Recruiting with less restriction means more opportunities for LSU

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Ed Orgeron has been emphatic, stating that he will scour the countryside to bring in the very best talent that he can find to LSU.

That’s easier to do when you and your assistants can personally go see recruits.

On June 1, the top comes off of the lid that prevented personal visits due to COVID-19.

Orgeron could hardly corral his enthusiasm as he spoke on the Off the Bench radio show recently.

“I can’t wait to see them and evaluate them,” he said. “We haven’t seen a high school player work out in over a year. June is gonna be a tremendous month. We’ve got some official visits coming in. We’re gonna save the state of Louisiana guys; they’re gonna come unofficially. We want them to come during the season, some top guys from out of the state, so I’m excited about that.”

As you expect from an elite program, the Tigers are lining up some impressive 2022 prospects. Here’s a sampling.

OT Kelvin Banks (6-5, 300) Humble, Texas…visiting June 2nd. Tremendous pass blocker, superb balance and footwork, quickness, text-book hand placement. His top eight include LSU, Ole Miss, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Oklahoma State, Texas A&M, Oregon and Texas.

DE Shemar Stewart (6-5, 260) Opa Locka, Fla…another 5 star prospect is also a fine basketball player. Will visit June 2. Possesses rare skills. A high priority for LSU. Andre Carter and Blake Baker are collaborating on recruiting. Great foot speed, powerful, can walk a blocker back into QB’s lap, plays like a grown man. LSU is the perceived favorite but Clemson, Georgia, Miami and Texas A&M are main competition.

OT Malik Agbo (6-6, 320) Federal Way, Washington…will be on campus June 11. Great size and athleticism, better as a run blocker. James Cregg has done a superb job developing strong relationship. Top options are LSU, Alabama, Oregon, Oklahoma, Miami, Washington and Oregon State.

CB Earl Little, Jr. (6-0, 175) Fort Lauderdale, Fla…Will be on campus Oct. 2 for LSU-Auburn tilt. Rated as 11th best CB in the 2022 class. Dad played at Miami and in NFL. Earl Jr. loved watching Tyrann Mathieu, Jamal Adams and Grant Delpit as Tigers. His 2020 stats — 35 stops, 2 interceptions. Good hips, instincts, transitions well, top ball skills.

ILB Demario Tolan (6-2, 205) Orlando, Fla…No. 9 rated at position has June 18 as scheduled date for visit. Will tack on weight and should carry 225 pounds or so eventually. Excellent in coverage, very athletic, honors student. Plays LB, RB and WR while also 110 meter hurdler. Top three include LSU, Florida State and Miami.

OT Julian Armella (6-6, 300) Miami, Fla…#1 rated tackle overall will visit Baton Rouge June 5. His father Enzoa was a NT at Florida State from 1991-’94. He says LSU and Alabama are recruiting him the hardest while LSU, Alabama, Miami, Clemson, Florida, Florida State and Ohio State comprise his list.

CB Denver Harris (6-1, 180) Houston…Top 5 prospect out of Texas and No. 3 rated corner in country will land in Tigertown June 11. Was district 21-6A Defensive Player of Year in 2019. In-state Longhorns are the perceived leader but LSU, Alabama and Texas A&M are competing.

DT Dominick James (6-2, 275) IMG Academy out of Prairieville, Alabama…will decide prior to ’21 season opener. Comes to town June 18. Has narrowed down to Ohio State, LSU and South Carolina but Oregon is also making a push. D-line coach Andre Carter giving pitch for Tigers. James has strong hands, gets pressure, explosive. In ’20, he had 30 stops, 11 TFL and a sack in just six contests.

ATH Chris Graves (6’1, 175) Fort Myers, Fla…heads to LSU on June 18. Finalits are LSU, Miami and South Carolina. Played WR but moving to CB. Still in process of figuring out new position but has great hips. A long range outstanding prospect, he is a current three-star diamond in the rough. Had 26 tackles, 4 PBU and 1 pick in 2020. Also recorded 27 catches for 500 yards and 4 TD’s on offense.

WR Shazz Preston (6-0, 190) St. James…Mickey Joseph recruiting for Tigers. Will be tight battle between LSU and Mississippi State, where his brother plays. Alabama and Texas are a step behind.

OG Emery Jones (6-4, 330) Catholic of Baton Rouge… LSU is the clear favorite with Florida State a distant 2nd.

RB TreVonte Citizen (6-0, 217) Lake Charles Prep…down to LSU, Arkansas, Texas, USC and Texas A&M. Kevin Faulk giving sales pitch for Tigers.

RB Le’Veon Moss (6-0, 190) Istrouma… breakaway runner with 10.9 in 100 meters has LSU as heavy favorite with Faulk leading the charge.

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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…

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