LSU Football: Tigers' Top Remaining Recruiting Targets for National Signing Day
LSU head coach Les Miles and his staff will be hitting the recruiting trail hard until national signing day on Feb. 4.
The good news for the Tigers is they only have 16 players committed, which means there is plenty of room to grow. Miles and his staff have also been notorious for flipping commitments from other schools to LSU in the final weeks before national signing day.
Here are a few players LSU will target leading up to early February.
Daylon Mack, DT
There are few, if any, prospects as explosive as Daylon Mack.
Mack, a 6'0'', 330-pound defensive tackle, is a disruptive, gap-shooting playmaker in the mold of former LSU great Drake Nevis. Mack's dominance was on full display in the recent Under Armour All-America Game, where he earned MVP honors.
Mack was originally a Texas A&M commit, but he renounced his commitment weeks ago on Twitter and listed LSU and TCU has his finalists. But when Tigers defensive coordinator John Chavis bolted to the Aggies, Mack changed his scheduled official visit to Baton Rouge on Jan. 16 to Texas, per Geaux247.
LSU defensive line coach Brick Haley has been the one on staff who has recruited Mack the hardest. If Haley remains in Baton Rouge in some capacity, it would increase the chances Mack goes to LSU.
The Tigers do not have a committed defensive tackle in the 2015 class. With the lack of production from promising players Maquedius Bain, Greg Gilmore and Frank Herron, there is some uncertainty about the position's depth.
Mack would immediately step into the rotation as a true freshman.
Donte Jackson, ATH
Donte Jackson's rapid rise has been one the best storylines on the recruiting trail.
Jackson was dominant at Nike's The Opening in the fall and the recent U.S. Army All-American Bowl. His stellar play has catapulted him to the No. 3 overall player in Louisiana, according to 247Sports.
Jackson is close to 5-star LSU receiver commit Tyron Johnson, and the two would like to play together, per Geaux247. He has an official visit to Georgia on Jan. 16 and will visit LSU the following week.
The biggest question surrounding Jackson is what position he will play.
The consensus seems to be at cornerback, a position where LSU already has two 2015 commits in Kevin Toliver II and Xavier Lewis and a returning starter in Tre'Davious White. But a player of Jackson's caliber could get on the field regardless of who is in front of him.
Jackson could also factor into the return game and on offense. There are few prep players more electrifying with the ball in his hands.
Nick Brossette, RB
LSU fans should not panic.
Baton Rouge native Nick Brossette is still committed to the Tigers—but there is still a chance the talented runner could go elsewhere.
Brossette will make an official visit to Texas on Friday and then to Baton Rouge the following week, per Geaux247's Shea Dixon. Dixon reports the Longhorns staff has made a strong impression on the 4-star workhorse.
It should come to no surprise if Brossette chooses to go to Texas.
LSU will be loaded at running back with the return of Leonard Fournette and Darrel Williams. The Tigers also have 4-star commits from Derrius Guice and David Ducre, so the Longhorns could more quickly provide Brossette with carries.
With that said, he told 104.5/104.9 ESPN Baton Rouge that he does not mind sharing the wealth, per producer James Haralson:
Nick Brosette on @1045espn: Asked about possibly sharing carries w/ Guice and Ducre - "I can't wait to be in the backfield w/ them."— James Haralson (@jamesharalson) January 8, 2015
The Tigers would survive if Brossette spurns LSU for Texas. Yet with the way running backs get injured, depth is a must.
LSU running back coach Frank Wilson has a close relationship with Brossette. Expect Wilson to keep close tabs on him as signing day approaches.
Toby Weathersby, OT
LSU's offensive line could be gutted if junior left guard Vadal Alexander and redshirt sophomore Jerald Hawkins declare for the NFL draft. The Tigers already lost senior left tackle La'el Collins, center Elliott Porter and reliable backups Hoko Fanaika and Evan Washington.
Replenishing that depth is a must for Miles and offensive line coach Jeff Grimes.
The Tigers already have commitments from 5-star guard Maea Teuhema and 3-star tackles Adrian Magee and George Brown Jr. But if the Tigers can reel in 4-star tackle Toby Weathersby, the offensive-line coup for 2015 could be a home run.
Weathersby renounced his original commitment to Texas in December, which opened the door for the Tigers. The Under Armour All-American has an official visit slated for Baton Rouge on Jan. 23, per Geaux247.
The 247Sports Crystal Ball Projection only gives LSU a 9 percent chance of nabbing Weathersby. Even though those odds do not favor the Tigers, at least Grimes will have a chance to convince him to sign with LSU.
Leo Lewis, LB
The Tigers currently have no linebacker commitments in the 2015 class. That could change if they can flip 4-star Leo Lewis from Ole Miss.
Lewis is the No. 1 inside-linebacker prospect in the country. His instincts and massive 6'3'' frame make him a future All-SEC candidate.
The Tigers lost their best linebacker Kwon Alexander to the NFL draft. However, they do return starters Kendell Beckwith and Lamar Louis. Backups Duke Riley, Debo Jones and Clifton Garrett will also compete for playing time.
Even with the returning talent, Lewis has the potential to jump all of them on the depth chart.
The Tigers' chances of grabbing Lewis is hurt with defensive coordinator John Chavis' departure. The same can be said for all of the defensive prospects the Tigers are targeting. This makes Miles' decision of Chavis' replacement crucial.
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