Traditionally, the Bayou Picnic was normally an opportunity for mostly the in-state recruits to gather on campus and further their bonds. A change in plans gave the in-state recruits their own day earlier and the Bayou Picnic became more of a premiere national recruiting event for LSU. When you make a change like that, it becomes imperative to have some fireworks and make a big splash when you go with something new. In conclusion, we may be barely over a month away, but Baton Rouge played host to a July 4th-caliber fireworks show.
New Additions To Three Different Classes? Works For Me
If you weren't following the news over the weekend, three different classes welcomed new members to three different classes. I covered the Derrius Guice commitment, Paul took care of Feleipe Franks, but something that went under the radar was once 2015 JuCo offensive tackle Jevonte Domond signing to become a member of the 2014 class. Domond will now have 3 years to play 3 and will be eligible immediately. It may have been overlooked, but this is huge news as he will be under the tutelage of Grimes this year and will be another option to replace La'el Collins after this coming season.
There's a New Ambassador From The Sunshine State
If Patrick Peterson wrote the book on being a Florida ambassador for LSU, Kevin Toliver II has that book memorized word for word. Fans never like to use the word "lock" when talking about a recruit or even a commit anymore, but if there was someone close enough to garnering that word, Toliver would receive it. He didn't need to be in Baton Rouge to be recruited anymore, but there he was, being an integral part in talking to all the other high-profile recruits, making sure he stayed around fellow Floridian and 5-star receiver George Campbell. It goes a long way, especially with Corey Raymond's presence in Florida, that LSU has a commit they can count on like Toliver to continuously go help out when need be.
There Were Recruits From All Over
When the final head tally was done, LSU was playing host to recruits from Louisiana, Texas, Mississippi, Georgia, Tennessee, and Arizona. Now most could say it's not hard to get recruits from all of those states. Yes, that may be true, but the star power were massive with guys like Arden Key, Will Gragg, Roney Elam, Jamal Peters, Leo Lewis, the previously mentioned Campbell and Toliver, Austin Bryant, Kyle Phillips, 2016 Joejuan Williams and the list goes on with a number of top Louisiana recruits, including a majority of the commits from 2015 to the manchild Dylan Moses, to the uncommitted in-state guys like Donte Jackson, once-LSU commit 2016 Ed Alexander and more. Even one new offer was handed out to 2015 CB/S recruit Deshawn Raymond, while most in attendance already had an LSU offer to their name.
All in all, Les Miles set out to do one thing at this new-idea Bayou Picnic and that was make a splash. He did in the form of that one overweight kid at summer camp that's brave enough to do a belly flop off the high dive. We all love to see it happen and enjoy the aftermath even more. While there were only 2 new commits to LSU, the staff made significant impressions on everyone in attendance that will continue the staff's momentum into the season and official visits.
As the great Terrell Owens once said, "Get your popcorn ready."