LSU recruiting: Latest updates on the Tigers’ 2018 class

LSU has laid the foundation for what could be a top-10 recruiting class in 2018. During the next few months, the coaching staff will attempt to add a couple of pieces that would put this collection of talent into “elite” territory.

The Tigers’ 2018 recruiting class, which is up to 18 commitments, could add as many as 10 more players.

Each Friday, SEC Country will review the week that was in LSU recruiting. That includes an overview of the current commitments, the top remaining targets and what could be in store next for the Tigers.

LSU recruiting: Where it ranks

  • LSU’s 2018 recruiting class ranks No. 17 in the country and No. 7 in the SEC, according to the 247Sports composite rankings.
  • The Tigers hold 18 commitments. That breaks down to six 4-star recruits and 12 3-star prospects.

The week that was

Current commits

  • Jarell Cherry, 4-star DL
  • Davin Cotton, 4-star DL
  • Chasen Hines, 4-star OL
  • Damone Clark, 4-star LB
  • Kenan Jones, 4-star WR
  • Dare Rosenthal, 4-star DL
  • Chris Curry, 3-star RB
  • Micah Baskerville, 3-star LB
  • Jaray Jenkins, 3-star WR
  • Travez Moore, 3-star DL
  • Cole Smith, 3-star OL
  • Cameron Wire, 3-star OL
  • Zach Sheffer, 3-star TE
  • Nelson Jenkins, 3-star DL
  • Tae Provens, 3-star RB
  • Ar’Darius Washington, 3-star DB
  • Ja’Quon Griffin, 3-star DL
  • Dantrieze Scott, 3-star DL

Top uncommitted targets

  • Terrace Marshall Jr., 5-star WR (Bossier City, La.): A new-look top 5 hasn’t hurt LSU’s chances with the nation’s top wide receiver. LSU, Texas A&M and Texas kept their spots, while Alabama and Florida State joined the fray. During the next month the 5-star receiver will officially visit all of his top schools, including LSU on Nov. 25. Marshall is high on his relationship with the LSU coaching staff but said it will come down to how the Tigers’ offense looks. A decision will come Dec. 22.
  • Patrick Surtain Jr., 5-star CB (Plantation, Fla.): The nation’s No. 1 cornerback released a final 6 of LSU, Florida State, Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State and Florida. Surtain’s most-recent visit to LSU with his parents came in July. They toured the campus and got an up-close look at the academic offerings. Surtain also spent quality time with LSU players, most notably Donte Jackson and Kevin Toliver II. Surtain has named LSU as his leading school, but a commitment won’t come until National Signing Day in February. He is the top defensive target on LSU’s board.
  • Anthony Cook, 5-star CB (Houston): LSU holds a commitment from only one defensive back in the 2018 class. Thus, defensive backs coach Corey Raymond has been dialing up the pressure on Cook. The Army All-American was high on LSU after visiting during the Tigers’ spring game, and he has been in touch with LSU every day since. Cook made an official visit to Baton Rouge on Oct. 14 and will make a decision later this month. LSU has effectively asserted itself as a player for the 5-star cornerback moving forward.
  • Kelvin Joseph, 4-star DB (Baton Rouge, La.): Joseph de-committed from LSU on Oct. 2, a decision that came out of left field. The 4-star Baton Rouge prospect wanted to take all five of his official visits, but some schools were reluctant to allow him on campus while still committed to LSU. Joseph reopened his recruitment, but maintains the Tigers as his top team. He’s already visited Florida State an will make trips to Clemson, Alabama and LSU before a decision in February. Expect Joseph to return to the Tigers’ 2018 class.
  • Justin Watkins, 4-star ATH (Clermont, Fla.): Watkins, another onetime LSU commitment, is bracing for a decision sometime in the next two months. LSU is one of two finalists along with the Crimson Tide. The versatile 4-star athlete is being courted at a slot receiver in the Tigers offense. In what could be a crazy twist, Watkins — who, since de-committing from LSU, has been committed to both Florida State and Texas — likely could wind up in Baton Rouge. He visited for the team’s tilt vs. Auburn. Watkins could make up his mind at some point in the next few weeks.
  • Justin Rogers, 4-star QB (Bossier City, La.): Louisiana’s No. 1 quarterback committed to TCU on May 31, but that has not deterred LSU coaches from continuing the press for Rogers. Though Rogers is solid with the Horned Frogs, he is keeping an open mind toward the Tigers and their new-look offense. The 4-star dual-threat quarterback will officially visit LSU on Nov. 25 alongside Marshall. Rogers is an early enrollee, so if LSU gets back in the race, it would need to impress the dual-threat prospect quickly.
  • Harold Joiner, 4-star RB (Birmingham, Ala.): After jumping out to an early lead and then being excluded from Joiner’s top 6, LSU again is in a strong position to land his commitment. The 4-star tailback cooled on the Tigers after they procured commitments from three running backs at the end of June, but running backs coach Tommie Robinson has worked hard to repair the relationship and put LSU in a strong position to add Joiner this fall. Joiner will save his final official visit for LSU. Alabama has made a strong push for the in-state tailback after missing on Asa Martin and Zamir White, but LSU remains the favorite ahead of a December decision.
  • Ja’Marr Chase, 4-star WR (New Orleans): Chase made a surprising decision to commit to Florida after attending Friday Night Lights in July, but LSU has refused to turn down its efforts for the in-state wide receiver. Earlier this month, the 4-star receiver reopened his recruitment, which opens the doors for the Tigers. However, Chase has consistently leaned toward his out-of-state options.
  • Devonta Jason, 4-star WR (New Orleans): Jason has been committed to Kansas since February, but a final decision won’t come until December, before he graduates and enrolls early at the university of his choosing. The elite in-state receiver visited LSU in July and enjoyed a sit-down meeting with coach Ed Orgeron and wide receivers coach Mickey Joseph. Jason returned for the Auburn game. Expect an official visit in November or December before a Dec. 20 decision.
  • Lawrence Keys III, 4-star WR (New Orleans): Keys has named LSU as his leading school and is in the process of scheduling his official visits. LSU should be able to pad its lead for Keys when he arrives on campus with his mother, who is playing an integral role in helping her son make an informed decision. Don’t be surprised if Keys pops to LSU after making an official visit in the fall or soon after.
  • Badara Traore, 4-star OL (JUCO): The No. 1 junior college offensive tackle remains a priority for offensive line coach Jeff Grimes and the Tigers’ coaching staff as they look to fortify the offensive line once K.J. Malone graduates after the 2017 season. Traore has made two official visits — to Auburn and to Texas — but a stop in Baton Rouge is expected in November. Grimes has forged a good relationship with Traore, who could be in line for immediate playing time if he chooses LSU. Expect a decision to come after Traore’s official visit to LSU.
  • James Foster, 3-star QB (Montgomery, Ala.): Foster secured an offer from LSU during the team’s off-week in late October, then de-committed from Missouri within 24 hours. Foster will make his first visit to LSU on Saturday and will return in December for his official. He could make a commitment soon after. The Tigers have pounced on the Alabama dual-threat quarterback and immediately surged as one of his top options. Foster is emerging as the most likely quarterback to fall to LSU in the 2018 class.
  • Glenn Beal, 3-star TE (New Orleans): Beal nearly picked LSU on several occasions dating back to last summer when he received his offer. As his recruitment has taken off, he has relied on patience while going through the process. Beal recently made an unofficial visit to LSU and will make another official stop Feb. 2. The priority tight end target is high on the new-look offense, and the Tigers have put themselves in a strong position to keep the 6-foot-5, 260-pound standout in-state.
  • Michael Williams , 3-star ATH (Baton Rouge, La.): One of the biggest unknowns in The Boot this recruiting class is Williams, who holds offers from LSU, Ole Miss, Texas A&M and Alabama, but appears to be undecided. Williams attended camp at LSU at the start of June and drew the attention of defensive coordinator Dave Aranda. They have remained in daily contact with Williams, who is in the discussion as one of LSU’s top uncommitted defensive targets. Williams has made visits to nearly every LSU home game this fall and said the Tigers are courting him the hardest.

Positional breakdown

  • QB: 0 of 1
  • RB: 2 of 3
  • WR: 2 of 4
  • H-Back: 1 of 2
  • OL: 2 of 4
  • DL: 8 of 8
  • LB: 2 of 2
  • DB: 1 of 4

Geographic breakdown

  • Louisiana: 11
  • Florida: 2
  • Texas: 2
  • Georgia: 1
  • Alabama: 1
  • Mississippi: 1

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