While the Texas Bowl is still a few days away, there is a football game of some significance to LSU taking place this weekend.
The 2022 Under Armor All-American Game will start at 2:00 p.m. and will feature a few future LSU Tigers. In total, five signatories play in the game; the future Tigers playing on Sunday are:
- Bo Bordelon (OT)
- Will Campbell (OT)
- Walker Howard (QB)
- Emery Jones (OG)
- Laterrance Welch (CB)
Some of those players have impressed this week in Orlando. Here’s what 247 had to say about Emery Jones’ week:
The LSU signer has been a constant performer this week. He is a strong player with a powerful base. Once he got his hands on the defenders, it was difficult for them to disengage from him. He can play either guard post and might be able to see the right tackle. Light on his feet for a tall man and can redirect with little weight on him. It has a lot of advantages
Will Campbell also received a cry of 247
In addition to Jones, Will Campbell, another member of LSU’s offensive line, had a great one-on-one session.
But the main reason for eventually tapping into the All-American Game is not for players who are already committed to LSU, but for those who might join it.
There are two targets on the LSU board who play in Sunday’s showcase event: the five-star linebacker Harold perkins from outside the Houston area and high four-star security Jacoby Matthews from Ponchatoula.
Perkins is the 5th overall player in the entire 2022 recruiting cycle and is originally from New Orleans and still has family in Louisiana. But while a kid from his hometown and playing in a position of need, Perkins said he has yet to speak to new football head coach Brian Kelly.
It’s certainly disappointing to hear, but the only bright spot is that Perkins will apparently sign in February. So if Perkins signs up elsewhere – and all signs point to Texas A&M – maybe Kelly and his nearly full team can put the press on Perkins.
Speaking of signing in February, that’s exactly what Matthews plans to do. Matthews, if you recall, was at one point engaged in LSU before stepping back in July. A&M and Alabama were considered the leader of Matthews (hello NIL) but LSU has really been gaining ground in recent weeks. Matthews was supposed to sign in December but after meeting Kelly, he announced on his Twitter that he would wait until February.
“He said he was going to recruit me and after my season we will meet more in person a few times and talk more,” Mathews said in an interview with Geaux247. “He wants to build a relationship and he’s made it clear he wants me in purple and gold.”
Matthews is the No. 36 player nationwide, fourth ranked safety and third in Louisiana behind Will Campbell and Walker Howard. Our friends at 247 say LSU is a slight favorite to land his signing next month.
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