Recruiting: LSU targets top remaining Louisiana talent for 2020 class
Louisiana is not overflowing with top caliber talent this year for the 2020 recruiting class. Consequently, LSU needs to score high with the upper level of prospects who are available in the state. There are 10 who are high priority recruits.
Jacobian Guillory, a 5 star defensive tackle out of Alexandria Senjor High, is priority number one. The 6-foot-2, 331 pounder recently paired his list from 15 to just five. LSU, along with Alabama, Georgia, Texas and Texas A&M made the finalists.
Currently the 15th ranked defensive tackle in the country, Guillory currently reminds me of former nose tackle Ed Alexander at the same time in their careers. Blessed with enormous strength, Guillory has a good first step, although he must learn to disengage a little better. He also has good hands, beats double team blocking and collapse the pocket.
A power lifting All American with a lift of 370 pounds in bench press, 650 in dead lift and 740 on squat, Guillory also throws the shot put with a best distance of 54 feet.
Warren Easton’s Ashaad Clayton (6-0, 200) has LSU as his current leader. With family in New Orleans, he may stay close to home. Alabama, Kansas and Georgia are in the picture.
Rummel’s Koy Moore is another Louisana product that LSU needs to corral. The talented wide receiver was a USC pledge at one time, but he has since opened up the process again. The Tigers appear to be the favorites for Moore (6-1, 174), but keep an eye on Tennessee.
Interior offensive lineman Sedrick Van Pran (6-4, 305), another Warren Easton prospect, may go as a package deal with teammate Clayton. Van Pran, who projected as a guard or center, visited Alabama Feb. 16 but has no current favorite.
Major Burns (6-2, 176) from Madison Prep was committed to Texas A&M just a couple of weeks ago, but the safety (and no, not the doctor on M*A*S*H) changed his mind. LSU, Oklahoma, Texas A&M, Mississippi State, Notre Dame, Tennessee and Florida have the best shot. LSU holds a slight lead over Oklahoma at this time.
Defensive tackle Jaquelin Roy (6-4, 290) out of University Lab recently decommitted from LSU, although the Tigers are still in picture.
Eric Reed (6-0, 188), a safety from Calvary Baptist, is still on the radar. LSU is expected to finish strong but this one may depend who comes aboard from around the country.
Ja’Khi Douglas (5-9, 190), a wide receiver at Terrebonne, may have Florida as the team to beat.
Joel Williams (6-2, 193), cornerback at Madison Prep, looks to be an LSU-Texas A&M finish.
Newman outside linebacker Brandon Williams (6-3, 220) is the most highly-regarded recruit on LSU’s radar from the uptown New Orleans school since Odell Beckham, Jr. The current top three here are LSU, Florida and Tennessee. Keep an eye on the Vols.
If you want to take a peek towards the 2021 class, current sophomore Chris Hilton (6-0, 170) out of Zachary is the player to watch in the state. He runs a 4.45 forty with a 36 1/2 ” vertical and high jumps 6’10” (just missed 7 feet). As a freshman, Hilton won the state title with a 6’8″ high jump. He runs the 100 meters in 11.1 seconds.
Hilton averages 11.7 points per game in basketball with 5.7 rebounds. He can dunk with ease. Both his mom and dad were sprinters at Southern.
On the football field, Hilton had 30 catches for 542 yards and seven touchdowns this past season. LSU, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Notre Dame, Texas A&M, LA Tech, Mississippi State and Southern are making their pitches. Ed Orgeron and Nick Saban have already stopped by school to visit. He also holds a 3.3 GPA.
A 2021 quarterback with an eye-catching pedigree, General Booty (6-3, 180) is the son of former LSU wideout Abram Booty. His uncles, Josh (ex-LSU QB)and John David both played in the NFL and attended Evangel Christian. His mom is the younger sister of longtime NFL QB Joe Ferguson.
Booty played last season at Cornerstone Christian in San Antonio, where he threw for 2,249 yards, 19 touchdowns and four interceptions. He transferred to JSerra Catholic in San Juan, California. His only current offer is from Liberty (and head coach Hugh Freeze). LSU, Clemson and Texas are reportedly watching the General closely.
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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…