The linebacker position continues to give LSU problems on the recruiting trail, but they are adjusting their board accordingly.
LSU recently landed a commitment from Georgia’s Monty Rice , which was welcomed news to the Tigers staff, but his recruitment is far from over, from what we gather. Georgia continues to keep the heat on Rice, whose family appears to be trying to keep him home, according to a source. Rice is an early enrollee, so a final decision should be coming in the near future.
Southern Lab linebacker Chris Allen committed to Alabama following an unofficial visit in late November, but his recruiting process is not over yet, according to multiple sources. Allen continues to be recruited heavily by LSU, his hometown school. There appears to be some LSU backers in his corner, so things could get interesting in coming weeks. If LSU is going to flip a commitment from another program, Allen is a likely candidate.
The LSU staff continues to evaluate new prospects, which led them to Orlando, Florida native Nick Smith , who is currently committed to North Carolina State. The 6-3, 215-pounder caught the eye of area recruiter Corey Raymond, who is currently vetting the two-way prospect, who also plays tight end for his Dr. Phillips squad. Smith’s father, Fernando Smith, played eight years in the NFL, so there is an NFL bloodline, which also appeals to the LSU staff. Smith is scheduled to visit Michigan State for an official visit next month, which is close to his father’s hometown of Flint, Michigan. The Florida Gators also continue to court Smith, so the Tigers may have a battle on its hands, if they do decide to pursue the active linebacker prospect.
Oklahoma linebacker commitment Jacob Phillips remains in contact with the LSU staff, and the four-star prospect is worth keeping an eye on as National Signing Day approaches. Multiple sources appear to like their chances in flipping the Tennessee native, and an official visit is in the works, according to a source. Phillips wanted to visit during the season, but Ed Orgeron and staff elected to save all of its official visits until after the season, when a head coach was in place. At 6-3, 230 pounds, Phillips has the frame to play inside linebacker in the SEC–a position the LSU staff is desperately trying to fill. Sources remain confident they can flip Phillips before he signs on the dotted line. Loading
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