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Tuesday, December 18, 2012
SEC schools kept calling for Stokes

By Dave Hooker

Schools continued to recruit junior college tight end Logan Stokes. That didn't get very far, thanks to head coach Ricky Smithers.

"A lot of schools came to the school to see me," Stokes said. "Everybody wanted to talk to me, but Coach Smithers kind of regulated that."

If not totally eliminated it. Smithers has a strict policy that recruiters from other schools can't visit with committed prospects. Alabama, Auburn and Ole Miss were some of the schools that stopped by Booneville (Miss.) Northeast to no avail.

Smithers took each recruiters' contact information in case Stokes opened up his recruitment. That never happened. Stokes committed to LSU in May when the Tigers became the first school to offer him a scholarship. The former defensive end never wavered.

"I was 100 percent to LSU, so I didn't open up my recruitment," the 6-foot-6, 240-pound prospect said.

Stokes said he will sign his scholarship papers with LSU on Wednesday morning, which is the first day junior college prospects can sign with a four-year school. He'll then have a ceremony with his teammates later that day.