LSU Tigers: Deshone Kizer

Brandon HarrisTom Hauck for Student SportsWith two of the team's other QB targets off the board, LSU's pursuit of Brandon Harris becomes even more important.
BATON ROUGE, La. -- Mason Rudolph (Rock Hill, S.C./Northwestern) once looked like he might be LSU's quarterback recruit for the 2014 class.

Then there was a cooling from one side or the other and last week Rudolph committed to Oklahoma State.

By then, DeShone Kizer (Toledo, Ohio/Central Catholic) seemed like the hot name anyway. LSU would get him, many thought. It was just a matter of getting him to campus for a visit.

Before that could happen, a favorite closer to home, Notre Dame, offered and on Tuesday, three days before Kizer was to visit Baton Rouge, he pledged to the Irish.

And then, there was one.

Brandon Harris (Bossier City, La./Parkway), one of three four-star quarterbacks who have been part of the LSU 2014 quarterback recruiting conversation in recent months, is now the last of the three still out for the taking.

Did Tuesday's news change his outlook on the process?

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Toledo (Ohio) Central Catholic quarterback DeShone Kizer said last week that Notre Dame exceeded the criteria he was looking for in a school. When Notre Dame offered a few days later on June 5, the Irish immediately jumped into his top group.

Following a weekend visit to South Bend, the 6-foot-5, 208-pound signal-caller, the No. 6 ranked dual-threat quarterbacks nationally, committed to Notre Dame. Central Catholic coach Greg Dempsey confirmed the commitment of his four-star and Elite 11 quarterback.

Alabama and LSU were considered the top two for Kizer before the Notre Dame offer, with Tennessee just behind its SEC counterparts. Kizer was planning visits to both the Tide and Tigers later this week. The offer from Alabama was not a committable one.

This commitment is welcomed news for Notre Dame, which has not had much positivity around the position the last few weeks. Everett Golson, who led the Irish to the national championship game last season, was suspended from school in late May. A few days later, ESPN 150 quarterback Kyle Allen, who many felt could end up signing with Notre Dame, pledged to Texas A&M.

Former backup quarterback Gunner Kiel, a member of the ESPN 150 in 2012, left the program this spring as well.

Ohio has been kind to the Irish the past two recruiting classes. In the 2013 class, Malik Zaire of Kettering (Ohio) Archbishop Alter signed with the Irish and enrolled in January.

Later this month, Kizer will compete at the Elite 11 finals after taking top honors in a regional event in Columbus, Ohio, on June 1. LSU coaches Les Miles and Cam Cameron watched Kizer at the event.

Kizer is the 11th commitment in the Irish’s 2014 class and is the latest piece to what is becoming a stellar offensive haul. Four-star running back Elijah Hood and four-star offensive tackle Alex Bars are both members of the ESPN 150, and Sam Mustipher (No. 11 guard), Justin Brent (No. 38 receiver) and Quenton Nelson (No. 19 guard) are also four-star recruits. Three-star offensive tackle Jimmy Byrne is also committed.

Notre Dame’s class ranks No. 8 nationally but could move up with Kizer’s commitment.

LSU QB recruiting: Where Tigers stand 

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BATON ROUGE, La. -- There's a quarterback controversy brewing among LSU fans.

No, it doesn't mean Zach Mettenberger is being challenged as the starter. It does mean LSU is hot on the trail of some four-star talent at the position in recruiting.

Which one do you like?

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GTN Mailbag: Who impressed at camp? 

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BATON ROUGE, La. -- In Friday's mailbag, GTN writer Gary Laney takes your questions on the best player at LSU's prospect camp and the recruiting situation at quarterback.


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LSU camp: What we learned 

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BATON ROUGE, La. -- Here's what we learned after LSU's four-day football camp, which concluded Wednesday morning. Its second camp will be July 14-17:

1. New offers look ahead: LSU extended three offers on the weekend, all to players in the 2015 or 2016 classes.


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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- DeShone Kizer (Toledo, Ohio/Central Catholic) was ready to commit a few months ago. Then LSU offered. Alabama came soon after. Those two offers made Kizer slow his recruitment down.

With baseball and basketball now done, he will finally have his first opportunity to see both schools up close next week.


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Tales From the Road: LSU 

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BATON ROUGE, La. -- Home-field advantage is supposed to go to the local team.

But at the Columbus, Ohio Elite 11 on Saturday, it was advantage LSU.

LSU head coach Les Miles and offensive coordinator Cam Cameron had sons participating at the Elite 11, which gave them a loophole and allowed them to attend the event. The Elite 11 normally allows parents but prohibits college coaches from attending.


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It’s been quite the week for four-star quarterback Brandon Harris (Bossier City, La./Parkway). He made a stop at Alabama on Thursday before flying up to Columbus, Ohio, to visit Ohio State and compete in the Elite 11 this weekend.


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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The 2013 Nike Elite 11 tour continued in the Midwest on Saturday as several top players from not just Ohio but the entire country flocked to the Woody Hayes Athletic Center on Ohio State’s campus to compete for a spot at the finals later this month.

RecruitingNation writer Jared Shanker attended the camp. Here is what he learned:

LSU should have a clearer picture at QB
College coaches are not allowed to attend the Elite 11, but an exception was made on Saturday for LSU coach Les Miles and Tigers quarterbacks coach Cam Cameron. Both coaches had a son participating at the Elite 11, which allowed for Miles and Cameron to stand on the sidelines. The two spent most of the afternoon chitchatting with staff, media and even Norv Turner, but there is a good chance their eyes wandered toward the direction of four-star quarterbacks Brandon Harris (Bossier City, La./Parkway) and DeShone Kizer (Toledo, Ohio/Central Catholic). Both have LSU offers, and Kizer will visit next week. Kizer earned the ticket to the Elite 11 finals, but Harris was not far behind and could still land an invite.


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Quiet weekend at LSU's picnic 

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BATON ROUGE, La. -- Sometimes a picnic is just a picnic.

LSU hosted its annual Bayou Picnic recruiting day Saturday, an invitation-only event targeting select high-profile recruiting targets. And while some recruits were on "commitment alert," the Tigers had not landed any new commitments by the time Memorial Day weekend ended.

That's not to say it wasn't a significant event in the recruiting process.


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GTN Mailbag: On passers and catchers 

May, 17, 2013
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BATON ROUGE, La. -- GTN writer Gary Laney took your questions, which leaned heavily toward quarterbacks and receivers in the week after LSU took a commitment from junior college wide receiver D'haquille Williams and sent an offer out to quarterback Brandon Harris:

Andy (Portland, Ore.): With Brandon Harris, DeShone Kizer and Mason Rudolph looking like the three main quarterbacks on LSU's wish list, it looks like LSU is going in the direction of the mobile quarterback. Given LSU's history of getting more out of pocket passers (JaMarcus Russell, Matt Flynn) than run-first guys (Jordan Jefferson), should LSU be targeting runners?

Gary Laney: There are two things that jump into my mind that are different now than in the past.


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GTN mailbag: Backups, but also pros 

May, 10, 2013
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BATON ROUGE, La. -- GeauxTigerNation writer Gary Laney answers your questions:

From: Biff (Chicago): Do the recruiting coaches feel any advantage in having someone like Lavar Edwards, who wasn't a starter his senior year, get drafted into the NFL? Does it give them valuable ammunition for getting four- and five-star rated players to know that at LSU you don't have to be a starter to be an NFL player?

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Derick E. Hingle/US PresswireLSU defensive end Lavar Edwards was a fifth-round pick of the Tennessee Titans.
Gary Laney: You'd better believe LSU will use players like Edwards to sell the program's player development ability.

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Alabama has five offers out to 2014 quarterbacks, although the Crimson Tide coaches would not accept a commitment from any just yet. One quarterback could be closing in on turning his scholarship into a legitimate offer soon, though.

Dual-threat quarterback DeShone Kizer (Toledo, Ohio/Central Catholic) threw for Alabama offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Doug Nussmeier on Tuesday.


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A week ago, DeShone Kizer sat down with his parents to discuss his future. The three of them were planning to end the Toledo (Ohio) Central Catholic quarterback’s recruitment.


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