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Recruiting: LSU Elite Camp Visitor List

Coaches finally get to see their top recruits on the field.

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It may not be July 4th, but the fireworks are early in Baton Rouge with the Elite Camp arriving this weekend. Recruits get another shot at the red carpet treatment throughout the weekend, and the coaches get to see these players showcase their skills in hopes of gaining an offer or getting a stronger push to commit. No need for a long intro, let’s just get into it.

Key Visitors

After missing on Justin Rogers, it appeared Canada was going to try to just flip Justin Fields or just move on to 2019. However, recruiting is fluid and a new name has risen on the QB board: Carter Bradley. Carter (son of former Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley) earned an invite to the Elite 11 finals and has seen his stock soar the past few months, and Canada gets the benefit of hosting him this weekend.

Tommie Robinson will have a busy weekend as he looks to likely add two running backs in this class. Two names to watch will be Chris Curry, an absolute bruiser of a back and one of my favorite recruits for 2018, and Lavonte Valentine.

Yes, Lavonte is cousins to the on-again-off-again Tiger Travonte, but there’s a lot less to worry about there. Lavonte is a good compliment to Curry, a back with a lot of speed and agility. Harold Joiner will be in attendance and may be at the top of the board, however, at 6-3 and fearing one more growth spurt, Harold may outgrow the position and outgrow his interest in the Tigers. Finally, UCLA commit AJ Carter will come to camp with a chip on his shoulder. Carter will be looking to earn that LSU offer and quickly move up that board.

Mickey Joseph is expecting a large class at his position even with the commitments of Jaray Jenkins and Kenan Jones, along with incoming Texas Tech transfer Jonathan Giles. Joseph likely has three spots left and two major targets will be visiting in Ja’Marr Chase and Lawrence Keys III. Chase has announced a commitment date for July 2nd with it being a neck-and-neck battle with LSU and TCU. Chase has a 7-on-7 tournament later this weekend in Dallas, so expect him to pay a quick visit to TCU as well. Lawrence continues to favor LSU more and more as the weeks go by, and I could say he’s on a commitment watch. The odd Kansas commit Devonta Jason will be here as well, and expect that heat to increase on him if the Tigers miss on Chase, Keys III, and Terrace Marshall, who is not on the list but has recently made several trips to Baton Rouge. For 2019, Trey Palmer will be a huge target and expect the staff to try and get the Amite teammates, including receiver Devonta Lee (it’s time to stick it to the barber).

Tight end Glenn Beal will be in attendance again and, like with every time he is here, he will always be on commit watch. Luke Ford could be a name to watch if the staff wants two tight ends in this class or Beal gets extremely cold feet, which I doubt.

Jeff Grimes will have a light workload this weekend with just ensuring his commitments of Chasen Hines, Kardell Thomas, Kenyon Green and Cameron Wire continue to get stronger. 2018 is about a wrap with JuCo tackle Badara Traore as the last remaining true target (expect Rafiti Ghimari to commit to Texas).

The defensive staff as a whole will have a slow weekend as well and for good reason. Like mentioned in the Ferriday duo commit article, 13 of the 18 commits for 2018 are on the defensive side of the ball, and with most of the remaining targets out of state in Florida (like Pat Surtain Jr.) and Texas (Anthony Cook and Jalen Green), among others, remaining spots are sparse. Andres Fox will be in town and with the impending departure of Adam Anderson after his teammate and former LSU commit Jamarcus Chatman de-committed last week, Fox is a pretty big target now. The race is basically between the two Tigers, LSU and Auburn. Former LSU commit and 2019 prospect Derek Stingley will be visiting and could be on the re-commit watch list.

Their challenge, like Grimes, will be to make sure their commits are solid, starting with the Josephs, Kelvin and Nadab (no relation). Kelvin Joseph has been rumored to switch to Alabama for what seems like months, but it still has yet to happen and now Corey Raymond will get a chance to have him on campus. Nadab Joseph has seemed fairly solid, but interest has ramped up in his recruitment, so it winds up being a good weekend to get him back at LSU.

Another interesting late add to the attendee list is quarterback Quentin Gibson, a JUCO prospect who prepped at Archbishop Shaw in Marrero and originally signed with Toledo out of high school. Not a lot of info out there on the young man, but there’s a history of LSU handing out under-the-radar offers in camps.

The Good Ole Commit Watch

Most will scroll through this article in search of this segment since it’s always of importance when these camps roll around. However, I’m onto your shtick and will not offer my predictions...wait...what’s that Billy? I need to or else I’m gone. Well okay then. Other sites have predicted three, but I will take the over and go five.

I think two running back spots fill up. With the four biggest targets on campus (James Cook is a pipe dream at this point), I think two of them will get the push. Which two? I’m gonna go with Curry and Valentine. Joiner has plans to commit in August, and while he says LSU leads, he is starting to open up more to the athlete label, which could push him away from LSU.

Give me one for sure wide receiver and I’ll take Lawrence Keys III. Can Chase give the staff a silent commitment before July 2nd? Yes and I think that will be the case, we’ll just have to wait and see.

I think Beal finally pulls the trigger at the last major event of the summer. Get the commitment out of the way before his senior season.

Stingley Jr. is my final prediction to re-commit to the Tigers, adding one more to the already talented 2019 class.

One wildcard will be Bradley. I think he’ll ride this wave of growing interest, but Canada could give him the hard sell on being the only QB target and only QB in this class, and that could just do the trick.

For recruiting fans, it culminates this weekend until the season gets going, where they join all the college football fans in the anguishing long wait for the season to get here. While the stargazers won’t be too fond of the list, there is still a lot of talent and fast risers that LSU would love to get into this large 2018 class.