Recruiting: LSU’s spring football game visitors and others to watch for 2019, 2020

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Besides showcasing some of what went on behind closed doors throughout spring football at LSU, the game event itself was a time to bring recruits to campus.

Some notable prospects were on hand this past weekend. Others are just high up on the radar for the next two signing classes

Highly-coveted 5 star cornerback Chris Steele out of Bellflower, California. He visited Oklahoma last weekend and will make a stop at Florida in June. The 6-foot-1, 188 pounder has a top dozen of this Florida, LSU, USC, Oklahoma, Miami, South Carolina, Texas, Texas A&M, Oregon, Penn State and Tennessee.

Offensive tackle Anthony Bradford (6-5, 320) received an offer from LSU on Feb. 6. The Muskegon, Michigan product is also coveted by Alabama, Georgia and Ohio State among others.

Dunham cornerback Derek Stingley (6-0, 170) was once a LSU commitment, and Tigers assistant Corey Raymond is on the case to make it happen again. Stingley’s top six appear to be LSU, Florida, Georgia, Michigan, Stanford and Texas.

Devin Bush (5-11, 190), cornerback out of Edna Karr, is thought ot have had LSU as his leader for quite some time. Clemson, Auburn, Tennessee and Oklahoma make up the other current favorites.

Elijah Blades (6-2, 170), a Arizona Western JUCO cornerback, originally signed with Nebraska out of high school after being committed to Florida at one point.

Defensive end Nathan Pickering (6-5, 270) from Seminary, Miss. has LSU, Alabama, Auburn, Florida and Mississippi State as his current favorites.

Amite wide receiver Devonta Lee (6-2, 212; 4.4 forty) may be shaping up to be a LSU-Alabama battle down to the wire.

Kyle Maxwell (6-3, 170) gets overlooked due to his Amite teammate Lee. The 3 star recruit has drawn attention from Tennessee, Tulane, Memphis and Kentucky.

Wide receiver Trey Palmer (6-0, 165) from Kentwood High has LSU as the clear leader.

Ruston offensive tackle Ray Parker (6-4, 265) may be LSU’s to lose.

Defensive back Joey Porter Jr. (6-2, 185) out of Wexford, Penn. has LSU interest along with Pittsburgh and West Virginia. He is the son of the former Pittsburgh Steelers star linebacker.

The father of West Jeff cornerback Greg Brooks (5-11, 170) played at Southern Miss before three years in NFL. Miss. State may have advantage on the younger brooks while Arkansas, Kansas State, Southern Miss, Tulane, Boston College, Kentucky, Vandy are also in the mix.

Running back Terrell “Smoke” Brown (6-0, 180) is a Helen Cox product considering Arkansas, Florida, La. Tech and Northwestern State.

John Curtis cornerback Donald Clay (5-11, 175) has over 20 offers including Tulane, Arkansas, Kentucky and Arizona State.

LSU leads for inside linebacker Donte Starks (6-2, 225), a 4 star talent from John Ehret, but Auburn is also very interested.

From the 2020 class, Haynesville defensive tackle Cam’Ron Jackson was on campus in Baton Rouge. The 6-4, 273 pounder is highly coveted but has no offer from LSU yet. Jackson does have offers from Alabama and Texas A&M. The Crimson Tide extended one Jan. 30. Jackson has visited both campuses along with Texas. Teammate Joseph Evans, a defensive tackle, is already committed to LSU. Jackson is a work in progress.

Wide receiver Koy Moore (6-1, 170) is a player to watch in the 2020 class. The Rummel product has drawn offers from LSU, Tulane, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi State, Memphis and Tennessee. Assistant coach Mickey Joseph is giving the pitch for Tigers. Moore has good straight ahead speed and trusty hands.

Jacobi Bellazin (5-8, 181), a 2020 prospect from Livonia, should not be sold short due to size. He is a stack of dynamite. Oregon, Ohio State, Fla. State, Georgia, Miami, South Carolina, Tennessee, TCU and Arizona State are all interested while LSU is in the holding mode.

Quarterback T.J. Finley (6’5-204), 2020 prospect from Ponchatoula, has drawn interest from LSU’s Steve Ensminger. Alabama, Arkansas, Baylor, Auburn, Tulane, Louisville, Memphis, Mississippi State, Ole Miss and Miami (FL) are in the picture as well.

Salmen running back Aaron Williams (5-8, 175, 4.4) had 1,264 all purpose yards in 2017 including 11 touchdowns. He also holds a 3.0 GPA, squats 475 pounds and deadlifts 480. He has outstanding burst, a little wiggle and good change of direction. Williams has offers from Chabot College and Antelope JUCO but interest should intensify throughout 2018.

West Jeff cornerback Tyruss Gayden (5-10, 165) possesses good ball skills and mirrors receivers well. Harvard and Army are offers on the table.

An interesting prospect is Warren Easton safety Za’Bein Wilson (6-0, 185) for 2019. He was dismissed from Easton following a troubled past. He had to sit out 2017 and has been working in obscurity heading into the ’18 season. He is a powerful hitter as a safety. Kentucky, Alabama, Tennessee, Tulane, Western Kentucky and Colorado State are all monitoring his progress.

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Rene Nadeau


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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