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Top Prospects Attend LSU Junior Day 2015

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LSU hosts a massive list of talent in Baton Rouge this weekend.

Student Sports

LSU will host it's annual Junior Day this weekend. Top talents from across the nation will drop into Baton Rouge to get a feel for the program and further strengthen relationships with the current coaching staff. Prospects such as Malachi Dupre, Ed Paris, Leonard Fournette, Tony Upchurch, Davon Gochaux and Nic Brossette have attended Junior Days in the past. It's a great time for the staff to make a big impression, often extending offers, sometimes yielding commitments. Let's take a look at the names in attendance this weekend.

Commits

Name Position Composite Rating Hometown
Feleipe' Franks QB **** Crawfordville, FL
Stephen Sullivan WR **** Donaldsville, LA
Clifford Chattman OLB *** New Orleans, LA

The Rest

Name Position Composite Rating Hometown
Rashard Lawrence DT **** Monroe, LA
Eric Monroe S ***** Houston, TX
Deontay Anderson S ***** Manvel, TX
Edwin Alexander DT ***** Hammond, LA
Ben Davis OLB ***** Gordo, AL
Kendell Jones DT **** Killeen, TX
Stephon Taylor DT **** New Orleans, LA
Kaden Smith TE **** Flower Mound, TX
JP Urquidez OT **** Copperas Cove, TX
Will Farrar OT UT (Class of 2017) Richmond, TX
Bryson Perry CB UR Canton, GA
Ed Oliver DT **** Houston, TX
Brandon Jones S ***** Nacogdoches, TX
Shyheim Carter (Alabama Commit) CB ***** Kentwood, LA
Jeffrey McCulloch OLB **** Houston, TX
Isaiah Graham WR **** Bastrop, LA
Benito Jones (Ole Miss Commit) DT **** Waynesboro, MS
McTelvin Agim DE **** Hope, AR
Khalil Ladler CB **** Bradenton, FL
Emanuel Bridges OLB *** Newnan, GA
Tim Hart OLB *** Memphis, TN
Saivion Smith CB ***** Bradenton, FL
Dontavius Jackson ILB **** Houston, TX
Jean Delance (Oklahoma Commit) OT **** Mesquite, TX
Donte Vaughn CB **** Memphis, TN
Thomas Johnston OLB UR (2017) Spanish Fort, AL
Tyler Johnston QB UR Spanish Fort, AL
Scott Lashley OT **** West Point, MS
Dontavius Jackson ILB **** Houston, TX
Daniel Bituli OLB **** Nashville, TN
Marlon Davidson DE ***** Montgomery, AL
Nigel Knott CB **** Madison, MS
Kendric Haynes LB UR (2017) Alabama
Simeon Gatling CB UR Greensboro, NC
Brandolin Perdue WR *** Daphne, AL
Cairo Attaway WR UR Waco, TX
Courtlen Watkins WR UR Baton Rouge, LA
Trayvon Mullen CB **** Pompano Beach, FL
Michael Lapeyrolerie WR UR Austell, GA
Jacquez Robinson WR UR Athens, AL
Sylvaughn Turner S *** Athens, AL
Kazmi Antoine OLB UR Belle Chasse, LA
Lamical Perine RB *** Theodore, AL
Keldrick Carper S UR (2017) Plain Dealing, LA
Cole McGowan WR UR (2017) Magnolia, TX
Barrick Slaughter RB **** Livonia, LA

As you can surmise, that's quite the list. 8 five star prospects will be in attendance. 20 four stars as well. This is about as star studded of a recruit list you'll see at a school-specific event.

Some Big Picture Thoughts

The two spots I'm most curious about are DT and CB. The state is absolutely loaded at DT this season, and a high number of CB prospects rank LSU high on the list. How much will the staff use that to leverage commitments? It's too early to the play the "commit or your spot will be gone" game, but I do think you can nudge prospects in that direction, by illustrating how many you intend to take.

CB is of particular interest, with 5-star Alabama commit Shyheim Carter making the trip in. Can the staff get him to open back up his process? Or could this be a final push for him? With so many DBs interested, they'll have to assess whether there's a legitimate chance to flip the Kentwood product, or if they should simply move on to some of the other primetime out of state prospects.

Also, don't be surprised if some local kids pop in. Dylan Moses, or even 2015 signees Derrius Guice and Nic Brossette.

Keep an Eye On

Ed Oliver

The 4-star DT is considered an LSU lean. Could he pull the trigger this weekend? As mentioned above, the state is absolutely loaded at DT, and the staff will certainly be taking a high number at the position, but it's not a spot you want to slow play on if you are a recruit. Simply too many quality options for LSU.

Rashard Lawrence and Ed Alexander

Lawrence was the first prospect Orgeron visited upon hiring. Alexander is a former LSU commit. I suspect the staff will at least push for a commitment from them. I don't foresee it happening, but I do think they'll put the full court press on, considering the number of highly touted DTs available. They want to get a good feel for where they stand at the position and how they need to proceed with players that may not rank as highly on the board as these two.

Linebackers

All told, eight in attendance (one commit). This is Steele's first real chance to make an impact. He acknowledged in an interview this week that LSU already has a built in pitch, due to missing on all their LB prospects from last year. Can they swing some of these top OOS studs?

Tony Ball

Not sure there's anything to watch here, but Ball officially started yesterday and this will be his first recruiting weekend at LSU. It'll be interesting to see what Stephen Sullivan has to say about him, and to see what impact he can make on Isaiah Graham.

Stay Tuned

Follow me (@ATVS_PaulCrewe) and Cody (@CMBellaire) on Twitter for any news and updates this weekend. We'll drop in the comments with any additional news as well.