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March COVID Crutin update

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Tigers still making moves despite limited contact

College Football Playoff National Championship - Clemson v LSU Photo by Jamie Schwaberow/Getty Images

No visits and no camps, but recruiting never really stops.

Here is what Coach O and crew have been cooking up of late.

  • The latest piece of news was Florida defensive back Dakota Mitchell committing to the Tigers this month. He is listed as a three-star recruit but has an offer sheet reserved for most five-star recruits. Worth keeping an eye on his evaluations moving forward.
  • LSU’s next commitment could be as early as Monday with four-star safety Kaine Williams out of Marrero set to announce. He recently posted his top three of LSU, Bama, and A&M with the Aggies looking to be the front runner for his services according to the 247 crystal ball.

Correction: This was supposed to happen last Monday but was postponed.

  • Quarterback attrition is a given, and LSU finds itself with just three scholarship quarterbacks entering 2020. The two names that have drawn the most chatter for the class of 2021 are 5-star Caleb Williams and 4-star Garrett Nussmeier. Both have LSU near the top of their list. Williams recently released his top-five which includes LSU and a tentative trip to Baton Rouge scheduled, although the crystal ball is pointing towards Oklahoma. The outlook is better on Nussmeier whose crystal ball has the Tigers. Baylor could pose the biggest challenge here, with former LSU offensive analyst Jorge Munoz is heavily involved in Nussmeier’s recruitment for the Bears.
  • The Tigers also made the cut with Sage Ryan out of Lafayette. The crystal ball has Ryan headed to LSU, where he has family connections with LSU running backs coach Kevin Faulk.
  • Running back will be a big emphasis for LSU. Kevontre Bradford was a late pickup for the Tigers who also had plans to get Zachary Evans (who is still unsigned) in the last cycle. As of right now the Tigers have zero running back commitments. Picking up two or more running backs is essential as this time next year, John Emory, Ty Davis Price, and Chris Curry will all be juniors. Curry could leave after this year as a redshirt sophomore. Oklahoma tailback AJ Green announced the Tigers in his top-8, but is predicted to land with the Sooners.
  • Former Tiger Arden Key is helping the Tigers on the recruiting trail. Four-star Georgia linebacker Zavier Carter, who calls Key a mentor, recently said LSU was the favorite at this point. However, 247 doesn’t show the Tigers having offered Carter, who does have offers from Alabama, Georgia, Oklahoma and others.
  • In the more immediate needs, the recruiting shutdown happened just when highly sought after North Dakota State linebacker Jabril Cox was on his way to Baton Rouge for a visit. LSU seemed to be a favorite for the FCS transfer with Cox highlighting his relationship to Bo Pelini.