Recruiting battles: LSU vs. Arkansas 

November, 21, 2012
They call this game "The Battle for the Boot," and the word "boot" rhymes with "recruit." What does that mean? Nothing at all, but it's definitely a fun piece of trivia for two programs that have consistently played thrilling games for about a decade now.

Arkansas is a bit reminiscent of the look we took at Mississippi State. The Razorbacks have no problem recruiting talent from Louisiana -- they feature seven players from the state on their roster, including backup QB Brandon Mitchell, an Amite, La., product who has a 113.5 rating in limited action this season as Tyler Wilson has coped with injuries -- but they have yet to really challenge LSU for its prized home-state recruits. Several of Arkansas' Louisiana players were highly regarded enough to earn four-star rankings, but not offers from the Tigers.

This looks like a trend that's likely to continue this year with two prized home-state talents:
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