NCF On The Trail: Quantavius Leslie

Tales From The Road: LSU 

May, 15, 2013
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BATON ROUGE, La. -- In the last couple of weeks, GeauxTigerNation has spent plenty of time in New Orleans metro, visiting with coaches and players from River Ridge John Curtis, Metairie Archbishop Rummel (to watch practice) and New Orleans St. Augustine.

That's just the tip of the iceberg. New Orleans is loaded, so we'll be back. We haven't even hit loaded Karr, or prospect-laden programs such as Brother Martin, Marrero Archbishop Shaw and Marrero John Ehret yet.

Meanwhile, LSU spread its wings well away from Louisiana on the recruiting trail:

LSU lands juco receiver Williams

May, 11, 2013
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BATON ROUGE, La. -- LSU is hoping for two years in a row of top-flight junior college wide receivers.

The Tigers got a commitment Friday night from D'haquille Williams, a highly regarded receiver from Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College via East St. John High in Reserve, La.

Dhaquille Williams
Courtesy of Mississippi Gulf Coast C.C.Junior college wide receiver D'haquille Williams committed to LSU on Friday night.
The 6-foot-2, 190-pound Williams was considered one of Louisiana's top players when he came out of high school, but he went to Mississippi Gulf Coast as an academic non-qualifier. He said he committed to the Tigers after meeting with head coach Les Miles Friday night.

He is LSU's 10th commitment overall in the 2014 class and second wide receiver pledge, joining Tony Upchurch (Pearland, Texas/Dawson).

Williams is also the Tigers' second wide receiver recruit out of the juco ranks in consecutive years. In the 2013 class, LSU signed Quantavius Leslie of Hinds Community College, also in Mississippi. Leslie is scheduled to graduate from Hinds next week, then join the Tigers in the summer.

LSU is after a bumper crop of receivers. Louisiana has four ESPN 150 receivers in the state, including Malachi Dupre (River Ridge, La./John Curtis), the No. 2-ranked receiver nationally.
If things had gone according to plan, wide receiver Quantavius Leslie would be at LSU already, attending school and preparing for spring practice.


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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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Familiar name will help Gators' recruit 

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GAINESVILLE, Fla.-- The Florida Gators announced the addition of former Kentucky head coach Joker Phillips as the new wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator on Monday afternoon.

Florida struggled at wideout this season and Phillips will bring a well-known name as well as extensive experience coaching the position.

Phillips, though, won't be left with an empty cupboard on the recruiting trail. The Gators have commitments from four wide receivers including Ahmad Fulwood (Jacksonville, Fla./Bishop Kenny), Alvin Bailey (Seffner, Fla./Armwood), Marqui Hawkins (Columbus, Ga./Carver) and Chris Thompson (Gainesville, Fla./Gainesville).

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The hits keep coming for LSU, as the Tigers picked up their sixth commitment in the last four weeks Monday afternoon. Fresh off a visit to the Tigers' June football camp, wide receiver Kyrion Parker (Manvel, Texas/Manvel) gave LSU its 16th commitment for 2013 when he pledged his services to LSU coach Les Miles.

Listed at 6-foot-2, 185 pounds, Parker showed off some good route-running capabilities and an impressive pair of hands during seven-on-seven drills Monday morning at LSU's football operations facility.

"I did commit tonight. I just gradually thought about it, and I waited," Parker said. "It was great. I felt like I made the right choice."

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Athlete Quantavius Leslie (Hogansville, Ga./Hinds Community College) verbally commits to LSU, multiple sources report.

Leslie, who originally signed with West Virginia coming out of high school in 2010, also had offers from Arkansas, Colorado State, FIU, Mississippi State, Nebraska, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, Tennessee and Washington.

The 6-3, 185-pounder was evaluated as a three-star wide receiver in 2010 when ESPNU described him as "an explosive, fluid athlete with a wonderful combination of size, speed and athleticism."

LSU now has eleven commitments for the Class of 2013.

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