Rivals nationwide recruiting analyst Nick Harris offers his perspective on LSU following its week one loss to Florida State, Texas’ problem this weekend in opposition to Alabama and Notre Dame’s presence within the Mid-South area within the 2024 recruiting cycle.
LSU will probably be simply effective
Brian Kelly’s debut at LSU had every little thing in its favor going into Sunday evening’s matchup with Florida State: a primetime slot, a Sunday evening recreation permitting for extra recruits to go to and a packed Superdome simply down I-10 in New Orleans.
Nonetheless, what we could have thought would’ve performed out ended up being the alternative as Florida State went into Louisiana and pulled a win proper out from below the Tigers in entrance of their house followers and a big recruit listing.
Twitter was fast to hop on Kelly’s case, particularly after a mess of particular groups errors ended up being the distinction maker, and it hasn’t been one of the best week in Baton Rouge since with the native media. Nonetheless, I’m nonetheless immensely assured in what Kelly can do at LSU.
The core items in Baton Rouge are sturdy sufficient to place LSU within the recreation with nearly any workforce within the SEC, and the 2023 class could have distinction makers arrive on campus as early as January and assist form what the approaching years will really appear to be below the brand new regime.
I do know week one overreactions are nearly customary, however let’s wait on judging what LSU will appear to be for now.
As Notre Dame shifts most of its consideration to the 2024 class, there aren’t any indicators of the Irish letting up within the Mid-South.
Because the Irish turned the web page to the Marcus Freeman period, its first recruiting cycle in 2023 has seen Mid-South commitments are available from Jaden Greathouse, Braylon James, Peyton Bowen and Micah Bell from the state of Texas and Jaiden Ausberry from Louisiana.
These commitments helped Notre Dame seal most of its spots within the 2023 cycle which has allowed the Irish to look forward to 2024 and switch up the warmth on high targets. In speaking to recruits and sources across the area, Notre Dame may be very prevalent within the area with the present junior class. Among the names that I’ve heard related to the Irish thus far have included Micah Hudson, Tylen Singleton, Eli Bowen, Zina Umeozulu, TJ Lindsey and Nigel Smith simply to call a number of.
If the Irish can replicate their 2023 success in 2024 within the area, it could be secure to say that this system will probably be a mainstay within the area so long as Freeman is the person in cost.
Is Saturday a measuring stick second or a prove-it second for Texas?
Texas will get a style of its SEC future this weekend when the Longhorns welcome in No. 1 Alabama to Austin in what is going to simply be the largest recreation early on within the Steve Sarkisian period.
Amid all the motion on Saturday, Texas may even be internet hosting dozens of recruits throughout a number of courses on the largest fall recruiting weekend the Longhorns have had since they welcomed LSU into Austin in 2019.
In this recreation from Texas’ perspective, there are a number of methods to take a look at it. My inclination tells me to acknowledge the perceived destiny, which will probably be an enormous Alabama win, however to additionally search for some positives that might carry the Longhorns shifting ahead, provided that’s how the employees should talk to recruits earlier than, throughout and after. However one other a part of me expects Alabama to dominate all three phases of the sport and supply some embarrassment to the opposing sideline on its house turf.
This weekend will probably be massive for a number of 2023 recruiting battles together with Jalen Hale, Malik Muhammad, Derek Williams and extra, however can Texas do sufficient to point out that this system is heading in the right direction forward of coming into the SEC for good?