Weekend Reset

Tashawn Bower

This past weekend was a successful one for LSU as the staff picked up a commitment from one of its top remaining in-state prospects. While some of their other targets hit the road, LSU hosted some of its top 2013 commits on official visits. Get the full recap in this Weekend Reset.

As the number of recruiting weekends dwindles down, LSU hosted a significant gathering of committed prospects this past weekend.

The staff also hoped to add one more in-state prospect to the 2013 Class, and it was mission accomplished.

New Orleans (Holy Cross) wide receiver Kevin Spears committed to LSU on Saturday, less than a week after he received a committable offer from Frank Wilson. The brief Louisiana Tech pledge became the 25th member of the 2013 class and filled the need for a tall WR the staff had been searching for.

At 6-foot-4, Spears fits the mold for the X position, and the staff feels he could be a big steal in this class. He has only played football for two years and has plenty of room to improve. He still is raw though, and could probably benefit from at least a season in the system as he continues to get his feet wet.

---In addition to Spears, the staff hosted several 2013 commits including Kendell Beckwith, Jeryl Brazil, Frank Herron and Josh Boutte.

For Beckwith, it was his first trip to campus since publicly committing to LSU at the Under-Armour All-American Game. For Boutte and Brazil, they are still expected to take official visits to the other schools, but the feeling going in and coming out is that LSU has nothing to worry about for these prospects.

---The odds of landing Tahaan Goodman (and to a certain extent Priest Willis) appear to be getting worse.

Goodman, who was expected to make a trip to LSU this past weekend, said he never got his paperwork completed for the Baton Rouge trip. Instead he made the short drive to UCLA with Willis to take in the program atop his list.

Goodman said he would still like to visit LSU, but with him playing in an all-star game this coming weekend, the only date available would be right before National Signing Day. Goodman hinted to Scout's Greg Biggins that a commitment could come before that though, making it hard to believe LSU has much of a chance.

And with it appearing likely that he and Willis attend the same school, it's almost safe to count LSU out of the running for both of these elite secondary prospects.

---The nation's top prospect made an official visit to Florida this weekend.

Robert Nkemdiche tweeted Sunday that Gainesville was impressive, but hasn't yet hinted where the Gators rank in his recruitment. He said at the UA Game that it was only down to Ole Miss and LSU, but the Gators, with the help of Vernon Hargreaves, convinced him to make a trip.

LSU still hopes to get Nkemdiche on campus with his friend David Kamara on the weekend before NSD, but nothing is ever certain when trying to schedule those trips. Expect the staff to continue pressing, but watch out for the duo's official visit to Ole Miss this weekend, where a commitment wouldn't surprise many.

---Tashawn Bower was also in Gainesville this past weekend, making his second trip to the Sunshine State in consecutive weeks.

A week after checking out Florida State, Bower came away impressed with the Gators. Though he doesn't at any favorites, it would still appear LSU is in the mix with him taking an official visit to Baton Rouge this coming weekend.

Les Miles will also reportedly fly up to New Jersey for an in-home visit with Bower this week. With the odds dwindling on landing Nkemdiche, the staff may be pressing harder to steal Bower away from Auburn and his other suitors.

It will be more clear after his trip this weekend (he also has an unofficial planned to Auburn the weekend before NSD) but for now LSU still has to like its chances with Bower.

---Eddie Jackson was the other top uncommitted LSU target to hit the road this weekend.

He made the trip to Alabama, one of the programs that recently extended him a scholarship offer. Being recruited as an athlete by LSU that could wind up at WR or in the secondary, the Tigers' staff is one of many making a late push for this under-the-radar prospect.

Jackson has reportedly named Alabama his leader after this weekend, but anything could happen after he trips to Baton Rouge this coming weekend. He also has an Arkansas trip on his schedule, and things will clear up as we approach NSD.

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