Spring is in the air. Well, we’re not officially into Spring until a month from now, but the basketball team is deep into SEC play, the baseball team lit up Alex Box this past weekend and the football team is No. 1 in recruiting for 2020...Wait, what was that? Yes, you read that right: after the commitments of defensive linemen Jordan Berry and Alec Bryant this weekend, LSU vaulted past Alabama to the top spot, both teams with 11 commitments. It’s a nice feeling to have, and while it may not be something that lasts, it shows the momentum is continuing to grow with this team.
The question becomes: Where do the Tigers head? If you read my last article (if not, click right here), I offered up a lot of the big names to watch for in the 2020 class. This time around, I share a couple names that have risen up the board lately.
If you had told me LSU was going to get a commit from Shadow Creek High in Texas over this past weekend, the house would have been better on Alford, not Alec Bryant. Alford, who has family in the area, has held LSU in high regard, and if the needle were to move in even more in favor of the Tigers, a commit from a teammate would do it. The top-20 safety in need of a serious rating bump, has been a key target of coach Bill Busch and I would say he could drop a commitment before the summer.
Eaton, a cornerback out of Aldine McArthur in Houston, was another Texas recruit visiting campus on Monday alongside the Shadow Creek trio (Alford, Bryant and Jeremiah Harris) and 2022 wide receiver Bryce Anderson. The 6-2 corner holds offers from LSU and a number of powerhouses, including Oklahoma and Texas, but has yet to receive a ranking. Expect an evaluation on Eaton soon and a strong push from Corey Raymond, who drools over long, athletic corners.
Out of three-time defending state champion Highland Park in Dallas, Texas, Prince Dorbah is a perfect fit as a rush linebacker for a 3-4 defense at 6-4, 210 lbs., a quick first step and a good bend around the corner. Dorbah will need to put some weight on to deal with the SEC grind, but his frame should make that an easy adjustment. Right now, it’s a Texas-Oklahoma battle, but LSU is planning on getting him in during the Spring and expect a strong push.
Like I mentioned in the other article, these are just the names that are making their presence known right now. As the camp season gets going, more names like these could make their way to the forefront, but these three have a good chance at finding their way into this already-special class.
With defensive line a big focus for this cycle, LSU’s weekend also featured a lot of visitors on that front, including Dallas Carter stud Branard Wright — another player many expect may commit sooner rather than later — Alexandria’s Jacobian Guillory, Haynesville’s CamRon Jackson and most interestingly, the nation’s No. 1 D-tackle prospect, Mississippi’s McKinnley Jackson. He was a previous LSU commitment back in 2017, but he’ll be a tough battle against, you guessed it, Alabama. And rumor has it a coach at George County High School in Lucedale, Miss., is very vocal on Crimson Tide message boards about his intentions for Jackson.