LSU Tigers: LSU football recruiting

Gary Laney chat wrap

April, 2, 2013
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GeauxTigerNation's Gary Laney stopped by to discuss all things LSU, from spring practice to recruiting.

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ATHENS, Ga. -- For most high school players, the end of practice means they get a break from the incessant nagging and ceaseless instruction of their coaches. They go home, eat dinner, study and enjoy the respite until the whistles start blowing next time. For ESPN Watch List safety Quincy Wilson (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./University School), that is not the case.

Wilson’s father is the defensive coordinator and the defensive backs coach at the University School, so Wilson jokes that he gets no respite.

“Oh no, there’s no break, there’s no break,” Wilson said. “Monday through Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Yeah, I get it at practice, before practice, after practice, in the car, at the dinner table ...”

The talented junior laughed about the nonstop instruction but he also credited his father with making him the player he is today -- one of the most coveted safeties in Florida.

OLB Wilson has cold day, hot future 

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ATLANTA -- With a wind-chill factor in the low 20s and occasional snow flurries blowing through the air, outside linebacker Petera Wilson (Memphis, Tenn./White Station) had a hard time staying warm Saturday. The cold kept his legs tight and he was not happy with his 40-yard dash or agility shuttle times. After having driven from Memphis, Tenn., to Atlanta to compete in the Nike SPARQ Combine, the talented junior left Lakewood Stadium cold and disappointed.


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Three SEC powers contact 2014 OT 

January, 17, 2013
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Offensive tackle Christian Harris (Suwanee, Ga./Collins Hill) is on the verge of being one of the top names in Georgia for the Class of 2014. He has an offer from Ohio, but the way he tells it, there could be more are on the way.


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Bama wants LSU commit Logan Stokes 

October, 12, 2012
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Logan Stokes knows what many LSU fans think about him. After all, he has a computer.

The tight end commitment from Booneville (Miss.) Northeast Community College has seen Tiger fans question his talent on message boards. He's also been a little dismayed that early highlight video of him that surfaced on the internet was more of a lowlight.

Why? Because the video was shot when Stokes was just learning to play tight end. He had been a defensive end his whole life. He's also now bigger and stronger. When Stokes showed up to junior college he was a 6-foot-5, 225-pound athlete. Now, he's 6-6 and 240 pounds.

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Kendell Beckwith to undergo MRI 

September, 24, 2012
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Kudos to Kendell Beckwith (Jackson, La./East Feliciana) for toughness, at least.

This past Friday marked the second consecutive week Beckwith, the state's top recruit, has aggravated a shoulder injury during the course of a game. The ESPN 150 athlete played through it two weeks ago during a 41-40 loss to Zachary, but it proved to be too much this past weekend against Richwood.

"I spent the game [against Zachary] playing through it, and it never got well. And it started back hurting on Friday," Beckwith said. "I played almost the whole first quarter. Then after that, I went in on defense and I made a tackle -- and it hurt, man."

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Weekend observations: Barbe vs. Evangel 

September, 17, 2012
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Barbe's 48-47 win against Evangel Christian on Friday night will probably be a contender for prep game of the year when it's all said and done. Barbe jumped out to a 28-7 lead before allowing the Eagles back into the game. A go-ahead touchdown with 25 seconds left to make the score 48-41 in Barbe's favor finally seemed like the clincher.

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Gary Laney/ESPN.comDeSean Smith might be used in a number of ways at LSU.
But Evangel raced back with an 80-yard hail mary score and seemed poised to send the game to overtime. Instead, the Eagles opted for a two-point conversion and the win. Evangel quarterback Dakota Duron had an open man for the game-winning points, but he overthrew him while scrambling away from the Bucs defense.

Here are some extra thoughts from the night:

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Weekend observations: Loranger, U-High 

September, 10, 2012
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I'll have a report about Friday's Loranger-U-High game in Tuesday's From the Road feature. But I wanted to share some additional thought's about Loranger's 26-21 win against U-High on Friday night. The game featured one LSU commit and a bevy of Tiger targets, and that amount of star power certainly did not disappoint. First thing's first: what a night for 2013 commit Jeryl Brazil (Loranger, La./Loranger).

1. Maybe Brazil should play offense after all: Brazil spent the early part of his recruitment as an athlete -- a tweener stuck between wide receiver and cornerback. That changed when he made an impressive showing at The Opening this summer, and ESPN scouts listed him as a cornerback and bumped him into the top 60 prospects in the ESPN 150. It makes sense that such a speedy player would wind up in one of the most athletic positions on the field.

But after watching Brazil dazzle against one of the state's best teams, it's hard to feel so sure. Brazil was a threat to go the distance every time he touched the ball -- which was every snap, as he played quarterback. The senior is also a track star for Loranger, and while it's easy to write off track speed on the football field, that's not the case here. It takes Brazil about a step and a half to reach his top speed, and if he gets two to three yards of space to run he's a liability to score a touchdown from any spot on the field. He did just that three times against the Cubs -- from as far away as 69 and 70 yards.

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HS preview: Destrehan eyes improvement 

August, 22, 2012
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DESTREHAN, La. -- Behind the south end zone of Destrehan's football stadium, there's a massive, attention-grabbing billboard.

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David Helman/ESPN.comDestrehan (La.) High's RaeJuan Marbley is helping bring back the school's dominance.
In bold, red letters it trumpets the school's recent dominance: 2007 Class 5A state champions, 15-0; 2008 Class 5A state champions, 14-0.

But in high school football, where today's seniors were eighth graders for the Wildcats' most recent championship, that success feels like a lifetime ago. Destrehan entered the 2009 season on a 29-game win streak and proceeded to go 5-5, barely making the playoffs. The Wildcats haven't seen the postseason since, slipping all the way to an ignominious 2-8 last fall -- something no one wants to see repeated.

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LSU recruiting: Scrimmage notes 

August, 20, 2012
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For high school prospects, just as much as the much-discussed LSU football team, practice is getting old.

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Garry Paskwietz/WeAreSC.comLSU QB commit Hayden Rettig performed well in his high school's recent scrimmage.
After several weeks of running the same drills and seeing the same faces, the monotony of fall camp has set in. Unfortunately for the Tigers, they still have two weeks to wait for a true opponent. That's not the case at the high school level, where schools (and recruits across the state) got their first taste of live action in scrimmages this weekend.

A quick look at some prospects in LSU's sights from this past weekend:

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WR Speedy Noil stars in Karr scrimmage 

August, 17, 2012
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NEW ORLEANS - In Louisiana, it's not uncommon to see the best player on a high school team lined up at quarterback, even if it's not his natural position. With the ball in his hands during every snap, the quarterback can make things happen and fire off big plays.

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David Helman/ESPN.comSpeedy Noil is emerging as Louisiana's best wide receiver in the 2014 class.
But after watching him scrimmage Thursday night against Amite (Amite City, La.) High School, it's hard to imagine Edna Karr (New Orleans) High School receiver Speedy Noil making more plays at quarterback than wide receiver. The Cougars' talented junior played quarterback for Karr last fall, but he spent his night exclusively at wideout against Amite.

The results were devastating. He outran the coverage for touchdowns on post routes. He jumped over the coverage (sometimes double coverage, at that) for touchdowns on fade routes. At one point in the scrimmage, Noil caught a bubble screen in traffic, bulldozed an Amite linebacker, then outran nine other defenders to the sideline for big yards.

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Video: ESPN 150 DE Tim Williams interview

August, 15, 2012
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ESPN 150 DE Tim Williams (BatonRouge, La./University) talks about his summer and the upcoming season.

Expectations high for Williams, UHigh 

August, 15, 2012
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Keep your attention on the line when LSU Laboratory School lines up this fall.

Sure, the Cubs have talent scattered across their roster, and a dynamic running back in sophomore Nick Brossette. But it's the lines in particular that catch the eye when you visit UHigh -- and two monsters along those lines are certain to stand out as this 2012 season gears up.

Senior defensive end Tim Williams is one of the top prospects in this 2013 class, and he is one of a handful of prospects near the top of the ESPN 150 who remains uncommitted as the season approaches. On the other side of the ball, 2014 offensive lineman Garrett Brumfield is starting to see a spike in the recruiting process after a busy summer.

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ESPN 300 cornerback William Likely III (Belle Glade, Fla./Glades Central) is coming off of a busy July which included another trip to LSU and participation in Gridiron Kings. Now back in training camp at Glades Central, Likely's recruiting future is starting to take shape.

"I enjoyed the last few things I did with LSU and the Gridiron Kings," Likely said. "I always like going to LSU and they are still a school I like a lot. Gridiron Kings was fun, our team won and it was some good competition."

Likely said that he would like to take an official visit to Stanford and could also take a trip to Wake Forest and another one to LSU. With a December graduation on tap, Likely knows that there is little time to waste.

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Denham Springs, Tevin Lawson ready 

August, 13, 2012
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Tevin LawsonDavid Helman/ESPN.comLSU commit Tevin Lawson has his recruitment behind him and can focus on 2012.
Kaleb Blanchard is ready to run, and it shows at practice.

Denham Springs' senior tailback is completely healthy this fall after a 2011 campaign that one could only call snake bitten. Blanchard couldn't stay on the field during the Yellow Jackets' run to the Class 5A playoffs -- if it wasn't a shoulder injury suffered early on in the season, it was a hamstring injury that hobbled him upon his return.

"When you've played all the time and had success, when you get a setback you've got to learn how to handle that blow," said Denham Springs coach Dru Nettles. "It took him some time, but ... he's definitely motivated to go play football."

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