RECRUITING WEEKEND #2: AN LSU RECRUITING ODYSSEY....EVERYTHING ALL THE TIME

Updated: Jun 13, 2021

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by LONN PHILLIPS SULLIVAN

@LonnPhillips


LSU welcomed another large gathering of prospective Tigers on campus for the second straight weekend, with another huge unofficial visitor showing up on Friday and staying for Saturday, while some distinguished guests came into town throughout the weekend thus far, of course all leading up to a massive 7 on 7 tournament unfolding today.

Who arrived?

Who got offers???

We tell all.


RICKIE COLLINS (QB)

(2023 Woodlawn)

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QB Rickie Collins has had a ton of buzz following his every move....though his recruitment may not be as elusive as his on field rushing capabilities after today:

Collins was officially offered after participating in the 7 on 7 action, slicing and dicing with his passing as he peppered DBs with fine accuracy.

Rickie's game tape showed me he has tremendous movement inside and outside the pocket, his connection between legs and arm remaining a high water mark for the young quarterback, showing a smooth operating ability to manipulate protections while moving in and around chasing defenders.


Collins hardly seems rattled, possesses a strong arm with sharp accuracy, he's a gifted long ball passer, Rickie displays next level acceleration when evacuating a collapsing pocket, and the Woodlawn QB is a known student of the game with a high football IQ to show for his work in the film room.

Accordingly, Offensive Coordinator Jake Peetz offered the 2023 QB and Baton Rouge native, setting the stage for an even more stacked QB Room at QBU.

Collins could be a powerful talent in the years to come and one Louisiana locals will be keeping a firm eye on as he develops further.


QUENCY WIGGINS:

"DOOMSDAY DL RETURNETH"

(2022 Madison Prep)

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Big Quency Wiggins showed up on Friday for another unofficial visit and was back at it again on Saturday, enjoying his time in and around the Tigers coaching staff.

He was also seen hanging out with his buddy and fellow DL King Maason Smith, just like last weekend:

Smith is a 5 star Terrebonne-born LSU freshman poised for a breakout debut campaign, and you can tell Quency looks up to the older Maason as a big brother.

Smith is next in line for D-Line success at LSU, just like 2020 freshmen B.J Ojulari and Jaquelin Roy enjoyed before him, or 2020 JUCO transfer Ali Gaye, 2019's K'lavon Chaisson coming back from a knee injury and winning a title before becoming a 1st Round pick, or how about Danielle Hunter and Michael Brockers playing more or less a full season at LSU and as a result, Hunter became a Pro Bowler while Brockers stuffed Tom Brady in a Super Bowl as part of a long pro career ...for a Defensive Lineman at Louisiana State University, the upward mobility is incredible.

Quency is paying attention to all of this when it comes to LSU....the prospect of being able to showcase his talents on the SEC stage as part of what's fast becoming the deepest and best defensive line in the country...

Crazily, just like K'lavon Chaisson, 6'6 Quency Wiggins was more of a basketball player than a football guy and only just began playing football since 2020, strapping on Madison Prep pads at the behest of basketball Head Coach Jeff Jones (we're glad you're ok, Coach!).

Following a solid first season during the shortened pandemic year, the elite edge rusher was a key part of Madison Prep's state title-winning defense, and suddenly, Wiggins found himself a true bona fide football player.

With Wiggins as a major standout, Madison Prep's defense created 3 shutouts (including in the title game) and only allowed two teams to score more than 20 points, no opponent dropping more than 22 during their undefeated run.

It's great to see Wiggins back at LSU, loving the environment, feeling comfortable around all his buddies from the Louisiana high school athletic circuit....he looks to be a Tiger through and through.

Expect a commitment soon....it's starting to look serious.


DANTE MOORE (QB)

(2023 MARTIN LUTHER KING)

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Out of Detroit, Michigan, Dante Moore became yet another 2023 quarterback to receive an offer from LSU, lighting it up during 7 v 7 workouts and building off his buoyant showcase last weekend in Southern California.

At the SoCal Elite 11 Regional, Moore lit up the analysts with an aggressive arm featuring brilliant off-platform throws; rolling left doesn't seem to be an issue whatsoever and he never looked out of place on the field...in fact, even as a young freshman, Moore was already highly coveted by national powers.

Well, his stock just rose...big time.

In the wake of LSU's offer, the Tigers refusing to hesitate once Peetz watched Moore sling the ball (showing no huge blemishes to his game from mechanics to mentality), I expect to see the Detroit man's buzz to get louder.

Following their offer for Michigan's top QB talent, the Tigers are making no bones about it: they are after yet another potential big time QB with arresting game film and high character....

Yes, it is beginning to feel like Jake Peetz wants an army of fantastic quarterbacks, where 1st, 2nd, 3rd or 4th stringers are all capable of starting.

A QBU revolution is on at LSU, with so many names poised for future Tiger magic: 2020's Max Johnson already with 2 SEC wins out of 2 starts and a victory on his debut @ #6 Florida, 2021's Garrett Nussmeier showing incredible playmaking prowess, 2022's Walker Howard is a prodigy, 2023 stunners Eli Holstein, Rickie Collins & Dante Moore picking up firm offers, and 2024's Mabrey Mettauer looking strong beyond his years, these young men are starting to form a long nexus of supernatural talents at LSU.

LSU OL COACH BRAD DAVIS....

IS IN DA HOUSE

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Our new OL Coach Brad Davis was out there in the flesh, making his presence known as he orchestrated a massive group of trench talents, putting them through the paces during their drills.

My intel has told me Davis was assured and fiery, pumped up by the atmosphere and projecting his wisdom on to the young men around him.

Not a single piece of criticism has come my way concerning Davis, only praise as he grabs control of his O-line role with the intensity and passion expected from Coach Orgeron.

As he led the OL pack, Davis had plenty of time getting to know OT Emery Jones, LSU's high priority 2022 target.

Coach Davis was really able to establish a good rapport with his fellow Baton Rouge native. Equally, it was great for Davis to finally witness Jones in person....and my my my did he have a strong showing.


EMERY JONES (OT)

(2022 Catholic)

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Emery Jones put on a fascinating exhibition of interior conquest throughout Saturday's camp, appearing to be the best OL King out there, contesting heavily with LSU DT commit Tygee Hill and showing considerable panache when winning a few reps against the beastly DT.


Due to Jones being away last weekend, this was the first time for LSU's OL staff to witness the big Baton Rouge lineman at work in his element. Among those watching Jones, LSU OL analysts Mark Hutson and former Kansas Jayhawk Lee Grimes, the newest member of LSU's coaching staff.

Emery received some one on one coaching from Brad Davis, the former Arkansas man and Pittman protege watching the offensive tackle own the trenches and loving Jones' effort & promise.


I'm told Baton Rouge's OL Overlord had a fantastic time on Saturday, loving Davis' coaching style, an obvious piece of news which will move the needle on LSU's push for a commitment from the steel Catholic High wall.

Watch some highlights from his performance, courtesy of the great Tiger Details.

MYRON "KWEKU" GREEN (DL)

(JUCO #1 RATED DL)

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New Orleans-native Myron "Kweku" Green had himself a solid day in front of both Coaches Brad Davis and Andre Carter as they surveyed the OL/DL combat.

Myron showcases some smart technical abilities and a noticeable burst when squaring up, using his cinder block hands to bat away anyone in his path.

"Great hands great hands!" Davis enthused after one rep.

Even LSU LB Damone Clark made sure to pay keen attention to Myron's reps, nodding his head in quiet affirmation.

I know there were analysts who mentioned his name as one who "impressed": we'll see if the top JUCO lineman receives an offer from Carter.


CJ WASHINGTON (RB/LB)

(2022 UGA COMMIT)

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Following an awesome moment where CJ Washington wore my lucky #27, the current UGA commit took his family to meet the staff for dinner, spending time specifically with linebacker coaches Blake Baker and Jake Olsen as well as LB Damone Clark, his player host.

Baker was able to make his pitch, seeing Washington as a fantastic side to side linebacker at the next level. Rather than pushing for a flip from Washington's 2020 Georgia commtiment, Baker and Olsen are letting it ride, understanding the process has only just begun.

At the same time, LSU are yet to lock up a linebacker for the 2022 class, and with only so many top natural athletes at the position, Baker is dialed in, trying to sign as many who fit the bill.

Evidently, he believes CJ Washington is a high value priority flip, if possible.


DENVER HARRIS (CB)

(2022 NORTH SHORE)

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All-American CB Eli Ricks played host for North Shore's Denver Harris, the #2 cornerback in America according to LSU Odyssey rankings, and unsurprisingly, DBU Chieftain Corey Raymond rolled out the purple and gold carpet as Harris' family visited LSU for the first time.

Ricks showed his fellow 5 star corner the Tigers' elite facilities and hung out among LSU's top DBU personalities, all as Denver's parents joined the other recruits' families for dinner with the staff.

Harris will still entertain Alabama's advances, however I was told he had "comfort & interest in LSU's confident, not desperate" pursuit, "belief in Corey Raymond's vision" for the 5 star's ascendancy, alongside the overall "strength of LSU's DBU brand".

Something of note from a source who tends to favor against LSU, but can often be right: "Alabama will be hard to beat" when talking about Denver Harris' recruitment.


OMARI ABOR (DE)

(2022 DUNCANVILLE)

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One source told me Abor arrived with his parents and immediately the family were treated to a deluxe treatment by LSU's top recruiting personnel, hosted by DT Jaquelin Roy and joined by DL Coach Andre Carter, with another source telling me Carter's 5th grade son arrived after school to hang out with the Abor family.

Yes, Omari's favored school appears to be Oklahoma or Ohio State, where Texas buddy QB Quinn Ewers is already committed, and I'm told by many that Ryan Day's staff went all out for the 5 star DE, but Abor and his family will definitely have a lot to think about after their successful visit to Baton Rouge.

Like many DL since Carter's arrival in Baton Rouge, Abor has developed a truly unique, meaningful relationship with the shoe-in Hall of Fame NFL Pro Bowler, and his family really like Coach Carter, too.


We'll see if defensive linemen such as Abor, Wiggins, Stewart, Tapp, or Nolen (among others) want to learn from the best possible DL teacher in college football, holding 13 years of Grade A professional playing experience and 12 years as an NFL coach.


BABY GRONK

(2033 Oregon COMMIT)

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Already 4'7 and 182 pounds at 7 years old, this very very very very young Frisco, Texas native Madden Sam Miguel was born to play football:

Named after John Madden and earning the nickname Baby Gronk after his obsession with Rob Gronkowski, Miguel's playing style became modeled after the tight end and his prodigious footballing talents arose shortly thereafter.


The little guy has already earned an offer from the University of Oregon and is currently committed to the school...but the icing on the cake has to be his weekend in Baton Rouge, which may have changed the 7 year old's mind:


Working out at the youngster camp and meeting Coach Ed Orgeron, Baby Gronk enjoyed some hilarious shenanigans when hanging out with Kayshon Boutte, Max Johnson and Kardell Thomas, headlined by an arm wrestling contest on the trunk of a car between himself and Thomas.


Though Kardell went easy on Miguel, he couldn't let himself lose to a 7 year old...nuh uh.

I think LSU has already won the kid's heart as much as he's won ours.

GEAUX BABY GRONK


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