LSU earns local commitment from the 2017 class


LSU may have lost on the football field to Mississippi State on Saturday, but the basketball team received some positive news as Johnny Jones and the Tigers picked up a commitment from Class of 2017 guard Cedric Russell, according to Peabody Magnet assistant coach Derrick Kirk.

The 6-foot-2 Russell picked up his first scholarship offer from LSU in late July after playing with Louisiana Elite over the summer. At Peabody Magnet, Russell averaged 14.5 points per game during his freshman season in 2013-14.

Russell committed to LSU during an unofficial visit on Saturday that included an official visit from four-star 2015 guard Brandon Sampson.

LSU doing well in-state in younger classes is a nice perk for their recruiting efforts and they hope to land some in-state talent in the 2015 class to go along with No. 1 overall prospect Ben Simmons.

The Tigers have been linked to in-state products like Sampson, Chad Lott, Melvin Frazier and Jacob Evans.