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Recruiting Update: Commits, Decommits and Announcement Plans

Tigers gain a 2019 offensive lineman and lose a 2018 defensive lineman.

Adam Perry, an offensive guard for LSU in the mid-90s and an SEC Academic All-American, can now celebrate after his son, Thomas, received an offer at the OL/DL Camp this weekend and wasted little time in committing to dad’s alma mater. Thomas joins Kardell Thomas and Kenyon Green to become the third offensive lineman for the 2019 class, which has to make Jeff Grimes a bit giddy. After receiving his first SEC offer from Texas A&M less than two weeks earlier after attending their camp, Perry did the same thing at LSU’s and came across the same end result of an offer.

At 6-5 and 320 pounds, Perry is a large kid for only a sophomore and shows solid strength already. While most guys his size in high school can move anyone in their district, Perry does show good footwork and is able to pull and lead the back. He has been able to hold his own at two SEC camps to earn his two offers, so he has been able to handle tougher competition to show that potential.

Jamarcus Chatman Decommits

Recruiting giveth and it taketh away. Sunday saw news that one of LSU’s trio of commits from Rome, Ga., has decided to re-open his recruitment: three-star defensive tackle Jamarcus Chatman.

He holds offers from most of the top programs in the Southeast, and his 247 Crystal Ball is currently trending towards the University of Miami. LSU will almost certainly continue to recruit Chatman, and of course his teammates Adam Anderson and Jaquon Griffin. Although Dare Rosenthal’s commitment still gives LSU three big bodies on the defensive line, so Chatman isn’t quite as big of a priority.

Receiving Signals

Lots of news on a couple of targets for one of LSU’s biggest need positions in this class. Per this SEC Country update, Ja’Marr Chase, of Metairie, has announced that he will decide amongst LSU, TCU and Tennessee on Sunday, July 2 as part of Nike’s The Opening.

The 6-1, 195-pound Chase is the No. 6 prospect in Louisiana, a top-100 overall player in the 247 Sports composite rankings, and the 39th-rated wide receiver. He’s visited LSU several times in the last six months, and the Tiger staff feels confident they’ll secure his commitment.

Likewise, the Tigers made the finalist lists for a pair of stud wideouts from Texas: four-star receiver Al’Vonte Woodard, who announced plans to commit on July 15.

And Manvel four-star Jalen Preston:

While the Tigers have a shot here, most seem to believe Woodard will be staying home with the Longhorns. Preston is the better shot, but he’ll likely be a battle with Texas A&M.