Update: LSU has plenty on the radar to cap 2020 recruiting class
The Tigers currently boast 16 commitments for the 2020 class. The LSU staff has been fishing in deep water, hoping to land some prime tuna. Already boasting a sizable haul, LSU has momentum and help in the overall process to bring others into the fold.
Here’s a look at Tiger targets as the coaching staff looks to fill the current class:
Right tackle Ty’Kieast Crawford (6-5, 318), a 4 star from Carthage, Texas, may even be underrated. LSU offered March 22. The sky is the limit for him with a long reach, low body fat and ability to maintain blocks. He stopped at LSU camp June 1 after previously visiting April 27. Arkansas, Alabama, SMU, Baylor, Texas A&M, Ole Miss, Tennessee, Florida State, Colorado, USC, Oklahoma State, Georgia, Houston, Missouri and Texas Tech are giving their best pitch.
Offensive tackle Rueben Fatheree (6-7, 305) from Richmond, Texas is a good basketball player, a sign that the 4 star has great athleticism for playing the edge. He is a good drive and pass blocker who plays with balance but needs to gain strength. Texas A&M, LSU, Auburn, Georgia, Oklahoma, Notre Dame, Texas, Oregon, Ole Miss, Michigan, Florida State among others are after Fatheree.
Tight end Jalin Conyers (6-4, 220), a 4 star from Gruver, Texas, is the fifth rated tight end nationally in the ’20 class. His top six are comprised of LSU, Georgia, Arizona State, Ohio State, Texas Tech and Oklahoma. He has reliable set of hands proven by his 2018 campaign: 61 catches for 1,225 yards and 19 touchdowns. Conyers is a move tight end who gains good separation in routes.
Lathan Ransom (6-1, 200), a safety out of Tucson, Arizona, may be swayed by LSU’s history of producing NFL safeties. Tigers assistant Bill Busch is working the trail versus Oklahoma, Texas, Ohio State and Notre Dame.
Offensive tackle Brady Ward (6-7, 310) is a 3 star recruit in Mobile, Alabama with Tiger ties. His dad Brian played at LSU in the mid 1990’s. Brady’s top four is LSU, Alabama, Oklahoma and Arkansas. He can play anywhere along line, including center.
Family ties may work against LSU in pursuit of 5 star EDGE Reggie Grimes (6-3 1/2, 235) out of Ravenwood, Tennessee. His dad played at Alabama. Grimes has a top six – Alabama, LSU, Tennessee, Florida State, Vandy and South Carolina.
Keshawn Lawrence (6-1, 195) from Nashville is the No. 5 ranked safety in the country. His favorites are LSU, Miami, Tennessee, Ole Miss and South Carolina.
Jordan Toles (6-3, 190), safety out of Baltimore, has LSU as his clear-cut leader. The 4 star plays fast and physical with good hips. He is guard on hardwood and holds offers in basketball from LSU, St. John’s, Maryland, Denver and Stony Brook. Perhaps a dual-sport future or just the idea of both high-major options could help the Tigers pull Toles like the baseball-football combo secured Maurice Hampton.
Antonio Johnson (6-2, 185), 4 star safety out of East St. Louis, Illinois, had 81 tackles and five interceptions last season. LSU and Texas A&M are making it a two-horse race.
Defensive back Xavion Alford (6-1, 188) from Pearland, Texas is a 4 star who has LSU, Georgia, Auburn, Florida, Michigan, Texas and Texas A&M as options but it seems the Tigers are out in front.
Jerrian Thompson (6-1, 183), 4 star safety from Lufkin, Texas, has four favorites – LSU, Notre Dame, Arkansas and Oklahoma State. The Tigers may have a slight edge. Thompson makes tackles in bunches, shows comfort in space and displays good ball skills.
Defensive end Greg Hudgins (6-4, 235), a 3 star from Washington D.C., is on the radar for LSU, Maryland, Purdue (visited April 5th) and Vandy (visits June 14th).
Outside linebacker Latarie Kinsler (6-2 1/2, 205) is a sack artist out of Pahokee, Florida. Top options are Texas A&M, LSU, Syracuse and Oregon.
Offensive guard Miller Merriweather-Lewis (6-3, 298), 3 star out of Ocala, Florida, visited LSU back on Nov. 3 and returned Feb. 15 for Junior Day. LSU, Auburn and UCF make up his top three.
Live Oak (Watson, La.) defensive tackle Jalen Lee (6-4, 285) mays stay in-state but Oklahoma and LSU are the programs with an inside track over Florida, Texas, Texas A&M, Tennessee.
Defensive tackle Montra Edwards (6-5, 282), 3 star from Lexington, Miss., has a top three of Oregon, LSU and Mississippi State.
Offensive tackle Joshua Jones (6-4 1/2, 305) in Phenix City, Alabama has LSU in his top six with North Carolina State, Florida State, Mississippi State, Kentucky and Tennessee.
Defensive tackle Perrion Winfrey (6-4, 305) had 27 stops with 10 for loss and four sacks last season at Iowa Western JUCO. He is a very disruptive playmaker. Alabama, LSU, Florida State, Penn State, Texas, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Oregon are top suitors.
Defensive tackle Jacquelin Roy (6-3 1/2, 306; 5.05 forty) from University Lab decommitted Feb. 28 after pledging Sept. 17, 2018, but the staff has never broken off in their relationship with the 15th ranked defensive lineman in the country. He moves exceptionally well, uses his hands to ward off blockers, seems unblockable at times. He has visited LSU, Texas A&M, Tennessee, Florida, Florida State and Ole Miss. The Tigers appear to be in good shape.
Alexandria Senior High nose tackle Jacobian Guillory (6-2, 331) is appears to be LSU’s to lose due to efforts of coaches Dave Aranda and Meatball Johnson. Alabama, Texas A&M, Georgia and Texas are trying to pry him away. He’d like to melt off weight to maximize his talent on the field but Guillory is a national powerlifting champion with 740 pounds for a squat, 400 pounds on the bench press, and 625 pounds in dead lift.
John Ehret defensive tackle Patrick Jenkins (6-2, 285) is considered a 3 star but that ranking should go up. He impressed at the recent LSU camp. Jenkins sheds blockers quickly, takes good angles to the ball carrier and has a superb first step. Jenkins has visited Arizona while Colorado likes him a lot. Others in the hunt to varying degrees are ULL, LSU, Memphis, Mississippi State, Arkansas, Miami, Tennessee, Ole Miss, Texas A&M but LSU appears to have the best shot if they hone in on the West Bank standout.
Warren Easton running back Ashaad Johnson (6-0, 200) has in-state LSU as his current favorite, although the Tigers are eyeing top rated backs out of state as well. Johnson also has the eyes of programs like Alabama, Georgia and Kansas.
To the recruiters, happy hunting…or fishing.
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