With the first major home game of the season (sorry Auburn, maybe if you were better), everyone wants to get a glimpse of a top-10 matchup under the lights of Death Valley. And when I refer to everyone, I mean the top recruits in 2016 and 2017 as well, with a few 2018 guys sprinkled in there. The list resembles something to what you would almost see at The Opening and could go a long way in defining how elite of a finish Miles and this staff can assemble. Enough of a lead-in though, let's get to the juicy details that you all clicked on this article for.
The IMG Trio (Possible Quad) Will Be In Town
You want an elite start to this article? LSU commit Saivion Smith will be bringing teammates Shavar Manuel (defensive linemen) and Rahshaun Smith (linebacker) with him on their official visits. Manuel will definitely be the one to watch with both his aunt and uncle in tow, meaning a commitment watch is on the young five-star recruit. Drake Davis is listed as an unofficial visitor so he may make it in, which could be huge as he is one of few vying for the final wide receiver spot in this class.
Two Other Big Time Official Visitors
LSU commit, wide receiver Dee Anderson and five-star offensive tackle and Texas A&M decommit Greg Little will join the aforementioned IMG trio as the other official visitors. Anderson, who is sitting out this season after transferring to DeSoto, is a big visitor to have in just due to the fact that he is from Texas and will be getting the pressure from everyone in that state. Little, who reopened his process after previously committing to Texas A&M, would be a huge snag by Grimes and, with his process wide open at this point, could leave Baton Rouge with a huge impression of the school.
The Commits Will Be Doing Their Part
With the aforementioned Saivion and Dee, a slew of other committed players will be attendance and for good reason. Recent commit Michael Divinity will also join Ed Alexander, Donavaughn Campbell, Andre Anthony, Feleipe Franks, Greedy Williams, Jakori Savage, Caleb Roddy, Eric Monroe, Cameron Lewis, Glen Logan, Erick Fowler and Connor Culp to take in the atmosphere that will obviously be top-notch, along with doing their part to make sure the 2016 class is as good as it can be. 2017 commit Tyler Shelvin will also be there and could help give a glimpse for Ed Orgeron to see his potential future defensive line.
There Really Is Just Way Too Many To Talk About
If I tried to mention something on every top uncommitted recruit that will be in attendance, this article would turn into a novel and then I would have to charge you guys to read this. And with this heart of gold over here, I could just not do that to you. So I'm going to try and keep it shorter and simple.
Some recruits of note: Devin White (Frank whats him to be the only RB in this class), Ross Blacklock (a Texas DT that has visited numerous times and has garnered the admiration of Orgeron), Keion Joyner (Has had a real rocky past few weeks and would be a shock if he actually showed up), Deontay Anderson (Raymond wants him to be his final safety in this class), Nigel Warrior (Another top safety that could feel the pressure increase if Deontay looks elsewhere), Stephen Sullivan (A once LSU commit, the tall WR will have the eye of Cam Cameron to get back in this class), Joejuan Williams (Like a broken record, another top safety that might be on commit watch as well, but nothing set in stone), Kyle Meyers (An FSU commit, but could see interest pick up if Kristian Fulton and Trayvon Mullen look elsewhere), Ben Davis and Lyndell Wilson (two elite LBs from Alabama that might make it in and are in the sights of Kevin Steele).
And guys, that's just for the 2016 class.
The Future Is Just As Bright
The once LSU commit Dylan Moses headlines the 2017 group of visitors that will be in attendance. He may be uncommitted, but nothing really seems all that different from when he was a commit.. Other solid names include DeAngelo Gibbs, Chris Allen, Adrian Ealy, Todd Harris, Clyde Edwards-Helaire, K'lavon Chaisson, Jeffery Okudah, Maleik Gray and Trey Smith. There's plenty more, but again, this list is LONG and probably still unfinished. Only two 2018 recruits are scheduled but are solid ones in Verone McKinley and Devonta Jason.
I'm not going to lie, just writing this article and seeing this list of recruits got me even more excited for this coming weekend. Makes you wonder how these coaches will be able to do their due diligence in making sure everyone gets their special attention, but this is a staff full of recruiters and assistants like Austin Thomas who will be sure to have everything ready to roll. A big win could set the groundwork in making something truly special for the years to come and this game could be a cornerstone as to why LSU will hold onto their #1 class in the nation when it's all said and done.