LSU Football Recruiting: 6 spots left with many options

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LSU currently sits with 19 early football signings from December, but there is much deliberation as to how to fill in the final slots.

Previously committed cornerback Marcus Banks backed off and pledged to Alabama over the weekend. That opens a spot for another corner perhaps.

Ed Orgeron is focusing on the D-Line for Feb. 6th signing. Two prospects who will take in the sights and sounds of Baton Rouge on January 18th are defensive ends Nathan Pickering and Quashon Fuller.

Pickering, a 6-foot-4,286 pounder from Seminary, Mississippi has been committed to Mississippi State since June 21.

Fuller (6-4, 277) is a self-described “finesse pass rusher” from Lehigh Acres, Florida.

Pickering stops by Mississippi State February 1st, immediately before signing day on Feb. 6. He also will drop in at Alabama a week before LSU (Jan. 11th) and then Ole Miss on Jan. 26th.

Fuller, the 30th overall prospect in the state of Florida, has been pledged to Florida State since Feb. 27, 2017. One possible advantage for LSU in efforts to fip him is that his former teammate, current Tigers running back Chris Curry, is trying to sway him towards the Purple and Gold. He will visit Florida Jan. 11th, LSU the following week, Florida State on Jan. 25th and Alabama, who is putting out effort to secure him, on Feb. 1st.

Alabama commit Byron Young, a top 10 ranked defensive end in the country from West Jones (Miss.), has LSU as a possibility still.

Cornerback Jay Ward (6-1, 175), a 3 star from Moultrie, Ga. who committed to Kentucky June 6, backed off from the Wildcats on Nov. 6. LSU’s Corey Raymond is giving Ward the pitch for the Tigers. Kentucky is still somewhat in the mix. He has a visit scheduled for Florida State Jan. 25th.

Ruston’s Ray Parker (6-5, 275) committed to LSU on Oct. 1. Indications are that he should ink with the Tigers on signing day. He could be a Dillon Gordon-type blocking tight end or move to offensive tackle. Florida, Mississippi State. La. Tech, Arizona State, Ole Miss, Texas A&M, Texas and TCU are all trying to sway him.

George Pickens (6-4, 190) from Hoover, Alabama committed to Auburn since July 21. He described the atmosphere as “like home.” Still, the 4 star prospect is open to overtures from LSU, Georgia, Miami, Florida, Ohio State and Tennessee. He snared 69 passes for 1,368 yards and 16 touchdowns in 2018.

Amite wide receiver Devonta Lee (6-2, 212) looks highly likely to land at LSU on Feb. 6th.

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A pair to keep an eye on for something happening at the last minute…

Ehret defensive end Earl Barquet (6-3, 240) has offers from Georgia, Fla. State, ULL, Kansas, Iowa State, Oklahoma, Texas A&M, Ole Miss, SMU and Southern Miss. LSU could be a late arrival.

Ryan Payne (6-1, 195) from Diablo JUCO has offers from LSU, Hawaii (his two top choices) as well as Boise State, Arkansas State, San Jose State and Bowling Green.

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Opening eyes in postseason, 2019 signee Siaka “Apu” Ika (6-2, 372) moved very well in All=American game workouts last week in San Antonio. He was unblockable at times, despite facing double and triple teams. He will arrive at LSU with great desire and an opportunity to see playing time as a true freshman nose tackle.

Offensive guard Kardell Thomas played in All-American workouts with a mean streak and desire to dominate. He was very aggressive, but the ’19 signee will need to shed some of his 354 pounds in the spring.

Defensive back Marcell Brooks (6-2, 193) is the number three overall prospect in the state of Texas. He will line up in an assortment of spots for the Dave Aranda LSU defense.

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Born and raised in the New Orleans area, Rene Nadeau has been involved in sports ever since his earliest memories. Rene played basketball, wrestled, ran track, and was an All-District running back in football at John F. Kennedy High School. He went on to be a member of the LSU football program, developing a passion for the game in even…

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