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Wednesday, January 30, 2013
S Cutrer considers alternate to LSU

By Gary Laney

BATON ROUGE, La. -- When Kentwood (La.) Jewel Sumner coach Zephaniah Powell said Cowboys safety Jeremy Cutrer was a "priority" in LSU's recruiting class, he wasn't kidding.

Cutrer is the only safety in LSU's 27-man class, a need area for the Tigers, especially with more teams forcing them to use 5- and 6-man secondaries against spread offenses. So it's a particularly troubling development for LSU that Cutrer might not sign as intended.

Cutrer could end up signing with Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College instead of LSU, Powell said.

"His ACT score isn't where it needs to be," Powell said. "And with the new NCAA rules on a 25-signee limit, LSU doesn't want it to count against them if he doesn't qualify."

Because of that, he won't sign with LSU next week on national signing day. Instead, he will continue to try to get eligible with junior college as a fall-back option.

Powell said Cutrer will be a "team player" and work with LSU in any way he can. That could mean heading to MGCCC, a frequent destination for "placed" LSU recruits.

But to say the story ends there wouldn't quite be right.

Powell said Cutrer skipped out of a planned official visit to LSU last weekend because he was taking an ACT preparation course. He hopes to raise his score enough to qualify.

"If he does, he'll be going to Baton Rouge this fall," Powell said.

He'll make his official visit to LSU this weekend. There, Powell said the road map for him will become more clear.

"LSU has a great coaching staff," Powell said. "They have a plan. Jeremy is committed to LSU, but he may just have to take a detour."