Now that the early signing period and various all-star games have come and gone, all the attention in the recruiting world turns to the February 7 National Signing Day.
Despite the unexpectedly high number of recruits who signed during the early signing period (about two-thirds of the FBS prospects already have signed), there are numerous big-time prospects who still are out there.
LSU signed 20 in December, meaning the bulk of the Tigers’ work with their 2018 class is done. But still are a handful of players Ed Orgeron and his staff would like to reel in.
Here is a look at one uncommitted prospect on each side of the ball that LSU would love to get before the 2018 recruiting cycle comes to an end.
QB James Foster
The particulars: Foster (6 feet 3, 210 pounds) is from Montgomery (Ala.) Lanier.
The skinny: Foster, a four-star prospect, is among the top 15 dual-threat quarterbacks in the country and a top-300 prospect overall. Foster was committed to Missouri for over six months before announcing his decommitment in late October. LSU has yet to sign a quarterback for the 2018 class, and Foster is the only uncommitted or unsigned player of the 13 quarterbacks the Tigers have offered. Thus, it’s safe to assume Foster is a high priority for Orgeron and his staff. Foster is scheduled for an official visit to LSU this coming weekend. LSU, Alabama and Florida State are considered his leaders, but offers continue to come in. Last week, he was offered by the new staffs at Arkansas and Nebraska; both schools will play a wide-open version of the spread.
CB Patrick Surtain Jr.
The particulars: Surtain (6 feet 1, 199 pounds) is from Plantation (Fla.) American Heritage, in the Fort Lauderdale suburbs.
The skinny: Surtain, a five-star talent, is the top-ranked cornerback in the country and one of the top five prospects overall in the class. He is the only uncommitted or unsigned prospect in the top 10. His dad, a former NFL Pro Bowl cornerback, is American Heritage’s coach. LSU has been considered one of the leaders for Surtain for quite some time, and because he has been linked to LSU for so long, it would be a big blow if the Tigers were unable to land him. Surtain is the most coveted player left on LSU’s recruiting board.
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