TSD takes a look at the top performers by position from LSU's Elite Camp.
LSU ELITE CAMP: Day 3 Recap
While most of the big names from Friday’s star-studded camp session had returned home, some had stuck around while other fresh faces arrived for the first time. The Tigers also handed out a pair of new offers, bringing the total to six through the three-day camp.
Let’s start this recap by taking a closer look at those two new offers.
The first of the day went to 2016 DT Kendell Jones, a five-star prospect from Killeen, Texas. Jones wasn’t working out Saturday after showing all he needed to during Friday’s camp. Jones is one of the more physically impressive prospects in the country, measuring in at 6-foot-5, 300 pounds with very little of that being body fat.
Jones caught the eye of LSU coaches Les Miles and Brick Haley during Friday’s one-on-one competitions, putting offensive linemen on their backside with ease. Though his technique and coordination does need to catch up to that physique, the foundation’s there for him to be one of the elite defensive tackles on the next level.
The offer from LSU puts the Tigers right in the hunt along with two other schools high on his list — Texas and Baylor. Jones actually grew up in New Orleans and still has family in the area, giving LSU that added comfort factor that could end up paying dividends in the end.
The other offer of the day went to junior college cornerback Justin Martin (pictured above). Originally from Nashville, Martin was primarily a track athlete on the high school level. He’s only just now starting to scrape the surface of his football ability, and major colleges are taking notice.
The 6-foot-2 Martin turned in a 4.45-second 40-yard dash time on Saturday, and then went into workouts with LSU DB coach Corey Raymond. There he showed enough for the staff to extend him an offer. The Tigers join Florida, Tennessee and Ole Miss as SEC programs have made a big move on this up-and-coming corner.
2016 standouts Michael Divinity and Andraez Williams, aka “Greedy,” made their debuts at LSU on Saturday. Both already have offers from the Tigers as some of their top targets for the 2016 class. LSU’s considered the leader for both prospects, and the more time they spend on campus, the better for the Tigers.
All three of LSU’s quarterback commits remained on campus Saturday, plus 2016 target Shea Patterson. The entire group continued to work out with the coaches, taking full advantage of the opportunity to get quality time with Cam Cameron. Between Patterson, Feleipe Franks, Justin McMillan and Zadock Dinkelmann, the quarterback position was certainly one of the strongest groups throughout the three-day camp.
For more notes and observations from the final day of LSU’s July camp, head to the TSD Message Board to catch up on all the latest.
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