Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Eye on the Tigers, a rundown of everything happening in LSU Tigers recruiting , with Sam Spiegelman. In this edition, we discuss another 5-star cornerback to keep tabs on. That’s Tyson Campbell, who suggested that LSU has made a push back into the mix this fall.
LSU again in the mix for Tyson Campbell
PLANTATION, Fla. — LSU emerged as one of the top contenders to land Tyson Campbell in the spring.
Campbell and American Heritage (Fla.) High School teammates Patrick Surtain Jr. and Andrew Chatfield made an unofficial visit to Baton Rouge, which sparked a bevy of predictions that all three blue-chip recruits could wind up as Tigers.
LSU’s momentum took a downturn over the summer. During Nike’s The Opening Finals in Oregon, the 5-star cornerback indicated that only LSU defensive backs coach Corey Raymond was communicating with him and, as a result, the school was losing some steam. However, that lull has come to pass, and with Raymond leading the way, the Tigers have reasserted themselves as a team with momentum in the pursuit of the nation’s No.3-ranked cornerback.
“They’ve reinserted themselves back into the mix,” Campbell told SEC Country. “They have kept keeping in touch with me and that’s what got them back into the mix. They keep telling me that they need cornerbacks because they have some guys that are going to the draft and some guys that are about to graduate. This is an important class for defensive backs for LSU.”
Earlier this month, LSU lost a commitment from 4-star Baton Rouge defensive back Kelvin Joseph, who reopened his recruitment after some schools were reluctant to let him officially visit while still committed. That leaves 3-star nickel safety Ar’Darius Washington as the lone defensive back in this class, and as Campbell so eloquently stated, it’s a major need for 2018.
Surtain sits atop the board. The 5-star cornerback has maintained that LSU is his No. 1 option since July 2016. This weekend, the staff will host 5-star Houston cornerback Anthony Cook for an official visit. He already has made stops at Ohio State and Texas and will make his way back to Baton Rouge ahead of a scheduled Oct. 30 decision.
Other defensive backs of note include 4-star Texas commit Jalen Green and 3-star New Orleans nickel safety Joseph Foucha, both of whom are expected to officially visit LSU this fall or after their high school seasons. Campbell is another defensive back in play, and while Raymond and Co. have some work cut out for them, the Tigers remain a team that’s quietly still in a strong position.
LSU has work to do for Tyson Campbell
Campbell was a fan of LSU growing up, but the Tigers’ coaching staff has work to do if it’s going to surpass some other notable schools to leapfrog to the top for the U.S. Army All-American.
When asked about which schools among his top group are pushing the hardest, he said it’s Georgia, Alabama, Ohio State, Miami and Clemson. LSU has been on the outside looking in.
In the spring, the Tigers looked like they were close to landing his commitment. Now, they have their work cut out for them. Why did those five schools get listed ahead of LSU?
“I don’t feel like I’m a big priority for them,” Campbell explained about the Tigers, “but I’m one of the guys that they would like and would love to have.”
Expect LSU to crank up the pressure on Campbell to return to campus at some point in the fall or after his senior season.
Like the other schools at the top of his list, early playing time is on the table at LSU. That’s a shared factor among all of Campbell’s top schools, as well as the environment at each campus. The latter is why a return visit to Baton Rouge is crucial to improving LSU’s chances down the stretch.
“The lack of depth at the corner positions, the guys that they [these schools] produce, but also that they help them become better men,” Campbell said of his top schools. “They also help them get drafted to the league, and that’s one of my dreams. That’s why I feel like these schools are at the top. I can see myself playing there, and when I visit, I feel comfortable.”
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