LSU recruiting: Latest updates on the Tigers’ 2018 class

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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 19 commitments, could add as many as six 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. 14 in the country and No. 5 in the SEC, according to the 247Sports composite rankings.
  • The Tigers hold 19 commitments. That breaks down to eight 4-star recruits and 11 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, 4-star RB
  • Micah Baskerville, 4-star LB
  • Jaray Jenkins, 4-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
  • Damien Lewis, 3-star OL

Top uncommitted targets

  • Terrace Marshall Jr., 5-star WR (Bossier City, La.): LSU, Texas A&M and Florida State are the top-3 schools for the nation’s No. 1 wide receiver. Marshall just officially visited LSU after making the rounds to Florida State, Texas and Texas A&M earlier this fall. 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 the U.S. Army All-American Game or even 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 sometime this month. LSU has effectively asserted itself as a player for the 5-star cornerback moving forward with Texas as its biggest competition.
  • 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 and 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 and officially visited for the A&M game. A decision is scheduled for the Under Armour All-America Game on Jan. 4.
  • 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 officially visited LSU on Nov. 25 alongside Marshall. Matt Canada gave Rogers plenty to think about before he signs early on Dec. 22.
  • 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 or early January decision.
  • Ja’Marr Chase, 4-star WR (New Orleans): Chase de-committed from Florida and has made several unofficial visits to LSU. He’s made official stops at Michigan and will do the same to TCU later in December. Chase has consistently leaned toward his out-of-state options. The only X-factor is his recent injury, which could open up the door for the Tigers.
  • 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 has visited LSU quite a bit since the summertime, but an official visit remains up in the air. Jason has been a priority for this coaching staff and will make a final decision on Dec. 20.
  • 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 officially visited for the Texas A&M contest and was impressed with the environment and opportunities available to him Expect a decision to come between Traore’s bowl game on Saturday (Dec. 2) and the start of the early singing period (Dec.20).
  • 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 has yet to visit LSU, but should do so sometime in January before a decision. Florida State remains the biggest threat to the Tigers’ chances. Expect LSU to go all in for the Elite 11 finalist if it swings and missed on Rogers in December.
  • Glenn Beal, 3-star TE (New Orleans): Beal nearly committed to 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 has made several unofficial visits to LSU, who is recruiting him the hardest, 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 on National Signing Day in February.
  • 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
  • TE: 1
  • H-Back: 1
  • OL: 3 of 4
  • DL: 8 of 8
  • LB: 2 of 2
  • DB: 1 of 2

Geographic breakdown

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

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