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LSU QB recruiting: Where Tigers stand

6/10/2013

BATON ROUGE, La. -- There's a quarterback controversy brewing among LSU fans.

No, it doesn't mean Zach Mettenberger is being challenged as the starter. It does mean LSU is hot on the trail of some four-star talent at the position in recruiting.

Which one do you like?

If your answer is Mason Rudolph, your hopes were dashed when he chose Oklahoma State last week. It wasn't particularly heartbreaking to LSU, considering that the smoke signals had been clear for a while that things had cooled between the Tigers and the quarterback from Rock Hill, S.C.

Here's who's left and where they stand.

DeShone Kizer (Toledo, Ohio/Central Catholic): Kizer was scheduled to visit Notre Dame on Sunday and has set up a Friday visit to LSU, his first trip to campus.

Kizer, who sports an LSU offer, has been emerging as a favorite since Cam Cameron became LSU's offensive coordinator. But the offer last week from Notre Dame makes the race interesting. Kizer also plans to visit Alabama, although a trip scheduled for Tuscaloosa on Thursday fell through.

Brandon Harris (Bossier City, La./Parkway): With his LSU visit already under his belt, Harris eliminated Texas A&M after it took a commitment from Kyle Allen, then Harris visited Alabama and Ohio State last week, with particularly nice things to say about his trip to Tuscaloosa.

That accounts for four of the seven schools Harris said he would consider in May. Still left on the list are Auburn, Ole Miss and Baylor. He suggested that Auburn was high on his list after he eliminated Texas A&M last week.

Importantly, he said A&M was out of the picture because the Aggies only plan on taking one quarterback. LSU might take two quarterbacks, so if, say, Kizer commits to LSU, that would not necessarily mean Harris would eliminate the Tigers.

Also, UCLA joined the fray, extending an offer over the weekend.

Harris has set July 18 as his decision day and tweeted that the date remains firm.

Brandon Dawkins (Westlake Village, Calif./Oaks Christian): While Kizer and Harris appear to be the two big players in LSU's quarterback recruiting process, Dawkins could emerge as a factor if the Tigers are forced to go to a plan B.

He camped at LSU for the last day of LSU's June camp and he has the dual-threat skill set LSU appears to covet.

The interesting thing about Dawkins is he has had strong interest in Notre Dame. If Kizer ultimately chooses the Irish over LSU, then Dawkins' budding relationship with LSU could be productive, given that LSU will have a need and Dawkins will have lost out on the school many think is his leader.

Quentin Gibson (Marrero, La./Archbishop Shaw): Harris is likely to be the first Louisiana quarterback since Jordan Jefferson in 2008 to be part of an LSU signing class. If that falls through, the next most likely candidate -- and he would be a longshot -- would be the accurate passer from the New Orleans suburbs.

Gibson camped at LSU in June and continued to show the accuracy that makes him interesting. There is hesitation based on borderline height and a rather funky delivery ankle.

Despite the low, 3/4 release point, he throws with pinpoint accuracy, which made him the choice to quarterback the Louisiana Bootlegers 7-on-7 team, which annually possesses some of the state's best talent and always has strong LSU ties.

Gibson started the week camping at Arkansas.