Three names to watch for LSU

BATON ROUGE, La. -- LSU’s signing day picture cleared up a little bit Monday night, but there’s still plenty of time for more good news.

Monday’s commitment from quarterback Jeremy Liggins should improve the Tigers’ standing heading into national signing day considering he is the No. 12-ranked athlete in the class.

Even with that good news, LSU still has some room heading into the signing day. The Tigers currently hold 23 verbal commitments, leaving just a little bit of room until they reach the class limit of 25.

With that in mind, it’ll be interesting to see if LSU’s coaching staff has any success filling those spots in the next 24 hours. Barring a truly shocking surprise -- from the likes of a Landon Collins, for instance -- there aren’t many uncommitted names left on the Tigers’ list of targets.

Here are a few for Tiger fans to keep their eyes on during national signing day.

Trae Elston, S: Elston made waves this past weekend when he decided to take a last-minute visit to Baton Rouge.

The stop at LSU was part of a busy weekend that also saw the Oxford (Ala.) High School product take a trip to Oklahoma State, just one week after visiting Ole Miss.

Elston said that the Tigers, Cowboys and Rebels were the top schools on his list going into signing day, although he hadn’t had a chance to take a visit to Stillwater, Okla., until this week.

Elston said Friday that he’d announce his decision Wednesday morning. He is scheduled to choose a destination at 10:10 a.m. CT on ESNPU, with the announcement coming from his high school. The decision will be doubly interesting because of who will be with him when he makes it.

Kwon Alexander, LB: Alexander, another Oxford product, is making his announcement at the same time as his high school teammate on ESPNU’s “Recruiting Nation.”

Considered the No. 3 OLB in the class, Alexander would solidify an already-strong group of linebackers slated to enter the program Wednesday, although that might work against the Tigers.

With other ESPNU 150 linebackers like Ronnie Feist and Lorenzo Phillips joining the class at the same position, it could spur the four-star recruit to stay in-state.

The competition is certainly stiff, as both Alabama and Auburn are pursuing their home state talent.

Cordarrelle Patterson, WR: Originally from Rock Hill, S.C., Patterson has been drawing a lot of interest as a junior college prospect from Hutchinson Community College (Hutchinson, Kan.).

While at Hutchinson, Patterson became a two-time NJCAA All-American. His 6-foot-3, 200-pound frame is something football fans drool about. Adding a physical receiver to the Tigers’ current corps would go a long way to accounting for the loss of Rueben Randle, as well.

Patterson was part of the big weekend of official visitors in Baton Rouge two weeks ago, which saw the likes of Mario Edwards and Liggins come to campus.

With Patterson considered one of the top JUCO prospects in the nation, the competition for his signature includes programs like Georgia, Ole Miss and Auburn along with LSU.

He’s slated to make his decision from Hutchinson on Wednesday.