LSU starts weekend with commitment from Christian LaCouture

LSU got the Alabama weekend off to a positive start with a commitment from Christian LaCouture, a 6-foot-5, 267-pound defensive lineman from Lincoln (Neb.) Southwest.

According to recruiting services, LaCouture committed Friday night during the start of his official recruiting visit to LSU.

LaCouture previously was committed to Texas A&M, decommitted there and then pledged to Nebraska. He decommitted from the Cornhuskers last week, paving his way to switch to LSU on his visit.

LaCouture is projected as a defensive tackle by ESPN and Scout.com and a defensive end by 24/7 Sports and Rivals. He is rated as the nation’s No. 112 player by Scout, which gives LaCouture four stars as does 24/7 Sports. ESPN and Rivals give him three stars.

LSU now has 23 commitments for its Class of 2013, plus 2012 signee Avery Johnson who is  now attending Hargrave (Va.) Military Academy. Johnson, the younger brother of former LSU cornerback Patrick Peterson, is expected to enroll in January.

The SEC allows its schools to sign a maximum of 25 players each year.

The Tigers are welcoming over 60 prospects to campus this weekend. Another huge official visit is from Hope Mills (N.C.) Southview defensive tackle Greg Gilmore (6-4, 285), who is expected to choose next week between LSU, Florida and Oklahoma.

LSU’s 2013 class is ranked No. 3 by Rivals, No. 5 by Scout, No. 10 by ESPN (as of Oct. 25) and No. 11 by 24/7 Sports.