LSU lands second in-state pledge of the day, flips Kansas commit

Sep 19, 2015; Baton Rouge, LA, USA; LSU Tigers mascot Mike the Tiger crowd surfs during the third quarter of a game against the Auburn Tigers at Tiger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

LSU is already off to a terrific start to its 2018 recruiting class and it just keeps getting better, as the Tigers have just landed the verbal commitment of in-state defensive lineman Nelson Jenkins. The Plaquemine, Louisiana native had committed to Kansas just 10 days ago, but the allure of joining the Tigers class must have been too much to overcome.

Nelson announced his decision Thursday via Twitter, becoming the second prospect to commit to LSU Thursday – JUCO defender Travez Moore was the first.

The 6-foot-4, 280-pound defensive lineman is rated as a three-star prospect, the No. 29 ranked prospect from Louisiana and the No. 43 defensive tackle in the nation, according to 247Sports. Kansas is the only other FBS team to have offered Nelson a scholarship but both Alabama and Oklahoma have shown interest during his recruitment.

To get an idea of how Nelson would fit into the defensive scheme at LSU, check out his highlight reel here:

LSU now has seven commitments lined up in its 2018 recruiting class, which ranks No. 1 in the SEC and No. 5 nationally early in the 2018 recruiting cycle, according to 247Sports Team Recruiting Rankings.

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  • Big get can’t be losing guys to anybody much less kansas

  • I’m telling ya, that mess was all a ploy, they used them kids trying to push O into hiring Tony Hull. KU ain’t gonna take the coming embarrassment lightly, Tony Hull fiddin’ to be put on the spot.

    • Kansas. O m g. How does Kansas sign any 3 star players at all. They had a few good years in the past but the institution is so monolithic now. My favorite story. ….two years ago they signed a recruit whose first act in Lawrence was to rob a convenience store. Got off the bus, robbed a store, went to jail. He saw about 10 blocks of town before they put him in a cell block.

  • Can’t say I like the idea of using recruits to make a statement. But if it’s good for LSU in the long term, then it’s good.