LSU Tigers: Artie Burns

After bowl, LSU shifts to recruiting

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So, the season's over.

LSU finished playing football before the year even ended with Monday's last-second, 25-24 loss to Clemson in the Chick-fil-A Bowl, a downer of an ending to a 10-3 season.

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Scott Drucker/IntersportLSU fans will get an early look at DL commit Greg Gilmore at the Under Armour All-America Game.
The most disappointing part? It was over before January. The eighth-ranked Tigers were the only team in the BCS top 12 to play before New Year's Day, which is usually the date where the serious bowl games begin. That LSU was left out of the New Year's Day games seemed to put a damper on the whole postseason, a feeling amplified by the result of the game.

Despite that, there's plenty to look forward to in the next five-plus weeks.

It is prime recruiting season, after all.

There will be all-star games, visitation weekends and even an early jump on 2014 recruiting for LSU and its prospects, all capped by national signing day Feb. 6.

Here's what's on the agenda and what to watch from an LSU perspective:

Friday

Under Armor All-America Game: LSU targets Maquedius Bain and Kendell Beckwith will announce their commitments at the game. Targets Robert Nkemdiche, Priest Willis, Josh McNeil, Antonio Conner, Artie Burns and Tim Williams are also playing in the game. Also playing are LSU commits Jeryl Brazil, Greg Gilmore and Ethan Pocic are also playing.

Semper Fidelis All-American Game: LSU commits Jeremy Cutrer and Christian LaCouture will play in this game.

Saturday

U.S. Army All-American Bowl: LSU fans will be able to take a glimpse at the Tigers' offensive future with LSU commits Hayden Rettig (quarterback), Desean Smith (tight end), John Diarse (wide receiver) and Josh Boutte (offensive line) all on the same team. LSU commits Tre'Davious White and Frank Herron are also in the game on defense.

Jan. 12

Boys from the Boot Day: Top 2014 players from Louisiana will be invited for unofficial visits designed to get them familiar with the recruiting process and to jump-start their relationships with LSU coaches.

That will be a huge day for LSU, considering Louisiana, perhaps the nation's most prospect-laden state on a per-capita basis, looks particularly strong in 2014. Among the players who might attend are running back Leonard Fournette, Cameron Robinson, Gerald Willis, Speedy Noil, Trey Quinn and several others.

Jan. 14

Spring semester begins: Early enrollees will begin classes, letting us know what players will get a jump on their classmates with spring practice.

Jan. 19-21, 26-28

Visit weekends: Players who haven't visited yet can set up visits on these weekends.

Feb. 6

National signing day: The culmination of the recruiting season.

Burns still pursued by FSU, LSU 

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Artie Burns (Miami/Northwestern), just like the majority of prospects at the Under Armour All-America Game, was blown away as he went through the line to pick out his new gear.

From new cleats to gloves, Under Armour supplies it all, and in amounts Burns has never before experienced.

"It feels good now," Burns said. "I've never been given this kind of stuff before.
With spring football and the NFL draft in the books, here are five things to know about LSU's secondary:

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Butch Dill/Getty ImagesEric Reid (1) might be taken in the first round of the NFL draft in 2013.
1. LSU's still DBU: For the second straight year, LSU had the NFL draft's first selected defensive back when cornerback Morris Claiborne went No. 6 overall to the Dallas Cowboys a year after Patrick Peterson went No. 5 overall to the Arizona Cardinals.

Claiborne, safety Brandon Taylor (third round, Chargers) and cornerback Ron Brooks (fourth round, Bills) became the first trio of LSU defensive backs to be selected in the same draft since the 1960s, when the AFL and NFL held separate drafts. And LSU has had defensive backs selected in six straight drafts, including first-rounders Claiborne, Peterson and LaRon Landry (No. 6 overall pick in 2007 by Washington).

So LSU's place as a producer of NFL-quality DB talent has never been stronger. Already, ESPN's Todd McShay has projected safety Eric Reid as a first-rounder for next year. So don't expect the NFL-quality defensive backs coming out of Baton Rouge to end any time soon.

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