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Pay Attention to These Recruits For Early Signing Day 2019

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By nature of being so close to season finales and bowl selection, early signing day doesn’t quite generate the same fan momentum as the standard first Wednesday in February did in its hey day. Yet, as we saw last year, it’s arguably the more important date and most teams lock up their classes then and leave a handful of spots for truly elite recruits/graduate transfers/oh shit we just need a warm body guys.

As such, these are the recruits to keep your eye on in the final two weeks before signing day on December 19th.

Current Commits!

2019 Verbal Commits

Player Position Rating Signing (Y/N)
Player Position Rating Signing (Y/N)
Derek Stingley CB 5 Y
John Emery Jr. RB 5 Y
Kardell Thomas OG 5 Y
Marcel Brooks LB 4 Y
Maurice Hampton CB 4 TBD
Trey Palmer WR 4 Y
Donte Starks LB 4 Y
Tyrion Davis RB 4 Y
Ray Parker OL 4 Y
Anthony Bradford OL 4 Y
Dreshun Miller DB 4 N
Peter Parrish QB 4 Y
Thomas Perry OL 3 Y
Charles Turner OL 3 Y
Joseph Evans DT 3 Y
Cordale Flott CB 3 TBD
Kendall McCallum LB 3 Y
T.K. McClendon TE 3 Y
Cade York K 3 Y
Quentin Skinner LS 2 Y

Some notes here.

Dreshun Miller: He will sign in the early period but most suspect it won’t be with LSU. He’s likely to flip to Texas A&M and that’s okay and expected. Miller wants to play CB and LSU likes him more at S. He also wants a direct path to playing time and LSU’s loaded at DB and A&M is in desperate need of a talent injection there. This will probably work out for all sides.

T.K. McClendon: There were some murmurings that LSU could distance themselves from McClendon as well, but he’s visiting this weekend. I would suspect he winds up in the class after the staff made a run at Keon Zipperer and likely struck out.

Maurice Hampton: Hampton is interesting because he remains vigilant that he’s solid to LSU but hasn’t yet said he will sign during the early period. There are various rumors about him flipping to Ole Miss and he’s even taking an official visit to Auburn this weekend. He’s also a pro baseball talent, so that is somewhere in the stew. Betting odds say he’ll sign with LSU, but there’s enough there to keep an eye on him.

Cordale Flott: No serious rumors here, but there’s no confirmation yet he’s going to sign in December. If he doesn’t that may cause the staff to up and move on from him.

The Targets

Nakobe Dean, 5 star, LB

You may have heard that Dean was recently selected as the HS Butkus Award winner. Fitting that this weekend he’ll be on campus and hosted by the current collegiate Butkus winner, Devin White. The Horn Lake, Mississippi native has a list of suitors as long as SEC referee mistakes during the Texas A&M game. Alabama and Georgia are the teams that get all the play here, but Aranda’s kept in his ear and kept his attention. Dean is very, very good and one of the elite remaining targets for this class. The visit this weekend should really clue in where LSU stands, and LSU is legitimately his last official visit. He took in Auburn, Georgia, A&M and Alabama earlier in the year. He’s played things very close to the vest. Most expect Georgia but “be the guy who steps in for Devin White” is a pretty compelling sell. He’s also visiting with...

Raydarious Jones, 4 star, DB

HS teammate of Nakobe Dean. There’s been no talk of a package deal really, but LSU’s been keen on Jones for a while. Jones is a super interesting prospect. He’s played QB for Horn Lake all year but he’s a DB recruit. I think that hurts his ranking. He’s long and lean and downright explosive. I see a little Greedy in him. Six-foot-one-ish. Only 166 pounds (same listed weight as Greedy as a HS Senior). Immense upside.

He’s not as highly recruited as Dean, but still features a nice offer list. He’s visited Ole Miss and Auburn and still has a State visit lined up next weekend. I expect the staff to put the full court press on Jones this weekend. He’s highly coveted and I think they will press him, perhaps even urging a verbal commitment and shut down.

Vic Viramontes, Unrated, LB

Viramontes took one of the more interesting routes you’ll ever see for a prospect. A 3-star athlete out of HS in 2016, Viramontes signed with Cal looking to play QB. When that didn’t work out, he went to JUCO to work on his game and then signed with Minnesota as a 3-star dual threat QB. Once again, the path to QB didn’t quite work out so he returned to JUCO again. Now he’s given up on the QB dream and is looking to play LB at the next level.

Aranda offered Viramontes when he was the DC at Wisconsin, so this is a full circle deal. I think, to the staff, he’s more of a wait and see what happens with Nakobe Dean. He’s said he’s visiting and wants to sign early. He’s got two years of eligibility left. I really, really like his game. I’m just a doof, but I’d give him a spot in the class and help ease the transition off White. Check out these highlights. He labeled them #TalkWithYourFaceMask at one point.

Devonta Lee, 4 star, ATH

Lee is a fascinating athlete with a thick build that could project him to many different positions at the next level. He’s starred as a WR in HS, but I’ve seen some project him as a LB. He visited Arizona State, Ole Miss and he’s set to take in Kentucky next weekend. An interesting list of visits for a kid that has offers from Bama and LSU. For him to pick anyone but LSU would be a stunner.

George Pickens, 4 star, WR

Stud WR is committed to Auburn but visited LSU on November 30th. The staff continues to try and push for a flip here, which would be a tremendous accomplishment. The Hoover, AL native is one of the top 40 prospects in America. Consensus seems he’ll stick with Auburn, and he’s visiting there this weekend, but LSU will continue to press and try to sell instability with Gus and their lack of OC. There’s opportunity here and LSU’s got two of their best recruiters on the job in Tommie Robinson and Mickey Joseph. Keep paying attention.

Siaki Ika, 4 star, DT

The monster DT from Utah is a long time Bama lean. But LSU is pressing and word is they are making big inroads. LSU really needs DL depth. He will visit Utah this weekend. He does not have an Alabama visit lined up. As LSU’s chances with Ishmael Sopsher look dim, things seem to be turning up with Ika. Oregon is majorly in play here as well. Definitely keep monitoring Ika as this is one that could turn to LSU’s favor late.

12 Days to Go

There’s just 12 days to go until early signing day is kicked off. It’s not likely the early signing list extends beyond this list, but there’s always the possibility the staff finds someone they want to bring in on that final weekend before signing day. At 19 commitments, LSU has six spots remaining to fill. Toss in Lee and LSU’s looking to fill five spots in the 2019 class with some combination of grad transfer and incoming freshman. It’s a strong class, but can Orgeron take it even further?