In what has probably been one of the best offseasons at LSU in a long time, possibly ever, the Boys from the Boot weekend continued to increase this momentum that LSU has been building ever since Miles was retained following the Texas A&M game. What could have been a slight drop on this ride with the loss of Frank Wilson to UTSA turned into a wash with another great hire by Les. With that in mind...
Jabbar Juluke Gets To Work Right Away
The same day Jabbar Juluke was announced as the new running backs coach at LSU, he was doing work in helping with recruits in attendance. It would have been understandable if Juluke, who had been hired by Texas Tech less than a month earlier, was absence the same day he was brought into a new job, but when it comes to filling the shoes of a guy like Frank Wilson, Juluke knew he had to hit the ground running and boy did he ever. Not only did he get comfortable in settling into that New Orleans native role that Frank strongly used to his advantage, but Juluke helped secure one of the "Booms" of the weekend.
Two for '17 and Two for '18
It's almost expected that LSU walks away with a commit or two following this weekend. Recruits get comfortable with realizing that staying home is what they want to do and decide to pull the trigger. At the same time, this weekend is more key on building bonds with the recruits and strengthening the fence around Louisiana that LSU did a phenomenal job with the 2016 class.
The 2017 class was bolstered with the additions of running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire and athlete Jontre Kirklin. Edwads-Helaire, who is a top-30 composite running back and SEVERELY underrated, felt at ease with the addition of Juluke to shut things down, and don't let the diminutive stature fool you, the kid can play and will quickly get the Barry Sanders-esque comparisons.
Kirklin is a dual-threat QB for Lutcher, but at 5'11" and 165 pounds, he may be suited to play another position at the next level. However, Kirklin is an elite athlete and has put on a show at any of the offseason events he has attended.
This can also help with 2017 WR and teammate Al'dontre Davis, who received his offer the same day as Kirklin and is already getting the Lutcher alum Jarvis Landry comparisons.
Corey Raymond was the only beneficiary of the 2018 commits when it comes to position coaches, but what Raymond did do was secure two 6'1" lock-down corners in Corione Harris and Kelvin Joseph. While not many sites have evaluating the 2018 class, both Harris and Joseph are superb athletes for their size, and if Raymond is impressed with them enough to take them this early, I'll vouch for them based off of Raymond's recent track record and recruiting efforts.
Other Offers Went Out Too
Raymond wasn't done with his work in securing the two 2018 commits, offering 2017 CB Cheyenne Labruzza. 2018 Parkway WR and absolute stud Terrace Marshall, and even though the loss of his position coach Tony Ball, things may be turning even better if some recent news comes to fruition with Dameyune Craig. Finally, Tommy's boy Aaron Moffitt picked up his offer and it's not just because he's the strength and conditioning coach's son. Aaron is a big kid at 6'4" and 255 pounds who could wind up playing on either side of the ball.
All in all, you almost couldn't have asked for a better weekend. In addition to the four commits and new offers, big-name recruits like Dare Rosenthal, Chris Allen and Lowell Narcisse were in town, along with 2017 commit and five-star defensive tackle Tyler Shelvin. The addition of Juluke helped qualm the nerves of losing Wilson and added a recruiter on a similar level. This weekend continued to build upon this momentum that LSU has built and will go a long way in further building up that fence around Louisiana that fans so desperately want to keep strong.