The LSU coaching staff has spent
much of the past four weeks traveling all over for the May evaluation period and
now the focus will shift to the summer camps that will be held on campus this
Lets take a look at how this class
should break down numbers wise and see which prospects are getting the most
interest and also showing the most interest at this stage of the game.
Note: All prospects listed report
an offer from the Tigers with the exception of those shown in Italics. In addition, all of the
information provided below has been obtained through interviewing the prospects
themselves, along with talking to coaches and my top sources. Keep in mind that
prospects will be added and removed throughout the recruiting year but heading
into June these are many of the guys to keep close tabs on.
Jarrett Lee…..Brenham (TX)…..6’3, 190, 4.7
Cameron Newton…..Atlanta (GA) Westlake…..6'5, 225, 4.6
Joe Chaisson…..Beaumont (TX)
Westbrook…..6’2, 180, 4.7
Brock Mansion…..Dallas (TX) Episcopal School of Dallas…..6’4, 220,
Tidbits: This position got a whole lot
more interesting early in the week when rumors surfaced that Ryan Perrilloux was
considering transferring. I’m not going to comment much on the situation but
usually where there is smoke there is a little fire. How much fire and whether
it is Ryan, or someone in his family speaking or thinking on behalf of him,
remains to be seen. If everything blows over like I figure it will, I expect he
will be at LSU when the Tigers kick off the 2006 campaign. However, if the young
man does opt to transfer then a few schools to keep an eye on are USC,
Mississippi State and Nebraska. I just can’t see him taking his
talent to a Division I-AA school like Grambling regardless of the fact that
someone may have contacted Grambling’s head coach Melvin Spears like several
news outlets have reported.
Switching over to recruiting, LSU
is in on a few blue-chip signal callers for 2007 and it is imperative that the
Tigers sign at least one in this class.
At the top of the list is Brenham
product Jarrett Lee. He was in town last weekend for an unofficial visit and he
left Baton Rouge
more impressed with LSU than before.
“It kind of caught me off guard as
to how good the facilities were,” Lee said. “Everything was first-class all the
way. I got to sit down and look at a lot of things with coach (Jimbo) Fisher and
see how I would fit in with what they like to do. The trip definitely put LSU in
the thick of things.”
Nebraska figures to be LSU’s stiffest
competition for Lee’s services but the LSU coaches feel a lot better about their
chances after spending the weekend with him.
Another Texas signal caller to keep an eye on is Beaumont’s Joe
While Lee is more or a drop-back
passer, Chaisson is a dual-threat guy who can hurt you both ways. Tennessee and LSU are his top two but keep an eye on
because he has some ties to the Sooner program. The thing that could help LSU’s
cause the most and may give them the edge over the Vols will be
When Scout.com releases its player
rankings in the first week of June there is a great chance that Cameron Newton
will be a four-star selection and he has listed LSU as one of his favorites
since the very beginning. The big 6-5, 225-pounder may have a few question marks
as a passer but coaches his ability to make things happen with his feet when
things break down in the pocket.
Committed: 1 (Stevan Ridley, Natchez (MS) Trinity Episcopal, 5’11, 220,
Joe McKnight…..River Ridge (LA) John Curtis…..5’11, 195, 4.5
Lennon Creer…..Tatum (TX)…..6’1,
Jonathan Dwyer…..Marietta (GA) Kell…..5’11,
Caleb King…..Liburn (GA) Parkview…..
5’10, 186, 4.5
Bo Williams…..Oakland Park (FL)
Northeast…..6’0, 205, 4.5
Noel Devine…..North Fort Myers (FL).....5’8, 175,
Rai-Shawn Wilson…..St. Augustine (FL)…..5’10,
Daniel Borne…..Marrero (LA) Archbishop Shaw.....5’10, 195,
Tidbits: Stevan Ridley will be looked
at in a similar role to the one that Jacob Hester plays but the guy LSU fans are
most interested in is Joe McKnight and for good reason.
McKnight is an unbelievable talent
with the ball in his hands and although running back is his first preference he
may also get a look at receiver or cornerback. USC and Florida State are two
teams to keep an eye on but I was told by someone very close to the John Curtis
product that he recently said that he was 70 percent sure he was going to LSU.
Now, that could change 100 times between now and signing day but LSU is in good
shape on this front. With a guy like McKnight, who comes from one of the most
successful high school programs in Louisiana, winning is going to be very
important. The guy is used to winning and being successful so it’s essential
that the Tigers continue the winning ways they have enjoyed over the past five
years. An 8-4 campaign may create some doubt in his mind but another 9 or 10-win
campaign would keep the train rolling and keep LSU in its place as one of the
seven to eight programs in the country. I know the staff feels very good about
its chances with McKnight and I’ve even been told by a reliable source that the
coaches would be shocked if he goes anywhere but LSU if the Tigers have the kind
of season that many are predicting.
A couple of other guys high on the
list at this point are Jonathan Dwyer and Lennon Creer, who both plan to camp at
LSU this summer.
All-World back Noel Devine lists
the Tigers in his top six but the chances of him ever playing at LSU are slim to
Shaw’s Daniel Borne could go from
being a sleeper to someone that gets an offer if he performs well at a camp this
summer. He is a good looking runner with good balance and good vision, and he
has enough speed to break the long one.
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