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LSU Friday mailbag

9/14/2012

GeauxTigerNation recruiting writer David Helman is back with another GeauxTigerNation mailbag, taking questions about LSU football and the Tigers' recruiting efforts this year.

From @CarterthePower: Texas drops its recruitment of Ricky Seals-Jones (Sealy, Texas/Sealy). What exactly does that mean for LSU?

It's probably not quite time to add Seals-Jones to LSU's list of commitments, but Texas' decision to stop pursuing him can only be a good thing for the Tigers. Seals-Jones has listed LSU as one of the leaders for his services for quite some time now, and the Longhorns' loss of interest takes one of the favorites out of the equation. The 6-foot-5 wideout plans on visiting Baton Rouge this season, and with six more home games on the schedule, he'll have plenty of opportunities to come to Death Valley and check out a game.

Of course, no one is going to let the Tigers have an unchallenged run at the nation's top wideout and No. 10 overall player. Seals-Jones' hometown of Sealy, Texas, is only 70 miles from Texas A&M. Expect the Aggies to have a big say in his recruitment from here on out, and Baylor's status as both a football and basketball destination doesn't rule it out. Luckily for the Tigers, they've locked up all the big needs in this 2013 class, and they're free to pursue Seals-Jones despite not having an overwhelming need for a receiver. It's going to be a tough call, but LSU has to feel good about its chances for a big out-of-state get.

From @FrederickHoll: What is LSU's situation going forward at offensive tackle? Any chance La'El Collins gets moved outside at some point?

Based on how well Josh Dworaczyk performed at left tackle against Washington, it seems safe to say the Tigers have settled on five starters for the time being. Dworaczyk will stay on at left tackle, with Collins at left guard. P.J. Lonergan is the obvious starter at center, with Josh Williford and Alex Hurst on his right side. The left tackle job should be Dworaczyk's as long as he proves he's up to it. It would make sense to move Collins outside if necessary, because of his high school experience at the position. But the more likely scenario, should Dworaczyk struggle, would be to shift Hurst to the left side and bumping true freshman Vadal Alexander onto the right side of the line.

From Kyle P. (Monroe, La.): Thoughts on the news that Marquez North (Charlotte, N.C./Mallard Creek) wants to take an official visit to Baton Rouge?

Between Seals-Jones and North, it's a fair bet the Tigers want another playmaker in this class. LSU has plenty of offensive weapons between its tailbacks and receivers, but a home-run offensive commitment would stoke some fires and turn some heads -- especially with the Tigers bound to turn over half their skill players in the next two seasons.

At 6-3, 210 pounds, North would certainly be a physical specimen to add to a slightly undersized receiving corps. As I said above, LSU has landed all of its big needs, for the most part. The 2013 class boasts two quarterbacks, four touted defensive linemen to replenish the departing starters and a loaded group of defensive backs. It would be great to add another elite pass rusher to this class, but the Tigers have three more spots in their class. LSU might not land North, but it seems obvious the Tigers would like to add another big name on offense.