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Monday, February 25, 2013
Paris commit good sign for LSU's future

By Gary Laney

There was no big junior day at LSU this weekend. Spring practice? Doesn't start for another couple of weeks.

Yet recruiting news poured out of the LSU campus in the last weekend of February. ESPN 2014 Watch List defensive back Ed Paris (Mansfield,Texas/Timberview) committed Monday via Twitter, joining linebacker Donnie Alexander (New Orleans/Karr), who committed Sunday.

The pair upped LSU's list of 2014 commitments to six. And they may point to more commits, possibly in the near future.

Paris is friends with fellow Texas ESPN Watch List DB prospect Tony Brown (Beaumont, Texas/Ozen), who is another priority target for LSU. But LSU's connection to Brown looks strong with or without Paris.

Brown's sister recently committed to run track for the Tigers and many think Brown became a strong LSU lean when his sister, a 2013 grad, made that pledge. But adding Brown's friend certainly doesn't hurt.

Paris' commitment should also put to bed the notion that LSU has lost ground in Texas recruiting with the addition of Texas A&M to the SEC. LSU was shut out in Texas in 2013, which led many to conclude A&M's presence was hurting the Tigers.

If it did, it appears to have been a temporary blow. LSU already has a commitment from Texas cornerback Chris Hardeman (Houston/Alief Taylor). Brown would give the Tigers three commitments from Texas.

Alexander, meanwhile, is a prep teammate of two of Louisiana's top players, Speedy Noil and Gerald Willis III, both members of the ESPN Watch List. Both are good friends of South Louisiana's ultimate prize, running back Leonard Fournette (New Orleans/St. Augustine).

While it would be naive to think that Alexander will deliver the other three to LSU, it could help. Many think Willis, Noil and Fournette already have strong feelings toward LSU.

Aside from Alexander, Paris and Hardeman, LSU has also picked up commitments from Mississippi athlete Devin Voorhies (Woodville, Miss./Wilkinson County) and Louisiana prospects Jacory Washington, a tight end from Westlake, La., and Will Clapp, an offensive lineman from New Orleans Brother Martin.