Every January, a majority of the nation’s top senior football prospects head to either Florida or Texas to compete in the pair of premier all-star games: The Under Armour All-American Game and the Army All-American Game.
Vadal Alexander suited up in Orlando last January, then enrolled at LSU the next week
Last January, five future LSU signees – Kwon Alexander, Vadal Alexander, Ronnie Feist, Reid Ferguson and Avery Johnson - traveled to Orlando as selections for the weeklong Under Armour event at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex.
Though Johnson enrolled at Hargrave Military Academy with plans to return to LSU as part of the 2013 signing class, the other four selections from the Tigers’ roster have all seen time as true freshmen this fall.
Vadal Alexander and Ferguson, high school teammates at Buford High, have played the biggest impact. Both are current starters for the Tigers, with Ferguson starting eight games at long snapper and Alexander now in for an absent Alex Hurst at right tackle.
Depending on the work done by the staff over the next three months, the number of prospects wearing purple-and-gold in Orlando could grow – and potentially by much more than one.
LSU’s top two in-state targets left on the board, defensive end Tim Williams and outside linebacker Kendell Beckwith, have both been selected as participants, meaning Brazil and Co. will have a final push at entertaining Louisiana’s two most coveted prospects.
North Carolina defensive tackle Greg Gilmore will suit up in the Under Armour game as either a Tiger or a Gator. His decision is set to come shortly after he visits LSU for the Alabama game in early November.
Florida’s Maquedius Bain, a second high-profile defensive tackle on the LSU radar, will also be in Orlando. The same goes for Auburn linebacker commitment Reuben Foster and Arizona prospect Priest Willis.
DT Maquedius Bain could add another name to LSU's commitment total at the Under Armour game
When glancing back onto the Army All-American Bowl roster from last January, the list is without any representation from LSU, a rare occurrence for a program that has regularly finished with a top 10 recruiting class during the Les Miles tenure.
This January, the Tigers are back on the map for the annual NBC event.
Currently, six LSU commitments are on tap to play in the Army game: quarterback Hayden Rettig, tight end DeSean Smith, athlete John Diarse, defensive end Frank Herron, offensive lineman Josh Boutte and athlete Tre'Davious White.
When it comes to uncommitted prospects that the aforementioned can chat up LSU to, the headline name is Texas athlete Ricky Seals-Jones, who now appears down to Texas A&M and LSU after dropping his commitment to the Longhorns over the summer.
Texas defensive tackle Justin Manning, California defensive back Tahaan Goodman and North Carolina wide receiver Marquez North – all of which have offers and are being recruited by the LSU staff – are other uncommitted names to keep an eye on going into the San Antonio-based event in January.