Eye on the Tigers: The latest on the Swillings and what’s next for LSU

Tre' Swilling

One of LSU’s top remaining targets in the 2017 class committed elsewhere on Monday. Tre’ Swilling decided to follow in their fathers’ footsteps and pledge to Georgia Tech over the likes of LSU, Alabama and Southern Cal.

Swilling is a 3-star defensive back capable of lining up at either cornerback or safety. At 6-foot and 180 pounds, the New Orleans native emerged as one of LSU’s top defensive back targets for this year’s class. He boasts a strong relationship with coach Corey Raymond, who worked him out all over the secondary during the June prospect camp.

LSU’s 2017 class is already filled with defensive back pledges, including 5-star safety JaCoby Stevens, 4-star safety Grant Delpit, 4-star cornerback Kary Vincent Jr. and 3-star athlete Jontre Kirklin, who will likely make the shift to corner next fall. LSU has room for at least one more defensive back. With Swilling out of the fray, here’s who’s remaining on the defensive back wish list:

  • 4-star S Todd Harris (Plaquemine, La.)
  • 3-star DB Amik Robertson (Thibodaux, La.)*
  • 3-star CB Terrell Bailey (Marrero, La.)*

*Does not hold LSU offer

Raymond and the LSU staff will keep tabs on both Robertson and Bailey if the team missed out on Harris to either Alabama or Ole Miss, who have both cracked the standout safety’s top three. LSU aims to reel in three elite safeties this class, and a commitment from Harris this fall should cement that. If not, expect the staff to target Robertson and Bailey, who were two of the top performers at the July prospect camp at the cornerback position.

What about his brother?

Tre’s brother, Bruce Jordan-Swilling, a 4-star athlete, is expected to announce his decision later on this week. Unlike his brother, Bruce needs a bit more time to finalize his decision.

Bruce Jordan Swilling
4-star New Orleans (La.) ATH Bruce Jordan-Swilling (Photo by Sam Spiegelman/AJC)

Jordan-Swilling is being courted as both a running back and a linebacker by the in-state Tigers. However, LSU will not be in the mix as when he commits on either Wednesday or Thursday. It will be either Southern California or Georgia Tech, Jordan-Swilling told SEC Country on Monday evening.

LSU’s running back board is quite thin. 5-star Mississippi running back Cam Akers was the team’s primary target at the position, but Jordan-Swilling piled up 2,000 yards and 30-plus touchdowns for Brother Martin (New Orleans) as a junior, and could have been plugged right into the LSU backfield once Leonard Fournette heads off to the NFL

The Tigers desperately want to add another back to pair with commit Clyde Edwards-Helaire. Now out of the mix for Jordan-Swilling, it places even more pressure to nab Akers into the fall.

While running backs coach Jabbar Juluke is a fan of Jordan-Swilling on the offensive side of the ball, but head coach Les Miles envisioned him at linebacker. Jordan-Swilling played both positions his first two seasons in high school, but made the switch to running back full-time in 2015. He worked out at LSU’s June prospect camp at linebacker, showing some encouraging signs that he could stand out at either side. LSU, of course, wants to bolster its depth once Kendell Beckwith and Duke Riley graduate. The staff also wants to re-stock that entire level as it prepares for its first season as a 3-4 front.

Unlike the team’s running back with list, LSU is seeking to add two and upwards of three more prospects to plug in alongside Patrick Queen at linebacker in this and plenty of targets to chase after. They have their sights set on 5-star outside linebacker Dylan Moses and 4-stars Levi Jones, Christopher Allen, Will Ignont and K’Lavon Chaisson.

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 Tiger Stadium.

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