LSU conducted a scrimmage on Saturday and hosted a number of blue-chip recruits for the occasion. Some of the prospects on hand included:
DE Robert Nkemdiche (GA)
DE Terrodney Prevot (TX)
QB J.T. Barrett (TX)
QB Cody Thomas (TX)
DT Justin Manning (TX)
ATH Ricky Jefferson (Destrehan HS)
ATH John Diarse (Neville HS)
It sounds like everyone had a great visit and that LSU greatly helped themselves this weekend. All of the prospects above are nationally ranked by the recruiting services. In addition to those guys, a number of other prospects were on hand, to include some of LSU's current commitments. North Carolina defensive lineman Greg Gilmore was scheduled to visit but did not make it in. He hopes to reschedule soon, possibly as early as next weekend. Gilmore has recently stated that LSU is his top school.
The big news was the commitment of John Diarse to the Tigers. Many consider Diarse to be the state's top overall player. He will probably debut at #3 in the SNS Top 21, which I hope to release very soon. Projecting as either a receiver or a safety, Diarse had offers from a number of big schools including Alabama, Arkansas, and TCU. Once thought to be a lean to Alabama, Diarse struck a good relationship with LSU's new receivers coach Adam Henry. That proved to be the difference, and LSU fans are glad to have Diarse on board.
As a player, Diarse will likely play receiver for LSU. He has played receiver, quarterback and safety for Neville. Diarse is 6'0" and approximately 200 pounds. He does not run a blazing 40-time at all. In fact, it's routinely in the 4.6 or higher range. But Diarse has the "it" factor and makes big play after big play. He never seems to get caught from behind. A good LSU comparison would be Early Doucet. His commitment will hopefully get the ball rolling among other blue-chip players from Louisiana.
Here are some highlights from Diarse's sophomore season.
Diarse is LSU's sixth commitment for the Class of 2013. Five of LSU's six commitments are ranked in the Top 175 players overall by 247 Sports.
LSU has also added a pair of players to the Class of 2012. Last week, junior college offensive lineman Fehoko Fanaika signed with LSU. Fanaika was previously a commitment to the Florida Gators but had a late change of heart and decided to extend his recruitment beyond National Signing Day. LSU was fortunate to add him to the team. He has three years to play two, which means he could redshirt in 2012 if the coaching staff desires. I've heard that LSU likes him at center as a possible replacement for P.J. Lonergan. At 6'3" 330 pounds, he obviously has size to play guard too. Unless LSU suffers an injury, I do not see him making a huge impact in 2012. So, it's possible he could redshirt and then be in the mix for a starting job for 2013 and 2014.
In addition to Fanaika, LSU added punter Jamie Keehn to the 2012 roster. Like Brad Wing, Keehn hails from Australia. He is 6'4" 220 and shows off a pretty big leg. Why add a punter when Brad Wing will only be a sophomore? Keehn's addition to the team at this stage could signify Brad Wing's desire to leave school early for the NFL. A punter declaring early is generally unheard of, but Wing seems ready to start getting paid for his services, despite the fact that no punter will be a high draft pick.