Weekend recruiting preview: Louisiana


As you'd expect, dozens of LSU commits and targets will be in action across the state this weekend. As we move toward the second month of the high school season, here is a handful of games and players for LSU fans to keep an eye on:

Barbe vs. Evangel Christian -- Barbe, the No. 3 team in the most recent Class 5A power rankings, takes on the No. 3 team in Class 2A. Barbe has been considered a state championship contender since the end of last season, largely thanks to the contributions of tight end and LSU commit DeSean Smith. Smith combines with speedy wide receiver and 2014 LSU target Trey Quinn to make the Barbe offense tough to stop. But the Buccaneers have been unable to get over the hump against Evangel in recent seasons.

Neville vs. Ouachita Parish -- Defending Class 4A state champion Neville takes on a regional rival and the No. 2 team in Class 5A. ESPN 150 athlete and LSU commit John Diarse quarterbacks the Tigers, and Neville has other talent like 2014 cornerback target Laurence Jones. Top 2014 wide receiver prospect Cameron Sims lines up for Ouachita.

Edna Karr vs. Destrehan -- Talent abounds on both sides of another 4A v. 5A matchup. Highly-touted 2014 wide receiver Speedy Noil plays quarterback for the Cougars, who will try to knock off LSU commit Rickey Jefferson and Destrehan. This game also features ESPN 150 tight end and Miami commit Standish Dobard, as well as 2013 Texas A&M cornerback commit Noel Ellis and 2014 defensive tackle prospect Gerald Willis.

East Feliciana vs. Zachary -- Plenty of eyes will be on ESPN 150 athlete Kendell Beckwith regardless of his opposition. He is the state's top-ranked player, after all. Tonight, Beckwith will get to go against ESPN300 offensive guard and Tulane commit Christopher Taylor -- an early recruiting coup for new Green Wave coach Curtis Johnson.