Tigers will wear purple jerseys Saturday vs. Towson
With an FCS-level opponent in Towson coming to town, this isn’t expected to be one of LSU’s biggest recruiting weekends.
The weekend is, however, drawing a big out-of-town visitor for the Class of 2014.
Jeb Blazevich, a 6-foot-4, 230-pound tight end from Charlotte (N.C.) Christian, has scheduled a visit to Baton Rouge, according to the Greenville (S.C.) News.
Blazevich is ranked No. 164 on 24/7 Sports Top 247 for 2014, and is the nation’s No. 5 tight end prospect overall.
Blazevich visited Georgia last weekend and is also scheduled to go to Ohio State in November. Trips to Alabama, South Carolina and North Carolina could also be in his plans as well, and Clemson remains in the picture.
Gilmore: LSU, UF even
Most recruits aren’t influenced by the outcome of a single game.
That may not be the case with Hope Mills (N.C.) South View defensive tackle Greg Gilmore.
Gilmore (6-4, 285) told The Gainesville Sun that his “amazing” official visit to Florida allowed the Gators to pull even with LSU, which has been the leader for Gilmore since April.
Gilmore still has every intention of taking his official visit to LSU for the Alabama game Nov. 3. He said he will announce his commitment within a few days after that.
Gilmore indicated he’l have to be impressed when he comes to Baton Rouge.
“It all lies on my LSU trip now,” he said. “It better be right, I’ll tell you that. It better be a good visit. I’ll be comparing it. Florida put an amazing visit together for me, but is it the best place for me? I’ve got to figure that out.”
A consensus four-star prospect, Gilmore is ranked No. 47 on the Scout 300, No. 101 on the ESPNU 150, No. 108 on the 24/7 Sports Top 247 and No. 202 on the Rivals 250.
What happens Oct. 6 between LSU and Florida could have a bearing on his decision.
“I was thinking about driving to the game,” Gilmore said, “but I don’t think it would be a good idea for me to go down to Florida and watch it. If they beat LSU, it might get me.”
Goodman good with LSU
Nationally recruited safety prospect Tahaan Goodman of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., continues to have the LSU Tigers high on his radar, telling 24/7 Sports earlier this week that his only currently scheduled official visit is to Baton Rouge for the Nov. 3 game against Alabama.
Goodman (6-foot-2, 185 pounds) also has plans to take officials to USC and UCLA. He’s also being pursued by Oregon, Washington, Florida, Florida State and USF, schools that could also factor into his last two official visits.
Goodman and Tempe (Ariz.) Marcos De Niza cornerback Priest Willis have said they would like to go to the same school, though Goodman said in the article he could see them going their separate ways, despite their close friendship.
Willis (6-2, 200) will also visit LSU for the Alabama game after scheduled trips to Notre Dame (Oct. 13) and Nebraska (Oct. 27).
Willis is No. 23 on the 24/7 Sports Top 247 and Scout 300, No. 58 on the ESPNU 150 and No. 84 on the Rivals 100.
Other recruiting news
Two of LSU’s three early commitments for 2014 are listed on 24/7 Sports Top 247 for next year.
Linebacker Kain Daub (6-3, 227), who recently transferred from Ponte Vedra Beach (Fla.) Nease to Jacksonville Sandalwood, is ranked No. 7 nationally, while safety Devin Voorhies (6-2, 185) of Woodville (Miss.) Wilkinson County is ranked No. 50.
Daub and Voorhies are also on the ESPNU 300 Watch List for 2014, along with Houston Alief Taylor cornerback Chris Hardeman (5-9, 180).
As expected, 2014 is shaping up as a banner year in Louisiana. West Monroe offensive tackle Cameron Robinson (6-5, 330) is listed as the nation’s No. 4 overall prospect, one spot ahead of New Orleans St. Augustine running back Leonard Fournette (6-0, 215).
Safety Laurence Jones (6-2, 200) of Monroe Neville is No. 22 on the list, which also includes defensive end Gerald Willis (6-2, 225) and wide receiver Speedy Noil (5-10, 175) of New Orleans Edna Karr at No. 33 and No. 62, wide receiver Malachi Dupre (6-2, 185) of River Ridge John Curtis at No. 74 and University High offensive guard Garrett Brumfield (6-3, 272) at No. 86.
LSU to wear purple
The Tigers will be in purple jerseys for the second straight home game, sports information director Michael Bonnette said.
LSU also wore purple in its 63-14 win Sept. 15 against Idaho.
First time for Towson
This will be LSU’s first game against Towson or a current member of the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA).
LSU is 7-0 all-time against Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) teams, including wins over McNeese State in 2010 and Northwestern State in 2011.
Brown at Andonie Museum
Former LSU men’s basketball coach Dale Brown will speak at 11 a.m. Saturday at LSU’s Andonie Sports Museum.
The museum is located at 3828 West Lakeshore Dr., adjacent to the Lod Cook Alumni Center.
For information, call (225) 578-3828.