Recruiting: LSU welcomes top 2021 QB Caleb Smith on Texas A&M weekend

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Who will be the next Joe Burrow at LSU? Those are huge shoes to fill, and the competition begins in house. As for other options down the line at quarterback, the Tigers have clearly become an attractive location for top recruits.

With an eye to the future, Caleb Williams is the No. 1 dual threat in the 2021 class. He is visiting LSU this weekend for the Texas A&M contest. The Gatorade Player of the Year in the Washington DC area racked up 2,634 yards and 26 touchdowns passing while running for an additional 394 yards with 10 scores this past season for Gonzaga College High School. Williams, who had a seven-touchdown performance this season in a 46-43 win over DeMatha, is a highly motivated individual and a film study rat who would appear to gave all the tools to be a star.

Although he will not enroll early wherever he decides to go, Williams shows no concern about him whether there will be an incumbent or starter-in-waiting wherever he ends up. He is very confident in his abilities.

The 6-1, 209 pounder with 4.57 forty speed visited Baton Rouge in June for an LSU camp. He had an outstanding showing and came away impressed with the vibes and atmosphere there. Williams felt comfortable with the coaching staff, and it is known he has monitored the explosive offensive success of Burrow and the Tigers on their rise to the top of the rankings.

An electric performer with a strong arm able to air it out 70 yards, Williams can make tight window throws but also shows good touch on his passes with a classic over the top delivery. Needs a little work on accuracy through tweaks in mechanics and also learn to go through progressions better. However, all the tools are there.

Ohio State was in the mix for Williams but Kyle McCord, another five-star recruit, has committed there. Georgia may be the team to beat for Williams while Clemson, Stanford, Oklahoma, Penn State and Oregon all appear to be in the hunt as well.

Also visiting during the A&M game is 2020 cornerback Elias Ricks and Terrebonne defensive tackle Maason Smith. LSU seems to be in good standing for Smith, the top overall prospect from the state for the ’21 class. Alabama, Georgia, Miami, Mississippi State, Florida, Texas and Texas A&M are still in the mix.

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Rene Nadeau


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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 play football at LSU, developing a passion for the game in even greater fashion while in…

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