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Friday, February 1, 2013
Down the recruiting stretch, is LSU finished?

By Gary Laney

BATON ROUGE, La. -- With one weekend to go in the 2013 recruiting cycle before Wednesday's national signing day, the question for LSU is, could the Tigers be finished?

With 27 players verbally committed to its signing class -- topped by Wednesday's pledge from linebacker Duke Riley (River Ridge, La./John Curtis) -- there's a chance LSU's signing-day list might look exactly like its commitment list.

Not if they can help it.

The nation's top-ranked player, Robert Nkemdiche, who seemed ready to skip an LSU visit, will come to Baton Rouge this weekend, he said. He'll be at LSU along with David Kamara, his high school teammate.

They aren't the only big names the Tigers could still be working.

There's Tashawn Bower, who visited LSU but finishes his recruiting process this weekend with an official visit to Auburn, which already has a soft commitment from him.

LSU also still is working some other committed players, like defensive backs Priest Willis (UCLA) and Jamal Carter (Miami), and tight end Cethan Carter (Nebraska).

But there's a good chance the Tigers might finish right where they are, not that there's anything wrong with that.

LSU's class was bumped up to No. 6 in the ESPN class rankings Thursday after the addition of Riley, a four-star prospect. Every need, save that elusive safety, already has been met.

If there's disappointment in the lack of LSU news down the stretch, it should be tempered by the fact that the Tigers got off to such a fast start in the recruiting process, the end game has been about trying to finish with a splash, like a Nkemdiche commitment or a Willis flip.

Even if it doesn't happen, it's another top-10 class for LSU. Call it a win.

The one knock on it right now, is it has come with a rather ho-hum stretch run.

That can change in coming days, as the Tigers get to host the biggest catch out there with a chance to put an exclamation mark behind what had been a quiet finish to the recruiting season.