Sunday, April 19, 2009

Recruiting Update - Spring Game Weekend

LSU hosted a number of top prospects on campus this weekend for the spring game. A lot of recruits that were scheduled to visit ended up not making it due to a variety of reasons.

The big news is that Texas linebacker Luke Muncie gave LSU his verbal commitment. Muncie came out of nowhere as he wasn't on anybody's radar as a guy LSU was recruiting. I didn't even know he was visiting this weekend. Muncie looks like a very solid prospect though, and I think LSU got a good one. He's 6'3" 210 pounds and plays both safety and linebacker for his high school. He projects as an outside linebacker and fits the mold of the speedy type of linebacker that John Chavis likes. He had offers from Oklahoma, Ohio State, Michigan, Texas A&M, Arkansas, Arizona, and Oklahoma State.

West Monroe defensive end Jordan Allen was on campus for yet another visit which reportedly went well. This was Allen's third trip to LSU this year, and LSU is sitting right where they need to be. I don't think LSU's coaches are worried about losing Allen to someone else. Allen maintains that he's not ready to commit and that he wants to take his visits. My thought is that West Monroe's coach, who has been around the block a few times in terms of having highly recruited players on his teams, doesn't want his players committing anywhere if they want to take their visits. After Luther Davis lied to coaches about taking a visit and got his LSU offer pulled a couple of years ago, I wouldn't be surprised if we don't see any early commitments from West Monroe players again.

Virginia wide receiver Justin Hunter visited LSU this weekend after claiming that LSU was his leader earlier in the week. Hunter is a very intriguing prospect because he's 6'4" 180 pound with 4.4 speed, but he's also one of the most coveted recruits in the country for track and field as a high jumper. So he's looking at schools that have successful programs in both football and track and as a result, LSU and Florida State are at the top of his list with LSU in the lead. A guy like that would be deadly in the red zone. Hunter is on the early Rivals 250 list and has offers from Florida, Ohio State, Alabama, Tennessee, Penn State, and just about everyone else. His visit reportedly went very well, and he's now on the list as a guy we'll follow very closely.

Little Rock tight-end Garrett Uekman visited LSU this weekend. Uekman is a receiving tight-end and currently has an offer from LSU. He left speaking VERY highly of LSU and is certainly a possibility. He admits that he grew up an Arkansas fan, and it sounds to me like he'll ultimately end up a Hog. LSU already has Nick Jacobs in the fold at tight-end and is still heavily recruiting Travis Dickson.

Capitol High School QB Terrance Broadway was on campus for the spring game and got to spend some time with LSU's coaches. LSU has yet to offer Broadway, but they are heavily recruiting him. LSU wants to get a better look at Broadway in person at their camp this summer and may offer after that. The most interesting news regarding Broadway's recruitment this weekend is that Alabama unexpectedly received a commitment from Virginia dual-threat QB Phillip Sims. Bama was thought to be the leader for Broadway, but with Bama finding their QB elsewhere, Broadway is as open as ever.

Thibodaux wide receiver and Louisiana's top prospect Trovon Reed was on campus for the game. It's good that Reed continues to show his face on LSU's campus.

Houston area linebacker Shaun Lewis made the trip to Baton Rouge for the spring game and reportedly had a good time and got to speak with Les Miles and the other LSU coaches. Lewis is a guy I really want in this class.

Newman defensive back Ronnie Vinson wasn't able to make it to LSU this weekend, but his parents did make the trip and they were able to meet with some of LSU's coaches. LSU is in great shape right now with Vinson.

Texas quarterback Zach Lee was planning on visiting LSU this weekend but wasn't able to make it in.

Karr QB Munchie Legaux was planning on attending but couldn't work out the transportation. Legaux plans to attend LSU's camp this summer.

Georgia running back Storm Johnson who had a great visit to LSU a couple of weeks ago visited Florida this weekend for their spring game. He now says that Florida and LSU are tied for his leader.

St Pauls defensive end/linebacker Houston Bates was at LSU for the spring game. He had a meeting with Les Miles, Brick Haley, and John Chavis but it doesn't appear he received an offer.

Virginia linebacker Chase Williams made his second trip to Baton Rouge this weekend. Williams is the son of new Saints defensive coordinator Greg Williams. Williams doesn't have an offer from LSU yet, but the staff is very interested in him.

Lake Charles defensive tackle Rissean Broussard committed to Tennessee over the weekend. Broussard didn't have an LSU offer, but he was someone LSU was taking a hard look at. He didn't play football his junior season, so LSU wanted to see more of him before extending an offer. Broussard was probably the only defensive tackle in the state worth offering this year, and it's a shame he wasn't more patient to see if LSU would have ultimately offered. Based on some of his positive comments regarding LSU, I think LSU could easily get back on Broussard if they decide to offer at a later date. For that reason, I'll keep him on my list.

A number of the state's top prospects for the Class of 2011 were in attendance as well. I'm not quite ready to get into the Class of 2011, but it looks like it will be one of the best years Louisiana has ever had.

Lastly, Shreveport athelte Jarrett Fobbs is indicating that he's close to making a decision. The problem is that he doesn't have an LSU offer yet. Fobbs is a guy that would likely end up with an LSU offer when it's all said and done, so he'll hopefully remain patient for now. He does have offers from Ole Miss, Texas A&M, and Tennessee.

ATH Tharold Simon (WR or S) -- Eunice
TE Nick Jacobs -- Many
WR Mike Davis -- Dallas, TX
FB Brandon Worle - LaGrange, GA
LB DJ Welter -- Crowley Notre Dame
S Eric Reid - Dutchtown
LB Luke Muncie Klein, TX
OL Jamarcus Hardrick (JUCO)

Terrance Broadway -- Capitol
Sam Carter -- Houston, TX
Taylor Burch -- Neville, Monroe
Jake Heaps -- WA
Munchie Legaux -- Karr
Zach Lee -- McKinney, TX (Dallas area)

Lache Seastrunk -- Temple, TX
Dontae Williams -- Houston, TX
Storm Johnson -- Loganville, GA (Atlanta area)
Michael Dyer -- Little Rock, AR

Trovon Reed -- Thibodaux
James Wright -- Belle Chase
Justin Hunter -- Virginia Beach, VA
Martavious Lee -- CA (JUCO)
Kevin Johnson -- Houston, TX
Shedrick Davis -- Central Baton Rouge
DeAndrew White -- Galena Park, TX (Houston area)
Solomon Patton -- Mobile, AL
James Louis -- Delray Beach, FL
Demarco Cobbs -- Tulsa, OK

Travis Dickson -- Ocean Springs, MS
Naquan Lee -- Crockett, TX
Xavier Grimble -- Las Vegas, NE
Garrett Uekman -- Little Rock, AK

Luke Charpentier -- John Curtis
Evan Washington -- DeSoto, TX (Dallas area)
Chad Lindsay -- Houston, TX
OC Brown -- Memphis, TN
Wes Rea -- Gulfport, MS
Adam Shead -- Cedar Hill, TX (Dallas area)
Daryl Williams -- Corinth, TX
James Stone -- Nashville, TN

Rissean Broussard -- Washington Marion Lake Charles (Tennessee commitment)
Churphy Stewart -- Breaux Bridge
LaCraig Brown-- Monroe

Jordan Allen -- West Monroe
Houston Bates - St Pauls Covington
Rashad Givens -- MS JUCO
Joseph Okafor -- Houston, TX
Zach McCray -- VA
JR Ferguson -- MD
Benay Pryor -- MS JUCO
Walker Ashburn -- John Curtis
Brandon Willis -- Duncan, SC

Justin Maclin -- Memphis, TN
Kurt Killens -- Round Rock, TX (Austin area)
Shaun Lewis -- Missouri City, TX (Houston area)
Pat Swilling Jr. -- Brother Martin New Orleans
Gerald Christian -- West Palm Beach, FL
Corey Nelson -- Dallas, TX

Tony Hurd -- Missouri City, TX (Houston area)
Jonathon McKnight -- John Curtis


Ronnie Vinson (CB or S) -- Newman New Orleans
James Haynes (CB or WR) -- Orange, TX
Jarett Fobbs (CB or WR) -- Huntington Shreveport
Gavin Webster -- Lutcher
Curtis Carter -- North DeSoto

Cade Foster -- Dallas


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