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LSU camp: Day 2 breakdown

7/17/2012

The grind of LSU's July high school camp continued into day two Monday -- the third straight day of competition on the Tigers' campus if you include Saturday's 7-on-7 tournament.

The absurd amount of talent on hand in Baton Rouge, La., this week has long been rumored, and given the chance it has definitely lived up to the hype. Players went through their second day of workouts in front of LSU coaches and staff. It's hard to say which collection stood out the most -- LSU's contingent of 2013 commitments who have overrun the camp, the undeclared talents in this 2013 class or the ever-impressive array of 2014 talent.

The two names among names in this instance were a pair of highly talented pass rushers the Tigers are courting. Chief among them was ESPN 150 athlete and Louisiana top prospect Kendell Beckwith (Jackson, La./East Feliciana).

Beckwith spent his day working out with LSU defensive coordinator and linebackers coach John Chavis, and he went through a wealth of linebacker drills and 7-on-7 exercises. Already familiar with the Tigers' camp from a visit in June, Beckwith said the trip was more about feeling out the school.

"It's basically the same stuff as the last camp ... but I did learn a couple of new techniques," Beckwith said. "But I was definitely getting a good vibe from the players around and getting a good vibe from the coaches.

The afternoon must have been enjoyable, as Beckwith said he planned to camp at LSU again Tuesday. The extra day will keep him from attending camp at Alabama -- the other favorite for his commitment. Despite the insistence of the half dozen LSU commits attending camp that he commit, Beckwith said the extended stay doesn't hold much significance. He plans to take official visits to both schools this football season.

"Everyone was telling me to go ahead and commit and stop playing around," he said. "I just laughed and told them I'm going to take my time -- I'm weighing out my options."

ESPN 300 defensive end Torrodney Prevot (Houston/Alief Taylor) was the other big-time, uncommitted prospect in Baton Rouge for camp. Unlike Beckwith, Prevot opted not to work out and instead spent the day observing drills and talking with coaches.

There was plenty of talk Saturday and Sunday about the contributions from 2014 defensive back standouts like Tony Brown (Beaumont, Texas/Ozen) and Ed Paris (Arlington, Texas/Timberview). A new cast of DB's took over during Day 2 and showed just how much talent had descended on campus. Chief among them was Laurence Jones (Monroe, La./Neville), who arrived Monday and went through an impressive workout.

"There was some tough competition, but they said I looked pretty good -- my hips looked pretty good, and all of that," Jones said.

Like Beckwith, Jones said he plans to stay at camp for Tuesday's session, and then he'll seek out some downtime before his junior season with Neville.

2014 wide receiver Trey Quinn (Lake Charles, La./Barbe) strutted his stuff for the second consecutive day. He made nearly every catch in the book -- from diving grabs to fingertip saves to over-the-shoulder basket catches. The rising junior doesn't stand out as much as some of the physical specimens on display, but he blew past his coverage on more than one occasion.

2014 commitment Chris Hardeman hung out at camp, but did not participate in workouts.

And of course, there was the dizzying array of LSU commitments holding court on campus. Many of the same attendees as Sunday showed up again this time around, including homestate products Jeryl Brazil (Loranger, La./Loranger), Chuck Baker (Slidell, La./Salmen), John Diarse (Monroe, La./Neville), Rickey Jefferson (Destrehan, La./Destrehan), Tre'Davious White (Shreveport, La./Green Oaks) and Josh Boutte (New Iberia, La./Westgate).

Defensive end Michael Patterson (Winnfield, La./Winnfield) joined the group Monday and had a chance to showcase his skills in one-on-one workouts among the defensive line.

Despite having already worked out, and despite having already committed, Baker said himself and several of the others -- Brazil, Diarse and White -- intend to stay on through the end of camp Wednesday. This group is clearly enjoying its role in helping with the 2013 recruiting effort.