The recruiting dead period is still going on, but that doesn't mean all is quiet. The staff is doing what work they can behind the scenes (the dead period primarily limits in-person contact), and there's been some news in the last few days.
First off, the Tigers landed in the top 3 for four-star offensive lineman Jean Delance out of Texas:
Alphabetical Order TOP 3!! #GeauxTigers #HookEm #Wolverines 〽️ pic.twitter.com/UedN9uPC5n— Jean Delance ® (@JeanDelance74) December 21, 2015
Delance was considered a lock to Texas or A&M early on in the process, but Jeff Grimes has made a huge push in recent weeks, similar to the work he did last year with Toby Weathersby and Chidi Valentine-Okeke. The Tigers have two offensive line commitments currently, but would like to add at least one more, possibly two.
The Tigers also made the top 3 for four-star linebacker Rahshaun Smith, the No. 2 inside LB prospect per 247 Sports.
#WarEagle #GeauxTigers #ALLIN pic.twitter.com/w34MscW5l5— Humble & Hungry 〽️ (@Nextlevel_shaq) December 20, 2015
Clemson is allegedly the team to beat here, but both Auburn and LSU could offer Smith near-immediate playing time, pending Kendell Beckwith's decision on the NFL Draft. Kevin Steele and Bradley Dale Peveto have two current linebackers committed, and recent de-commit Michael Divinity is overwhelmingly expected to stick with LSU when he announces January 5.
Smith will commit at the Under-Armor All-American game on Jan. 2.
Former LSU wide receiver commit Stephen Sullivan is expected to announce his school choice on Saturday at 5 p.m. between TCU, Mississippi State and LSU. The Horned Frogs are the chalk pick in 247's Crystal Ball, but there's been rumors of a big late push from Mississippi State. If LSU is truly out for Sullivan, better for the Tigers not to have to face him on the schedule. Sullivan's biological parents live in the Fort Worth area (he lives with a different family in Donaldsonville -- I'm not sure on all of the details) so that wound up being a big pull for the young man, which is understandable.
In other wide receiver news, East St. John's Damonte Coxie turned in a huge performance in the LHSAA's all-star game over the weekend, including this manchild catch and run:
Coxie's recruitment has stepped up in recent weeks with scholarship offers from Alabama and Georgia, but he re-iterated his commitment to LSU.