LSU football recruiting: Time for some face time

The video evaluations are over.

LSU coaches hit the road this week to get an up-close look at recruits.

“I get to go see the best players in the country,” offensive coordinator Cam Cameron said earlier this week on ESPN 104.5-FM.

Cameron left at 5 a.m. Tuesday to begin the spring recruitment process. Other assistants were already on the trail.

The NCAA spring evaluation period began April 15, allowing coaches to visit a prospect’s high school and watch them compete during spring football practices.

Coaches spent the weeks after National Signing Day poring over video footage of recruits. They now get to lay eyes on the teenage stars and chat with high school coaches. NCAA rules, though, prohibit them from having face-to-face contact with prospects during this time.

“The main goal is to see where the kid stands academically and touch base with the high school coach,” said Shea Dixon, recruiting reporter for Geaux247.

Cameron enters his second year in charge of LSU’s offense. Shortly after his hiring last year, he visited then-quarterback recruit Brandon Harris, who signed with the Tigers and competed in spring drills this year.

“The big storyline from last year is that Cam had just got hired, and he went up to see Parkway’s spring practice and Harris kind of wowed him,” Dixon said.

For recruits, it’s a chance to impress LSU coaches during their high school spring practices.

They hope to do enough to get an offer, if they don’t have one already.

“They’ll narrow their scope. After the spring evaluation ends, if you don’t have offer yet, you’re a camp guy (for the summer),” Dixon said. “After spring, most kids have picked up offers.”

LSU will host camps for recruits in June and July.

Commits coming?

The spring evaluation period and the summer camps normally produce scholarship offers. That normally leads to commitments.

LSU hasn’t had a commit for the 2015 class since Feb. 19. March and April are usually slow stretches in recruiting.

“They’ll pick up a few more (in the spring),” Dixon said, “and another wave will come in the July camp.”

The Tigers have nine commits for the class, a group that ranks in the top seven in the three major recruiting site rankings.

Alexander decommits

Edwin Alexander, a 2016 five-star defensive tackle out of St. Thomas Aquinas in Hammond, is re-opening his options and has decommitted from LSU, multiple recruiting sites reported this week.

Alexander’s high school coach could not confirm the news.

Alexander committed to LSU in November. He’s ranked the top player in the state for the 2016 class.

The Tigers have one commit for the 2016 group: receiver Stephen Sullivan, a four-star prospect from Donaldsonville.

LSU has several offers out for 2016 players, Dixon said.

“It’s nearing double digits,” he said.