LSU Football Recruiting 2014: Updates on Commits, Visits and Offers
Make sure to follow this exclusive tracker from now until national signing day for the latest news and happenings surrounding LSU's 2014 recruiting class.
Note: All recruiting rankings via 247Sports.
Tuesday, June 4
See where the top 2014 recruits hail from with Bleacher Report's interactive recruiting map.
Monday, May 27
After a hard-fought battle, LSU lost out on 5-star safety Jabrill Peppers on Sunday.
Peppers is now a Michigan man—which was expected—and the recruitment appears be over.
Peppers talked to Steve Wiltfong of 247Sports about his commitment:
I grew up a Michigan fan and the opportunity to play for the program was one I couldn’t pass up. The direction of the program, we’re going to be competing for and winning National Championships.
Peppers is the No. 3 player in the 247Sports Composite Rankings.
LSU is loaded at the safety position, so this isn’t a huge or unexpected loss. With 5-star safety Edward Paris and 4-star safety Devin Voorhies already in the fold, the Tigers are set for the 2014 cycle.
Tuesday, May 21
Two weeks is a lifetime in recruiting. The Tigers picked up a pledge from the No. 1 JUCO in the country when 4-star wide receiver D’haquille Williams announced his commitment May 10. May 21, it all changed.
Williams has now opened up his recruitment with LSU still in the mix. Auburn, Texas and Texas A&M are also high on his list.
Getting listed as a finalist for one of the nation’s top defensive linemen is always a plus. On Thursday, 5-star defensive tackle Gerald Willis made it known that LSU was among his finalists.
According to Max Olson with ESPN (subscription required), his top four are LSU, Texas A&M, Florida and Louisiana Tech. Willis said to Olson ““I’m wide open right now,” and that “I’ve narrowed it down to a top four, but I’m not going to be disrespectful and not talk to college coaches if they come. That’s the least I can do if they’re offering, I can see what they have to offer.”
LSU lost a host of talent to the NFL draft this April, but there is a new round of talent that has already arrived in Baton Rouge. Adding Willis to the roster would give the Tigers another impact underclassman for the 2014 season.
The Tigers picked up a huge commitment on Friday when the nation’s No. 1 JUCO prospect pledged his signature to the program (h/t GulfLive.com). The latest pledge for the 2014 class is 5-star wide receiver D'haquille Williams out of Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College.
Shea Dixon with 247Sports broke the commitment news on Twitter:
Williams is 6’2”, 190 pounds and is a very physical player on the outside. He is a huge addition to this class as the Tigers attempt to shore up the receiver position in this class.
Monday, May 13
Thornton is a 6’5”, 225-pound rush end and is a big miss by the Tigers staff.
The defensive line is a focus this cycle with the loss of Barkevious Mingo and others.
Thursday, May 9
LSU is one of the three schools awaiting 4-star defensive end Justin Thornton’s decision this Sunday.
Thornton is a talented defensive end from Vigor High School in Mobile, Ala. LSU, Auburn and Texas A&M are among his finalists.
This was expected to be a race between Auburn and LSU, but recently the favor has tipped in Auburn’s way.
This is what James Smith with The Times-Picayune had to say about the pending announcement:
The fact that Thornton moved his announcement up shortly after his visit to Auburn would make one believe that Auburn may be his choice on Sunday. And, in my opinion, one would be correct. Thornton will select Auburn over LSU in a close race. LSU was Thornton's leader going into his Auburn visit, but the appeal of staying in state and playing with his teammate Deshaun Davis is too much to pass up for Thornton. Auburn offers immediate playing time and the fact that LSU signed so many defensive linemen last year, may have hurt LSU's chances.
There are a lot of factors pointing to Auburn, but don’t count out the Bayou Bengals just yet. Anything can happen in recruiting, and despite an early commitment date, his recruitment won’t end on Sunday.
Elite offensive linemen are tough to come by, and when there is one as talented as 5-star offensive tackle Cameron Robinson walking around down south, SEC programs take notice.
Alabama and LSU have put a full-court press on Robinson, and heading into the summer he is expected to be getting pulled heavily in both directions. According to Andrew Lopez with the Times-Picayune, he is a slight LSU lean.
This is a battle that will head to the wire, but two consecutive unofficial visits to Alabama in April have the odds for each team evening out.
Some good news dropped for LSU today with a Chicago Tribune report having 4-star outside linebacker Clifton Garrett narrowing his finalist list to five with the Tigers at the head of the pack. The rest of the list included USC, Florida, Tennessee and Ole Miss.
When asked about the SEC-heavy list, he told the media: "The SEC is big-boy football, and they all have a crazy game-day atmosphere. The past seven years an SEC team has been in the national championship game, and I want to win a national championship."
Garrett is a heavy hitter from the outside linebacker position, and he heads into his senior year as an Army All-American selection for 2014.
LSU is in need of a reload at linebacker, and Garrett would be a great addition to the group for this class.
The Tigers lost a lot of talent at running back when Spencer Ware and Michael Ford left the program after last season.
One target who could fill an immediate need is 5-star running back Leonard Fournette. Fournette is the No. 1 player in this class and plays football in the Tigers' backyard in New Orleans.
This prospect has a lot to like as a power back. He has great field vision, excellent one-cut ability and an extra gear that allows him to leave defenders in the second level.
He has a long stride which helps him cover ground quickly, and he loves to run north and south—making him a huge asset to the LSU pro-style attack.
From day one, he could be a contributor. At 6’0”, 225 pounds, he has the frame to play now in college.
He is an elusive and powerful runner who is projected by most experts to end up in Baton Rouge.
LSU is currently holding strong at No. 5 in the early recruiting Top 25. Nine commitments are in the fold for the Tigers, and there are a number of needs already being met by Miles and Co.
Two top safeties are big additions to this class. Five-star Edward Paris is the No. 28 player in the country, and 4-star Devin Voorhies is No. 107. Both will meet needs for a secondary that lost Eric Reid this past year and Craig Loston, who will depart after 2013.
Of the nine commitments, four are Top 150 players.
The Bayou Bengals have a lot of steam on the trail heading into the summer.
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