Recruiting Notebook: LSU makes push for Eli Holstein, eyes key upcoming visitors

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Eli Holstein

Recruiting coast to coast is heating up. You’ll begin to see official visits taking place, while commitments will increase as the 2022 football season nears.

With springtime scrimmages, the players are more visible and college recruiters are making their way to the sites for visibility and, hopefully, to lock up a prospect of their choice.

The focus of the LSU coaching staff for the 2023 recruiting cycle is beginning to shape up. Not to totally dismiss Newman’s Arch Manning, Dante Moore out of Martin Luther King (Michigan) or any other top signal callers for the upcoming signing class, but I am beginning to get the feel that Eli Holstein is gaining a deeper priority from Brian Kelly and the Tigers’ staff. My thoughts are that Manning is currently a heavy lean to Texas and Moore seems likely to be wearing Notre Dame garb in ’23.

The 6-4, 225 pounder from Zachary, Holstein possesses all the tools to succeed. He stopped at LSU for an unofficial visit the third weekend in May and returned Monday, May 16th. Holstein originally committed to Texas A&M on June 25, 2021, but he backed off March 18, 2022.

LSU offensive coordinator Mike Denbrock and quarterback Joe Sloan are concentrating heavily on Holstein. Eli’s father Scott was a kicker on the 1993 LSU squad under Curley Hallman, after starring at Christian Life Academy. Eli’s older brother Caleb signed with Louisiana Tech in the 2021 class out of St. Thomas More, spending last season with Joe Sloan in Ruston.

Eli Holstein was named Louisiana Football Player of the Year in 2021 after leading Zachary to a perfect 15-0 record and a Class 5A state title. He threw for 3,228 yards, 30 touchdowns, six interceptions, completing 65 % for the Broncos. He ran for an additional 523 yards and 14 scores.

Holstein is expected to make an official visit to Alabama June 10-12th. The Crimson Tide has assigned assistants, Bill O’Brien and Pete Golding to recruiting responsibilities. The Tide is the current leader in the clubhouse. It looks like Alabama, LSU and Florida will race to the finish.

With a 4.69 40-time with a 38″ vertical, He is a pocket pro style passer plus more athletically. He is not considered a running QB, but can gain first down yardage when necessary and can excel at placement throws in tight windows. His throws land in stride with the receiver.

His grades were highest among all quarterbacks at the SPARQ rating in Las Vegas for the Elite 11 camp. He is highly intelligent, processes the defensive alignment quickly and locates openings in the secondary. Holstein will step into the pocket but is not afraid to tuck it and go.

As for the rest of the recruiting scene, here is a list of upcoming visitors to LSU:

June 3rd
CB Christian Gray (5-11, 170, 4 star) from DeSmet (St. Louis) Making official visit to Tigertown, has already been to Baton Rouge March 5th and April 23rd. Notre Dame the current leader.
Athlete Jeremiah Hughes, (6-1, 175, 3 star) from Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas), another official visit. Utah and Arkansas with slight advantage.

June 4th
DT Kendrick Gilbert (6-5,250) 4 star, Indianapolis, making official visit but made a stop at LSU March 31st. LSU has slight lead over Notre Dame.

June 10th
DT Darron Reed, (6-5, 260, 4 star) Columbus, Ga., Ohio State current leader.
OT Kelton Smith (6-5, 300, 4 star) Columbus, Ga., Florida State leader.
DE Jayden Wayne (6-5, 245, 5 star) Tacoma, Wa., edge rusher made a stop in Tigertown April 9th and was heavily courted by Brian Kelly, Matt House and Jamar Cain. The Tacoma, Washington product had nine sacks last fall. He also doubles as a receiver. He visits Miami June 17th and Oregon the following week. He has already visited Alabama (April 1st) and stopped by Georgia (May 20th). He is ranked the No. 3 pass rusher in the ’23 class.

June 16th
DT Xzavier McLeod (6-5, 290, 4 star) Camden, South Carolina, official visit to South Carolina ahead of Tigers.

June 17th
WR Jalen Brown (6-1, 170, 5 star) Miami, Fla. Miami, Florida State close, LSU has ground to make up.
OL Markee Anderson (6-4, 300, 4 star) Roebuck, South Carolina, Clemson leads pack.
OT Shamurad Umarov (6-8, 290) Alpharetta, Ga. Georgia, Tennessee current leaders.

June 21st
TE Jaxon Howard (6-4, 240, 4 star) Minneapolis, Minnesota, Miami with lead.

June 24th
LB Whit Weeks (6-2, 187, 3 star) Watkinsville, Ga. LSU clear leader

Some previous visitors…
-QB Jaden Rashada (6-4, 185) Pittsburg, Calif., 5th rated pro style QB visited Clemson April 23rd, Oregon the following day and LSU the day after that. Florida, Ole Miss, Texas A&M, Miami and California in fray. Will make decision June 18th.
-OT Isaiah Robinson (6-7, 278, 4 star) Arlington, Texas, visited LSU April 30th. Baylor- Texas A&M slight lead.
-WR Shelton Sampson (6-4, 181, 5 star) Catholic Baton Rouge visited LSU April 23rd. LSU leader.
-RB Parker Jenkins (5-11,185, 4 star) Houston, stopped April 23rd. LSU seems like a lock.
-DT Jameiah Buxton (6-2, 265, 3 star) Warren Easton, April 23rd visit. LSU leader over Fla. State.
-TE Jackson Carver (6-6, 220, 3 star) Culver, Indiana. visited April 23rd. LSU with lead over Miami.
-WR Khai Prean (6-0, 188, 3 star) St. James, visited April 9th and March 5th. LSU slight lead over Auburn.
-OT Tygee Adams (6-6, 283, 3 star), St. Augustine, visited March 31st. LSU with big advantage over Alabama.
-TE Will Randle (6-4, 230, 3 star), Newman, April 7th. Texas with big lead over LSU.
-DB Tristen Sion (6-1, 180, 3 star) West Palm Beach, Fla. LSU with sizeable advantage over Florida Atlantic.
-DB Derek Williams (6-3, 185), Westgate, March 5th visit, Texas with lead over LSU.
-LB Jaiden Ausberry (6-2, 215, 4 star) University H.S. visit March 5th. LSU with big lead over Notre Dame.
-CB Curley Reed (6-2, 180, 4 star) Lake Charles College Prep, visit March 5th. LSU with lead over Florida State.
-DB Kylin Jackson (6-2, 196, 4 star) Zachary, LSU out in front of Aggies.
-OT Zalance Heard (6-6, 295, 4 star) Neville, former teammate of Will Campbell (LSU fresh.). LSU is top choice.
-DB Jordan Matthews (6-0, 170, 4 star) Woodlawn, Texas leads, LSU, Texas A&M and Tennessee in race.
-OT Brycen Sanders (6-5, 280, 4 star) Chattanooga, Tenn. LSU, Ole Miss, Tennessee and Oklahoma.
-OT Cole Dellenger (6-4, 280, 4 star) Clarkson, Michigan, younger brother of LSU’s Garrett Dellenger. Michigan State, LSU battle.
-OT Trovon Baugh (6-4, 315, 3 star) Atlanta, Ga. LSU and Arkansas trail South Carolina.

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