LSU’s Bayou Picnic to welcome top football recruits

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU football coach Les Miles
Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU football coach Les Miles

Lady Antebellum and Miranda Lambert won’t be the only headliners on the LSU campus this weekend.

For LSU football fans, the Bayou Country Superfest at Tiger Stadium will merely be the sound track for the Bayou Picnic recruiting event Saturday on the LSU campus.

The Bayou Picnic will allow LSU coaches to entertain some of the nation’s top recruits and their families in what promises to be a festive weekend in Tigertown.

One of the biggest stars of the show expected to appear is West Monroe offensive tackle Cameron Robinson. A consensus national top-10 prospect, Robinson (6-foot-6, 325 pounds) is ranked No. 3 nationally on the Scout 300, No. 6 on the 24/7 Sports Top 247, No. 7 on the ESPN 150 and No. 8 on the Rivals 100.

All four recruiting services consider Robinson the nation’s No. 1 offensive tackle prospect. Though he’s receiving interest and scholarship offers from virtually every major school, the battle lines for Robinson’s signature are apparently being drawn between LSU and Alabama.

Robinson made news when he attended the Alabama spring game but told 24/7 Sports that the Tigers and Crimson Tide are in a virtual dead heat. Robinson said he attended the A-Day game to have the chance to get to know Bama offensive line coach Mario Cristobal better.

LSU’s coaches are pulling out all the stops to develop a relationship with Robinson and his family. Coach Les Miles and his family reportedly even sang “Happy Birthday” over the phone recently to Robinson’s mother.

If LSU can sign Robinson in February, there’s a good chance he will one day be blocking for one of the quarterbacks who also are planning to visit campus Saturday. Bossier City Parkway quarterback Brandon Harris (6-2, 186) and Toledo (Ohio) Central Catholic quarterback DeShone Kizer (6-5, 208) are two of LSU’s top quarterback targets for 2014.

Both are dual-threat players, with Harris graded as the nation’s No. 1 dual-threat prospect by 24/7 Sports. Harris is No. 97 on the 24/7 Sports Top 247 and No. 186 on the Rivals 250; he gets four stars from ESPN and three from Scout. Kizer isn’t nationally ranked but gets four stars from all four recruiting services; ESPN ranks him as the No. 6 dual-threat prospect — right behind Harris.

Among the other top players expected to be on hand are wide receiver Speedy Noil (6-0, 176) and defensive end Gerald Willis (6-3, 261) of Karr; John Curtis wide receiver Malachi Dupre (6-3, 187); and several 2014 LSU commitments such as University High offensive guard Garrett Brumfield (6-4, 285), Brother Martin offensive guard Will Clapp (6-4, 270), Westlake tight end Jacory Washington (6-5, 211) and Arlington (Texas) Mansfield Timberview safety Ed Paris (6-0, 201).

St. Augustine running back Leonard Fournette (6-1, 232), the nation’s top prospect according to ESPN and Scout, is unlikely to attend because his team’s spring game is Saturday, but he indicated to 24/7 Sports that he may try to make it.

LSU has nine commitments for 2014 after the decommitment earlier this week of Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College and former East St. John standout D’haquille Williams (6-3, 213). Ranked by 24/7 Sports as the nation’s top junior-college prospect, Williams said he wanted to consider his options and take visits before making his final choice. Williams hopes to enroll at a school in January so he can take part in 2014 spring practice.