Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Louisiana deep with potential LSU targets
By Gary Laney
BATON ROUGE, La. -- We all know LSU's top targets.
Louisiana has nine ESPN 150 prospects, nine which have LSU ofers and two who have already committed to the Tigers.
Who else might the Tigers target in state? Here's a look at some dark horses outside the ESPN 150, excluding already committed players such as William Clapp and Donnie Alexander:
LB Kenny Young (River Ridge, La./John Curtis): The No. 15-ranked inside linebacker, Young sports an LSU offer and could be the physical presence the Tigers need inside. He has an impressive offer list that also includes Alabama, Florida and Michigan.
CB Terrence Alexander (River Ridge, La./John Curtis): Another Curtis star, Alexander possesses blazing speed and while he's small by LSU's standards at the position, that hasn't always been a fatal flaw (see 5-foot-9 Tyrann Mathieu).
TE Anthony Jones (New Orleans/Karr): Once just a basketball star, Jones is a fast-rising football prospect who has an LSU offer. He would continue the Tigers' recent trend of signing athletic, long tight ends capable of filling numerous roles.
QB Quentin Gibson (Marrero/Archbiship Shaw): Gibson helped himself with a solid showing at the Elite 11 camp in Dallas and is now seen as one of the top quarterback prospects in the state. LSU will only take one quarterback this year and Gibson doesn't have an offer yet.
Brandon Harris doesn't have an LSU offer, but he's received offers from plenty of other Division I programs.
QB Brandon Harris (Bossier City/Parkway): A dual-threat quarterback, Harris has been invited by LSU to camp, with a chance at a full offer at the end of camp. But he also has a long list of offers that aren't requiring a tryout, including Arkansas, Baylor, Arizona State and Nebraska. So it's not clear if Harris will pursue LSU, or opt for schools showing more solid interest.
RB Sione Palelei (Gonzales/East Ascension): The lightning-quick Palelei does not have an LSU offer, but like Harris is piling up offers from other large schools. LSU is likely to take two running backs and right now, it would seem the priority is landing the big fish, Leonard Fournette. Palelei could be an option as a speed back.
RB Darrel Williams (Marrero/John Ehret): Unlike Palelei, Williams is a bruiser in the mold of past LSU backs such as Charles Scott or current stars Jeremy Hill or Kenny Hilliard. If LSU stays in state for a second running back (assuming No. 1 is Fournette), Williams, who already has an LSU offer, would seem a likely candidate.
DE Davon Godchaux (Plaquemine HS): Godchaux can be a fit at both tackle or end for LSU and some think he could be a fit as a bulked-up, but athletic, tackle for the Tigers, who have yet to offer. Other big names have, led by Florida, Florida State and Nebraska.
WR Corey McBride (Geismar/Dutchtown): McBride might be a long shot to enter LSU's radar, considering there are four in-state receivers in the ESPN 150 and the Tigers have already talent a commitment from an out-of-state receiver. But his pure track speed makes him a viable candidate to get late interest.
S Mattrell McGraw (River Ridge/John Curtis): Yet another Curtis prospect, McGraw is a solid defensive back who has received a ton of good offers, just not one from LSU, yet.
A bonus entry:
DT Garrald McDowell (Covington HS): He's in the ESPN 150, but he's included because of the ESPN 150 players from Louisiana, McDowell gets perhaps the least fanfare. An undersized tackle who plays with high energy, it's not hard to project McDowell putting on weight and being a factor for a major program.