6 prospects on LSU’s radar following July’s elite prospect camp

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Camp season is in the books. Well, at least in terms of recruiting.

LSU wrapped up its second on-campus event of the summer this weekend, nabbing three commitments in as many days and sending out a handful of offers to some of the elite talent to make the trek to Baton Rouge, La.

Not every prospect that impressed left with an offer, but some still managed to garner positive attention from the LSU coaches.

With six months until signing day, there is plenty of time for the team to make rounds with Class of 2017 prospects that caught the staff’s eye. There’s even more time with some of the 2018 and 2019 prospects that impressed.

Here are six prospects that landed squarely on LSU’s radar during the elite camp:

Amik Robertson, 3-star CB (Thibodaux, La.)

Robertson was one of the clear-cut stars of LSU’s elite camp this past week. He camped on Friday and again Saturday, blanketing most of the top wide receivers time and time again in front of defensive backs coach Corey Raymond and LSU coach Les Miles.

The 5-foot-9, 165-pound cornerback has garnered the full attention of the LSU coaches and may be in line to earn an offer in the coming weeks. He spent time in Miles’ office on Saturday following the conclusion of the camp, before the team barbecue got underway.

Robertson is deserving of the nickname that Miles gave him — the next coming of the Honey Badger. Like Tyrann Mathieu, Robertson is a smaller defensive back, but still physical with elite top-end speed. He is a high-motor player certainly capable of getting coached up. He is on the coaching staff’s radar as a nickel/safety hybrid and could very well land an offer at some point this fall.

Justin Harris, TE/DL (Gonzales, La.)

Another 2017 name to keep an eye on is East Ascension High School (Gonzales, La.) tight end Justin Harris. The 6-foot-6, 250-pound prospect did not leave LSU’s camp with an offer, but like Robertson spent a good amount of time with Miles, defensive line coach Ed Orgeron and tight ends coach Steve Ensminger following a two-day stint at the camp. Harris left Baton Rouge, La., very confident that an offer could come down the line.

The LSU coaching staff remains focused on finding a tight end in this class. Currently, much of their attention is on Texas A&M commit Camron Horry, who was in attendance for the team’s barbecue on Saturday. LSU has also offered 4-star Florida commit Kemore Gamble during the spring game, though he has not returned to campus since that overture was made in mid-April.

The Tigers will likely make an offer to Harris if the coaching staff believes they are unable to flip either Horry or Gamble. Harris is a raw talent with one year of football under his belt, but he impressed Orgeron as a defensive end and Ensminger during his workouts as a tight end.

If LSU remains resolute about a tight end in 2017, don’t rule out Harris as a possibility.

Otis Reese, 4-star S (Lee Country, Ga.)

Otis Reese was an unexpected visitor for the final day of LSU’s camp, but it didn’t take long before the 4-star safety caught the attention of the defensive coaches. A 2018 prospect from Lee County (Ga.) High School, Reese tagged along for the ride with three teammates, including LSU fullback commit Tory Carter, recently offered linebacker Akileis Leroy and Michigan defensive tackle commit Aubrey Solomon.

Like Solomon, Reese is committed to Michigan. But after a standout performance in one-on-one drills and again in the gauntlet, Raymond raced over to Orgeron and defensive coordinator Dave Aranda, who stated that he could envision Reese playing center field in his defense.

Reese procured a verbal offer from LSU during Orgeron’s last visit to the Peach State, and after the camp performance Miles upgraded that to a full scholarship offer.

LSU holds commitments from two defensive backs in its 2018 class in 4-star Nadab Joseph and 5-star Kelvin Joseph. Both can play either cornerback or safety, which does leave a ltitle bit of leg room for Reese, who is rated as the No. 14 safety among rising juniors.

Noah Cain, RB (Denton, Texas)

Class of 2019 running back Noah Cain already boasts an impressive resume as he enters his sophomore season at Guyer High School. The 5-foot-11, 201-pound prospect is a Louisiana native that is already very high on his hometown team.

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2019 Texas RB Noah Cain (Sam Spiegelman/AJC)

Cain made the visit to the July camp with eight offers already in hand. That includes overtures from Arizona, Arizona State, Kansas, Miami, Oklahoma State, SMU, Texas A&M and Tulsa. But sources close to Cain maintain that he’s merely waiting on one from the Tigers.

Running backs coach Jabbar Juluke was very fond of Cain, who as a freshman rushed for more than 1,000 yards at the 6A high school level in Texas. Oh, and by the way, he wasn’t even a starter for his team.

Cain drew the attention of numerous LSU coaches, but opted not to offer the 2019 standout at this juncture. Expect Juluke and area recruiter Bradley Dale Peveto to make it out to the Lone Star State this fall to check in on Cain, who seems very likely to wind up in LSU’s already star-studded rising sophomore recruiting class.

Michael Hollins, RB/LB (Baton Rouge, La.)

Another Class of 2019 talent to keep an eye on is Baton Rouge, La., native Michael Hollins, who plays his high school ball nearby on the University Lab campus.

Hollins, who plays both running and linebackers, worked out at both positions during a three-day stint at LSU’s camp this past week. The rising sophomore standout drew a lot of attention from Aranda and Peveto, as well as offensive coordinator and area recruiter Cam Cameron, particularly on the defensive side of the ball.

The 5-foot-9, 175-pound prospect is already garnering attention from a bevy of SEC schools, including LSU as well as both Florida and Alabama. Expect Hollins to play an even more significant role for his high school teams his sophomore seasons, and given his proximity to LSU, to make a good amount of unofficial visits this fall.

Devin Bush, DB (New Orleans)

One last rising sophomore you can expect to pop onto the radar in due time is Edna Karr standout defensive back Devin Bush. The New Orleans native caught the attention of the LSU coaches earlier this month during the 7-on-7 tournament held on the campus, then was invited back for the elite prospect camp this weekend where he again received a bevy of attention from Raymond and Juluke, his area recruiter.

Bush is set to take on an expanded role for his high school team in 2016 and will inevitably bolster his stick in due time. In spite of his age, he already boasts a sizable frame with impressive speed and coverage skills. In the past, Karr products have naturally flocked to the in-state power.

Expect Bush to tag along with his teammate and Class of 2017 LSU target Racey McMath to some football games this feel and develop an early relationship with the program.

Sam Spiegelman covers LSU football recruiting for SECCountry.com and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Follow him on Twitter for the latest on who’s on their way to play in Tigers Stadium.

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