Top LSU Football Recruiting Target DJ Pickett puts LSU in his final three

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The LSU Tigers are having a great year on the recruiting trail as they currently hold On3's fourth-ranked recruiting class while marginally ranked behind Oregon and Alabama. The Tigers have done well recruiting in the trenches as well as at quarterback and running back where they hold the Nation's top players. The area where LSU desperately needs a massive recruit is at defensive back as Corey Raymond currently holds no commitments.

This makes DJ Pickett easily the biggest priority as his June 17th commitment date approaches. Sunday saw DJ Pickett name his final three schools announcing LSU, Oregon, and Miami are the three schools he'lll choose between. This means the Georgia Bulldogs have fallen out of the race as well as the other in-state Florida schools that pushed hard.

The LSU Tigers have gained a lead in Pickett's recruitment early on but, that lead certainly has tightened up. The Tigers really got onto DJ Pickett's radar once they brought Corey Raymond back from Florida. After hiring Raymond, LSU has gotten Pickett onto campus five times in five months which has helped the Tigers immensely. Corey Raymond has even enlisted the help of Patrick Peterson who came to campus to pitch LSU to Pickett which was important as Pickett and the former LSU Star have ties.

Landing Pickett will be difficult given LSU's two challengers in Oregon and Miami. The Oregon Ducks are on an absolute tear on the recruiting path as of late luring in five-stars Dakorien Moore and Dorian Brew over the past few weeks. Nike founder Phil Knight has reportedly given the Ducks an unlimited NIL pool to use and its clearly paying off.

The Miami Hurricanes have the advantage of being the in-state school in this recruitment and that will be a massive factor. The biggest factor working against the Miami Hurricanes is the fact that Pickett and his family wanted to see how Miami was going to start the season so the moved up recruitment date may hurt the Canes.

Rebuilding DBU starts with landing players like DJ Pickett

The past few seasons has seen LSU's defense and its secondary take a step back from the top tier standard we had seen for decades. The Tigers made a massive step towards rebuilding the standard by bringing in Corey Raymond after he coached players like Tyrann Mathieu, Derek Stingley Jr, Jamal Adams, and Tredavious White. Now, LSU needs to land the elite talents to build the secondary and if LSU can land players like DJ Pickett while getting Jaboree Antoine back on board then Raymond will have the players to work with.

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