Thursday, November 8, 2012
LSU-Mississippi State recruiting battles
By David Helman
It's not entirely surprising that LSU has had the upper hand of its upcoming foe on the recruiting trail, considering the programs involved.
The Tigers, with their 11 conference championships and three national championships -- six of those trophies coming in the last decade or so -- have accomplished quite a bit more than the northerly neighbor Bulldogs. And it shows on the recruiting trail.
A recent recap:
ATH Devin Voorhies (Woodville, Miss./Wilkinson County): It's hard to imagine anyone prying Voorhies out of his early LSU commitment for 2014. But the Bulldogs are the only other school to offer the ESPN Watch List athlete so far. If there's any hope for Mississippi State to sway the talented junior, it probably rests in offering him the choice to play offense; Voorhies plays wide receiver and safety. The Tigers seem likely to use him on the defensive side of the ball, but Woodville is just a short jog up the road from Baton Rouge -- a solid three hours closer to home than Starkville, Miss.
QB Dak Prescott (Haughton, La./Haughton): Prescott certainly got looks from LSU, but he never received an offer. And that might be for the best, as his 6-foot-4, 232-pound frame is basically perfect for the spread-option offense that Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen became noteworthy for running with Tim Tebow. To this point Prescott looks like a solid replacement for quarterback Tyler Russell. He's completed 12-of-19 passes for 122 yards and two touchdowns in spot duty for the Bulldogs, and he's also rushed for 86 yards and three touchdowns on 22 carries. It's hard to imagine Prescott fitting into LSU's offense given his skill set, but it's easy to see his talent.
TE Richard Dickson (Ocean Springs, Miss./Ocean Springs): Dickson and his younger brother Travis both chose the Tigers from a host of other offers -- including Mississippi State. The choice wound up working out, as the elder Dickson went on to a productive career and caught two touchdowns in LSU's 38-24 BCS Championship Game win against Ohio State in January of 2008. The younger Dickson is in his sophomore season, also at tight end, with the Tigers.
S Quadry Antoine (Belle Chasse, La./Belle Chasse): It's hard to call it a recruiting battle, but the Bulldogs have certainly done an admirable job finding overlooked talent in Louisiana. Antoine was Louisiana's No. 12 prospect last year, according to ESPN rankings, but he did not receiver an offer from LSU. In stepped Mississippi State, which beat out the likes of Arkansas, Pitt and Oregon State for his services. It appears the freshman will redshirt his first year.
QB Chris Garrett (Tupelo, Miss./Tupelo): Garrett was LSU's pro-style passer of the future at one point in time. The northern Mississippi prospect was an early verbal commit to the Bulldogs, but the Tigers plucked him away amid a 2008 season plagued by shaky quarterback play in Baton Rouge. Garrett enrolled early and went through spring football, but he was never able to make progress on the depth chart. He redshirted his freshman season and transferred away from LSU in the summer of 2010. He never played a down for either school.