Recruiting analyst doesn’t think LSU football will land 4-star in-state recruit

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National Signing Day is less than a day away and LSU Football has several BIG targets they’re still pursuing.

One of those targets is 2022 four-star defensive back Jacoby Mathews.

Mathews, 6-foot-2/193 lbs from Ponchatoula, LA, is ranked in 247Sports’ composite rankings as the No. 2 safety in the country and the No. 3 player in Louisiana. He’s also rated as the No. 38 overall player in the 2022 recruiting class (which makes him practically a five-star recruit).

The Louisiana native was committed to LSU at one point, but he decommitted last summer after a visit to Texas A&M.

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It felt like the Tigers had a lot of momentum heading into National Signing Day.

LSU received Mathews’ final visit before signing day. And the visit reportedly went very well.

Getting the final visit before National Signing Day can often be what wins a recruiting battle for a program.

But that may not necessarily be the case with Mathews.

247Sports recruiting analyst Steve Wiltfong updated Mathews’ recruitment on Tuesday and he seems to think LSU is going to lose this battle.

“I will say I’m sticking with my prediction for A&M on Mathews right now until I’m told different,” said Wiltfong.

Look, I know Wiltfong is a plugged in reporter. He’s been at the recruiting game for a long time.

But I just don’t think he’s going to be right on this one.

Brian Kelly and the new Tigers staff have worked really hard to get back in the mix for Mathews. And it certainly appears that they’ve made a big impact on Mathews.

I think this ultimately comes down to location. And I think that’s why Mathews will choose LSU.

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He’s connected well with the new staff. So why not stay home and play for the program where he was once committed?