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The Who’s Who of the Elite Camp

Fresh off a mid-week commitment from No. 1 cornerback Derek Stingley, Ed Orgeron and the staff are riding a high at the perfect time. The Elite Camp brings a conclusion to the summer recruiting circuit for the most part before the quiet period hits. Sitting at 13 commits currently, LSU is in a good spot numbers wise, and with a slew of recruits coming in, it’s prime fishing hours for the staff. So, let’s just get to the reason you clicked on this article.

The Commits Will Do Their Part

Derek Stingley. Sorry, I just had to put his name there first under this commit portion because it’s such a beautiful sight to see. I mean, it’s like Michelangelo and the Sistine Chapel. Okay sorry, back on point, but Stingley will be on campus and won’t be alone in being the cornerstones of this class. Kardell Thomas, Tyrion Davis and Marcel Brooks, who all have been vocal in doing their part of recruiting, will be camping, along with fellow commits Joseph Evans and Charles Turner. It will be prime opportunity for them to join forces and do their part continuing the trend of this class currently, along with showcasing their skills at their positions.

One Official Visitor

Auburn commit and three-star cornerback Cordale Flott will be in Baton Rouge, but not camping. Flott will be on an official visit after paying a trip to LSU earlier this summer. His commitment to the other Tigers seems to be on shaky ground and could make a move to the LSU Tigers this weekend.

The Campers

Break out the s’mores and the tents because it’s time. There is a slew of big names that will be on campus, starting with five-star, No. 1 inside linebacker Nakobe Dean. With a LB class that already features Marcel Brooks and Zach Edwards, along with the likely commitment of Donte Starks on July 8th, there’s not too many spots left in the LB class and Dave Aranda would love to solidify his specialty position with the top inside linebacker (not to mention.

With a rush of momentum to Mississippi State, getting running back John Emery on campus will be paramount before he makes his decision early next month. Noah Cain, the once Louisiana resident turned Texas recruit turned IMG Academy running back, will be on campus, and could make things interesting with he and Emery. Davis is already solid in this class, and the likelihood of getting three top-15 running backs in one class is slim so it may come down to Emery or Cain. Thankfully I’m not Tommie Robinson because I would not want to be the one to make that decision. The other running back to watch would be University Lab running back Mike Hollins. The three-star back would be the perfect third back in this class, and could secure that spot this weekend.

Even with the addition of two-year grad transfer Joe Burrow, it appears Steve Ensminger would like to add a quarterback in this class. While they will continue to pursue Arizona commit Grant Gunnell, Ensminger will have a number of QBs on campus throwing in hopes of earning an offer. Peter Parrish, the lone four-star of the group, will come from Alabama in hopes of showing he has an arm to go along with his wheels. David Baldwin out of IMG Academy has been visited by the staff a number of times, and I think could be pressed to commit if he puts on a good show this weekend. Jackson Walker and Sam Saxton are two other names to watch.

The addition of Stingley gives Corey Raymond three cornerback commits in this class already (although there is rumors Maurice Hampton could play safety for LSU), but with the staff likely looking at taking five corners, it could be a position to watch and one that could be decided at the same time. Devin Bush, an in-state top-20 cornerback, will be on campus and has the fourth spot in this class saved for him in my estimation. For the fifth spot, it appears Raymond wants one out of the JuCo ranks and recent offer Dreshun Miller could fill that spot. With others like Elijah Blades and Ryan Payne in consideration, Miller could get pressed to commit with a good showing, especially with the 6’2” frame that Raymond has come to love at LSU.

That elephant in the room that is North Louisiana has reared it’s ugly head once again. After getting Ishmael Sophser, the top defensive tackle and No. 1 overall recruit, on campus last week, it’s his WR/DB teammate Devonta Lee’s turn this weekend. Lee opened up as a WR, but teams have started to see a brighter future for Lee at safety. Either way, if LSU wants to make headway further north in the state, it starts with these two. Along with Lee, Trey Palmer will be the other marquee wide receiver on campus. After the haul LSU had at WR in 2018 with Terrace Marshall and JaMarr Chase, Jerry Sullivan can be more selective this year.

Underclassmen Get Their Shine Too

Like with the 2019 visitors, the running backs highlight the camping underclassmen as well with Zachary Evans, the No. 1 back in 2020, and Ashaad Clayton. While 2020 and 2021 seem very far away, the staff has stressed the importance of getting ahead for future classes. Other names to watch include: LSU commit TJ Finley, Cam’Ron Jackson, Courtland Ford, Branard Wright, Jakhi Douglas and Joel Williams.

Lets Put The Over-Under at Four Commits

The commit watch is always the thing people come in here for, so I figure let’s save the best for laugh. While four may feel like a high number, I’ll actually take the over and go with five. I’ll even go two for 2019 and three for 2020. If I had to pick names: I’d go with RB Mike Hollins and CB Dreshun Miller in 2019 and DL Cam’Ron Jackson, CB Joel Williams and WR Jakhi Douglas. Going with Douglas as my shocker here. Think the Alabama offer gets our staff to put the press on Douglas and that will be it for him.

There is plenty of other names that will be there, some that may earn surprise offers, but that’s just the joy of the Elite Camp weekend. So sit back, enjoy and be sure to check back for the latest recruiting news.