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Monday, May 13, 2013
WR Williams' commitment highlights week

By Gary Laney

BATON ROUGE, La. -- How does a pass from Brandon Harris to D'haquille Williams sound?

There's still a long way to go, but after last weekend, that combination became more of a possibility in LSU's future.

In a time of year when recruiting news is normally a little slow, Williams (Reserve, La./Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College), one of the nation's top junior college wide receivers, became the Tigers' 10th member of the 2014 class with a late Friday night commitment. Williams caught 67 passes for 1,295 yards as a redshirt freshman at Mississippi Gulf Coast in 2012. He was considered one of Louisiana's top players coming out of Reserve's East St. John High in 2011 but had to go the junior college route.

Malachi Dupre
LSU has offers out to top in-state receivers like Malachi Dupre, but how many receivers will it sign?
Williams' commitment adds another wrinkle to LSU's wide receiver recruiting story. Louisiana has four ESPN 150 receivers in the high school ranks, all of whom still are uncommitted.

With Williams becoming LSU's second wide receiver in the class, the question becomes whether LSU will take four more receivers, for a six-receiver class? LSU has offers out to top-flight in-state receivers Malachi Dupre (River Ridge/John Curtis) and Trey Quinn (Lake Charles/Barbe), the Nos. 2 and 3 receivers on the ESPN position rankings and also has an offer to Speedy Noil (New Orleans/Karr), the No. 1-rated athlete and No. 8 overall player in the ESPN 150, who most project as a wide receiver.

The plethora of possible receivers coming to LSU has to be enticing for quarterback prospects, and for the first time in a while an in-state quarterback might be at the top of the list.

Harris (Bossier City, La./Airline) is vying to be the first in-state quarterback to sign with the Tigers since Jordan Jefferson in 2009. He might have jumped to the top of LSU's quarterback board after working out in front of offensive coordinator Cam Cameron on Wednesday, then receiving the offer from LSU on Thursday.

As a junior, Harris passed for 2,673 yards while leading his school to the Class 5A quarterfinals.

While LSU's offensive recruiting moved forward last week, on Sunday, a defensive target chose to go elsewhere.

ESPN 150 defensive end Justin Thornton (Prichard, Ala./Vigor) chose Auburn just a couple of weeks after he named LSU his leader in a tweet. Since then, he visited Auburn and committed in the span of a week, joining Vigor teammate Deshaun Davis on Auburn's commit list.

LSU still has plenty of defensive end targets on its boards. The Tigers are considered the leaders for four-star Deondre Clark (Oklahoma City, Okla./Douglass) and have been working hard on Lorenzo Carter (Norcross, Ga./Norcross), the No. 14 player in the ESPN 150.