LSU is in the middle of hosting their second camp of the summer, and they have already landed two commitments, one each for the Class of 2013 and Class of 2014.
Starting with the Class of 2013, Destrehan athlete Rickey Jefferson came to Baton Rouge to observe camp on Sunday and gave his commitment to Les Miles on Sunday afternoon. Jefferson has been a bit off the radar in the recruiting world, mostly because he missed most of his junior season with a knee injury. He also hasn't attended too many camp events. But make no mistake, Jefferson is a big-time player and his commitment is a big deal for LSU. I've currently got Jefferson rated as the #3 player in the state of Louisiana. I should be updating those rankings soon, but Jefferson will absolutely remain in the Top Five.
Jefferson has played mostly offense at the high school level, but he has everything you could want from a lockdown corner. He's got good size at 6'0" 185, great change of direction and acceleration, and good ball skills. I wouldn't be surprised to see Jefferson make an impact very early in his career and become a multi-year starter at cornerback for LSU. As a prospect, he reminds me of Odell Beckham Jr.
Here is some film of Jefferson, which is from his sophomore season at Destrehan. I encourage you to pay special attention to the second highlight on the video. It's only about a 20 yard run. Rickey takes the handoff in the backfield and cuts the ball upfield, then bounces it outside and turns it back up the sideline for a decent gain. Both times he turns upfield, he absolutely explodes. The acceleration he shows there is elite. I watched it about 10 times trying to determine if the tape was sped up, but it's not. That highlight, as much as any other, showed me all I needed to see regarding Jefferson's ability, which I obviously believe to be pretty special.
On Saturday, LSU landed their first commitment for the Class of 2014 and it came from out state. Ponte Vedra Beach, FL linebacker Kain Daub visited LSU and decided to become a Tiger. This is a big, big deal. It's early, but Daub may be the highest rated prospect in the state of Florida for the Class of 2014. 247 Sports is the only service that has rankings out for that class right now, and they rate Daub as the nation's top middle linebacker and the #6 overall prospect. Daub plays at Nease high school in Florida, which produced a guy by the name of Tim Tebow. Daub checks in at 6'3" 230.
Daub's commitment was absolutely unexpected. He was in Austin, TX with some family and driving back to Florida. They made a last minute decision to stop in and check out LSU. After calling the football office, Les Miles and staff quickly threw together a whirlwind tour for Daub and his family which absolutely blew them away. He was also able to join in on the 7-on-7 tournament taking place, playing on the Louisiaina Bootleggers team, made up of a number of LSU commitments. By the end of the day, Daub gave Les Miles his commitment and cancelled his previously scheduled trip to Alabama.
Now...it's a LONG time before Daub can sign with LSU. Other schools, especially the Big Three in Florida and Alabama, are not going to stop recruiting him. Was Daub simply caught up in the moment of a great visit? Or will his commitment stick? Only time will tell, but Daub is saying all of the right things so far and has said that his recruitment is now over. Needless to say the Class of 2014, which has some big-time talent in the state of Louisiana, is off to a great start. Here is some video of Daub:
Some other things I've been able to gather from varous camp reports:
- Pompano Beach, FL cornerback Rashard Robinson showed up on Sunday and promptly turned in a pair of smoking 40 times, reportedly in the 4.4 or less range. Observers said that Robinson was a legit 6'3". All indications are that Robinson was coming to camp with the intention of firming up his LSU offer and then posisbly committing, so his name is one to watch. The comparisons to Tharold Simon are abundant.
- In 7-on-7 action Saturday, a number of LSU commitments had great performances as expected. Tre'Davious White, John Diarse, and Desean Smith all had great days. Class of 2014 receiver Devante "Speedy" Noil also turned some heads as did his Karr teammate Standish Dobard, who is a tight-end committed to Miami.
- Katy, TX running back Adam Taylor was in attendance and reportedly looked the part physically. He was one of the top two backs in attendance. It's unclear at this point whether Taylor will be a part of this class. It's tough to see how there is room for him, or any running back, but Taylor reportedly performed well today. If LSU elects not to take Taylor, then the depth chart is wide open for....
- Class of 2014 running back Leonard Fournette from St. Augustine high school was in attendance over the weekend. In fact, Fournette decided to stay at LSU and not attend Alabama's camp, which is nice for LSU fans to hear. Fournette was clearly the top back at the event according to everyone there. If you're not aware, he'll be one of the top running backs, and top overall players, in the nation next year.
- Barbe high school receiver Trey Quinn (2014) was one of the top performers at the camp. He did great in drills and then surprised everyone by turning in a 4.4 time in the 40. Quinn is on the watch list to receive an offer from LSU and if he receives it, it probably won't take him long to accept.
- Linebacker Melvin Jones, a LSU commitment, worked out on Sunday and reportedly looked bigger than his listed weight of 245. Onlookers said that he carried his weight well and performed well. Could Jones eventually grow into a defensive lineman? It's certainly possible.
- Wide receiver Chuck Baker, a LSU commitment, also turned some heads. Baker's presence really stood out as many estimated that he was a legit 6'3" and very well put together. Once he combined that with an impressive 40 time, it's easy to see why LSU's staff offered him early.
- LSU extended an offer to 2014 defensive end Deondre Clark who is from Oklahoma City, OK. Clark is a 6'3" 250 pound defensive end who also has early offers from Oklahoma and Oklahoma State. He also received heavy interest from Alabama. Clark's brother, Steven, is a highly recruited point guard.
- Plaquemine defensive end Davon Godchaux is another 2014 prospect that really stood out. He's a guy to watch for an early offer from LSU. Godchaux has great size at 6'4" 245, and it's not out of the question that he eventually grows into an interior lineman. Here is a note from Shea Dixon of 247 Sports on Godchaux:
My MVP on the OL/DL 1-on-1s goes to Plaquemine 2014 DE Davon Godchaux. Nobody can stop him off the edge. Looks awesome.— Shea Dixon (@Sheadixon) July 15, 2012
- I mentioned him above but Devante Noil (2014) was frequently mentioned today as a head turner. He's on the short side, listed at 5'10", but Noil looks like a big-time skill player in the mold of Skyler Green.
- On Saturday, Dallas, TX defensive back Ed Paris (2014) was on hand. Paris looks like one of the top defensive backs in the nation and one of the top overall players in the state of Texas and many believe he's a strong lean to LSU. Brandon Simmons (2014), a high school teammate of Paris and also a defensive back was on hand too. Both Paris and Simmons hold offers from LSU and though it's early, I'd be surprised if both didn't end up as Tigers.
- Beaumont, TX defensive back Tony Brown (2014) was also on campus. Brown attended this same camp last year and earned his first offer from LSU. He continues to impress everywhere he goes and is a five star candidate in next year's class.
- Neville HS defensive back Laurence Jones is expected to be on campus Monday. Jones is in the same league as Paris and Brown in terms of talent and will likely have many eyes on him.
- University HS offensive lineman Garrett Brumfield (2014) was back at LSU on Saturday. It's expected that LSU will offer Brumfield soon, but that hasn't happened just yet. Brumfield already holds offers from Florida and Miami.
- Another 2014 prospect that turned some heads on Sunday was Scotlandville's Deldrich Canty, a defensive tackle. He's another to watch for a potential offer.
- Some big names to watch to see if they show up at some point this week: Tim Williams, Kendell Beckwith, Torrodney Prevot, Scott Pagano, Cameron Robinson (2014), Jacory Washington (2014), and Gerald Willis (2014)