Thursday, June 27, 2013
The Opening: LSU storylines
By Gary Laney
BATON ROUGE, La. -- With The Opening set for next week at Beaverton, Ore., here are some storylines to follow for LSU fans.
1. Fastest man again? A year ago, LSU commit Jeryl Brazil, a Louisiana product, was the fastest player at the opening, running a 4.32 40-yard dash. This year, Louisiana again has a contender in the aptly nicknamed Devante "Speedy" Noil (New Orleans/Karr). And if it's not Noil, it may well be another LSU target, cornerback Tony Brown (Beaumont, Texas/Ozen).
Leonard Fournette has more than 100 offers, including Alabama, Florida and LSU.
2. Fournette's big show: Though running backs don't get featured at non-contact events like The Opening, it will still be a national stage for fans to see the nation's top player, LSU target and Louisiana native Leonard Fournette (New Orleans/St. Augustine). One of the most talented running backs ever to come out of Louisiana will show folks why he's so highly regarded.
3. LSU-friendly teams: The Landsharks, a team whose offense will be run by ex-LSU quarterback Craig Nall, will be full of names of LSU interest, including the nation's top offensive lineman, Cameron Robinson (West Monroe, La./West Monroe), defensive lineman Gerald Willis III (New Orleans/Karr), running back Racean Thomas (Oxford, Ala./Oxford) and Brown.
Superbad will feature Fournette, Noil and linebacker target Clifton Garrett. Also, Alpha Pro will feature LSU commit Chris Hardeman (Houston/Alief Taylor), and Field Generals boasts five-star secondary target Adoree' Jackson (Gardina, Calif./Junipero Serra).
4. What position are they? LSU targets Willis and Garrald McDowell (Covington, La./Covington) are defensive linemen who face futures in which they might be defensive tackles or defensive ends. Which positions do they play in Beaverton? And will they look like ends or tackles?
5. Challenge to be the top: Louisiana has three players ranked No. 1 at their respective positions (Fournette, Robinson and Noil, an athlete) and another, wide receiver Malachi Dupre (River Ridge, La./John Curtis) ranked No. 2 in the country at his position. Will they live up to their billing?