Recruiting: LSU after more big names for 2018 football signing class

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JaMarr Chase

LSU’s coaching staff hopes that a commitment from Archbishop Rummel wide receiver JaMarr Chase is within reach (File Photo: Bill Arthurs).

LSU recently secured their 12th pledge for the 2018 recruiting class. The spring and summer months usually produce commitments from players hoping to get the process over with before their senior campaign begins.

Here is a list of players who rate very highly on LSU’s hit list. There is reciprocal interest from these top-rated recruits, so you could see some of these names pop up on the Tigers’ 2018 commitment list.

CB Patrick Surtain (6-2, 181)

The Fort Lauderdale, Fla. product has local ties. His dad played at Edna Karr before moving on to greatness at Southern Miss and the NFL. LSU is perceived to be odds on favorite for the younger Surtain, and Corey Raymond is recruiting him for the Tigers. Alabama, Clemson, Florida, Fla. State, Miami, Ohio State are in the mix. Surtain knows well the history of LSU as DBU.

WR Terrace Marshall (6-4, 190 with 4.5 speed)

The Bossier City native at Parkway High runs great routes. He had 55 catches for 1,250 yards averaging 22.7 yards per catch. Marshall reminds me of former LSU wideout Michael Clayton. Marshall’s top 6 includes LSU, Alabama, Mississippi State, Oklahoma, TCU and Texas A&M. He had an impressive New Orleans Open March 18-19th. Super hands, high points ball, run after catch outstanding. Is Louisiana top prospect for 2018.

ILB Teradja Mitchell (6-2, 238)

The Virginia Beach 4 star talent lists Florida State as his leader with LSU, Georgia, Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State, Virginia and Va. Tech in the next tier. He has super instincts and attacks ball carriers.

OT Dare Rosenthal (6-7, 309)

The Ferriday product is a key line target for LSU, and the staff has made great strides recently. He was a one -time Alabama pledge so expect this to end up as a LSU-Bama battle although he has nearly 30 offers. LSU is giving all out effort to secure Rosenthal.

WR Lawrence Keys III (5-11, 160)

The 4 star talent out of McDonogh 35 is a game changer. He attended LSU Junior Day back on Feb. 18 and then came back for Boys from the Boot. His top 6 – Texas A&M, LSU, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Mississippi State and Arkansas.

OT Will Lawrence (6-4, 285)

The Memphis native has Jeff Grimes giving him the Bengal Tigers’ pitch. The 24/7 Sports recruiting analysis calls him the 29th best senior tackle in nation. Ohio State, LSU, Arizona State, Michigan and North Carolina comprise his top 5 list.

TE Glenn Beal (6-4, 255)

LSU is the favorite. Mickey Joseph is handling recruiting Beal for Tigers. Texas, TCU, Texas A&M are all jockeying for position with the John Curtis standout.

CB Anthony Cook (6-1, 170)

All the big schools covet the Houston, Texas standout. Raymond is trying to sway him for Tigers but Ohio State, Clemson, Texas and TCU are vying with LSU for top honors for nation’s second-rated cover corner.

WR JaMarr Chase (6-2, 195)

The Rummel star has had a meteoric rise since January. Chase, a Kansas pledge for a brief time, has offers from LSU, Florida, Arkansas, Auburn, Tennessee, Ole Miss, Florida State and Mississippi State among others. He picked up the LSU offer in February at Boys from the Boot.

WR Jalen Preston (6-2, 210) 4.55

The 4 star had first offer from LSU on Junior Day in February. The Manvel, Texas native has visited Baton Rouge many times, and the LSU offense seems to fit his skills. The Tigers are trying to hold off Texas A&M while Oregon and Oklahoma are making a run at Preston as well. He is a dazzling route runner who will bring you to your feet in the gym with outstanding dunks, too.

TE Mustapha Muhammad (6-4, 235)

LSU is doing their best to stay in top 5 along with Florida State, Clemson, Texas A&M and Ohio State for the Missouri City, Texas talent.

WR Jammal Houston (6-2, 185)

The John Ehret product may come down to a LSU-Mississippi State tug-o-war but Tennessee is making a strong push. LSU is expected to be the winner.

LB Michael Williams (6-1, 230)

At the Dunham School, Williams has been a quarterback as a great athlete, a little like East Feliciana product Kendall Beckwith at the same career stage. It could come down to a LSU-Alabama finish here.

DE Stephen Wynn (6-4, 260)

LSU and Alabama trail Clemson, the IMG Academy player’s assumed leader.

DE Dorian Hardy (6-5, 245)

From a somewhat uncommon location for elite football talent in Montvale, New Jersey*, Hardy has Alabama as his leader. The 4 star prospect has LSU among nine other power programs on his second tier of options.

*Note: A reader pointed out the excellent prep programs and NFL-level talent to come out of that region. It’s an underrated area to be sure.

WR Joshua Moore (6-2, 173)

Among his 55 offers known, his top six schools are Florida State, LSU, Oklahoma, Texas, Texas A&M and UCLA. The Tigers have made up ground with the IMG Academy talent due mainly to his growing relationships with head coach Ed Orgeron and offensive coordinator Matt Canada.

DE Gregory Rousseau (6-6, 205)

The Hialeah, Fla. product lists Miami as his leader while LSU, USC, Iowa State are in the next tier.

RB Zamir White (5-11, 195)

A 5 star back out of Laurinburg, North Carolina, White is receiving interest from everyone far and wide. LSU is making up ground with Orgeron and Canada on case but his top four look like Clemson, Alabama, Georgia and North Carolina.

CB Tyson Campbell (6-2, 180)

A teammate of Patrick Surtain at American Heritage in Fort Lauderdale, Campbell has LSU and Clemson are his top two. More heavy hitters like Alabama, Florida, Flalorida State and Miami comprise the next group in pursuit.

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