Recruiting: Big recruiting weekends for 2019 class talent ahead for LSU
The early signing period is just over three weeks away. LSU currently sits with 20 verbal pledges (4 CB’s, 3 LB’s, 1 DT, 1 PK, 1 deep snapper, 1 QB, 5 OL, 1 WR, 2 RB and 1 TE).
The Tigers will be rolling out the red carpet the next two weekends, with some impressive prospects anticipated on campus.
Defensive end is one area that the coaching staff hopes to address. One target is Byron Young, a 6-foot-4, 285 pounder from Laurel, Miss. who is currently committed to Alabama. The issue that may open the door for the Tigers is the Tide has six defensive ends/edge linemen among the 2019 pledges. He will take in the sights and sounds of LSU this coming weekend, then closes out with a stop at Alabama on December 7th.
Young has very impressive burst on the snap, disengages quickly, chases plays down and displays great quickness. Despite a large frame, he plays well as a tight end when needed at times for Laurel.
Lloyd Summerall (6-5, 220) from Lakeland, Fla. is another end prospect LSU will be entertaining this weekend. The skilled edge rusher has LSU, Miami, Nebraska and Florida as his top choices. He is the No. 35 overall recruit in the state of Florida for 2019. Quick as a hiccup, Summerall gets great penetration off the line, bends on the edge and uses his hands well. He will need to bulk up at the next level.
Another edge hybrid, Kuony Deng (6-6, 235) out of Aldie, Va. was scheduled to visit Tigertown this weekend, he but committed to California over the past weekend.
LSU has two running backs in the fold for ’19 but that doesn’t stop the push for IMG Academy’s Noah Cain (5-10, 212), who is also visiting LSU this coming weekend. Auburn, LSU, Texas, Ohio State and Penn State are his other top options. He visited Texas and Penn State earlier this month. The Longhorns may have a slight lead.
Keon Zipperer (6-3, 242 with a 4.5 forty) is rated among the top two or three tight ends nationwide. The Lakeland, Fla. product has Florida, Miami and Alabama as his top three. He comes to LSU this weekend with a visit planned at Miami (Dec. 13th) next. Zipperer, who visited Alabama Nov. 16th, runs good routes, has excellent hands, battles as a physical blocker and has the good catching radius coveted by play callers. Clemson, Penn State are also in the mix for him along with Michigan, Florida State, Kentucky. Miss. State, Oklahoma, Ohio State and Oregon.
Raydarious Jones (6-2, 170, 4.45) is a dual threat QB who translates to the secondary at the next level. The Horn Lake, Miss. native has Ole Miss as his favorite but Alabama, Auburn, LSU, Baylor, Georgia, Miss. State and Tennessee are all interested. Jones, who comes to LSU on Dec. 7th, is very fluid and extremely impressive athletically.
Nakobe Dean, the nation’s top rated inside linebacker for ’19, has visited Texas A&M, Alabama, Auburn and Georgia earlier. LSU is ticketed for his final stop Dec. 7th.
Wide receiver George Pickens is committed to Auburn but Alabama, LSU and Florida State are trying to flip his decision. The 6-4, 200 pounder is a deep threat despite less than explosive speed. Pickens is rangy and crafty, thus able to gain good separation. He high points the ball well.
Amite’s Devonta Lee (6-2, 212) is getting more consideration on both sides of the ball. He can line up at receiver, cornerback, safety or even linebacker. The options maybe endless with Lee, who comes to visits LSU on Dec. 7th. Currently, it appears LSU is in good shape but it appears he will wait for the February signing period to decide.
Lee’s teammate Ishmael Sopsher has LSU, Alabama and Ole Miss among his finalists with Texas A&M holding an outside chance for the highly-coveted defensive tackle. Dennis Johnson and Dave Aranda are giving the pitch for the Tigers. Sopsher visited Alabama last weekend. The 6-4-334 pounder will have to melt off some pounds to reach his college potential.
Rodney Sopsher, Ishmael’s brother who has made a pair of JUCO stops, holds an offer from LSU. Many think that it could be a dual offer for the siblings, if the numbers work out. Dennis Johnson and Dave Aranda are on the case. He needs to fine tune his skills but Rodney fills gaps well and doesn’t give up on plays.
Jay Ward (6-1, 175), a cornerback from Moultrie, Ga. who has been on LSU’s radar since he decommitted from Kentucky Nov. 9th, is drawing the attention of many top programs now. With all the corners currently committed in this class, why would LSU add another? The staff must really like Ward. Plus, commitment Maurice Hampton is a MLB prospect who could go high in draft and be out of the equation. Dreshun Miller could wind up at safety.
Reasons why Ward has shot up the recruiting charts include his good breaks on the ball and instincts to jump routes. He appears destined for the Purple and Gold.
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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…