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Friday, April 19, 2013
Mailbag: Spring game recruiting weekend

By Gary Laney

BATON ROUGE, La. -- GeauxTigerNation writer Gary Laney takes your questions:

Joe (Denham Springs, La.): Who are the big-name prospects coming to LSU's spring game?

Gary Laney: The spring game (2 p.m. Saturday)  is always a big draw and we are working on figuring out the guest list.

Clifton Garrett
2014 linebacker Clifton Garrett is visiting LSU this weekend. He's ranked No. 59 in the ESPN 150.
So far, big names we know include most of LSU's committed players. Committed linebacker Donnie Alexander of New Orleans Karr said several uncommitted Karr teammates, tight end Anthony Jones, defensive tackle Joyan Williams and athlete Jaevon Walton will all attend, but notably not Gerald Willis and Speedy Noil, Karr's two main prospects.

Other commits expected are offensive guard William Clapp, athlete Devin Voorhies and cornerback Chris Hardeman. Another commit, tight end Jacory Washington, said he'll attend, but plans to leave early to attend his high school's prom.

Among uncommitted players, ESPN 150 wide receiver Trey Quinn's father said his son is coming. ESPN 150 linebacker Clifton Garrett also plans to attend after swinging by Alabama for a visit on Friday.

We'll be gathering more information leading up to the scrimmage.

Ben (Richmond, Ky.): Hey, Gary. With the news coming out of Oregon today, I was curious if LSU is still under the microscope in connection with Willie Lyles. Was LSU ever completely cleared?

GL: I've never seen anything about LSU being completely cleared, but at the same time, I also have seen nothing about LSU getting significantly scrutinized further, which might be an indicator of where LSU sits.

LSU paid Lyles significantly less money than Oregon for his services, which included film of current LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger when he was in junior college.

Chris K. (South Carolina): Any news on the scheduling in the future in reference to the one rotating and one regular opponent from the other division as opposed to both rotating?

GL: SEC blogger Chris Low addressed this quite well, particularly from an LSU perspective, earlier this week. His article explains LSU's position well and where it stands.

I wouldn't hold me breath for a drastic change, to be honest. I think there is a feeling that taking away the permanent cross-division opponent would hurt the SEC's traditional identity because it would kill old rivalries like Auburn-Georgia and Alabama-Tennessee. Schools not involved in those games might be content with the permanent opponent they play and may be more sympathetic with preserving those rivalries than they are for giving LSU and Florida "better" schedules.

This will be taken up at the SEC spring meetings in May. I'll be curious to see where it all goes.

From Mark (Denver): I hear about a lot of injuries on defense. How beaten up will the defense be in the spring game?

GL: On Thursday, LSU coach Les Miles said defensive end Jermauria Rasco and cornerback Jalen Mills are out, and safety Ronald Martin and cornerback Jalen Collins are questionable with various injuries.

If all four are out, the Tigers will indeed be very short-handed on defense Saturday. And given how much teams lean toward caution in spring games, there's a good chance of that.

The game will match up the first team against backups and that format will probably be tweaked in a running-clock second half.