It's a bit hard to believe, but things are finishing up for LSU's 2013 recruiting class as August approaches.
A team like the Tigers has the pick of the litter, for the most part, when it comes to recruiting. But with 21 current commitments and a dwindling pool of high profile targets, there likely won't be too much more activity in the coming months. The commitment of defensive tackle Scott Pagano (Honolulu, Hawaii/Moanalua) to Clemson on Tuesday night gives the Tigers one fewer prospect to chase, increasing the intrigue around fellow defensive tackle Greg Gilmore (Hope Mills, N.C./South View) and his approaching decision.
In the meantime there are only a few more chances to scout out talent this summer before the 2012 season begins. This weekend's 2012 Champion Gridiron Kings in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., promises to be such an occasion.
Of the 64 high school players heading to the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, 46 belong to the ESPN 300. Each of the four quarterbacks heading the four 16-man teams was at the Elite 11 last week in Redondo Beach, Calif.
With a large majority of the weekend talent coming from Florida, there won't be many LSU targets on hand for Gridiron Kings. But there will be one big name in attendance that's surely at the top of most Tiger fans' wishlists.
That would be ESPN 150 and fourth-ranked safety Priest Willis (Tempe, Ariz./Marcos De Niza). Willis is yet another national prospect the Tigers feel they have a good shot to land -- though the line for his services is a long one. Willis named LSU one of his whopping 16 finalists earlier this month, but he wasn't able to make a scheduled visit to campus after LSU's recruiting camp last week.
Willis still plans to visit campus this fall, but this trip to Florida should be his last excursion before the 2012 season begins.
With so much of the 2013 class filled, it's no surprise LSU is turning to its 2014 class. The Tigers continue to extend 2014 offers and have landed two commitments for next year. Perhaps the top target for 2014, to this point, is cornerback Tony Brown (Beaumont, Texas/Ozen), who dazzled at the Tigers' camp.
Brown is one of just two 2014 prospects involved with Gridiron Kings, which gives a pretty good indication of his talent.
Louisiana is sending one representative -- though not a likely LSU target -- to the event. Cornerback Noel Ellis (New Orleans, La./Edna Karr), who also camped in Baton Rouge last week, is making the trip. Ellis, who sits just outside the ESPN 150 at No. 162, committed to Texas A&M in June.