LSU Tigers: Kendrick Adams

LSU has had success with juco recruits

December, 20, 2012
BATON ROUGE, La. -- When LSU signed junior college tight end Logan Stokes of Northeast Mississippi Wednesday, it wasn't surprising.

Junior college players have become a trend in the SEC as academic restrictions have made it tougher for players to get into schools initially out of high school and teams look for immediate help from talented players. Players all over junior colleges in Mississippi, Kansas and Texas have been "placed" there by SEC schools who couldn't get them the first time around because of academics, but are willing to wait two years.

And Stokes likely won’t be the last this year. Wide receiver Quantavius Leslie of Hinds CC is an LSU commit, though academic issues kept him from signing on Wednesday. He will likely still be part of the LSU class come February.

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Derick E. Hingle/US PresswireAfter sitting a year, and some early struggles, Zach Mettenberger's play picked up at the end of the 2012 season.
Whether or not Leslie or Stokes makes an immediate impact remains to be seen, but here are a few recent juco players who became good players for the Tigers.

1. DT Claude Wroten (Mississippi Delta CC, 2004-05): He formed one of the nation's best defensive tackle tandems with Kyle Williams, getting 12 sacks and 22 tackles for loss in his two LSU seasons before moving on to the NFL. He was second-team all-American and all-SEC his senior season.

2. WR Demetrius Byrd (Pearl River CC, 2007-08): He filled a need for a big-play threat on LSU's 2007 national championship team, leading the team in touchdown catches in his first year out of junior college. He caught 72 passes for 1,134 yards before injuries from an auto accident curtailed a would-be professional career.

3. QB Zach Mettenberger (Butler CC, 2011-): After a year as LSU's third-stringer, Mettenberger took over the starting job this season and passed for 2,489 yards. A former Georgia redshirt freshman who played one year at his junior college, Mettenberger looked like a much more confident, able quarterback in the last third of the season.

4. DE Kendrick Adams (Copiah-Lincoln CC, 2010-11): A solid, two-year starter on teams that reached the BCS national championship game and the Cotton Bowl, Adams had 49 tackles and four sacks. His effectiveness wasn't best measured by statistics. The fact that he started ahead of Barkevious Mingo for most of his senior year speaks volumes.

5. P Derek Helton (Fort Scott CC, 2009-10): A two-year starter, Helton was second in the SEC, averaging 45.7 yards a punt as a senior. He averaged 42.5 yards per punt over two seasons, at the time, the third-best career punting average in school history.

Eight sign as undrafted free agents

April, 30, 2012
Only five of LSU's NFL hopefuls made it into the seven rounds of the NFL draft, but plenty more were involved in a flurry of free agent activity during the weekend.

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Derick E. Hingle/US PresswireThe San Diego Chargers signed former LSU QB Jarrett Lee to a free agent deal.
Following the draft's conclusion Saturday night, NFL teams began contacting valued undrafted players about signing free agent contracts. To date, eight LSU players have joined the professional ranks as undrafted free agents, the school announced Monday morning.

Several of those players will be joining their draft pick counterparts. Both center T-Bob Hebert and tight end Deangelo Peterson signed with the St. Louis Rams, who drafted defensive tackle Michael Brockers 14th overall Thursday night.

After San Diego drafted Brandon Taylor in the third round Friday night, the Chargers signed quarterback Jarrett Lee to a free agent deal. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers also picked up multiple LSU products, as they signed both linebacker Ryan Baker and quarterback Jordan Jefferson to contracts.

Defensive end Kendrick Adams signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars, and guard Will Blackwell signed with the Carolina Panthers. Fullback James Stampley has been invited to a free agent tryout with the Seattle Seahawks.


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