Monday, January 25, 2010

Recruiting Weekend Recap

LSU hosted a number of prospects on their official visits this weekend, and it appears the results are very good.   First and foremost, LSU received a commitment from Belle Chase wide receiver James Wright.   I've talked about Wright a lot on this blog, and I'm very high on him.  At 6'2" 180 pounds, he fits the mold of the big wide receivers who have had so much success at LSU this decade.  He also looks physically ready to play as a freshman if needed.  He has also been one of the most productive wide receivers in the state of Louisiana over the last two seasons. 

Junior season:  58 receptions 1,058 yards 18 TDs  22 carries 214 yards 4 TDs
Senior season:  56 receptions  1,175 yards 15 TDs  18 carries 191 yards 4 TDs

Wright is a good candidate to end up being the sleeper of this class in a few years.  Both Scout and Rivals rate Wright as four stars. 

Shreveport receiver Jarrett Fobbs also visited this weekend and reportedly had a great visit.  While still listed as a commitment to Texas A&M, Fobbs claims he is wide oepn and he sure seems to be leaning LSU's way.  I suspect that Fobbs will sign with LSU on signing day. 

Thibodaux wide receiver Trovon Reed took his visit this weekend, but it doesn't appear he's wavering on his commitment to Auburn. 

California safety Dietrich Riley was in Baton Rouge this weekend, and he's saying all the right things.  He is saying that LSU has now pulled even with USC and UCLA and that he now has a lot to think about.  However, the smart money is that Riley decides on a school out west. 

South Carolina linebacker Justin Parker also made the trip.  He didn't show up in Baton Rouge until Saturday night because he had the take the ACT test in the morning.  Parker would be a huge addition to this class, but LSU is fighting distance since Parker is also considering Clemson and South Carolina. 

Florida receiver Kadron Boone and Georgia receiver Markeith Ambles are scheduled to visit LSU next weekend.  If LSU lands Fobbs like I expect, then either Boone or Ambles could complete the Tigers' wide recievers class.  If both Boone and Ambles want to come aboard, I think LSU would find room for both.  LSU is in much better shape with Boone right now than Ambles. 

Dfensive tackle Cassius Marsh seems to be leaning to UCLA even though he hasn't formally "de-committed from LSU."  At this point, I'd be downright shocked if Marsh ended up signing with LSU. 

Evangel high school defensive tackle Brandon Jackson will also be visiting LSU next weekend.  Jackson is currently on Texas A&M's commitment list, but he now has offers from both LSU and Arkansas and is considering both.  He also received heavy interest from Alabama, and he took an official visit there on January 15.  I like LSU's chances with Jackson. 

If LSU can't land Justin Parker but they really want another linebacker in this class, then Brother Martin's Pat Swilling Jr. is a possibility. 

Wright's commitment brings LSU's total to 24.  So with a maximum of four more spots remaining, LSU's board is pretty clear at this point.  Here are the players that LSU has a chance of signing:

RB  Lache Seastrunk  TX
WR  Jarrett Fobbs  LA
WR  Kadron Boone  FL
WR  Markeith Ambles  GA
WR  Trovon Reed  LA
DT  Brandon Jackson  LA
DE  Ego Ferguson  VA
LB  Justin Parker  SC
DB  Dietrich Riley  CA


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