LSU Tigers: Priest Willis

LSU's signing day superlatives 

February, 6, 2013
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BATON ROUGE, La. -- LSU’s 26-player recruiting class is signed, sealed and delivered.

Well, maybe.

We’ve yet to see where Priest Willis will go or whether Tevin Lawson will accept LSU’s grayshirt offer instead of choosing a conventional scholarship offer elsewhere. And, for that matter, there still might be a scholarship awaiting defensive back Jeremy Cutrer, who did not sign Wednesday because it was unclear whether he will qualify academically.

ESPN 150 S Priest Willis will wait 

February, 5, 2013
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It looked as though the UCLA Bruins were on track to close the gap on the USC Trojans for the top recruiting class in the Pac-12, thanks to some late verbal commitments. But now it appears Jim Mora's program might need to do so without its top-rated commitment.


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BATON ROUGE, La. -- With one weekend to go in the 2013 recruiting cycle before Wednesday's national signing day, the question for LSU is, could the Tigers be finished?

With 27 players verbally committed to its signing class -- topped by Wednesday's pledge from linebacker Duke Riley (River Ridge, La./John Curtis) -- there's a chance LSU's signing-day list might look exactly like its commitment list.

Not if they can help it.


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Four-star LB Riley makes his choice 

January, 30, 2013
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BATON ROUGE, La. -- The worst-kept secret in town about four-star linebacker Duke Riley became official with one, very excited tweet from Riley's"1Goal1Dream" Twitter account Wednesday night.


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Mailbag: Offensive line will be strong 

January, 30, 2013
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BATON ROUGE, La. -- GTN's Gary Laney took your questions on a SportsNation chat Tuesday, but ran out of time to get to all of them. Instead, he turned them into a mailbag:

Ricky (New Orleans): How is our offensive line shaping up, since we had problems protecting Zach Mettenberger last year and our running game was not as productive as previous years?

GL: The offensive line could be the strength of the offense next year. With so many young players getting playing time, LSU has a lot of guys coming back. There are two key areas.

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LSU makes pitches to recruits, waits 

January, 28, 2013
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BATON ROUGE, La. -- At the end of his weekend trip to LSU, Tashawn Bower sent a Tweet that said "1 visit to go." Duke Riley stayed in Baton Rouge an extra day. Eddie Jackson sent out an Instagram photo with a white No. 2 LSU jersey on.


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LSU looking to win prospects over 

January, 25, 2013
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BATON ROUGE, La. -- With signing day looming, LSU is looking to sway some heavily recruited defensive talent this weekend as three players holding multiple SEC offers are scheduled to visit.

ESPN 150 defensive end Tashawn Bower (Somerville, N.J./Immaculata), an Auburn commit who has been taking visits to other schools, highlights a trio of uncommitted defensive players coming to Baton Rouge.


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ESPN 150 safety Goodman picks UCLA

January, 23, 2013
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RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif. -- After originally planning to announce his commitment on signing day, Tahaan Goodman (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif./Rancho Cucamonga) decided he couldn’t wait any longer. The nation’s No. 108 overall recruit and No. 9 safety knew he’d made up his mind, so after school on Wednesday, he announced publicly his decision to commit to UCLA.

It was an interesting recruiting road for the four-star safety, who was a lean to USC very early in the process and also considered Arizona State, LSU, Nebraska and Oklahoma. But Goodman had been linked to UCLA for months. He was impressed during his visit to the campus in November and had another opportunity to experience life at his future home, when he took an unofficial visit to UCLA this past weekend.

The 6-foot-2, 184-pound safety finished his senior season with 59 tackles, two interceptions, one sack and nine rushing touchdowns. He is the No. 11 overall player in California and the state’s No. 2 safety.

With Goodman in the fold, the Bruins =hold verbal commitments from six ESPN 300 prospects, including two in the ESPN 150.

Good friend and fellow four-star safety Priest Willis (Tempe, Ariz./Marcos De Niza) is expected to announce his decision at 7 p.m. MT on Wednesday. The two have long said they will be a package deal, so more good news could be on the way for the Bruins.

Signing day primer: LSU 

January, 23, 2013
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BATON ROUGE, La. -- With national signing day two weeks away, LSU is close to the finish line, but the Tigers still have some big names they are after:

Team needs: LSU was decimated on the defensive line by graduation and early NFL draft entrees.

The Tigers will be without six of the nine defensive linemen who played the majority of the snaps, including three potential first-round NFL draft picks, led by lightning-quick speed-rushing end Barkevious Mingo.

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Weekend spin: LSU lands one, waits 

January, 21, 2013
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BATON ROUGE, La. -- All in all, it was a productive weekend on the recruiting front for LSU.

The Tigers addressed a major recruiting need by getting a commitment from Kevin Spears, a high school receiver with height (6-foot-3) and length, two things that have been lacking on LSU's roster.


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Goodman awaits possible LSU visit 

January, 20, 2013
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BATON ROUGE, La. -- ESPN 150 safety Tahaan Goodman (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.) was scheduled to visit LSU over the weekend, but a conflict in the schedule forced him to postpone it.


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Big visits this weekend for LSU 

January, 18, 2013
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BATON ROUGE, La. -- LSU has a couple of players on its wish list visiting this weekend and the Tigers coaching staff will have plenty of help in trying to get them to commit.

While ESPN 150 defensive back Tahaan Goodman (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. HS) and fast-rising wide receiver Kevin Spears (New Orleans/Holy Cross HS) will get the attention this weekend, LSU will also have official visits from a slew of its already committed prospects.

LSU commits Kendell Beckwith, Jeryl Brazil, Rickey Jefferson, Tre'Davious White and Desean Smith are scheduled to come to be in Baton Rouge as well, and they might be joined by a few others. Surely part of their roles will be to convince Goodman and Spears, who both already sport LSU offers, to join them in Baton Rouge.

Goodman, a likely safety, can spend time with White and Jefferson, two projected future cornerbacks in LSU's secondary. Brazil also projects to play defensive back, but there have been recent rumblings that Brazil could be asked to play on offense for the Tigers, possibly at running back, where LSU lost a couple of juniors to the NFL draft.

Goodman's seen as a player who might likely pair with his friend and fellow Western prospect Priest Willis at their future college. Willis visited LSU in December and gave Goodman rave reviews.

As for Spears, he went from an unknown with a basketball background to a fast-rising prospect after a 60-catch, 1,000-yard senior season for Holy Cross.

He visited Louisiana Tech last weekend and committed, then received an LSU offer the next day.

The under-the-radar prospect seems like he might be a fit on both sides of the line of scrimmage. LSU has been looking for a big receiver. At 6-foot-3 with an impressive vertical leap, Spears seems to fit that bill. And Spears, who is not scheduled to visit any other major programs, might have an offer from LSU that's too good to pass up.


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LSU Mailbag: Time for a new OC? 

January, 11, 2013
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BATON ROUGE -- GTN writer Gary Laney took your questions:

William (@TigernBham): Les is on the clock for finding a great offensive coordinator. Tigers have finished in the bottom 20 percent the last 3-4 years. The talent's too good for that!


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LSU holds No. 8 spot in team rankings 

January, 10, 2013
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BATON ROUGE, La. -- When LSU got a commitment from athlete Kendell Beckwith at the Under Armor All-American game last week, it looked like the Tigers had secured the top player in Louisiana.

Think again.

The new ESPN 150/300 and team rankings came out, and while the Tigers remained at the same spot, No. 8, in the team rankings, the player rankings had some significant shuffling.

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Recruiting Week in Review: LSU 

January, 7, 2013
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BATON ROUGE, La. -- No LSU commit won MVP, nor scored a touchdown at the Under Armour All-American game.

Yet, it was a huge, huge game for LSU recruiting.

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Miller Safrit/ESPN.comKendell Beckwith's commitment this weekend was necessary good news for LSU.
LSU landed its two biggest commits in its 25-man 2013 class at the Under Armor game as defensive tackle Maquedius Bain, ranked No. 43 in the ESPN 150, committed Wednesday. Kendell Beckwtih, ranked No. 19 by ESPN, then committed during the first quarter of the game Friday in St. Petersburg, Fla.

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