LSU will kick off the fourth quarter of the recruiting season with, arguably, its most important weekend visit of the year.
The month-long recruiting dead period ended Wednesday, and the Tigers coaches spread out throughout the nation making in-home visit with key targets.
It’s closing time in the recruiting season.
Just 20 days shy of National Signing Day on Feb. 5, LSU has seven spots open for its 2014 class.
“It’s the fourth quarter,” said William Weathers of TigerBait.com, the Rivals.com LSU affiliate. “They’ve got to get it done.”
It begins this weekend. LSU will host 10-plus recruits, some uncommitted and some committed, Weathers said.
Leading that group is John Curtis receiver Malachi Dupre and Georgia defensive end Lorenzo Carter. A pair of five-star prospects, both are ranked as the No. 2 player nationally at their position.
Dupre has mostly narrowed his finalists to LSU, Florida State and UCLA, though Alabama is making a late push. BamaOnline, the Alabama 24/7 Sports site, reported Dupre plans a visit to Tuscaloosa on Sunday after his Saturday LSU visit.
Dupre is expecting a visit from LSU receivers coach Adam Henry before making the trip to Baton Rouge this weekend, Geaux247 reported.
This will be Dupre’s first official visit to LSU and the Tigers are planning to “really lay the foundation,” Weathers said.
The Tigers are pushing hard, too, for Carter, a Norcross, Ga., native considering LSU, Georgia, Florida State, Alabama and Florida.
Defensive line Brick Haley has been on Carter, Weathers said, and it’s made a difference.
Most see Carter as a heavy Georgia lean, but LSU will try to make a splash with him during this weekend’s official visit.
“If Malachi is 1A,” Weathers said, “Carter is 1B.”
Those are just the headliners during this weekend’s official visit.
Several commits will join the highly rated uncommitted prospects, according to Geaux247.
They include Lake Charles receiver Trey Quinn, University High lineman Garrett Brumfield, John Ehret running back Darrel Williams, Brother Martin lineman Will Clapp and Westlake tight end Jacory Washington.
Young to visit next weekend
John Curtis linebacker Kenny Young, a four-star uncommitted prospect, is expected to take an official visit to LSU next weekend, Weathers said.
It’s “imperative” for LSU to sign another linebacker to join five-star commitment Clifton Garrett, Weathers said.
Young’s finalists are thought to be LSU, UCLA, Arkansas and Texas A&M.
He plans a visit to A&M this weekend and he’s hoping it’s a good one, according to his Twitter account.
“A&M in a couple of days,” Young tweeted Wednesday night. “If it feels home then I should be set!”
On Thursday, Young tweeted a photo of him and defensive coordinator John Chavis, who visited the linebacker.
Coach Les Miles, like many of his assistants, is spending Thursday and Friday on the road visiting prospects. One in particular Miles will visit, Geaux247 reports, is five-star California cornerback Adoree Jackson, rated as the top cornerback in the country. … The absence of an offensive line coach has thrust former offensive coordinator Steve Kragthorpe on the road, Geaux247 reported. Kragthorpe was expected to visit LSU’s two offensive line commits, Clapp and Brumfiield, over the past two days. Kragthorpe suffers from Parkinson’s Disease. … According to several outlets, LSU defensive end commit Deondre Clark will visit Oklahoma this weekend. Geaux 247 analyst Sonny Shipp said last week that Clark is leaning toward decommitting from LSU and staying closer to his Oklahoma City home. … Four-star defensive tackle Travonte Valentine has narrowed his finalists to Miami and LSU. He’s a former Miami commit who decommitted a couple of weeks ago.