LSU Football Recruiting: 6 Commits and Top Targets to Watch at The Opening

Carter Bryant@carterthepowerContributor IJune 11, 2014

LSU Football Recruiting: 6 Commits and Top Targets to Watch at The Opening

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    LSU cornerback Kevin Toliver II
    LSU cornerback Kevin Toliver IICredit: 247Sports

    The Opening has become an annual staple of recruiting. The best high school junior prospects in the country come together to participate in a variety of tests and challenges. 

    Players must be invited to compete at The Opening, which is held at Nike’s World Headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon. A few of the competitions include the Nike 7ON Tournament (7v7), Nike Elite Linemen Challenge and SPARQ Rating National Championship, per Nike. 

    LSU head coach Les Miles and the rest of the coaching staff have their eyes on a multitude of players competing. Here are six to look out for, three of whom have already committed to LSU, when the camp begins on July 5. 

Kevin Toliver II, CB

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    High School/HometownTrinity Christian Academy; Jacksonville, Fla.

    Recruitment Status: Committed to LSU

    Kevin Toliver II will likely be the top prospect who signs with LSU. He committed in 2012 and has not wavered since then. 

    He is the No. 1 cornerback prospect in the country in a loaded class at the position. He has no shortage of confidence and will want to prove his worth against the best. 

    The Nike 7ON Tournament (7v7) could be dominated by the defensive backs. Expect to hear Toliver's name often throughout the seven-on-seven tournament.  

Nick Brossette, RB

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    Credit: 247Sports

    High School/HometownUniversity High School; Baton Rouge, La.

    Recruitment Status: Committed to LSU

    Nick Brossette is the No. 2 prospect in the state of Louisiana. He is one of two running backs who are committed to the Tigers, as he is expected to be joined at LSU by fellow Baton Rougian Derrius Guice

    Brossette's best attribute is his power, as he is superb at breaking through arm tackles and bursting through the initial wave of defenders. Unfortunately, he will not be able to show that skill set, because there is no tackling at The Opening. 

    But he will participate in the Nike 7ON Tournament (7v7). He has soft hands as a receiver out of the backfield, so expect him to shine. 

Maea Teuhema, OT

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    Credit: 247Sports

    High School/Hometown: Keller High School; Keller, Texas 

    Recruitment Status: Committed to LSU

    LSU will need to reload at offensive line next season, especially at tackle. The Tigers will be losing senior left tackle La'el Collins, and right tackle Jerald Hawkins could bolt to the NFL early. 

    Maea Teuhema could be the next bookend tackle with the potential to start all four seasons in Baton Rouge. He is the No. 4 overall tackle in the country and a ferocious run-blocker. 

    His foot speed in pass protection will be tested when he faces off against the speedy rushers in one-on-one drills at The Opening. He could find himself in trouble against elusive 5-star ends Josh Sweat and Keisean Lucier-South.

Xavier Lewis, CB

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    Cornerback prospect Xavier Lewis stands with LSU defensive back coach Corey Raymond.
    Cornerback prospect Xavier Lewis stands with LSU defensive back coach Corey Raymond.Credit: Geaux247

    High School/Hometown: East St. John High School; Reserve, La. 

    Recruitment Status: Uncommitted 

    LSU will have another spectacular defensive back coup in 2015. The Tigers could challenge to have the best secondary class in the country if they can reel in Xavier Lewis

    His name could be lost in the loaded group of elite defensive back prospects. He is the No. 18 cornerback, which is rather low for a player invited to The Opening. But the potential for him to finish in the top 10 is there. 

    He will have his chance to shine in the Nike 7ON Tournament (7v7). If he performs admirably, expect his name to start buzzing across the country. 

Torrance Gibson, QB

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    High School/Hometown: American Heritage High School; Fort Lauderdale, Fla.  

    Recruitment Status: Uncommitted 

    Torrance Gibson has the potential to be the most exciting quarterback in college football. But in a camp setting, he could face a level of discomfort. 

    He is an improviser at quarterback, much like Johnny Manziel. He is at his best when a play breaks down and he is forced to make a play with his legs. Tackling him is like snagging a mosquito.

    But at The Opening, he will be forced to throw from the pocket in the Nike 7ON Tournament (7v7) against elite defensive backs. He does not throw with his feet set from within the tackle box often, so do not be surprised if he struggles. However, his amazing accuracy should allow him to have some success. 

    LSU fans will be keeping a close eye on Gibson. Yet the Tigers are not the favorites for his services or in desperate need for a quarterback.  

Tyron Johnson, WR

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    High School/HometownWarren Easton High SchoolNew Orleans, La.  

    Recruitment Status: Uncommitted 

    Tyron Johnson is the No. 1 prospect in the state of Louisiana. Multiple signs indicate he will eventually choose LSU, but Texas Tech, Georgia and others will be in the running. 

    He should thrive at The Opening. He might not blow anybody away with his SPARQ testing, but defensive backs will have headaches defending him in the Nike 7ON Tournament (7v7)

    Johnson is a technician while running routes and has amazing ball skills. The Big Easy prospect is somewhat similar to Louisiana's No. 1 receiver from the 2014 class, Malachi Dupre. In the above video, Dupre is seen presenting his fellow New Orleans native an official invite to The Opening.    

    Damarkus Lodge and George Campbell are two other receivers who are LSU targets, according to 247Sports. They will be competing in The Opening, so keep an eye on them. But Johnson is the most likely of the three to commit to the Tigers.  


    *Rankings and additional recruiting information via 247Sports