Fireworks coming out of Louisiana
Leonard Fournette
Leonard Fournette
National Recruiting Analyst
Posted Dec 20, 2013
Chad Simmons


Five of the top seven prospects in Louisiana are currently uncommitted and four of those are five stars on Scout. Decisions will be coming soon for three of those...

The biggest news of the week was when four-star safety Laurence Jones decommitted from Alabama.

He chose the Crimson Tide early in December, but it uncertain now just when he will make his final decision. Jones, a 6-foot-1, 220 pound safety out of Neville is an early enrollee, so the clock is ticking. LSU would be the favorite by most, but the Tigers have been focused on Jamal Adams, a five-star out of Texas since Jones committed to UA. Ole Miss is another one to watch here.

A few days after the breaking news on Jones, four-star defensive lineman Garrald McDowell committed to Ole Miss. The Rebels have been looked at as the favorite for some time even though LSU did offer the star out of Covington. He woke up Friday morning and gave Hugh Freeze and the Rebels the big news.

All eyes are on Jones now, the No. 6 prospect in the state. He could commit any day, so he is one most are watching.

Before the McDowell and Jones commitments, there were a few flips in the state.

Three-star running back Sione Palelei switched his commitment to Oklahoma State from LSU and that opened the door for the Tigers to offer four-star back Darrel Williams. Without hesitation, Williams flipped to LSU from Arizona State.

LSU won there when you look at the Scout rankings and Williams is a back that definitely looks more fit for the SEC than he did for the PAC 12.

Laurence Jones
Where will 'Hootie' Jones end up and when will he decide?
Williams was a good get for the Tigers and Les Miles, but it has lost some battles to their rival in the SEC West this year too.

Alabama has had some success in recent years in Louisiana snagging guys like Landon Collins, Kenny Bell, and Denzel Duvall out of that state.

Jones looked to be following their lead when he became the fourth prospect along I-20 in northern Louisiana to choose Alabama in the 2014 class. That gave the Tide four commits in Louisiana in this class, but with his choice to remove his name from that list earlier this week, UA now has three.

That trio is very good.

Five-star offensive tackle Cameron Robinson (Monroe West Monroe) headlines this group, then you have four-star wide receiver Cameron Sims (Monroe Ouchita Parish), and three-star defensive tackle O.J. Smith (Bossier City Airline).

LSU did not pursue Sims or Smith, but Robinson, a tackle who some feel could be the top overall prospect in the country was a big loss. West Monroe is known for sending their top talent to Baton Rouge, but this one did not follow that trail.

The Tigers likely have brighter days on the horizon though.

There class is already in the top 10 on Scout, but it could make a real push for the top three, possibly No. 1 if the cards all fall in their favor.

Starting on January 4, 2014, all will have an idea just how LSU will close.

The No. 1 prospect in the country, Leonard Fournette, a running back out of St. Augustine with skills that don't come along all that often will announce at the Under Armour All-America game.

He has talked about other schools along the way, but Alabama and LSU are the finalists. He, like Robinson and Jones [did at one time] will decide between those two.

On that same date, five-star defensive tackle Gerald Willis and five-star wide receiver Devante Noil will announces their decisions.

Willis recently narrowed his list to Florida and LSU while LSU's biggest competition is Texas A&M for Noil.

The Edna Karr teammates are close friends and have talked about playing with each other on the next level for years, so for that to happen, both have to choose the in-state school. A&M looks to be more of a threat to LSU with Noil than Florida is with Willis.

Malachi Dupre
Many experts feel Dupre will stay in state and be a Tiger.
The last five-star expected to make his decision is No. 1 wide receiver Malachi Dupre. He has focused on his senior season at John Curtis Christian over the past three to four months, but recruiting is starting to heat up. LSU is and has been right at the top in this face for a long time. Alabama is in this as is Florida State and UCLA. He may take his decision to signing day.

Dupre's teammate, Kenny Young, the No. 11 inside linebacker in the country will also likely take his recruitment down to the wire. UCLA is set to get the last official visit on the weekend of January 31. Before he trips to L.A., he plans to visit LSU, Miami, and Oklahoma State. Florida State could get an official visit as well.

Davon Godchaux is a four-star defensive lineman and he is currently a soft verbal to LSU because he has visited Ole Miss since committed to the Tigers. All signs still point to Godchaux ending up in Baton Rouge, but other schools are still working him on the recruiting trail. Florida State and Miami have been recruiting him hard in recent weeks.

There are plenty of other talented 2014 prospects in Louisiana that still have to make decisions like Terrence Alexander and Matrell McGraw, teammates at John Curtis Christian. Both are high three-star prospects on Scout.

The talent in this class at the top is not normal in Louisiana. The state is rich this cycle and LSU could cash in big the final six weeks.

Chad Simmons is currently a National Recruiting Analyst for FOX Sports/Scout. He started with Scout in 2003 and then moved on to another Recruiting Service from 2004-2008 before returning to Scout the first of 2009 to become South Recruiting Manager.
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