Another big weekend for LSU as Signing Day looms

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELDRedemptorist quarterback Russell Gage drops back to pass as Northlake Christian's Caleb Sampson rushes him during a game Nov. 15. Show caption
Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELDRedemptorist quarterback Russell Gage drops back to pass as Northlake Christian's Caleb Sampson rushes him during a game Nov. 15.

For the second straight weekend, LSU is set to host 10-plus official visitors as the Tigers close out their 2014 signing class.

The headliners include a group of uncommitted players — defensive tackle Travonte Valentine, offensive tackle Derrick Kelly Jr. and Redemptorist athlete Russell Gage — as well as LSU defensive end commit Deondre Clark.

“It’s the next-to-last chance to make an impression and an impact,” said William Weathers of TigerBait.com.

The recruiting season is down to its final two weekends before National Signing Day arrives Feb. 5. LSU has 18 commitments, seven shy of the NCAA’s limit of 25 signees.

Coaches are zeroing in on the aforementioned group, and some recruiting analysts expect LSU targets to commit over the weekend or early next week.

Just one player who is committed to another school, receiver Emmanuel Porter, is slated to be in town. He’s a TCU commit.

Porter, Valentine, Kelly and Gage are the big four.

“They’ll be in and that is kind of the group of guys they’ll be pressing to join the class and coaches will give their final pitches,” said Shea Dixon of Geaux247.com.

Gage is new to the list. He has not been offered a scholarship by LSU, but one is expected.

“For Gage, it’s down to LSU and Tulane,” Dixon said. “Other schools have come into the mix. On the LSU side, I think the numbers will work out to potentially have (him) in the class.”

Meanwhile, LSU is trying to “hold on” to Clark, Dixon said. The Oklahoma native took a visit to Oklahoma last weekend, and the Sooners are aggressively pursuing the four-star recruit.

Clark’s mother is ill, and she has been pushing for him to stay closer to their Oklahoma City home.

“Perhaps he gives a final word to the staff now that he’s visited OU and LSU,” Dixon said.

Godchaux joking?

Plaquemine defensive end Davon Godchaux is toying with Tigers fans.

Godchaux, a four-star prospect who missed his senior year with a knee injury, was a solid commit to LSU until last week.

He opened his recruiting and visited Auburn last week, posting suggestive messages on Twitter. He told AL.com after the visit that he’s still “100 percent” committed to LSU.

Coach Les Miles visited Godchaux a few days ago. Miles is honoring LSU’s scholarship offer to Godchaux despite his injury. He tore his ACL in the first quarter of the season opener in September.

“I think he’s just having fun,” Weathers said. “He’s going to repay LSU’s loyalty for sticking with him. From talking with him, he’s going to repay that loyalty.”

Raymond transfers to SLU

Former LSU cornerback Derrick Raymond enrolled at Southeastern Louisiana, the school confirmed Thursday.

LSU announced Wednesday that Raymond and three others had left the program. Raymond, a redshirt freshman from East Jefferson High, joins former LSU defensive backs Jerqwinick Sandolph and Micah Eugene at Southeastern.

They are all eligible since they’re joining a team that competes in the Football Championship Subdivision.

Raymond did not play this season and was listed as a third-string cornerback behind Tre’Davious White and Jalen Collins. He was a three-star prospect out of high school.

Lagniappe

LSU commit and John Ehret RB Darrel Williams said he plans to visit Tennessee this weekend and Texas A&M next weekend, but that he’s still committed to the Tigers. ... LSU linebacker commit Clifton Garrett, a five-star prospect from Illinois, tweeted Wednesday that he’ll wear jersey No. 3 at LSU. Receiver Odell Beckham Jr. had worn that number. ... Former receiver Jarvis Landry signed with agent Damarius Bilbo of Revolution Sports. ... Former LSU quarterback signee Jeremy Liggins has enrolled in classes at Ole Miss.