LSU recruits move up in rankings

LSU lassoed a pair of five-star prospects Monday — and didn’t have to lift a finger to do it.

Rivals released its final ranking of the nation’s top 100 prospects Monday, elevating LSU commitments Tre’Davious White of Shreveport Green Oaks and Frank Herron of Memphis (Tenn.) Central to five-star status.

White, a 5-foot-11, 175-pound cornerback, is No. 18 on the final Rivals 100. Herron, a 6-4, 236-pound defensive end, is No. 23 on the list.

White wowed recruiting analysts with his showing at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio earlier this month. He jumped 17 spots from No. 35 on Rivals’ previous top 100 and is the highest ranked new five star on the Rivals 100.

“There was thought of White being a five-star in the November rankings meetings, but we held off,” said Jason Howell, Rivals’ recruiting analyst for the Southwest region. “We had an idea he would state a very good case at the Army All-American game, and he did just that.

“White had a strong week of practice in San Antonio. He plays fearless, he was physical and more than held his own with the biggest receivers in attendance. During the game, he showed his abilities at cornerback, but it was his playmaking ability on special teams that really shined through on the national stage. There was no doubt at that point, the case was made.”

Mike Scarborough, publisher of LSU Rivals’ site TigerBait.com, said White showed five-star talent on campus at LSU over the summer, holding his own with other Rivals 100 players and future stars like highly rated 2014 running back prospect Leonard Fournette from St. Augustine.

“When the (Rivals) guys were able to see him in San Antonio at practice and with the two returns he had in the game, that solidified him getting a five star,” Scarborough said.

Scarborough said Herron also helped himself at the U.S. Army game, adding that he has packed on an extra 20 pounds of muscle and may be heavier now than his listed 236 pounds.

Four other LSU commitments are also in the Rivals Top 100: Lemont, Ill., offensive tackle Ethan Pocic (6-7, 285) at No. 50, Lake Charles Barbe tight end DeSean Smith (6-4, 222) at No. 68 (up from No. 92), Los Angeles Cathedral quarterback Hayden Rettig (6-4, 210) at No. 73 and East Feliciana linebacker/defensive end Kendell Beckwith (6-3, 228) at No. 92 (down from No. 84).

LSU continues to pursue Loganville (Ga.) Grayson defensive end Robert Nkemdiche (6-5, 260), the nation’s consensus No. 1 prospect. Nkemdiche visited Florida last weekend and said the Gators had pulled even with Ole Miss and LSU, though the Rebels are still considered the leader for his services.

Nkemdiche is scheduled to visit Ole Miss this weekend and is slated to make an official to LSU on Feb. 1.

LSU is also after Rivals’ No. 56 Priest Willis (6-2, 185), a safety out of Tempe (Ariz.) Marcos De Niza. Willis visited UCLA last weekend with Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., safety Tahaan Goodman (6-2, 184).

Goodman, No. 80 on the Rivals 100, was scheduled to visit LSU, but his travel plans never firmed up.

A trip to Baton Rouge now is questionable, though Rivals’ site has him listed as a visitor for this weekend.

LSU stands at 26 commitments and one signee after the commitment this weekend of Holy Cross wide receiver Kevin Spears (6-2, 191).

The national signing period begins Feb. 6.