It’s weird when you can build momentum despite a loss, albeit a valiant one to undefeated Alabama, but that seems to be the general consensus in the recruiting world as LSU returns home for its first game in Baton Rouge since October 14. LSU has a good shot at going 9-3 before the bowl game, which can be a good building block for a coaching staff entering their first offseason together. But enough about that, let’s get into who will be in Baton Rouge this weekend.
Gerry Bohanon Returns
Gerry Bohanon, the four-star QB out of Arkansas, took an unofficial visit to LSU for their 23-20 comeback victory over Auburn on October 14. Bohanon will be back on the LSU campus this weekend as the Tigers looks to add a quarterback to this class, narrowing the chase down to basically three: Bohanon, James Foster (more on him in a bit) and Justin Rogers. Any of the three would be a great addition to the class, but I think I would make Bohanon my choice, and maybe with his second visit in as many months, the staff may have their priorities at the position set. Rogers seems set on his commitment to TCU and a knee injury slightly complicates matters with a quarterback on the roster already who has dealt with knee injuries in Lowell Narcisse. Bohanon has the best raw ability and would have the time to fine tune his skills as Brennan takes the helm next year with Narcisse backing him up.
Could James Foster Make It In?
James Foster, a three-star passer out of Alabama, was committed to Missouri for some time, but an increase in recruitment from LSU and an offer caused Foster to de-commit from the other Tigers. Foster received double-digit crystal ball predictions to LSU following the chain of events and appeared to be taking his official visit to the game on Saturday. However, a late game for Foster on Friday coupled with an early start time for the Arkansas game has changed things. Foster will use his official visit later and could still visit this weekend, but it’s up in the air as this goes to print. The thing you love about Foster is that he has been Lanier’s QB since a freshman, leading him to have more experience than most other recruits. Foster has blown up with multiple offers over the last few weeks, including Miami, who has parted ways with IMG prospect Artur Sitkowski.
Jalen Hall Surprise Visit
Five-star wideout Jalen Hall, hailing from Long Beach, will be in town for an OV this weekend. This news comes as a major shock, considering LSU hasn’t really been previously mentioned in his recruitment. He’s considered a USC lean.
LSU has a lot of irons in the receiver fire right now. Not only is it a huge year in state, they are chasing mutliple national guys as well. Ja’Marr Chase just decommitted from Florida. Should be an interesting position group to monitor the rest of the way.
Commits in Town
Three-star def. lineman Ja’Quon Griffin of Rome, GA, will be back in Baton Rouge for the first time since his commitment.
2019 recruits Kenyon Green (five-star off. lineman), Maurice Hampton (four-star corner) and unranked defensive line man commit Joseph Evans will also be in town to take in the game.
There’s a load of 2019 prospects that will be in town as well. Green, Hampton and Evans we mentioned above. Derek Stingley Jr. is a former LSU commit that will also be in town. Brandon Turnage and Nathan Pickering from Mississippi and Bobby Wolfe, Erick Young, Jamal Morris, Alex Hogan, NaNa Osafo-Mensah, Dylan Wright, Gerald Irons III, Bruno Forestieri from Texas, all reported by Sam Spiegelman.
Should be interesting to see if they push for any early commitments from these guys. Next year figures to be a heavy DB class and there’s a lot of prospects to love.
Where LSU Stands
LSU sits at 18 commits currently with one of those spots reserved for a quarterback, meaning you are looking at around nine more recruits in this class so numbers may start getting tight.
Another player to watch is three-star defensive tackle Dominic Livingston, out of Texas. A former Aggie commitment, Livingston is a 340-pound wide-body that could be another nose tackle prospect. Chasen Hines is the lone true nose tackle committed in this class, and he technically was recruited for the offensive line originally, so Livingston might be one to watch.