Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Tales From The Road: LSU
By Gary Laney
BATON ROUGE, La. -- In the last couple of weeks, GeauxTigerNation has spent plenty of time in New Orleans metro, visiting with coaches and players from River Ridge John Curtis, Metairie Archbishop Rummel (to watch practice) and New Orleans St. Augustine.
That's just the tip of the iceberg. New Orleans is loaded, so we'll be back. We haven't even hit loaded Karr, or prospect-laden programs such as Brother Martin, Marrero Archbishop Shaw and Marrero John Ehret yet.
Meanwhile, LSU spread its wings well away from Louisiana on the recruiting trail:
This week's targets: LSU continued to put a blitz on ESPN 150 defensive end Lorenzo Carter (Norcross, Ga.), who received a visit from LSU defensive line coach Brick Haley on Monday. While there, an offer was extended to Carter's teammate, four-star athlete Myles Autry.
This comes after a weekend when the Tigers closed the deal on talented junior college receiver D'haquille Williams (Reserve, La./Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College), who committed to LSU on Friday night.
Area of interest: LSU doesn't have to look far to run into Jefferson Parish, the inner western suburban county outside of New Orleans.
John Curtis Christian of River Ridge won five of the seven mythical national titles (it finished No. 5 in the ESPN Power Rankings) while Metairie's Archbishop Rummel won Louisiana's Class 5A title.
The parish is loaded again Curtis, the defending 2A champion, has four high-end prospects, led by ESPN 150 wide receiver Malachi Dupre. Running back Darrel Williams (Marrero/John Ehret) heads a list of others from the parish with offers.
Word on the street: A question from @Key504man: "Is LSU signing too many receivers?"
With D'haquille Williams joining the class, LSU faces the possibility of taking six receivers if it bats 1.000 on the big names on its board. In-state ESPN 150 prospects Dupre, Trey Quinn (Lake Charles/Barbe) and Speedy Noil (New Orleans/Karr) and Saeed Blacknall (Manalapan, N.J./Manalapan) all have LSU high on their lists.
Noil tweeted a top three of Florida, Texas A&M and USC, but one would suspect that by the end of the day, LSU will be heavily involved.
What to watch: It's still a couple of weekends away, but LSU is hosting the Bayou Picnic junior day on May 25.
Traditionally, the picnic has yielded some commitments for the Tigers. Will this year be any different?
In the meantime, look for graduations from the 2013 class to see if some 2013 signees with borderline academics make it to school. Junior college transfer Quantavius Leslie (Hogansville, Ga/Hinds CC) tweeted that he passed a college algebra class he needed in order to graduate and, thus, be eligible to join the Tigers. LSU is also hoping for good news from Rashard Robinson (Pompano Beach/Ely), who was needing to finish strong to make sure he met NCAA eligibility standards.