LSU Football: Tigers in a good spot for in-state linebacker

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LSU football typically dominates in-state recruiting, but that doesn’t mean it’s automatic.

The Tigers still have to put in the work on the recruiting trail in Louisiana to make sure elite in-state talent doesn’t leave the state.

One of the 2022 players that LSU is recruiting is three-star linebacker Javae Gilmore.

Gilmore, 6-foot-4/200 lbs from Amite, LA (Amite), is ranked in 247Sports’ composite rankings as the No. 31 outside linebacker in the country and the No. 19 overall player in Louisiana.

LSU Football is in a good spot for Javae Gilmore

Gilmore spoke to Rivals this week about his recruitment and he made it clear that LSU and Mississippi State are the two programs recruiting him the hardest right now.

“Mississippi State and LSU … they’re about one and one right now,” said Gilmore to Rivals.

So which program is on top for Gilmore?

For now, it’s the Tigers.

“I know I want to get my degree and to go into business and LSU could be a cool place,” explained Gilmore. “They’re at the top for me right now.”

Mississippi State defensive coordinator Zach Arnett is making Gilmore a priority, which means the Bulldogs aren’t going to be fading anytime soon.

Florida State is also trying to get in the mix for the talented Louisiana native.

Gilmore is hoping to take visits before he makes his decision. The NCAA recruiting dead period currently runs through May 31, but there are hopes it will be lifted this summer so 2022 recruits can finally take visits.

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LSU currently has 10 commits to its 2022 recruiting class, which is ranked No. 2 in the nation and No. 1 in the SEC.