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Monday, January 28, 2013
LSU makes pitches to recruits, waits

By Gary Laney

BATON ROUGE, La. -- At the end of his weekend trip to LSU, Tashawn Bower sent a Tweet that said "1 visit to go." Duke Riley stayed in Baton Rouge an extra day. Eddie Jackson sent out an Instagram photo with a white No. 2 LSU jersey on.

But, when their visits to LSU were over Sunday, there wasn't a new commitment for the Tigers.

Eddie Jackson
Eddie Jackson could help LSU in the secondary should he pledge to the Tigers.
At least not yet.

A week after receiving a commitment from wide receiver Kevin Spears (New Orleans/Holy Cross) during a weekend light on recruits, LSU hosted three players it hoped to sway: Bower (Somerville, N.J./Imaculat), an ESPN 150 defensive end committed to Auburn, Jackson (Pompano Beach, Fla./Boyd Anderson), a wide receiver who would likely play defensive back at LSU and Riley (River Ridge, La./John Curtis), a linebacker with a grayshirt offer from LSU who passed on a scheduled visit to Ole Miss to take the one-hour drive to Baton Rouge instead.

None of them committed though, leaving LSU with 27 players in the 2013 recruiting class with one weekend to go before signing day on Feb. 6.

Jackson, in particular, is a player who could address a need for the Tigers. LSU has just one safety in the class, Jeremy Cutrer (Kentwood, La./Jewel Sumner) and can use the secondary help. After Priest Willis and Tahaan Goodman, two LSU targets, both pledged to UCLA on Wednesday, LSU was left with fewer options.

Jackson, who is also entertaining serious interest from Alabama and Florida State, appears to be LSU's best bet to fill the need.

Bower would be icing on the cake at defensive end, where LSU already has three commitments. On Sunday, another defensive end, Robert Nkemdiche (Loganville, Ga./Grayson), the nation's top-ranked player said he hoped to set up an LSU visit for this weekend.

LSU is clearly looking for an impact player to cap the class after the Tigers lost two potential first-round NFL draft picks at the position.

As for Riley, LSU appeared to stick with its offer to have Riley grayshirt. The Tigers, who signed six linebackers in the 2012 class, don't have a huge need at the position in this class, but they like Riley, who was the rock-solid anchor of one of the nation's best high school teams.

LSU heads into the last weekend looking for late splashes. The biggest could be if the Tigers can sway Nkemdiche, who was looking to arrange a trip to Baton Rouge with his best friend and cornerback prospect David Kamara.