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LSU At The 2018 Opening

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The Opening Has A New Venue and A Strong LSU Presence

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The annual event has moved to JerryWorld Jr. in Frisco, Texas, this year, bringing all of the top high school players competing in different drills in their respective positions before culminating with the 7-on-7 tournament. The purple and gold is well represented with five commits, putting them third behind Georgia (7) and Alabama (6), which further shows the success this staff has had recently.

While the teams for the 7-on-7 haven’t been set (the way I’ve sorted these articles in the past), I’ll just provide you of a list of the commits and recruits to keep your eye on.

The Commits

Derek Stingley, the most recent commit of the LSU group in attendance, is the biggest name for the Tigers there. Not far behind Stingley, the man-beast that is Kardell Thomas is there as part of the O-Line vs. D-Line challenge. Thomas has been absolutely dominant at every camp he has attended, so this should be much of the same. Linebacker Marcel Brooks from my hometown of Flower Mound has shown he has the ability to cover and will be doing that in the 7-on-7 event. Kardell’s teammate and running back Tyrion Davis, who is due a rankings increase here soon, is also there competing. Marcus Banks rounds out the list of commits after having a strong showing at a regional event to earn his invitation.

Recruits of Note

Here are some of the other players on hand with LSU offers, interest or local ties.

Ishmael Sophser - The final crown jewel for the LSU class, Sophser is the No. 3 recruit in the nation out of Amite, La. As you know by now if you follow recruiting, it’s an LSU-Alabama battle that will go down to the wire, although Texas A&M will try to get involved.. Seems like there’s a new rumor every other week or so on where this one ends up.

Noah Cain — The once Louisiana resident, Cain, a four-star back at IMG Academy, is being pushed by LSU to be the second RB in the 2019 class with Davis. Destrehan’s John Emery rumored to be committing to Mississippi State soon, Cain could become an even bigger focus for Tommie Robinson, with Texas as the main competition.

Trey Palmer — The four-star wide receiver out of Kentwood has seen his stock rise recently and is more than likely going to be a part of the small receiver class for LSU in 2019 after the star-studded 2018 haul.

Kenyon Green — Once an LSU commit, the five-star left tackle is now committed to Texas A&M. With many voices in his ears about going to A&M, a successful offensive season for LSU could get the Tigers back in his good graces.

Marcus Stripling — A four-star defensive end out of Houston, Stripling has shown previous interest in LSU, but has waned recently. He could be a target later on if things fall through.

Nathan Pickering — Once thought to be a heavy LSU lean, the four-star defensive lineman made a little bit of a shock when he committed to in-state Mississippi State. LSU will continue to push, along with several other d-linemen in Mississippi.

Bryton Constantin — An LSU Lab School linebacker committed to Clemson commit since April, he could wind up becoming a target if things don’t fall LSU’s way at the position with guys like Donte Starks, Nakobe Dean, etc... Clemson has a strict policy of not visiting once you commit, so it may take something to get him listening again.

Nakobe Dean — The four-star linebacker out of Mississippi has a number of teams still in the running with LSU still holding on as one of them.

Chester Kimbrough — The three-star cornerback out of Warren Easton was a camp star early in the process, but only recently earned his offer at the Elite Camp earlier in June. LSU might still have some work to catch up to Florida, who has a much bigger need for cornerbacks right now.

Jordan Clark — Another Lab School kid, and the son of ex-Tiger Ryan Clark. This three-star corner has a long offer sheet across the country, but something would likely have to change between now and the fall for LSU to get involved.

Jaquaze Sorrells — An offer to the Florida defensive lineman piqued his interest in the Tigers, but it appears the Tigers’ interest in him has waned as it looks to be a South Carolina-Oregon battle.

Isaiah Rutherford — While the 2019 class at CB is nearly full, there’s still a spot or two, and Rutherford recently put LSU in his top 7. Like with Ricks, the problem will come with pulling a recruit out of California, although only two of his seven schools reside along the west coast.

Elias Ricks — One of a few 2020 recruits that was invited, Ricks is the No. 2 cornerback for his class, has visited Baton Rouge a couple of times and has even said he considered committing on his last visit. There is always the challenge of pulling someone out of California, but Greedy Williams will likely be gone by then to leave a spot open on the other side of Stingley.

Zachary Evans — Like Ricks, Evans is another of the few 2020 recruits in attendance. LSU likely leads for the No. 1 back for 2020 to pair with New Orleans’ Ashaad Clayton.

It’s a solid showing for LSU and a good opportunity to see the top of the 2019 class all in one location. This class can be something special, and it’s already well on its way.