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Boys From the Boot 2017

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First big weekend of the 2018 class is upon us

Seemed like just a few weeks ago we were getting excited about snagging K’Lavon Chaisson and Tyler Taylor. Oh wait, that was a few weeks ago. Recruiting is a nonstop theme park ride, and we are juts starting to go up that first hill for 2018. The Boys From the Boot event has become an annual institution, and this year brings a number of the top 2018 recruits from Louisiana and a few big names from 2019.

A New Tiger Is In Town

After the slight brouhaha to arise from the slew of Kansas commits, Ed Orgeron and LSU put that noise to rest this week when they offered and received a commit slightly thereafter from former Kansas commit Nelson Jenkins. After JaMarr Chase, who is also visiting and received an LSU offer this week, de-committed from Kansas earlier this week, it seemed apparent this publicity stunt for Tony Hull was coming to an end. Jenkins furthered that with his LSU commitment and will enjoy it with a trip to Baton Rouge this weekend.

Other Tigers Are In Attendance

Along with Jenkins, five other LSU commits will be on campus. Kelvin Joseph will be the most important recruit, much less commit, this weekend. The top-five cornerback has already flirted with de-committing in favor of Alabama, so this will be huge for Corey Raymond and the Tigers staff to keep the needle in their favor. Damone Clark, Kenan Jones and 2019 commits Kardell Thomas and Derek Stingley will also be in town and are four that are very solid commits already. Thomas put on a show at the U.S. Army National Combine last month, dominating every d-lineman that lined up against him.

Big Names on Campus

The in-state class is highlighted this year by a few big names, including Joseph, Terrace Marshall, rated at the No. 3 WR in the composite rankings, and defensive tackles Davin Cotton and Dare Rosenthal. The state is filled with wide receivers as well in players like Marshall, Jones, Lawrence Keys III, Devonta Jason and Jammal Houston. Even 2019 features a top receiver in Trey Palmer.

Commit Watch?

LSU has built up momentum entering the weekend with the commits of JuCo LB and Louisiana recruit Travez Moore and the previously mentioned Jenkins. This isn’t to say LSU will land someone this weekend, but there’s a few names who could pull that trigger. Tight end Glenn Beal was considering to commit on National Signing Day, but had second thoughts and likely wanted a little shine of his own than the focus squarely on 2017. An event like this could be the ground for Beal to finally make it official.

LSU has offered a number of in-state receivers this week in Keys III, Houston and Chase. With Jones already in and a spot reserved for Marshall, it may be a race for the remaining WR spots in this class, so one could quickly jump on board this weekend to secure their spot.

One of the more intriguing recruits in this class and one I personally like, Michael Williams could take his first offer to the next level and commit. A quarterback in high school, Williams is a likely MLB candidate at his 6’1” 230-pound frame.

While most look forward to the bigger junior days in the coming months, the Boys From the Boot event will be huge for this staff being in their first full year together, and with a full staff, it will be all hands on deck. With seven commits already in for a 2018 class that has been said could reach 30, this could be a solid way to at least get a third of the way there.