Published December 30, 2013 - 10:05amNEW: Follow on facebook -
For the first time in months, the weekend didn’t produce any new commitments for the SEC–not surprising since it’s the holiday season and a recruiting dead period.
One week from today, though, the recruiting world will likely look a whole lot different. In fact, if just about everything goes LSU’s way this week at the All-American games–as it is expected to–the Tigers should pass Alabama for the No. 1 spot in the national recruiting rankings.
It may all happen in a matter of hours on Thursday, as Leonard Fournette, Speedy Noil, Gerald Willis and Jamal Adams are all expected to announce their school choices at the Under Armour Game in St. Petersburg, Fla. Gametime is 4 p.m. EST and it will be broadcast live on ESPN. It would be a surprise if any of the four doesn’t choose LSU. Tony Brown is also expected to choose this week, and with his sister competing in track and field for the Tigers–he seems like a lock to LSU too. And Malachi Dupre? He’d originally thought about announcing this week, but he’ll take some visits and choose a bit closer to national signing day in February. He could very well end up at LSU too.
One can imagine that the TV ratings will be pretty good in Louisiana on Thursday afternoon. Who knows? They might be as good as the ratings for LSU’s bowl game one day earlier.
If LSU lands Fournette, Noil, Willis, Adams and Brown this week, and Alabama’s class stays static (as opposed to landing a few blue chippers of its own), LSU will likely pass Alabama for No. 1 in the nation in the all-inclusive 247Sports.com composite ranking, which averages all ratings services. That would be huge news in the recruiting world. Of course, Alabama is expected to pick up a few more blue chippers before February, and may reclaim that top spot, but it would make for some fun discussion in January.
Alabama has basically owned the nation’s top recruiting spot for years, at least when it comes to this late in the recruiting calendar.
Stay tuned to see if that has changed … one week from today.