LSU adds Nick Brossette, Xavier Lewis as 2015 commitments

Top offensive lineman says he’ll announce Friday

Advocate file photo by HEATHER McCLELLAND -- University's Nick Brossette rushed for 3,669 yards and 76 TDs in two seasons.
Advocate file photo by HEATHER McCLELLAND -- University's Nick Brossette rushed for 3,669 yards and 76 TDs in two seasons.

In his mind, Nick Brossette didn’t know when he would make a decision about where he would play his college football.

Monday night, though, his heart told him it was time. So University High’s star running back shuffled over to LSU’s football complex, where he informed coach Les Miles, offensive coordinator Cam Cameron and running backs coach Frank Wilson of his decision.

“They were really excited,” Brossette, a 2015 prospect, said Tuesday. “I surprised them big time.”

The surprises continued Monday when another in-state 2015 prospect, cornerback Xavier Lewis of East St. John, also pledged to LSU in a coordinated one-two punch.

“We’re like brothers,” said Brossette (6-foot, 210 pounds). “We planned it out that way.”

The excitement — and anxiety — surrounding LSU recruiting climbed to another level Tuesday as highly recruited West Monroe offensive tackle Cameron Robinson tweeted he will announce his commitment Friday.

Robinson (6-5, 330), is ranked No. 1 on the 24/7 Sports Top 247 national recruiting list for 2014, No. 2 on the Scout 300 and No. 3 on the ESPN 300 and Rivals 250.

He is expected to choose LSU or Alabama.

The recruiting battle is the latest between the two college football superpowers and rekindles memories of last year’s fight over Dutchtown star Landon Collins, a battle won by the Crimson Tide.

Robinson’s commitment would come one week after his close friend, Monroe Ouachita wide receiver Cameron Sims, pledged to Alabama.

At the very least, though, the early part of the week belonged to LSU and the quality of its small but impressive 2015 recruiting class.

ESPN ranks Brossette as the nation’s No. 1 running back prospect for 2015 and No. 16 on its ESPN Jr 300. He’s also No. 57 on Scout’s 2015 300 list and No. 112 on the 24/7 Sports Top 247 for 2015.

Lewis is No. 181 on 24/7’s Top 247 and gets three stars from ESPN. He is so far unranked by Rivals or Scout.

The third 2015 commitment is cornerback Kevin Toliver II (6-1, 183) of Jacksonville (Fla.) Trinity Christian. Toliver is rated the No. 2 prospect for 2015 by ESPN, No. 5 by Scout and No. 33 by 24/7 Sports. Rivals hasn’t released its national list for 2015 but recently upgraded Toliver to five-star status.

LSU already has one running back commitment for 2014 from East Ascension’s Sione Palelei (5-10, 202) and is considered the leader for St. Augustine running back Leonard Fournette (6-1, 226), rated as the nation’s No. 1 prospect for 2014 by ESPN and Scout.

The Tigers are also strongly recruiting Catholic High running back Derrius Guice (5-11, 205) for 2015. Guice is ranked No. 104 on the 2015 ESPN 300.

Despite that potential wave of tailback talent coming LSU’s way, Brossette was undeterred. He said LSU’s coaches have kept him informed of their plans all along.

“They’ve told me they are going to take two backs this year and two next year,” Brossette said. “I have to keep working hard to earn my spot, but they’ll make me better by competing with them.”

Brossette’s teammate, offensive guard Garrett Brumfield (6-4, 285), is already a prominent LSU commitment for 2014.

“He said we’ll be together for the next four years, too,” Brossette said. “He’s real excited for me.”

LSU has 14 commitments for the Class of 2014.