Scott Kennedy – Director of Scouting
The recruiting process keeps getting accelerated. Players get scholarship offers earlier and earlier as well as commitments. Kids get pressured into making decisions before they're ready, and we see more and more changes from the early "reservations" that they make to schools. The top story line once again starting next week and through the course of the next month will be the chaos in recruiting. We keep using the word, but in recruiting, the term commitment doesn't mean what you think it means.
Greg Biggins – National Recruiting Analyst (West)
Linebacker Poly athlete Juju Smith is one of the nation's best two-way players but is being recruited by just about everyone as a safety. He'll play receiver in this game and that's actually the spot he enjoys the most. He's definitely talented on offense and it would not be a shock if he ultimately ends up on offense down the line.
Brian Dohn – National Recruiting Analyst (Northeast)
How hard will commits from other schools work five-star cornerback and Michigan commit Jabrill Peppers of Paramus (N.J.) Catholic? He said he would take other visits, then backed off of that notion after he made his official visit to Michigan. However, there will be a plenty of commits from other schools working him hard, but each will be countered by close friend, teammate and fellow Michigan commit Juwan Bushell-Beatty.
Brandon Huffman – National Recruiting Analyst (West)
The biggest storyline is Who's No. 1? Is it Adoree Jackson, who's been the West's top prospect for a year or is it Juju Smith, who's been No. 2 all-year. Both are elite prospects and both are elite on either side of the ball. Both want to play receiver, Jackson more so than Smith, but both are also premier defensive backs. This week, with national talent all around them and getting to go up against other skill prospects from around the country, one will have the chance to stake their final claim to the top spot in the West.
Jamie Newberg – National Recruiting Analyst (Florida)
Running back Leonard Fournette (New Orleans, La./St. Augustine) is our No. 1 guy right now. This running back will decide between LSU and Alabama. Heck, he may not be the top recruit in his own state. Cameron Robinson certainly could be. Then you have players like Peppers and Jackson. The race for the top spot in this 2014 class is not over.
Greg Powers – National Recruiting Analyst (Midlands)
The top storyline in the Midlands is the hunt to be the No. 1 rated prospect in the region and four of the top five rated guys will be there battling it out for that honor: CB Tony Brown, S Jamal Adams, DE Myles Garrett and OT Braden Smith. All four guys are superior athletically and have that extra something special and any of those four could lay a claim to as why they are the top talent in the region. Currently Brown, with his 4.37 speed and lock-down skills, sits atop that list. Will he get unseated?
Chad Simmons – National Recruiting Analyst (Southeast)
Can LSU get not one, not two, but three five-star commitments in this game is the top storyline for me. Sure, there are position battles, maybe even national ranking battles, but Leonard Fournette, the top prospect in the country will commit during the game as will five stars Gerald Willis and Devante Noil. LSU is considered the team to beat, or at worst, in the top two for all three and all three are from Louisiana.