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RECRUITING: How Are We Looking?

Taking a look at some targets and seeing how LSU stands in their interests with signing day just a couple of months away.

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With signing day approaching and the regular season coming to a close, I figured it would be a great time to fill you guys in with some recruiting information.

A&M Game Visitors

I'll start with some important names that will be in College Station on Thursday to watch LSU take on Texas A&M.

Kendall Sheffield will be visiting A&M unofficially this weekend and is considered a 5-star CB out of Missouri City, TX. He has the Aggies extremely high on his list with FSU, Alabama and LSU trailing behind. If LSU were to get a win at Kyle Field who knows what that could do for LSU's chances at landing him.

Then we have a few 2016 players who will also be in attendance in Eric MonroeDeontay Anderson, and Shea Patterson.

Eric Monroe is a stud safety out of Northshore HS in Houston, TX and has had LSU as his leader for awhile now. A&M is most likely his No.2 so a good visit could help push A&M in the right direction for him. Monroe is probably my favorite DB in the class coming out of such a talented program like Northshore so I would like to see him stay away from opposing schools.

Deontay Anderson on the other hand does not have LSU in the driver's seat. In fact, A&M has a pretty sound lead with Alabama and LSU rounding out his top 3. LSU could make a big push with a good performance on Thursday, but I would consider this one a longshot.

Finally we arrive at the stud QB nobody can seem to wait for...Shea Patterson. The 5-star from Shreveport, LA decommitted from Arizona awhile back and his brother, Sean, was hired by LSU as a Quality Control Graduate Assistant (you can read about that here by my friend Paul). LSU is considered his early leader, but there is still a long way to go before he makes a decision.


Les Miles has recently come out saying that he has not ruled out bringing in some JUCO talent, even at the quarterback position for the spring. With that being said, there have been two names swirling around at QB that may have some legitimacy,  Chad Kelly and Daniel Fitzwater.

Kelly was dismissed from Clemson by Dabo Swinney for "conduct detrimental to our program" and will have 2 years of eligibility left at the beginning of 2015. He was rated as the No.4 dual-threat quarterback out of high school and was the No.1 player coming out of the state of New York. In 11 games this season for East Mississippi Community College, he has thrown for 3,472 yards and 42 touchdowns with a completion percentage just a shade under 66 percent. Reports came out this past weekend that Kelly had received an offer from LSU, but they did not confirm the offer, so take that as you will.

Fitzwater plays for Copiah-Lincoln Community College in Mississippi and has put up some quality numbers of his own. In 9 games he has thrown for 2,684 yards and 19 touchdowns with a 60% completion percentage. He reminds many of a young Zach Mettenberger with his big frame and lack of mobility.

Both of these guys are relatively new on the LSU recruiting radar so they will be have to watched closely, but expect to hear more about them in the future.

Making Lists

There have been a couple big names that have put LSU in their "Top #" lists lately including the No.1 OLB in the 2015 class and a top-five CB in the 2016 class.

John Broussard, the No.5 CB in the 2016 class announced his top-4 schools on the 19th via twitter and his list is as follows... 1. Auburn 2. LSU 3. Kentucky 4. Mississippi State.

It's clear Broussard wants to play in the SEC with Auburn and LSU considered the favorites for his signature, but like I said, he is in the 2016 class so we are a long ways away from his decision. Regardless, it is always a good sign when LSU makes it on top of a list this early.

Then comes the No.1 OLB in the 2015 class, Malik Jefferson. He announced his top-7 schools via twitter in no particular order. That list includes Baylor, Texas, Texas A&M, Oklahoma, LSU, TCU and UCLA.

LSU has made great strides with Jefferson, but they are not considered to be in the main battle for his commitment. Texas and Texas A&M have been his leaders for awhile now, but we will see if LSU can stay in the hunt come signing day.

Recent Offers

There have been three big names that have received offers this month and they are all in different classes.

We will begin in the 2017 class with the 4-star dual-threat quarterback named Lowell Narcisse Jr. The 6-foot-3, 200 pound QB was extended an offer on November 7th and has been recruited by Cam Cameron himself. He is an extremely athletic and gifted player, especially at such a young age, and seems to fit the mold that Coach Cam has been recruiting as of late.

On to the 2016 class with a talented wide receiver in Cavin Ridley. He is a 6-foot-1, 180 pound speedster out of Florida that has great athleticism. LSU is a bit late to the party with Ridley already receiving offers from Alabama and Miami, but he could be seeing more big-time offers as he gains more exposure.

And finally, we reach a possible flip in the 2015 class with 4-star athlete Derrick Dillon. Another super-athlete out of Louisiana, he is currently committed to the University of Florida. But, with Muschamp out and the fact Dillon wants to play on the offensive side of the ball, LSU has slipped in nicely into his recruiting process. LSU is now considered a heavy favorite for his signature in February and we could see a flip in the near future.

THE BEST WAY to stay up to date with LSU recruiting on a daily basis is to follow me (@CMBellaire) and Paul Crewe (@ATVS_PaulCrewe) on twitter. We will be coming out with updates like this more and more as we inch closer to signing day.

Kudos to 247Sports for the player pages and rankings.