Thursday, January 10, 2013
LSU holds No. 8 spot in team rankings
By Gary Laney
BATON ROUGE, La. -- When LSU got a commitment from athlete Kendell Beckwith at the Under Armor All-American game last week, it looked like the Tigers had secured the top player in Louisiana.
The new ESPN 150/300 and team rankings came out, and while the Tigers remained at the same spot, No. 8, in the team rankings, the player rankings had some significant shuffling.
Beckwith and defensive end Tim Williams dropped in the new rankings, but Beckwith dropped more. Williams, ranked No. 36, is now the highest-ranked player from Louisiana in the class 0f 2013. The uncommitted Williams has visits planned for Alabama, Florida State, Miami and LSU. Beckwith dropped from No. 19 all the way to No. 41.
That was a theme for LSU commits in the ESPN 150/300. While defensive tackle Greg Gilmore was one of the big movers in a positive direction, going from No. 104 all the way to No. 83 in the latest rankings, he was in the minority as nine of LSU's 13 ESPN 150/300 commits lost ground in the latest rankings.
Aside from Gilmore, those who saw their stock improve were tight end Desean Smith, who moved up from No. 143 to No. 141 and defensive end Frank Herron, who went from No. 292 to No. 291.
Players who dropped included: defensive tackle Maquedius Bain (from 43 all the way to 130), cornerback Jeryl Brazil (from 58 to 60), offensive tackle Ethan Pocic (from No. 74 to 94), offensive lineman Andy Dodd (from 174 to 180), cornerback Rickey Jefferson (from 175 to 180), wide receiver John Diarse (from 210 to 214) and quarterbacks Hayden Rettig (215 to 217) and Anthony Jennings (216 to 221).
Defensive tackle Tevin Lawson remained in the same spot at No. 152.
No LSU commits entered or dropped off the ESPN 300.
LSU remains in the hunt for several more ESPN 150/300 players, including defensive end Robert Nkemdiche, who maintained his spot as the top player in the class. The Tigers are also targeting defensive backs Priest Willis (No. 59) and Tahaan Goodman (No. 108), tight end Josh McNeil (No. 173) and defensive end Tashawn Bower (No. 132), who will visit LSU, but is currently committed to Auburn.
Despite the players dropping, LSU kept its spot as the Tigers were buoyed by the recent commitments from Beckwith and Bain at the Under Armour game.
Louisiana has 13 players in the ESPN 150/300, six who are committed to LSU.