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Friday, April 12, 2013
GTN recruiting mailbag: Alabama targets?

By Gary Laney

BATON ROUGE, La. -- GTN writer Gary Laney took your LSU recruiting questions:

Henry (Montgomery, AL): Gary, are there any Alabama recruits catching LSU's attention? I f not may I suggest one name? Taylor Stallworth.

Gary Laney: Two that jump out at me are the Prichard Vigor duo of defensive end Justin Thornton and linebacker Deshaun Davis. Thornton recently tweeted that LSU was his leader (although it's hard to tell how seriously one should take that this early in the process).

It's interesting that you bring up another defensive end in Stallworth, considering Thornton's interest. Stallworth has a South Carolina offer, so he must have talent, although he is a bit short for the position.

I don't know how deep into Alabama's recruiting talent you'll see LSU go this year. Louisiana is stacked with priority recruits, east Texas is stronger than last year, LSU has already landed a Mississippi player and may target others, and the Tigers remain willing to recruit nationally.

Which leads us to the next question:

Joe (Denham Springs): Does LSU have a real shot with Jabrill Peppers? He's visiting this weekend, so does that mean we should take this seriously?

GL: Yes. If a player is going to take the trip from New Jersey to Louisiana for a junior year visit, that's quite a commitment and he must at least be considering it. And when you have the success LSU has enjoyed on the recruiting trail, you don't underestimate the impact a weekend visit can have on a prospect.

That said, I'm not necessarily expecting Peppers, who is scheduled to be in town for LSU's Saturday scrimmage, to leave here with LSU as a leader. There's a much better chance that LSU lands Hootie Jones and Tony Brown in the secondary than Peppers. But wouldn't the Tigers love to have all three?

Trey (Florida): Do you think Jeryl Brazil will end up at running back when all is said and done?

GL: I think the emergence of Terrence Magee as a viable option as a speed back this spring has decreased the chances of that happening. Brazil won't be moved there out of desperation.

That said, I do think it's important that LSU finds Brazil's future position quickly, and if his best position is running back, then by all means, put him there now. They don't want a repeat of the Russell Shepard saga where LSU couldn't figure out what position he fit best. There's no doubt that Brazil will make an impact on special teams, but is he a cornerback or an offensive player?

From: Sam (DC): Gary, looking ahead a little bit, who are the top three signees that will show up this summer and have a chance for significant playing time?

GL: I'm noting that you're saying summer arrivals, as opposed to the six true freshmen and two junior college transfers who arrived for the spring. I'll go with these three (with Brazil, at least on special teams, being a fourth):

1. WR Quantavius LeslieHe's a junior college transfer who's coming to give LSU an immediate impact as a big receiver. You don't sign jucos to redshirt or to give down-the-road help.

2. DE Frank Herron: LSU is going to need immediate help at defensive end, and of the four talented ends the Tigers signed, Herron is the one I'm hearing is the most game-ready. He's long, has a frame that will allow him to play with enough weight, and he plays with a high motor.

3. CB Tre'Davious White: I've heard all along that White was going to push the veterans for immediate starting time at cornerback. Most people I talk to figure he'll have a great shot to at least be in the top three, meaning, at worst, he'll be a nickelback.