STILL ON THE BOARD: DBs

STILL ON THE BOARD: DBs

LSU missed out on a commitment from four-star safety Roney Elam on Friday, but the Tigers are still in great shape with a number of other big-name defensive backs.

With the commitment of four-star safety Roney Elam to Texas A&M, LSU missed out one of the top defensive backs on their board.

LSU was the other finalist in Elam’s decision after hosting him for two visits since late May. But the home-state Aggies ultimately won out as they pull off a big recruiting victory against their SEC neighbors.

While losing Elam is a tough blow for LSU, the Tigers do already have a solid class of DBs built with five-star corner Kevin Toliver plus in-state four-stars Xavier Lewis and Kevin Henry. And LSU seems to be in solid shape with several other elite defensive backs as well.

That discussion all starts with the two big Louisiana prospects still on the board.

Both Deshawn Raymond (East Jefferson) and Donte Jackson (Riverdale) have visited LSU several times within the last few months. They were both on campus for the Elite Camp in July, spending multiple days around campus, getting closer to the coaching staff, current players and other recruits.

LSU remains the heavy favorite to reel in Raymond whenever he decides to shut things down. He plans to wait until after his senior season, but the Tigers are very confident of their chances. Mississippi State also hosted him for a visit this summer, and they could be considered the biggest threat, but at this point it would be a big surprise if Raymond leaves Louisiana.

As for Jackson, he remains focused primarily on LSU and Georgia. He hasn’t publicly given one school the edge yet, though LSU hopes its reputation for defensive backs helps them win out in the end.

But LSU’s focus isn’t just on these in-state names. The Tigers still have their sights set on some big out-of-state names as well.

The biggest being five-star corner Kendall Sheffield. Ranked No. 1 at his position, Sheffield first visited LSU for the Spring Game in April and returned last month for another unofficial visit. He recently included the Tigers in his Top 12 along with schools like Alabama, Texas A&M, Oklahoma and Florida State. LSU is very much in the thick of his recruitment and will shoot to get an official visit from him in the fall. He’s in no hurry to make his final decision, so this will likely come down to the wire.

Another name to remember is junior college DB Justin Martin. He earned his offer at camp last month and plans to return for an official visit in December. Home-state Tennessee seems to be the favorite with Ole Miss and Florida also in contention, and you can expect his recruitment to heat up after the fall.

Holton Hill and Darius Slayton are two other out-of-state DBs that visited LSU over the summer. Each checked out LSU along with several other big programs, but the Tigers got the chance to make an early impression and will stay in the mix moving forward.

But it’s not just the uncommitted recruits that LSU is courting. Jamal Peters (Mississippi State) and Ugo Amadi (Ole Miss) have each visited LSU since making pledges to their respective schools, and they at least appear open to hearing what the Tigers have to offer.

There’s still a long march to National Signing Day, and LSU always has a chance with elite DBs because of their reputation at that position. With the foundation LSU already has and with some other big names still on the board, the Tigers still have the potential to reel in one of nation’s best classes in the secondary.


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