With the 2015 recruiting class right in the rearview mirror, the LSU staff wasted little time in getting to work on building for next February. The annual Boys From The Boot event brought a majority of the top in-state recruits (and two guys from Texas) to have their first face-to-face meetings with their position coaches and Les, along with getting to know their potential future teammates. What happened next, while no commitments, was a huge success.
Offers Would Be Had
Over the course of the day, three offers were handed out. The defensive tackle and LB/S duo of Mastephon Taylor, and Clifford Chattman from McDonogh 35 and 2017 defensive end Chris Allen from Southern Lab, while 2016 defensive end Travez Moore may have aligned himself for an offer shortly down the road. While you may be thinking "Only 3 offers? What's the deal?" Those three offers brought the count up to 21, an unheard of number of offers to in-state recruits. We also have a little over 350 days before NSD so even more may arrive through the camp circuit and later on in the season.
A Small Texas Invasion
While the event is meant for just in-state recruits, the staff normally makes an exception or two, this year bringing in two Texas studs in LSU commit wide receiver Dee Anderson and safety target Deontay Anderson out of Manvel (no relation). Dee is pretty self-explanatory with him being a commit, and with Deontay, well, when a stud safety who has stud teammates as well asks to attend, you open the doors for him. The staff would love to have Deontay as one of their safeties in the class, so getting him in Baton Rouge this early is good news for them.
The Stars Were Aligned
If you wanted the biggest in-state names from 2016 and 2017 you got it. Willie Allen, Ed Alexander, Kristian Fulton and Devin White were some of the bigger names from 2016 while 2017 headliners Dylan Moses and quarterback Lowell Narcisse were also in attendance. It was a chance for a number of the top players to meet each other and get the hard press from a driven group of coaches. The '16 class is going to be heavy on linemen and defensive front-seven guys.
The 2016 Tone Is Set
Most thought the hiring of both Kevin Steele and Ed O would be huge coups on the recruiting front. They were right. The two coaches followed the recruits all around the campus, helping with the tours, showing up on Twitter all throughout the day on various pictures and posts. There was an invigorated energy from the rest of the staff and Coach Miles, showing they know they have a gold mine of recruiting power and plan to make the most of it