- David Helman, Reporter, RecruitingNation
We've covered the recent history of the fight for bluechip prospects between Alabama and LSU. Take a look at NFL rosters, and you'll these two SEC rivals well represented. Everyone who is anyone in the world of college football recruiting has been pursued by these two juggernauts -- particularly recruits from the Gulf Coast states.
With the alums of the rivalry behind us, let's take a look at who these two are pursuing:
ATH Kendell Beckwith (Clinton, La./East Feliciana): Louisiana's top-ranked player, one of the top uncommitted prospects in the ESPN 150 and a coveted pass rusher that both the Tigers and Tide would love to add to their classes. Beckwith has always been good to say that he's still considering other schools, such as Florida State and Tennessee. But he's made no bones since last spring that Alabama and LSU are his top choices. He'll be in attendance this weekend for the proceedings, so the winner is bound to get at least a few brownie points. But patience is the virtue here. Beckwith said earlier this month he intends to announce his decision in January at the 2013 Under Armour All-America Game.
DE Tim Williams (Baton Rouge, La./LSU Laboratory): Take the same script mentioned for Beckwith and apply it to Williams. Except, Williams doesn't just live in Louisiana, he lives in the Tigers' home city of Baton Rouge and goes to high school on LSU's campus. The implications for the Tigers to keep the state's second-best prospect are pretty apparent. If LSU's departures along the defensive front are as widespread as they project to be this offseason, Williams could bring in some immediate help with his 6-foot-4, 230-pound frame. The Tigers can expect Miami and Florida State to play a role in Williams' decision, as well as Alabama. Like Beckwith, he intends to make his decision at the Under Armour All-America Game.
DE Robert Nkemdiche (Loganville, Ga./Grayson): Nkemdiche, the nation's top prospect, committed to Clemson almost five months ago. But anyone that's been following him since then knows that his recruitment isn't necessarily over. Alabama was considered an early favorite for his signature before the somewhat shocking decision on Clemson. Ole Miss could play a factor because his older brother, Denzel, plays linebacker for the Rebels, and his mother has expressed her desire for the two to play together. On top of that, Nkemdiche has listed LSU as a school he'd like to visit before his recruitment is done. Only time will tell if any more drama comes to pass, but both schools will have their eyes open for a player of this caliber.
CB Jeryl Brazil (Loranger, La./Loranger): Brazil is an LSU commitment, and one the Tigers would love to hang on to considering he's the No. 59 player in the ESPN 150. The cornerback is firm in his pledge to LSU, and he's made the short drive to Baton Rouge for most of the Tigers' home games this season. But when Alabama offered a scholarship this summer, he was excited enough to make a quick drive to Tuscaloosa, Ala., to take in the campus. The Crimson Tide are one of the few programs prominent enough to lift an LSU commitment, and the Tigers would be wise to keep a close eye on Brazil, though he is a current commit.
RB Leonard Fournette (New Orleans, La./St. Augustine): The battle extends into the junior class, as both the Tide and Tigers are favorites for Fournette, who promises to be one of Louisiana's top recruits in 2014. At 6-foot-1, 215 pounds, he possesses both the power and speed that both programs prefer in their stables of NFL-caliber ball carriers. Fournette has yet to expound on any top contenders, but there's little doubt Alabama and LSU will factor heavily in his ongoing recruitment.
OT Cameron Robinson (Monroe, La./West Monroe): Another junior, Robinson has gone as far as to list LSU and Alabama as two of his top teams, along with Texas. If you need any indication of his talent, all three of those juggernauts have offered scholarships to this point in his high school career. Robinson has already made visits to Tuscaloosa, and he's quite familiar with the Tide's coaching staff. He's also extremely close with LSU offensive line coach Greg Studrawa, and he's sure to be on the sidelines when the teams square off Nov. 3.