With college football's national signing day less than three months away, college staffs are starting the stretch run to finish the 2013 cycle. In our newest “finish line” feature, 247Sports and Geaux247 take a look at the top possibilities remaining for an LSU class that already has 25 commitments and is ranked in the top 10 classes in the country.
LSU is in a battle with new SEC West rival Texas A&M for the services of Ricky Seals-Jones.
Ricky Seals-Jones, Ath, Sealy (Texas)
One of the top uncommitted prospects in the 2013 class is Seals-Jones. While a number of programs from coast-to-coast have tried to get in on the 6-foot-5, 231-pounder, it’s down to two with an SEC West-duel flavor to it.
Geaux247.com’s Sonny Ship on Seals-Jones’ recruitment: “Seals-Jones was in attendance when LSU had that electric Saturday night in Death Valley atmosphere for the Alabama game. Sources say that visit helped LSU a lot, but you have to wonder if Texas A&M’s win at Alabama did more to help the Aggies’ cause. Look for LSU to get an official visit in December or January, but Texas A&M seems like the team to beat in this two-horse race.”
Kendell Beckwith, DE/LB, Jackson (La.) East Feliciana
The cousin of former LSU linebacker Derry Beckwith has been a two-team race for quite a while between the top two programs in the SEC West. The family connections and proximity give LSU a big edge, but Alabama remains in a position to make a push if they go all in for the versatile 6-foot-2, 225-pounder.
Ship on Beckwith’s recruitment: “There have been some battles between LSU and Alabama on the field and on the recruiting trail of late, and that’s what this has always been for Beckwith. He has been to nearly every LSU home game for the last two years and the LSU staff has taken full advantage of its close proximity to Beckwith. Things will heat up when the Alabama staff can hit the road in December, but the Crimson Tide has a little ground to make up in this close race.”
Priest Willis, CB/S, Tempe (Ariz.) Marcos De Niza
Willis’ recruitment continues to take twists and turns as December draws near. While many still believe UCLA is the team to beat, the 6-foot-2, 200-pounder took an official visit to Virginia recently and LSU will get their chance in the coming weeks. Arizona State is also still lurking.
Ship on Willis’ recruitment: “After rescheduling his official visit from Alabama to tentatively setting it for Ole Miss, Willis now says he will come in either December or January. Get him on campus and anything can happen. However, getting him on campus has been an uphill battle since the summer when he started rescheduling his trips to Baton Rouge.”
Artie Burns, CB, Miami (Fla.) Northwestern
Burns is one of several South Florida prospects currently committed to Miami, but continuing to look around and make official visits. Florida State got the first crack at an official visit Sep. 22, and LSU will certainly get their shot at the two-sport star in December or January.
Ship on Burns’ recruitment: “Burns has been a hot topic around the LSU community of late. He has been committed to Miami since July but says he is going to take officials, and LSU is set to get one. The Tigers’ track program is a big selling point that Burns likes, and LSU has been in constant contact with him and his mother. The key to keep an eye on here is whether or not his mother makes the trip to LSU with him. If she doesn’t then he is staying at home at either Miami or FSU.”
Maquedius Bain, DT, Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) University
The talented 6-foot-3, 308-pound Bain has gone back and forth between being a Miami Hurricane and leaving the state. While Marshall received a visit this month, trips to Oklahoma Nov. 23 and LSU in December will likely tell the story of just how serious Bain is about leaving home for college.
Ship on Bain’s recruitment: “LSU needs defensive linemen, particularly defensive tackles, but now it’s about finding the right guy and not just taking a number. Bain is set to visit LSU officially in mid-December and the LSU staff is very high on his skill set. LSU’s depth at defensive tackle warrants taking another guy at that spot of Bain’s caliber. One minute, he talks about wanting to get out of Florida then the next he’s back in Miami’s camp. Oklahoma will get an official visit a couple of weeks before LSU, then things should start to become more clear right around Christmas.”
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