DJ Pickett, America's No. 1 cornerback, sets signing date

Brian Kelly and the LSU football team continue to hunt for the best cornerback in America: DJ Pickett.

Pickett, the top-ranked defensive back in the 2025 cycle, has a slew of potential suitors as the LSU Tigers go all out in his recruitment.

The Bayou Bengals, along with Miami and Oregon, are the trio of schools that stand out from the rest, according to a source, and a decision date has now been set.

Pickett will announce his commitment on 17th July where he will choose between LSU, Oregon, Miami and Georgia.

In July, LSU was considered the team to beat for his services, but after a busy June filled with official visits, Pickett's recruitment appears to be completely unhindered.

We've seen the Oregon Ducks enter the NIL space in a big way recently after reportedly offering impressive packages. Now they've entered the competition for Pickett's services in a big way, with major offers both on and off the field. He just completed an official visit in June and the Ducks are now making progress in his recruitment.

For Miami, it's the home program. Pickett, a native of the Sunshine State, had LSU and Miami in mind as two heavyweights in his recruitment, but now all signs point to this becoming a three-way battle down the stretch.

Which direction is Pickett currently heading? It depends on who you ask.

He has made four official visits this summer as the Ducks have heavily recruited him, but it's clear LSU isn't going down without a fight.

According to a source on the LSU front, they are aware of the NIL “Ballpark” package that Pickett is looking for. Ultimately, this is going to be a rollercoaster ride over the next two weeks.

LSU has a full-throttle secondary coach here, Corey Raymond, who has built a relationship with Pickett that dates back to his time on the Florida Gators staff last year.

Pickett is currently LSU's No. 1 target in the class of 2025, and with two weeks left until a decision, the clock is ticking.

LSU currently has no cornerback commitments for the 2025 cycle after Louisiana's No. 1 cornerback, Jaboree Antoine, withdrew his commitment in June.

Now LSU looks to take steps in the right direction with a variety of targets, including both Pickett and Antoine.

Pickett will now announce his decision on July 17, with LSU, Oregon and Miami all vying to land the versatile defensive back who has a chance to play both cornerback and safety at the next level.

Here's more on LSU's pursuit of Antoine, the Bayou State's top-ranked cornerback, following his recent retirement:

Jaboree Antoine retires from LSU:

Antoine, a top-10 cornerback in America, announced in June his intention to decommit from the Bayou Bengals as two strong programs vie for his services.

After signing with Kelly and Co. in January, Antoine has continued to make official visits elsewhere in recent months.

Now the coveted defensive back has found his way back onto the free agent market as Miami and Florida State have been heavily courting him.

According to Hayes Fawcett of On3 Sports, Antoine will also ensure that LSU stays in the race alongside the Hurricanes and Seminoles.

Antoine, a 6-foot-2, 185-pound player from New Iberia, Louisiana, has skyrocketed up the recruiting ranks this year after working his way into the top 75 overall in the 2025 cycle.

LSU secondary coach Corey Raymond secured the services of the star cornerback earlier this year when he returned to Baton Rouge, and now that Antoine is resuming his recruitment, he will go all out once again.

LSU's secondary has been a topic of conversation over the past few seasons as the Tigers have struggled to get production out of their defensive backfield.

After LSU was able to land the Bayou State's best cornerback, the team started to look up again after a few bad years.

Now it's back to the drawing board for LSU as the Tigers continue their hunt for America's best defensive backs, including DJ Pickett.

Look for LSU to reacquire Antoine's commitment before it's all said and done. LSU will look to get him, a player who will sign during the Early Signing Period in December, back sooner rather than later in the 2025 cycle.

As for Pickett, the Tigers will continue to go all out when it comes to the best cornerback in America, with Oregon and Miami also increasing the pressure and a decision date looming.

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