With Sunday’s news of a commitment from four-star offensive lineman Charles Turner, it seems like a good time for a general update on where the Tigers’ recruiting efforts stand.
For starters, friend of the site Sam Spiegelman has an update at SEC Country on how Turner’s commitment relates to some of the other top prospects from the IMG Academy in South Florida. As you might expect, it certainly can’t hurt — and LSU already has local ties to superstar tailback Noah Cain, a Baton Rouge native, and another four-star offensive lineman, Evan Neal, whose father played college ball at Tulane.
LSU has hosted Cain several times over the last few months, including a three-day stretch while IMG was on Spring Break. Although his 247 Sports Crystal Ball still favors Texas, Neal’s is heavily bet on Miami.
Meanwhile, top-five Louisiana prospect and receiver Devonta Lee included the Tigers in a recent top-12 on twitter:
Most LSU fans are relatively pessimistic about the Tigers’ prospects with Lee and fellow Tangipahoa Parish stars Ishmael Sopsher and Trey Palmer, given Alabama’s recent success with Devonta Smith and Shyheim Carter. But Ed Orgeron has put a premium on this trio, and is in a strong position. Particularly with Sopsher.
In other in-state news, Destrehan, La. stud John Emery also released his top schools on twitter:
As you might imagine, running back is a major priority for the Tigers in this class, and the staff would love to have Emery or Cain, maybe even both, to go with present commitment of Tyrion Davis. Rumors have it that Emery is more interested in being a feature back on his own. It’s an interesting conundrum for Orgeron and running backs coach Tommie Robinson, having multiple top-10 prospects with local ties. There’s also U-High’s Michael Hollins, who has a several SEC offers. The LSU one may still come for him, and I’m told in almost any other year it would have by now.
Likewise, California cornerback Chris Steele has listed LSU in his top 14.
It seems like a long shot for the Tigers to land a top prospect out of California, especially with USC pushing for him, but it is expected that Steele will visit campus for the spring game in three weeks.
Speaking of other unlikely targets, Texas receiver Theo Wease listed the Tigers in top five:
He is believed to be a strong lean to Oklahoma.
A couple of linemen have also released recent top schools with the Tigers in the mix — Alabama’s Amari Kight:
and Houston prospect Javonne Shepherd.
We’ll stay on top of developments as they come.