Our friends at the excellent LSU site And The Valley Shook had a chance to sit down with Sonny Shipp, one of the foremost experts on recruiting in the state of Louisiana. The full interview is posted at And The Valley Shook. Here are a few snippets:
1. We're at just about a week to National Signing Day, LSU has a handful of scholarship spots left. What players are the coaches targeting and which ones are realistic possibilities?
At the top of the list you have [Florida State commitment] Mario Edwards and the big question here is will he follow in his father's footsteps or will he carve out his own path. Shea Dixon had some good insight from Mario Sr. following the official visit this past weekend and it looks like it's going to be a NSD announcement that Tiger fans will have to wait on.
The other big need is [JUCO wide receiver] Cordarrelle Patterson because of Rueben Randle's decision to go pro then you have Jeremy Liggins due to the Gunner Kiel fiasco.
Kwon Alexander would be another big fish to add to the haul as well as Corey Thompson and what a finish that would be if LSU landed those five guys. Odds are they will not but it looks like it will go down to the wire.
2. How do you see the rest of this class filling out?
I think they will finish up with Patterson and possibly Alexander from the list above then turn to some in-state guys with possibly [Miami commitment] Jacoby Briscoe as a DL and Alonzo Moore as a DB. Those are some guys I expect to get late looks this week.
Make sure to head to And The Valley Shook for answers to questions 3-10!
It's been a slight down year for the Tigers in recruiting, as four SEC schools are bringing in a higher percentage of four-star or better high schoolers. Losing kids like Gunner Kiel, Landon Collins and Denzel Devall will hurt that average. Still, this is a very solid class.