Noil, Fournette among prospects scheduled to visit LSU

LSU will host its biggest football recruiting weekend of year this week, with “seven to eight” highly rated out-of-state and in-state players expected to be in Baton Rouge, said Shea Dixon of Geaux247.

The group of highly sought-after Louisiana prospects includes St. Augustine’s Leonard Fournette, the consensus No. 1 running back in the nation; Edna Karr receiver Devante “Speedy” Noil; John Curtis receiver Malachi Dupre; Karr defensive tackle Gerald Willis; and Karr linebacker Donnie Alexander.

Three Texas prospects are expected in safety Jamal Adams, early signee Ed Paris and cornerback Tony Brown.

“It’ll be the biggest visitor weekend they’ve had so far,” Dixon said.

How big? If LSU pulls in commitments from all of the previously mentioned in-state players, the Tigers could soar up the team recruiting rankings.

LSU is ranked 13th in the team standings, according to 24/7 Sports.

“They would jump up to No. 2 or 3,” Dixon said.


TROUBLED SIGNEE WILL NOT BE ON ROSTER: LSU baseball signee Dylan Williams, a right-handed pitcher from Georgia, will not be part of the team this season, and two others have left the team, coach Paul Mainieri said.

Catcher Michael Barash will transfer and pitcher Taylor Butler has been released. Williams, indicted for drug charges in October, will not enroll in the spring as originally expected.

Williams and six others were arrested this summer when a drug task force raided the home in which they were in. He was charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and felony possession of a firearm.

LSU had expected the charges to be dropped and that Williams would enroll in January. He was indicted two months ago.

“He claimed that he was in the wrong place at the wrong time,” Mainieri said. “We were under the impression the charges were going to get dropped.”

Mainieri will monitor Williams’ trial and “evaluate him again” if he’s found not guilty.

Barash, a Floridian who enrolled early last January, will transfer to Palm Beach State College, a junior college in Lake Worth, Fla.

Barash, who started five games last season, was in a four-way battle for the starting catcher job with Tyler Moore, Chris Chinea and Kade Scivicque. Barash was ranked fourth in the battle following fall practice, Mainieri said.

Butler, a sophomore right-hander from Lake Charles who appeared in three games last season, was released by the team for scholarship purposes. His 2.1 innings pitched in 2013 were the fewest of any pitcher with an appearance.