I could have sworn I was just writing about a big event that featured the top recruits in the nation. Normally when it comes to these camps for most schools, you will have your committed guys there along with a number of top recruits that will don their cleats and get to work on the practice fields. However, when you have a coaching staff filled with guys that have a knack for recruiting and commits that only want their respective classes to get better, you get a star-studded event like this. Enough of the lead-in, let's get to the juicy details.
From the current 2016 class to the 2018 class, LSU will have 15 commits in attendance showcasing why they deserve to be in this class, along with doing their best to help the coaches in recruiting the many big names throughout the weekend. From Edwin Alexander, Eric Monroe, Erick Fowler, Feleipe Franks, Stephen Sullivan and Dee Anderson in 2016 to Dylan Moses and Tyler Shelvin in 2017 and even Zaddock Dinkelmann in 2018, the commits will be in full force in Baton Rouge. One missing name that won't be in attendance is Saivion Smith, along with top recruit and IMG teammate Shavar Manuel, but for good reason. Unfortunately, IMG gets their summer workouts underway and those two will be busy with their team. Either way, the coaches will be gracious to have this many commits lending a helping hand.
The Visitors: Offense
Normally, I can just have one section for the non-committed visitors, but you will soon see that would not be possible. The headliner will be running back Devin White, who continues to remain as Frank Wilson's only RB target for 2016, and with recent running back commits to Alabama and Ole Miss, things are looking even better that Frank will get his freak of a target (let me remind you he ran a 4.49 40 at The Opening at 256 pounds). He won't be the only running back in attendance though, as three top-ten backs from the 2017 class will be on hand in Toneil Carter, Cam Akers and Ty Chandler, along with Derrius Guice replacement Clyde Edwards-Helaire. Frank Wilson makes sure his stable stays full of thoroughbreds.
At quarterback, 2017 recruit Keyaton Thompson will be the focal recruiting target of Cam Cameron. With Lowell Narcisse, who will be committing soon and be in Auburn this weekend, and likely to the Other Tigers, Thompson may be the guy for LSU in 2017. Class of '16 recruit Jon Randall Belton will also be looking to get some work in as he returns from yet another knee injury.
The quarterbacks will have a plethora of top wide receivers to throw to throughout the weekend. Outside of the committed Sullivan and Anderson, the slate of 2016 recruits will be plenty, featuring Devin Duvernay, Binjimen Victor (teammate of cornerback target Trayvon Mullen), Clyde Chriss, Freddie Swain (who was widely regarded as the top receiver at The Opening), Drake Davis (who may or may not be there depending upon his IMG status), and Da'Monte Coxie, who will be competing for the likely final receiver spot in 2016. If that wasn't enough, 2017 guys DeVonta Smith, Malcolm Askew, Jerry Jeudy and Nico Collins headline that class.
The offensive line group is low in numbers but not in talent, headlined by 2016 recruit Willie Allen and 2017 guys Adrian Ealy and Tony Gray.
The Visitors: Defense
You may just want to give Coach O a raise now just for assembling a list like this. Jeff Grimes will be able to see how these offensive line visitors in full effect with this list of recruits. Outside of the commits in attendance, Coach O will have his eyes on top-five 2016 tackls Rashan Gary (who absolutely dominated at The Opening), Dexter Lawrence and Rashard Lawrence (no relation) and Benito Jones, who barely missed the top 10. Stephon Taylor may or not be in attendance come press time and massive Ross Blacklock will be there.
But it doesn't end there. At defensive end, joining commitment Rashaan Thornton (who can play end or linebacker) for 2016 recruits will be Jeffrey Simmons from Mississippi, Emmett Gordon from Tennessee, Antonneous Clayton out of Georgia and in-staters Malcolm Roach (who could also play LB and may get an offer later on down the road), Travez Moore (who may get an offer if he can get his academics in order) and Sci Martin (who received a tentative offer earlier in the summer but his time may have passed). And 2017 brings in the even bigger guys in top-five DEs Chris Allen, Malik Herron and Zachary Carter, along with K'Lavon Chaisson (who is a fast riser and teammate of commit Eric Monroe).
New defensive coordinator Kevin Steele flexed his muscles a little as well. Joining 2016 commits Erick Fowler, Thornton and Clifford Chattman (who could play LB or safety), will be top 2016 recruits Michael Divinity and Jeffrey McCulloch. Steele would be ecstatic if his LB class finished with those two. The spotlight will be on 2017 commit Dylan Moses, but he won't be alone in that class, being joined by top-10 LBs Will Ignot and Jaden Hunter, along with Drew Singleton and Josh Clarke.
When it comes to Corey Raymond, what Raymond wants, Raymond gets. His class for this cycle is nearly filled, but Raymond will be doing his best to recruit in-state corner Kristian Fulton and Florida recruit Trayvon Mullen. Top recruits Joejuan Williams (who could also play S at the next level) and Donte Vaughn will be showcasing their talents. Williams is an obvious take, while Vaughn may have to show out, especially with Kyle Meyers recently getting an offer. Patrick Queen is the main guy to watch for 2017 CBs, while lone 2018 CB Pat Surtain Jr. (son of the longtime NFL corner) will look to show talent runs in the family.
Even before he committed, Eric Monroe was one of the hardest workers at the June camp, so expect to see the same this go-around. Commit Cameron Lewis will be the only other 2016 safety, but those two won't be alone. Top-three 2017 safeties Isaiah Pryor and Daniel Wright (the brother of NFL safety Major Wright) will be in attendance. Wright has gone so far as to state LSU was his leader this summer, so this trip may go a long way.
In the athlete category, the 2017 class headlines the group with DeVonta Smith (who was mentioned at WR in this article as well), Malcolm Askew from Alabama and Jacoby Stevens from Tennessee to go with 2018 athlete Tyreke Johnson, who has a slew of major offers and attends Kevin Tolliver's high school.
With everything like this, things are very fluid as recruits may drop out for various reasons or surprise visitors may attend as they finalize their plans in the coming days. Either way, there will be no shortage of elite talent in Baton Rouge this coming weekend and with an all-star cast of coaches and commits, you can expect to see some fireworks a couple weeks after July 4th. I may be having a busy weekend, so be sure to check in often for any commitment news.