Big news out of the weekend's Bayou Picnic, with LSU landing commitments from wide receiver Stephen Guidry and athlete Tory Carter.
Thanks to the man above and my Grandpa I'm Officially Committed to Louisiana State University pic.twitter.com/XkCEKmR2tE— Stephen Guidry (@KillsGettem) May 21, 2016
Guidry is the No. 1 junior college wide receiver prospect out of Hinds Community College in Mississippi, and a native of nearby Livonia, La. The 6-4, 190-pounder has offers from Alabama, Georgia and Miami. He had called the Tide his leader on a recent visit to Tuscaloosa, but made the call to shut things down this weekend.
Guidry is a four-star in the 247 sports composite. LSU will lose Travin Dural following 2016 and could easily lose Malachi Dupre as well to the NFL Draft, so finding another tall, down-field threat that can step in and compete with Stephen Sullivan, Jazz Ferguson and D.J. Chark for 2017 is a pretty good idea.
These highlights are mostly from his senior year at Livonia in 2014, but as you can see Guidry is a big target that high points the ball really well and has some soft hands. Wish there was more to his tape than just downfield, jump-ball type stuff, but he definitely looks like the type of receiver that fits in well here.
Guidry is the headliner, but he was joined by Carter, a 6-2 255-pounder from Leesburg, Georgia. A much-lesser-known prospect, 247 sports lists Carter as a three-star fullback with his only other offer from Troy.
But what's interesting is that it's Ed Orgeron that evaluated Carter and brought him to campus -- he also plays defensive end at Lee County High School. He was offered today at the picnic and committed on the spot.
I can kind of see why O would like this kid. He does a nice job of getting his hands on a lineman and bull-rushes really well in a couple snaps here against guys that are much taller than him. As a blocker, he does a nice job of getting his target on the ground, too. But if Carter is indeed a fullback, it does make you wonder about whether or not Les Miles' son, Ben Miles, will end up here. He has an offer from LSU out of Catholic High here in Baton Rouge. Although at 6-2, 255, Carter could easily grow into another position. Not sure if he has the size to play defensive line or the athleticism for linebacker -- he seems to diagnose plays well, but there's no real chance to see him play in space in these clips.
Still, when you know the fullback is an important part of your offense, it's important to have some depth there.