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Monday, January 21, 2013
Weekend spin: LSU lands one, waits

By Gary Laney

BATON ROUGE, La. -- All in all, it was a productive weekend on the recruiting front for LSU.

The Tigers addressed a major recruiting need by getting a commitment from Kevin Spears, a high school receiver with height (6-foot-3) and length, two things that have been lacking on LSU's roster.

Spears' pledge pushed LSU's commitment total to 26, which means the Tigers might add just a few more players to complete the class.

It's no secret LSU would love for at least one of those commitments to fill needs in the secondary. The Tigers have already had a visit from ESPN 150 defensive back Priest Willis, and they were trying to line up a visit this weekend from another top prospect, Willis' good friend Tahaan Goodman. But the visit fell through and Goodman wound up accompanying Willis on his official visit to UCLA, another school that would like both players in its class.

Will LSU ever get Goodman on campus? The safety said he still wants to visit, but with only two weekends before national signing day, it's not clear if it will work out.

Another LSU target, No. 1 overall prospect Robert Nkemdiche, visited Florida over the weekend and reported that Florida joined Ole Miss and LSU among his leaders. There's still no word on whether he'll make an official visit to LSU on Feb. 1, the weekend after he visits Ole Miss.

Despite the uncertainties, LSU wrapped up a productive weekend, thanks to Spears.

While not an ESPN 150 prospect like the other recruits, he is a late bloomer who became a big topic of conversation in Louisiana while having a huge senior year. With LSU lacking big receivers, the Tigers welcome that element in Spears.

A couple of months ago, few outside of the New Orleans area knew who Spears was. Now, he's the guy bringing Tiger Nation a good feeling to end the weekend.

"It's all happened so fast," he said. "I'm really thankful. This is truly a blessing."