product opted not to make a brief outing to Baton Rouge and instead took in Texas’ Under The Lights event.

Then LSU has to cruise a position with John Ehret (Marrero, La.) High School’s Jammal Houston, who opted to work out during far-reaching receiver and is scheduled to revisit Ole Miss this weekend. Raymond offering Houston as a defensive behind progressing this month, yet sources tighten to a conditions trust a awaiting aims to play on a descent side of a round and expected do so outward of Louisiana.

That opens a doorway for 4-star New Orleans cornerback Corione Harris to reclaim his mark in a class, if he still wants it. Harris, along with teammate and best crony Devonta Jason, reopened their recruitments progressing in Jul to give other schools some-more focus. Jason and Harris sojourn high on LSU after interlude by campus final weekend for a team’s 7-on-7 contest yet opted not to lapse for camp.

When all is pronounced and done, LSU could tilt in a outrageous defensive backs category for 2018 with mixed 5-star prospects and a slew of in-state talent. Consider Nadab and Kelvin Joseph, Surtain and Harris a many expected to be enclosed in that collection.

Sam Spiegelman covers LSU football recruiting for SECCountry.com and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Follow him on Twitter for a latest on who’s on their approach to play in Tiger Stadium.

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