Weekend Preview

Kevin Spears

With the days counting down until National Signing Day, every official visit from here on out could have a major impact on LSU's 2013 class. The staff will hope this weekend has a positive effect as they host a number of committed prospects, as well as an in-state, undecided target.

Each weekend from now until National Signing Day will be crucial for the LSU coaching staff.

The staff expects to host most, if not all, of their remaining targets on official visits, and those trips will provide the staff with possibly its final opportunity to leave an impression on some of those prospects. This coming weekend, LSU will bring in a number of players already committed to LSU, as well as one major prospect still undecided.

We'll give you the list of players expected on campus with tidbits on each one below, as well as a rundown of where the rest of LSU's 2013 prospects will be traveling this weekend:

Kevin Spears – Spears received his LSU offer last Sunday when he returned home from his official visit to Louisiana Tech. Though he made a commitment to the Bulldog staff, it now appears it's back in the air while he considers this offer from the state's top program. The LSU staff has been searching high and low for another tall WR prospect to fit into their passing game, and Spears certainly fits the bill. At 6-foot-4, he has the size they desire, and with only two years of playing experience, he has a high ceiling with plenty of room to improve. Assuming Spears comes out impressed by his trip to Baton Rouge, expect him to add his name to the 2013 Classs.

Kendell Beckwith – Beckwith will make his first trip to Baton Rouge as a commit. After committing to LSU during the Under-Armour All-American game, Beckwith has been a point of focus with fans celebrating the recruiting victory over Alabama. Beckwith now gets to enjoy the culmination of the process with some time around his future teammates.

Josh Boutte – Boutte sent fans into a bit of a panic when he announced he would take other visits. But when he followed that up by saying he would only make one to Louisiana-Lafayette, that eased some of the concerns. Shouldn't be much to worry on that front anymore.

Jeryl Brazil – Another prospect that has made headlines because of his visit schedule, Brazil will make a trip to Baton Rouge before visiting Ole Miss and Alabama. The destinations may worry some, but Brazil is as committed as ever to LSU, and could possibly use that trip to Oxford to sway his UA teammate Robert Nkemdiche, who will be in town that same weekend.

K.J. Malone – Malone's future on the offensive line could either wind up at OG or at C. That may be a topic of discussion as Malone makes the trip south to spend time with his future teammates.

Desean Smith – Smith said this trip is all about socializing, and he will have plenty of opportunities to get to know the other recruits. A possible player that could see time as a freshman, Smith will get an early feel for life at LSU this weekend.

Tre'Davious White – White was a big mover in the latest Scout 300 rankings update, and will take his official visit this weekend.

Frank Herron – Like White, Herron Moved into the top 100 prospect in the nation. Though he made the trip down to Baton Rouge for several football games, this will be his first and only official visit.

Rickey Jefferson – Though Jefferson appears likely to begin his LSU career as a defensive back, it's still possible he winds up at WR. Les Miles popped in to see him at school this past week, and where he plays at LSU will likely be a focal point as his career moves forward.

Melvin Jones – The only MLB prospect currently committed, Jones is expected to make the drive from Lake Charles this weekend for his official visit to LSU.

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Up until Thursday, Tahaan Goodman was yet again expected to make an official visit to LSU. And like the many times before, that trip has been rescheduled. Goodman will not be on campus this weekend as previously expected. With safety still being a need for LSU in this class, expect the staff to continue pressing for this four-star safety, but his disinterest in coming to campus proves how long the odds are for LSU.

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The destination of Robert Nkemdiche this weekend has been a hotly discussed topic all week. It still appears Nkemdiche will make the trip to Florida after his UA teammate Vernon Hargreaves convinced him to check it out. Though reports that accidentally sent Nkemdiche to Kentucky this weekend have since been quashed, expect Nkemdiche to pop up in Gainesville if he ventures away from home.

Meanwhile, Nkemdiche's teammate David Kamara is expected to head to Lexington for an official visit to Kentucky. Kamara recently picked up an offer from the Wildcats and will be exploring his options should he and Nkemdiche choose different colleges.

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One of LSU's other elite defensive prospects will also hit the road this weekend. Reuben Foster will take an official visit to the school he was once committed to — Alabama. It's apparently come down to either Alabama or Georgia for Foster, with Auburn and LSU trailing but still in the picture. He will visit Georgia the following weekend, and the LSU staff hopes he may make one more trip to Baton Rouge before NSD.

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Tashawn Bower will continue his swing through the south, vising Florida this weekend after traveling to Florida State last week. Bower has a visit scheduled to LSU on Jan. 25 and will visit Auburn unofficially the weekend before NSD.

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Florida athlete Eddie Jackson will travel to Tuscaloosa this weekend to check out Alabama. The two-star late bloomer, who projects as an athlete at LSU, will visit the Tigers on Jan. 25 and Arkansas on Feb. 1.

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LSU greyshirt candidate Duke Riley will stay in the city of New Orleans this weekend, taking an official visit to Tulane with several of his John Curtis teammates.

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