How will the LSU staff close out the 2014 class on defense? It's one of the hot topics in Baton Rouge, and Geaux247 has the latest.
Will LSU be able to lock up 5-star Illinois LB Clifton Garrett?
Here's a look at where things stand as the Tigers push towards a 25-man recruiting class.
The following uses the 247Composite, which factors rankings and ratings from all recruiting media networks equally.
Committed: Deondre Clark
Clark shut his process down this summer, giving the staff a commitment from one of the top strongside defensive end prospects in the country.
Ole Miss has been the lone team to grab Clark's attention since jumping on board with the Tigers, and he has since made one trip to Oxford and has a return visit in the works. However, Clark plans to visit LSU for the Florida game on Oct. 12, so the Tigers will have their chance to ties up any loose ends.
This past week, Clark recorded a sack and four tackles – a pair of solo stops and a pair of assists – in Douglass’ season-opening 24-21 win over Washington. He added 66 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 12 carries.
Gerald Willis is the highest-rated defensive lineman in Louisiana
The defensive line shakeout could go in a number of directions, but the end result should provide LSU with a healthy dose of names from the Pelican State.
The top name on the board remains Willis, the four-star out of Karr High who has the size and athleticism to play end or tackle. Willis plans to make visits to LSU, Texas A&M, Florida and others, but the Tigers are widely considered the team to beat.
The same goes for Godchaux and McDowell, fellow in-state linemen who both hold offers from the LSU staff. Godchaux came close to pulling the trigger after LSU's July camp session, but will now wait until December to make an announcement. The main competition for McDowell will most likely come from Ole Miss, an SEC West foe that the Covington High standout has warmed up to in recent months.
Street, a North Carolina native and the nation's No. 4 strongside defensive end, is currently highest on North Carolina State, but he holds offers from LSU, Georgia, Florida State, Clemson and more. Street said he wants to make a visit to Baton Rouge this fall, which is welcomed news to an LSU staff that has had success recruiting defensive linemen from the East Coast.
For Valentine, the debate might be more about academics than which school he's currently highest on. The Sunshine State defensive tackle is currently committed to Miami, but he's kept the lines of communication open with other schools, namely LSU. If Valentine can get on track in the classroom, he could be eligible for the 2014 class, and in turn would become a target the Tigers would press to be in purple-and-gold.
Committed: Donnie Alexander
Alexander is one of the more versatile linebacker prospects on LSU's big board, and his commitment gave the staff a local talent who could thrive at outside linebacker in John Chavis' scheme. The Karr High staff has also been cross-training Alexander at safety, but he lined up at only linebacker in the team's season opener, recording seven tackles in a win over St. Paul's.
Kenny Young worked out for John Chavis and LSU for the July session
Top Targets: Clifton Garrett, Kenny Young
The top target left on the linebacker board is Garrett, a five-star prospect out of Illinois. Garrett named the Tigers his lead team after visiting campus for the LSU Spring Game this offseason, and no other program has been able to step in and reel him away since.
Garrett plans to visit Florida, Tennessee and Ole Miss over the next two months, then close down his visit schedule with a trip to LSU on Nov. 23. There's also a chance Garrett makes it to a game in Baton Rouge prior to his late-November visit. For now, all signs point to LSU signing the five-star out of the Midwest.
Another name to keep an eye on is Young, who is the best Louisiana linebacker prospect left on the board. While it's evident Young could move into Garrett spots if the five-star goes elsewhere, there's also the chance Chavis is able to add both names if the numbers are there.
Paris, a five-star prospect, is widely considered one of the best safeties in the country. Voorhies is also highly-ranked at the position, currently tabbed as the No. 11 safety in the 2014 class.
Battle flew under the radar through most of his recruitment process, but this offseason he loaded up on offers from LSU, Florida State and more. Battle committed after his first visit to campus, and he has since made a return trip with his family.
The Tigers hope to close strong at DB with 5-star Tony Brown
For now, LSU looks in great shape to hold onto all three out-of-state commitments.
Where do the Tigers go from here?
The assumed lock is Brown, a five-star who the Tigers could test at cornerback or safety. With Bealoved Brown now enrolled at LSU, all signs point to little brother following suit in the not-so-distant future.
Jones is the top defensive back in the state, but he remains split on LSU and Alabama, with visits made to both programs this summer. Jones said he wants to visit both schools this fall before making a decision.
Also in Louisiana, the Tigers could close on Evangel's Santos Ramirez, who impressed at defensive back during the July camp session. A similar name to watch is Redemptorist's Russell Gage, who has caught the attention of the staff and could play cornerback or wide receiver.
Outside of the aforementioned, the top name on the board is likely Jackson, one of the nation's most talented cornerback prospects, as well as a home run threat in the return game. Jackson said he hopes to make an official visit to LSU, but it's likely he winds up on the West Coast for college.