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LSU, Alabama battling for recruits

The nation's top two teams will fight for national title as well as top prospects

Originally Published: December 22, 2011
By Jamie Newberg | ESPN Recruiting Nation
The top nation's top two teams will not only battle in the BCS national championship game, but LSU and Alabama are battling for some of the nation's top prospects as they try to close out their 2012 recruiting classes.

One prospect who will likely end up in either Baton Rouge or Tuscaloosa is five-star safety Landon Collins (Geismar, La./Dutchtown). The nation's No. 7 overall player intends to make his decision at the Under Armour All-America Game on Jan. 5 (ESPN, 7:30 p.m. ET). He's down to Alabama, LSU, Texas and Tennessee, but sounds like he's focusing on the Tigers or Crimson Tide.

"It is a very difficult decision. How do you decide between these schools?" Collins said. "I have to figure out what school I feel more at home. I am wanted by both and feel good at both. Both Alabama and LSU have everything I ever wanted in a school and football program. I still don't know."