April 16, 2013
The Boys from the Boot recruiting weekend, LSU’s annual gathering for top junior football prospects from across Louisiana, always pays dividends for the Tigers.
A pair of commitments Saturday has proven that to be true once again.
Westlake High School tight end Jacory Washington (6-foot-5, 211 pounds) and Brother Martin offensive guard Will Clapp (6-4, 270) both pledged to LSU on Saturday during the Boys from the Boot event.
The Tigers now have four commitments for their Class of 2014, but these are their first two from in state.
Clapp, the son of former LSU defensive end Tommy Clapp (1984-87), is No. 186 on the 24/7 Sports Top 247 for 2014, which rates him as the nation’s No. 9 offensive guard and No. 11 prospect in Louisiana. Clapp is also on the ESPN Watch List for 2014, has four starts from Rivals and three stars from Scout.
Clapp also drew interest from Alabama, Auburn, Ole Miss, Texas A&M and Arizona State.
Washington is a four-star prospect, listed on the ESPN 2014 Watch List. Scout.com ranks him as the nation’s No. 3 tight end prospect for 2014, while 24/7 Sports said Washington is the No. 10 tight end nationally and No. 14 prospect in Louisiana overall but does not rank him on its Top 247.
Washington also had interest from Alabama, Florida, Arkansas and Baylor.
LSU now has four commitments for 2014 with athlete prospect Devin Voohries (6-1, 185) of Woodville (Miss.) Wilkinson County and cornerback Chris Hardeman (5-9, 180) of Houston Alief Taylor. Both are also on the 2014 ESPN Watch List and are four-star prospects.
LSU welcomed a host of highly regarded in-state 2014 prospects Saturday, which is widely expected to be a banner year for recruiting in Louisiana.
In addition to Washington and Clapp, the group included St. Augustine running back Leonard Fournette (6-1, 232), West Monroe offensive tackle Cameron Robinson (6-6, 325) and Monroe Neville safety Laurence “Hootie” Jones (6-2, 208).
Fournette and Robinson are ranked by 24/7 Sports as the nation’s No. 1 prospects for 2014 at their respective positions, while Jones is a top-20 national prospect.
The wide receiver spot will be an area of emphasis for the Tigers’ 2014 class, and LSU welcomed a top-pair of in-state wideouts Saturday in Lake Charles Barbe’s Trey Quinn (6-1, 185) and New Orleans Edna Karr’s Speedy Noil (5-10, 169).
Quinn is friends with Washington and 2013 LSU commitment DeSean Smith (6-4, 225), a tight end at Barbe, familiarity that could help the Tigers’ recruitment as it tries to fight off Texas A&M for Quinn’s signature.
Also attending Saturday was Karr defensive end Gerald Willis (6-3, 260), younger brother of Alabama safety and former Dutchtown blue-chipper Landon Collins, University High offensive guard Garrett Brumfield (6-3, 264) and Catholic tight end Clay Moffitt (6-2, 215), son of LSU strength and conditioning coach Tommy Moffitt.
Meanwhile, LSU continues to have a couple of spots to fill in its 2013 class.
The Tigers have 25 commitments and one junior college signee for 2013. The class is currently ranked No. 5 by Scout, No. 6 by Rivals and No. 8 by ESPN and 24/7 Sports.
The national signing period begins Feb. 6, but a number of LSU commitments are expected to enroll when spring semester classes begin Monday.
That list includes quarterback Anthony Jennings (6-3, 205) of Marietta, Ga.; offensive tackle Ethan Pocic (6-6, 285) of Lemont, Ill.; Monroe Neville athlete John Diarse (6-0, 210), Lincoln, Neb., Southwest defensive tackle Christian LaCouture (6-5, 267); College of San Mateo (Calif.) offensive tackle Fehoko Fanaika (6-6, 340) and tight end Logan Stokes (6-6, 240), a signee from Northeast Mississippi Community College.
Quarterback Hayden Rettig (6-3, 205) of Los Angeles Cathedral tweeted Friday, “for all the LSU people I will start school on Tuesday!!”. Meanwhile, 24/7 Sports reported that wide receiver Avery Johnson (6-2, 180), a native of Pompano Beach, Fla., who prepped at Hargrave (Va.) Military, still has not had his test score cleared to allow him to enroll.
A message to Johnson’s father, Patrick Peterson, was not returned. Johnson is the brother of former LSU and current Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson.