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. Over 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, has room for upward of 10 additions.

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 on the board and what could be in store next for the Tigers.

LSU recruiting: Where it ranks

  • LSU’s 2018 recruiting class ranks No. 16 in the country and No. 6 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 edge
  • 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 edge
  • 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 edge

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. Over 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 making a visit for the Tigers’ spring game and he has been in touch with LSU every day since. Cook included LSU in his final 3, along with Ohio State and Texas. Cook made an official visit to Baton Rouge on Oct. 14 ahead of an Oct. 30 commitment date.
  • Kelvin Joseph, 4-star DB (Baton Rouge, La.): Joseph de-committed from LSU on Oct. 2, which 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’ll visit Florida State, Clemson, Alabama and LSU before a February decision. Expect Joseph to return to the Tigers’ 2018 class.
  • Nadab Joseph, 4-star DB (Miami, Fla.): Joseph also de-committed from LSU. He reopened his recruitment in June amid a strong push from Alabama and Georgia. The longtime LSU commit is down to LSU and Alabama, with official visits scheduled to Tuscaloosa, Ala., for the LSU game on Nov. 4 and to Baton Rouge on Nov. 25 when the Tigers host Texas A&M. Expect Joseph to make a decision soon after those official stops, with Alabama as the slight favorite at the moment.
  • 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 now 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 — could likely wind up in Baton Rouge. He visited for last week’s tilt vs. Auburn.
  • 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. While 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. LSU is unlikely to take a quarterback in its 2018 class that isn’t named Justin Rogers.
  • 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 finds itself 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.
  • 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. Chase made his way to Baton Rouge for the home opener against Chattanooga and again for the Auburn game, but the 4-star receiver seems to be leaning 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. If the Tigers’ offense impresses, they stand in a strong position.
  • 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 gets onto 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 one official visit — to Auburn — but a stop in Baton Rouge is expected. Grimes has forged a good relationship with Traore, who could be in line for immediate playing time if he chooses LSU. He is early in the recruiting process, so things are open at this point.
  • Glenn Beal, 3-star TE (New Orleans): Beal nearly popped to LSU on several occasions dating back to last summer when he picked up 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 an official stop there on 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 camped 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 certainly 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 5
  • TE: 1 of 2
  • OL: 2 of 4
  • DL: 8 of 8
  • LB: 2 of 2
  • DB: 1 of 3

Geographic breakdown

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

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