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SEC Recruiting Notebook: LSU Targets In-State Prospects

sec-recruiting-notebook-gfxLSU’s in-state recruiting received a boost this weekend when wide receiver Trey Quinn from Barbe High School in Lake Charles, La., committed to the Tigers.

Quinn, who’s ranked the nation’s No. 3 wide receiver by ESPN RecruitingNation, chose LSU over Auburn, Ole Miss, Clemson and Texas Tech, along with several other offers. He believes he’s joining an elite class at LSU.

“It’s awesome to have an opportunity to be part of what could be a great class,” Quinn said. “It’s like the Miami Heat. When you build something special, everyone wants to be a part of it. It’s really exciting to have so many of us from Louisiana.”

Eight of LSU’s 14 commitments are from Louisiana with several other highyl-touted in-state prospects remaining on the Tigers’ board.

Those top targets include wide receiver Malachi Dupre from River Ridge, running back Leonard Fournette and athlete Speedy Noil from New Orleans and offensive lineman Cameron Robinson from West Monroe.

How much talent is in the state of Louisiana for the 2014 class? Quinn is ranked the No. 37 prospect in the nation but only the seventh best in his own state.

The eighth-best player in the state of Louisiana is quarterback Brandon Harris, according to ESPN. Harris, who committed to LSU in July, was constant in his attempt to help the Tigers land Quinn.

“He’s been texting me nonstop since then,” Quinn told TigerBait.com. “He’s been saying he wanted to play together with me; we’ve got to go to the same college. Going to camp and catching balls from him was great. He’s a great athlete, great quarterback with a strong arm with a bright future.”

LSU’s future will become even brighter if it’s able to land more of the top in-state talent. Fournette is an important target for the Tigers. A commitment from him could help influence other top prospects in the state to stick with LSU.

Fournette confirmed to 247Sports this week that he’ll take official visits to LSU, Alabama, Florida, Miami and possibly Michigan. But it looks like an Alabama-LSU battle for Fournette, according to St. Augustine High School assistant coach Adrian Burnette.

“When you are dealing with a talent like this, it is always going to come down to the top two – Alabama and LSU,” Burnette said. “As far as him leaning to one or the other, this might be hard to believe, but I really think at this point and time that it is 50/50.”

Alabama will continue to recruit other prospects from Louisiana, including Robinson and Monroe safety Laurence Jones. Quinn’s commitment to LSU is a good sign for the Tigers, says ESPN’s Gary Laney. But they still have work to do with key in-state prospects.

“It is possible LSU can win the majority of the state’s top prospects, but miss the biggest prizes and thus end up having the 2014 class feel like a loss. But the more pieces that fall into place, the more optimistic the Tigers can be about the rest of the class.”

 

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