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National Recruiting Show: Why LSU has the top class
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National Recruiting Show: Why LSU has the top class
Scout.com
Monday January 18th, 2016

The race to National Signing Day has begun. Sports Illustrated and Scout.com have partnered to provide complete coverage of college football recruiting. Follow along daily with conference-by-conference recruiting shows featuring analysis, breaking news, prospect breakdowns and much more all leading up to Signing Day on Feb. 3.

Whose stock is up? Which schools are trending for the uncommitted prospects in the Scout 300? The answers are here.

Rashan Gary (No. 1 overall recruit, No. 1 DT recruit)

Rashan Gary made official visits to to USC, Michigan, Ole Miss and Auburn, and will spend the weekend at Clemson on an official visit. He also had his last in-home visits, and after the trip to Clemson, will huddle with his family and advisors and make a decision.

Trending: Michigan

Announcing: Signing day

Mique Juarez (No. 8 overall recruit, No. 1 OLB recruit)

Alabama is definitely a player here after Mique Juarez visited over the weekend and Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban came in Monday for a home visit. He will visit BYU this weekend, but it comes after he made a Wednesday unofficial visit to UCLA.

Trending: UCLA

Announcing: Signing day

Derrick Brown (No. 9 overall recruit, No. 4 DT recruit)

Two official visits (Auburn and Georgia) down for Derrick Brown, the top prospect in Georgia, with one to Tennessee remaining. It could go any direction, but the school with the most buzz right now is Auburn.

Trending: Auburn

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​​Jeffery Simmons (No. 10 overall recruit, No. 2 DE recruit)

Ole Miss still looks to be the team to beat for Jeffery Simmons and it gets the last visit. Word is Alabama has made a run, and you cannot count out Mississippi State..

Trending: Ole Miss

Announcing: Signing day

Ben Davis (No. 11 overall recruit, No. 1 ILB recruit)

After his official visit to Alabama, Ben Davis officially named the Crimson Tide his leader. He is an Alabama legacy. His father, Wayne, played for the Crimson Tide and his mother went to school there.

Trending: Alabama

Announcing: Signing day

Jack Jones (No. 15 overall recruit, No. 1 athlete recruit)

Jack Jones is done with visits and will take the next week to figure out his decision. Alabama is making a late push, Texas A&M is still a factor but USC still looks good here.

Trending: USC

Mecole Hardman Jr. (No. 16 overall recruit, No. 2 athlete recruit)

Mecole Hardman Jr. did not make it to Alabama for his official visit due to the weather, so he showed up at Georgia to hang out with coaches and other recruits.

Trending: Georgia

Annoucing: Signing day

Caleb Kelly (No. 17 overall recruit, No. 2 OLB recruit)

Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly and lead assistant Mike Denbrock visited Caleb Kelly on Tuesday night and made a strong impression. This comes on the heels of Oklahoma coming in the home last week and gaining a lot of momentum back for the Sooners. Mike Stoops has been relentless in his pursuit of Kelly and no one is recruiting Kelly harder. This one is an absolute coin toss right now and will go down to the wire.

Trending: Notre Dame

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Brandon Jones (No. 19 overall recruit, No. 1 S recruit)

Brandon Jones, a 6-foot, 190-pound safety from Nacogdoches, Texas, took an official visit to Arkansas and will take a trip to Baylor to close out his schedule. The visit to Arkansas was a great one, but we still feel it will be an in-state school.

Trending: Texas

Nigel Warrior (No. 20 overall recruit, No. 2 S recruit)

Nigel Warrior is a Tennessee legacy and he is visiting Knoxville this weekend, but Auburn appears to have some real momentum less than a week out. The Tigers had an in-home visit Thursday and Auburn could be closer to closing this one out than most think.

Trending: Auburn

Brian Burns (No. 22 overall recruit, No. 5 DE recruit)

Georgia made a move when it hosted Brian Burns on Jan. 15 for an official visit, but it now looks like Florida State could be the school to beat. The Seminoles get the last visit.

Trending: Florida State

​​Demetris Robertson (No. 23 overall recruit, No. 3 athlete recruit)

Notre Dame is still trending for Demetris Robertson, but Georgia Tech will receive an official visit this weekend. Robertson planned to visit Alabama Jan. 15, then again on Jan. 22, but made neither trip. He plans to take his recruitment past signing day.

Trending: Notre Dame

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Tyrie Cleveland (No. 32 overall recruit, No. 2 WR recruit)

Tyrie Cleveland, a 6'3", 190-pound wide receiver from Spring (Texas) Westfield, has now been on trips to TCU and Arkansas and will finish out his schedule with Florida. The Gators will get the last shot at him. He is considered a Houston ‘soft verbal’, so if there is a decision to be made, we will be watching for a flip.

Trending: Florida

Kristian Fulton (No. 34 overall recruit, No. 3 CB recruit)

The home-state school, LSU, officially has the lead for Kristian Fulton. Now, can Florida take it away? The Gators are running second and they get the last visit.

Trending: LSU

Jeffrey McCulloch (No. 43 overall recruit, No. 3 OLB recruit)

Jeffrey McCulloch, a 6'3", 225-pound outside linebacker from Houston (Texas) Davis, is involved in an interesting battle. He has already visited Stanford, has Texas on deck and Alabama following. The No. 1 OLB in the Midlands will be a signing day decision. The common thought here is that the Texas Longhorns continue to stand in a good spot to sign him.

Trending: Texas:

Announcing: Signing day

A.J. Brown (No. 45 overall recruit, No. 5 WR recruit)

A.J. Brown is currently visiting Ole Miss and the word now is that Brown may be down to Alabama and Ole Miss. Mississippi State, the school practically in his backyard may be third on his list. The Rebels are trending for the top wide receiver in the South.

Trending: Ole Miss

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Lyndell Wilson (No. 46 overall recruit, No. 2 ILB recruit)

Lyndell Wilson was scheduled to visit Florida this weekend, but that visit is off. He has completely eliminated the Gators and it is now down to Alabama and Georgia.

Trending: Alabama

Announcing: Signing day

Jamel Cook (No. 50 overall recruit, No. 3 S recruit)

Plenty of schools are trying to flip Florida State commit Jamel Cook. Which has the best chance? Auburn, Miami, Louisville, USC and Alabama are all working to change Cook's mind.

Trending: Florida State

Nate Craig (No. 52 overall recruit, No. 8 WR recruit)

Nate Craig is now down to two schools, Auburn and North Carolina. The Tigers still are the school to beat here. Some feel he could have already made up his mind.

Trending: Auburn

Announcing: Signing day

Jared Mayden (No. 56 overall recruit, No. 4 CB recruit)

Jared Mayden, a 6'2", 190-pound cornerback from Sachse (Texas), has now taken all five of his official visits and has announced a top two of Alabama and Oklahoma. Those are also the last two schools that he has used official visits on. He will be making a decision on National Signing Day around 9:15 AM EST.

Trending: Alabama

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​​Deontay Anderson (No. 57 overall recruit, No. 4 S recruit)

Deontay Anderson, a 6'1", 205-pound safety from Manvel (Texas), officially announced a top three of LSU, Ole Miss and Texas, and he is a confirmed National Signing Day decision. Ole Miss is still the feel.

Trending: Ole Miss

Announcing: Signing day

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Dontavious Jackson (No. 65 overall recruit, No. 4 ILB recruit)

Dontavious Jackson, a 6'2", 240-pound middle linebacker from Alief (Texas) Elsik, is probably the hardest prediction to make in Midlands recruiting. Look out for the Longhorns if he does make an unofficial visit to see the school the final weekend before signing day. He had a great time at Alabama, so it may be a Big 12 vs. SEC battle.

Trending: Alabama

Devin Asiasi (No. 67 overall recruit, No. 4 TE recruit)

Devin Asiasi, a big tight end, visited Michigan last weekend and the Wolverines are a major player. He will visit USC this weekend, although we are hearing Alabama is fighting for that last visit as well. UCLA coach Jim Mora will be in the home Wednesday and UCLA has a lot going for it right now.

Trending: UCLA

Announcing: Signing day

Trayvon Mullen (No. 72 overall recruit, No. 6 CB recruit)

This is a tight, tight battle between Florida State and LSU for Trayvon Mullen. It could literally go either way, but the Tigers have the edge a week out.

Trending: LSU

Landon Dickerson (No. 76 overall recruit, No. 4 G recruit)

Tennessee gets the final official visit for Landon Dickerson, and it likely comes down to Florida State and the Vols. FSU is in a very good position right now.

Trending: Florida State

Announcing: Signing day

Boss Tagaloa (No. 87 overall recruit, No. 12 DT recruit)

Like his teammate Devin Asiasi, Michigan made a big impression on Boss Tagaloa during his weekend visit. UCLA has always been believed to be a solid leader here, but watch out for the Wolverines. UCLA coach Jim Mora will be in the home Thursday and Tagaloa will visit USC this weekend. He also took a mid-week visit to Cal.

Trending: UCLA

Announcing: Signing day

Quartney Davis (No. 90 overall recruit, No. 14 WR recruit)

Texas A&M is trending as Quartney Davis, a 6'3", 181-pound wide receiver from Houston (Texas) Langham Creek, rated his official visit to Ole Miss a perfect 10. But the Aggies are closer to home and will get the last shot at him on his Jan. 29 official visit. He was previously committed to Texas A&M.

Trending: Texas A&M

LaVert Hill (No. 97 overall recruit, No. 7 CB recruit)

LaVert Hill Hill took an official visit to Michigan State, where the Spartans have momentum, but on his way back home, he made a stop over in Ann Arbor to see the Michigan coaches. There are plenty of people within his sphere of influence who would be considered pro-Michigan State and there are plenty who you'd consider pro-Michigan. This will be a tough decision for the kid. Michigan State would still be the school that's trending here, but there are still people close to him saying it's Michigan.

Trending: Michigan

Shyheim Carter (No. 98 overall recruit, No. 8 CB recruit)

Ole Miss is the school getting the final official visit for Shyheim Carter and he has a lot of connections to the Rebels class, but for years now, he has been Jeremy Pruitt's guy.  Pruitt is the defensive coordinator at Alabama and the Crimson Tide are trending here.

Trending: Alabama

Announcing: Signing day

E.J. Price (No. 99 overall recruit, No. 8 OT recruit)

Michigan wanted it, and almost had it, but on Monday, Georgia secured the final official visit from E.J. Price. He is a one-time Georgia commit, and the odds are he ends up a Bulldog.

Trending: Georgia

Announcing: Signing day

For which schools are trending for more recruits in the Scout 300 and detailed analysis of each recruit, check out the Trending Meter on Scout.com.

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